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Who is the IEA?

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To foster the growth of Executive Association businesses by connecting them to a trusted international network of contacts.


The vision for IEA is to be the world’s #1 leading resource for connecting member businesses.


IEA has a long history of uniting business leaders, empowering professionals, and fostering profitable relationships. The first Executives Association began in 1916 in San Francisco with the purpose of creating an elite business networking organization to share confidential business leads and information among member firms.

Since 1916, Executive Associations have spread from city to city, started by successful business men and women sharing industry news with others and seeking new ways to gain an edge on their competition. Executive Associations now operate in major cities throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in England, Switzerland, South Africa, and beyond.

Although the first Directors Conference was held in 1937, it was not until 1996 during the Annual Conference in Akron, Ohio that a vote was taken to formalize a way for members to expand beyond their local chapters. In response, the International Executives Association was born.

Today, there are over 110 official Executive Associations across the globe, establishing the prestigious Executive Association web which represents over 5,000 Member Firms.