Joe Gaskins

Joe Gaskins

About eight months ago, I faced a decision that would have a far deeper and more lasting impact on my life then I realized at the time. It was the middle of December 2013, and United Spinal Association had just lost its president and CEO. As a recently elected board member, upon hearing the news, together with my fellow board members, we assembled a special committee to handle the day-to-day business requirements for United Spinal while we considered our options. I was asked to serve as interim president and CEO, and agreed to do so with the understanding I would travel east to New York a couple weeks each month to have a physical presence in our offices.

What transpired over the subsequent six months and culminated in the “interim” tag being removed and a cross-country move, is still at times unbelievable and certainly not what I had imagined a mere 12 months ago.