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IA President Thomas C. Short Announces Retirement

Photo caption: International President Emeritus Thomas C. Short

SAN DIEGO, July 31 – Thomas C. Short, President of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, announced his retirement on this day, at the IA's mid-Summer General Executive Board Meeting held at the Westin Hotel in San Diego's Gaslamp district.

A member of the IA for over 40 years, and an elected official for the past 21 years, Short became President in 1994, and stated then that his goals were to make the IA a better organization and to provide the best representation possible for the entire membership in the US and Canada.  He has accomplished many of his goals and exceeded more.

Said Short in a parting statement, “I have put forth my energy and every effort to enrich this organization and enlisted the help of what I believe to be a phenomenal staff of intelligent, sophisticated and progressive individuals who have stood ready to work hard and assist in accomplishing the goals I believe we had to achieve in order to survive the many challenges facing this International.”

Short stated that he “is extremely proud of these accomplishments and the IATSE has been such an important part of my life.  As hard as it is for me to believe that this time has come, I am now prepared to move on.  I am not leaving for political reasons or for health reasons, but rather because I have learned that life is short and there is a great deal that I have yet to experience and enjoy.“