Karl Wise retired from his position as Associate Executive Vice President/COO at the American Veterinary Medical Association in August, 2013, a position he held for nine years. Karl held several positions during his career at the AVMA, and his influence advanced many current association programs. As Staff Economist for AVMA in the late 70’s and early 80’s, he established and managed AVMA’s economics research program. Karl authored many reports and was principal investigator on several national studies. Karl also held other AVMA positions during his tenure at AVMA including Director of Information Management for nine years, and Director of Membership and Field Services for five years. Karl earned graduate degrees in the field of economics prior to joining AVMA, and was a certified association executive for many years until his retirement. Karl lives with his wife Jane in Door County, WI and enjoys many pursuits including sailing, cycling, kayaking, reading, and exploring his creative musings.