The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors has named John Healy to succeed David Woods as the association’s chief executive officer.

Woods, who has been serving as CEO of NAIFA, Falls Church, Va., for 5 years, is set to retire Aug. 31.

Woods also was president of the association 20 years ago. He came out of retirement to help lead NAIFA through serious challenges, according to NAIFA President John Davidson.

“Today, NAIFA is on strong financial terms and is positioned to meet the needs of its members,” Davidson says. “And Dave Woods played a key role in making it happen.”

NAIFA formed a search committee to find Woods’ successor.

Healy has been president of the American Machine Tool Distributors Association, Rockville, Md., since January 2006.

From 1987 to 1999, Healy was president of the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association, Alexandria, Va. At the NWPCA, he coined the phrase “Pallets Move the World,” according to Pallet Enterprise magazine.

Healy has helped promote the use of radio frequency identification devices to help manufacturers and shippers track pallets and increase the security of the pallets being shipped, according to the program notes for a 2005 U.S. Department of Commerce conference on RFID technology. Healy talked about industry perspectives at the conference.

Healy later left to take a job with a pallet manufacturer. He then worked as a consultant before joining the AMTDA.

Healy says he hopes to work on improving the value of membership in NAIFA.

“I look forward to meeting NAIFA’s members, listening to their ideas about the opportunities that lie ahead for both NAIFA and the industry, hearing their input and working with them to create a better future through the new direction outlined in NAIFA’s strategic plan,” Healy says.

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