NCBTMB Promotes Steve Kirin to Chief Executive Officer, MASSAGE MagazineOakbrook Terrace, IL. The board of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) has announced the promotion of Steve Kirin to chief executive officer. Stating that his transitional role and major organizational objectives are nearly complete, Mike Williams, interim CEO of NCBTMB, recommended Kirin’s promotion to the post. The promotion of Steve Kirin, the current chief operating officer, is a natural progression of the changes implemented at NCBTMB over the past 20 months.

“I’ve been consulting in the position of CEO since September 2011,” states Williams. “And in that time, we’ve succeeded in a complete programmatic transformation of NCBTMB, including a realignment of staff and programs and services to ensure optimal structure supporting the needs of the profession.”

Working in tandem with Kirin, whom Williams brought into the NCB in December 2011, much has been accomplished during Williams’ tenure, including:

  • Moving NCB from a paper-based organization to a digitally-efficient organization—including online registration for its products (reducing registration time from weeks to just minutes).
  • Establishing a new credential—Board Certification—to allow those qualified and interested to distinguish themselves within the profession and with the public they serve.
  • Strategizing and building a new website, social media presences, and a cooperative sounding board of member volunteers—enabling better communications and engagements with the profession and the public.
  • Bringing stronger focus to the significant problem of human trafficking and strengthening the industry’s relationship with the Polaris Project.

“With the launch of these initiatives, it is now time to name a permanent CEO who will devote his full time and energy to continue the momentum we’ve created. There is simply no better candidate than Steve Kirin to continue in this role. Please join me in congratulating and supporting him,” states Williams.

Sue Toscano, board chair of NCBTMB, expresses enthusiastic support for Kirin in the new role. “Steve has provided constant and critical support during the changes and advancements over the past year and a half … this is now a natural and exciting progression for all of us. On behalf of the board, we’re grateful to Mike to be at this point of transition; and we look forward to Steve’s leadership as we continue to evolve.”

Williams will continue to work closely with Kirin and the NCB board to ensure a successful transition.

About Steve Kirin

Steve Kirin, MASSAGE MagazineKirin is an accomplished business leader, bringing more than 25 years of work experience covering a variety of industries: airline industry, housing industry and security industry, to name a few. Throughout his career, he has gained high levels of experience in management, sales and marketing, and operational core functions and has established a reputation for his high energy, creativity and strong focus on customer service.

Kirin joined the NCBTMB team in 2011 and currently assumes the role of chief operating officer. He is responsible for the overall operational performance of NCBTMB and has played an integral role in turning around the infrastructure and direction of NCBTMB over the past year.

He is a graduate of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, where he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration–Marketing.

About Mike Williams

Mike Williams, MASSAGE MagazineWilliams is a well-regarded and highly-respected strategic leader known for bringing organizational and financial leadership and innovative thinking to businesses and industries in need of bold organizational strategic realignment. He has successfully reorganized organizations ranging in annual revenue from several million dollars to several hundred million dollars as they faced major challenges. He was brought into NCBTMB by the board in September 2011 on a consultative basis to evaluate and restructure its internal operations; restructure and evolve programs, products and services; and improve communications with its constituents.




The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) was established in 1992 as an independent, nonprofit organization fostering the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of therapeutic massage and bodywork through recognized credentialing programs. NCBTMB examinations are currently accepted or recognized in statute or rule by 38 states plus the District of Columbia. There are nearly 75,000 professionals with NCBTMB certification. NCBTMB’s certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.