Loeb succeeds former I.A.T.S.E. president Thomas C. Short, who announced his resignation during the union's mid-summer general executive board meeting in San Diego July 31. Loeb, who had been rumored as Short's likely successor, was unanimously elected to the position of president by the general executive board following Short's announcement. I.A.T.S.E. has named Craig Carlson has the new vice president.
"I enter into the position of International President with the deepest sense of obligation to the members, who number better than 111,000, and their families. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Tom Short who made desperately needed institutional changes that will allow me to continue to build on a solid foundation. We are well positioned to meet the challenges of the future," Loeb said in a statement.
A member of the union since 1989, Loeb became an international representative for I.A.T.S.E. in 1994, and became the first division director of motion picture and television production. He has served as international vice president of the union since 2002. Leob has also served as chairman of the East Coast council for over 14 years.
I.A.T.S.E. is an international union that represents members employed in the stagecraft, motion picture and television production, and trade show industries, covering over 400 Locals and more than 110,000 members in the U.S., its territories and Canada.