History of Executives’ Association of Tucson

  • Benjamin Franklin


    Benjamin Franklin founded an organization in 1727 called the Junto Club for mutual improvement whose purpose was to debate questions of morals, politics, and natural philosophy, and to exchange knowledge of business affairs.  He called in people of intellectual, financial, and leadership stature to meet at different homes to discuss scientific affairs and affairs of state. But no meeting concluded without a questioning of each participant: "How can we help you in what you are trying to do in your professional or business life?" As a result of such questioning, Ben Franklin and his Junto friends gained business advantages.

  • 1915

    It is not known whether Mr. L.E. Cummings, printer and bookbinder, conceived the idea of an organization of cooperative non-competitors or whether he had read of Benjamin Franklin's Junto. Cummings is commonly accepted as the source of the first Executives' Association. In the fall of 1915, Cummings approached seven friends in San Francisco with his new concept of cooperation among non-competitive businessmen, the object being the promotion of the sales of each through the exchange of such information as might provide sales opportunities. The new organization was to be motivated by select businessmen for business advantage. San Francisco had a multitude of civic and service clubs. This was to be different. It was felt that there should be at least one organization of businessmen for the benefit of businessmen, unconcerned with the civic, charitable and political activities.  Shortly thereafter the group expanded to 73 members, and then one week later to 100 members and continued to grow…Such was the genesis of the Executives' Association of San Francisco, and through its existence the start of what is called the Executives' Association Movement.

  • 1966

    The Executives' Association of Tucson was founded in 1966. This was the year that Color TV gained popularity, Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin stepped out of Gemini 12 Spacecraft for 129 minutes and hit songs including "Born Free" and "Strangers in the Night" were popular. The organization started with 12 businessmen with the assistance of the Executives' Association of Greater Phoenix.

  • Business people discussing work on laptop at a meeting


    Today there are over 100 members in the Executives’ Association of Tucson placing E.A.T. among the top ranks of all Executives’ Associations for total membership. As new associations came into existence, there came a drive, widely and enthusiastically supported for a super association - an "International" Association. Today there are over 110 official Executives’ Associations around the world.  They comprise the International Executives Association representing over 5,000 member firms.

  1. 1727
  2. 1915
  3. 1966
  4. 2017

Board of Directors



Executive Director

  • Bob Stiff
    • Bob Stiff