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News at Vetted Solutions:

The Association for Creative Industries (AFCI) Names Peter Finn as Executive Director

The National Association of Business Political Action Committees (NABPAC) Names Micaela A. Isler as Executive Director

The American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Names Jonathan Stevens-Garcia as Chief Operating Officer

The Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA) Names Samantha Minish as Vice President, Content

The Endocrine Society Names Christopher Urena as Chief Learning Officer

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) Names Stuart “Chip” Slaven as Chief Advocacy Officer

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Names John Koehr as Executive Director

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) Names Rhea Steele as Chief of Staff

The Importance of Interim Executive Leadership

Legal Marketing Association Names Danielle Holland Chief Executive Officer

Events Industry Council Names Amy Calvert as its new CEO

Forbes list of Best Executive Recruiting Firms for 2019

American Academy of Optometry Names Peter Scott Executive Director

San Diego County Bar Association Names Jill Poznick Epstein as Executive Director

Hemophilia of Georgia Names Edith Rosato, R.Ph., IOM,
Chief Executive Officer

The ESOP Association Names James J. Bonham
President and Chief Executive Officer

American Bakers Association Names Jennifer Colfelt
Vice President of Finance & Operations

AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management Names Dan Kelsey, MBA, CAE, Chief Executive Officer

National Institute of Building Sciences Names Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, President

American Anthropological Association Names Nate Wambold, CMP, Director, Meetings and Conferences

American Geophysical Union Names Jessica Latterman Director of Marketing, Branding and Advertising

Auto Care Association Names Gabrielle “Brielle” Hopkins Vice President, Federal Affairs

BICSI Names Melissa Cummiskey Director of Conferences and Events

Independent Community Bankers of America Names Sean Murphy Vice President, Member Relations Officer

International Code Council Names Karl Fippinger Vice President, Fire and Disaster Mitigations

International Foundation for Electoral Systems Names Anthony Banbury President and CEO

Investment Company Institute Names Lauri Bearce Senior Director, Content

National Equipment Finance Association Names Mike Toglia Executive Director & CEO

Special Olympics Arizona Names Jamie Heckerman Chief Executive Officer

The Townsend Group Names Mario Grande Vice President of Sales

Society for American Archaeology Names Oona Schmid, CAE, Executive Director

Study Reveals Diversity and Inclusion are a Priority For Florida Associations and Provides Growth Opportunities

The Importance of Authentic Onboarding®

Industry Viewpoint Piece on Association Transformation

Diversity and Inclusion: Core Values Among Associations

Panorama voted top firm in Hunt Scanlon 'Global 25'

Vetted Solutions Insight Series: Building Organization Talent Management Strategy

Recruiting Top Talent Article published by ASAE

Vetted Solutions Insights Series: Succession Planning

Vetted Solutions Insights Series: The Search Committee


Selection Announcements Archive



The Association for Creative Industries (AFCI) has named Peter Finn as Executive Director. Peter was previously the Deputy Executive Director & Chief Learning Officer at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). AFCI is managed by Smith Bucklin.

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The National Association of Business Political Action Committees (NABPAC) has named Micaela A. Isler as Executive Director. Micaela was previously Assistant Vice President, Government Relations at the American Property Casualty Insurance Association.

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The American Society of Microbiology (ASM) has named Jonathan Stevens-Garcia as Chief Operating Officer. Jonathan was previously Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership at AARP.

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The Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA) has named Samantha Minish as Vice President, Content. Samantha was previously the Director, Content Strategy, Products at ACCUWEATHER.

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The Endocrine Society has named Christopher Urena as Chief Learning Officer. Chris previously served as Director of Professional Development at The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

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The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has named Stuart “Chip” Slaven as Chief Advocacy Officer. Chip previously served as Counsel to the President and Senior Advocacy Advisor at Alliance for Excellent Education.

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The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) has named John Koehr as Executive Director. John was previously President and CEO of the Koehr Consulting Group, LLC.

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The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has named Rhea Steele as Chief of Staff in the Executive Center. Rhea was previously Chief Operating Officer at DECA Inc.

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The Importance of Interim Executive Leadership

Interim executive leadership is incredibly important to the success of an organization whether for a planned or unplanned transition. It has always been, and will always be, part of an orderly succession. Vetted Solutions has been involved in assisting clients in finding interim executive leadership as they need it and recently contributed this article in the Hunt Scanlon State of the Industry Report that it publishes for the executive search industry.

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The Legal Marketing Association (LMA) has named Danielle Holland as Chief Executive Officer. Danielle was previously the President and CEO of the Financial Managers Society. LMA is managed by SmithBucklin.

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The Events Industry Council (EIC) has appointed Amy Calvert as its new CEO. She previously served as a Senior Vice President of convention sales and services for Visit Baltimore. "Events have the power to transform lives and to shape a better world," Calvert says. EIC is managed by SmithBucklin.

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Forbes list of Best Executive Recruiting Firms for 2019

Vetted Solutions has been named to the Forbes list of Best Executive Recruiting Firms for 2019. Forbes partnered with Statista, a market research company, to determine its annual ranking of America’s best executive recruiting firms. This year, the list focused on the top 200 executive search firms specialized in filling positions with salaries of at least $100,000. We are thrilled to be included on this list for the third consecutive year.

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American Academy of Optometry has named Peter Scott, CAE, APR, MBA, as Executive Director. Pete was recently the Chief Operating Officer for the North American Veterinary Community.

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The San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) has named Jill Poznick, as Executive Director. Jill was previously at MIracle Babies and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists both in San Diego.

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Hemophilia of Georgia has named Edith Rosato, R.Ph., IOM, as their Chief Executive Officer. Edith previously served as the CEO of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and Board Chair of its foundation.

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The ESOP Association has named James J. Bonham as President and Chief Executive Officer. James was previously Chairman, Public Policy and Government Relations for Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, LLP.

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The American Bakers Association has named Jennifer Colfelt as Vice President of Finance & Operations. Jennifer was previously Vice President of Operations for the National Asphalt Pavement Association.

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The AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management has named Dan Kelsey, MBA, CAE as its new Chief Executive Officer. Dan was previously Director of Operations (Deputy CEO) for the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

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The National Institute of Building Sciences has named Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE as President. Laskisha was previously the Senior VP & Chief Marketing Officer of the National Association of Home Builders.

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The American Anthropological Association has named Nate Wambold, CMP, as their Director, Meetings and Conferences. Nate was previously the Meetings and Events Director for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

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The American Geophysical Union has named Jessica Latterman as the Director of Marketing, Branding and Advertising. Jessica was previously the Interim Vice President, Marketing and Communications for the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.

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The Auto Care Association has named Gabrielle “Brielle” Hopkins as Vice President, Federal Affairs. Brielle was previously Deputy Director for Governmental Affairs for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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BICSI has named Melissa Cummiskey Director of Conferences and Events. Melissa was previously the Senior Director of Meetings and Events for The Geological Society of America.

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The Independent Community Bankers of America has named Sean Murphy as their Vice President, Member Relations Officer. Sean was previously Senior Accounts Manager at FIS.

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The International Code Council has named Karl Fippinger, Vice President, Fire and Disaster Mitigations. Karl was previously Senior Emergency Management Specialist, Emergency Management, Disaster, and Mitigation Services for Dewberry.

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The International Foundation for Electoral Systems has named Anthony Banbury as President and CEO. Anthony was previously a lecturer for the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University.

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The Investment Company Institute has named Lauri Bearce as Senior Director, Content. Lauri was previously the Senior Customer Success Director for Episerver.

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The National Equipment Finance Association has named Mike Toglia as Executive Director & CEO. Mike was previously the President and Founder of Equipment Finance Advisor, Inc.

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Special Olympics Arizona has named Jamie Heckerman as Chief Executive Officer. Jamie previously served as the Interim CEO and was the Senior Director of Area Operations and Quality Control for Special Olympics Arizona.

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The Townsend Group has named Mario Grande as the Vice President of Sales. Mario was previously Vice President, Advertising Sales and Events with CQ Roll Call.

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Society for American Archaeology has named Oona Schmid, CAE as Executive Director effective September 2018. Schmid joins SAA from Operation Renewed Hope Foundation where she serves as Chief of Staff.

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Study Reveals Diversity and Inclusion are a Priority For Florida Associations and Provides Growth Opportunities

July 19, 2018 (Tallahassee, FL) — The Florida Society of Association Executives, partnering with the executive search firm Vetted Solutions, today released the results of a survey on diversity and inclusion within its member trade and professional associations in Florida.

The survey is the first in Florida to analyze qualitatively the state of associations’ efforts to incorporate diversity and inclusion into their day-to-day operations and their staffing and strategic plans. The study results indicate that while Florida associations recognize diversity and inclusion are significant factors to an organization’s success, many are still working through the practical implementation to more fully realize their goals:

• More than 90% of the executives who responded believe diversity and inclusion efforts definitely or probably contribute to a more successful association. However, more than two-thirds do not have a diversity strategy for hiring, retention, or promotion.

• More than 57% of respondents have an expressed commitment to diversity and inclusion as part of their association’s core values, but more than 57% say their organizations do not have specific action plans that demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

• More than 81% work with diverse others to achieve mutual goals, yet nearly 38% indicate that finding qualified diverse applicants remains a challenge.

“This study is an important benchmark for Florida associations,” said FSAE President/CEO Frank Rudd, CAE, CMP. “The data shows a significant incorporation of diversity and inclusion principles, and that Florida associations have begun to make explicit commitments in their mission statements, succession plans, and performance indicators. It also helps our association members, as well as FSAE, identify areas for support and education in order to successfully embed these important principles in every level of an association and its work.” He anticipates FSAE’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force will focus on developing resources to address these challenges.

James Zaniello, President at Vetted Solutions, added, “Nearly two-thirds of the respondents were the President or CEO of the association, which shows a clear commitment to see these efforts succeed. We are thrilled by the honest discussion of challenges these associations face, especially those with small staffs, as well as the recognition that all organizations are strengthened when all voices are included.”

You can access the report here.

The Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE) fosters collaboration of association management professionals through networking and educational events, online communities and best-practice resources. With approximately 1,100 members, FSAE has been serving the association industry throughout Florida for more than 55 years. To learn more, visit www.fsae.org.

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The Importance of Authentic Onboarding®

While finding the right talent to fill a key role within the organization is important, setting them up for success is equally so. We believe that a thoughtfully developed Authentic Onboarding® plan does make a difference in the success of the new executive. To learn more, click here.

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Industry Viewpoint Piece on Association Transformation

Each year, HuntScanlon publishes a State of the Industry report. This year, Vetted Solutions had the opportunity to contribute to it. We chose to address something we are seeing more and more of in the association space which is transformation. The article can be found here.

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Diversity and Inclusion: Core Values Among Associations

Vetted Solutions, partnering with George Mason University Law School professor Dr. David K. Rehr, today released the results of a survey on diversity and inclusion within trade associations and professional societies. The survey is one of the first to analyze qualitatively the state of the association community’s efforts to integrate diversity and inclusion into their day-to-day operations and their plans for recruiting and staff development. In addition, the research also provides examples of practical steps associations are currently making, which can serve as guidance for other organizations. Please contact us with any questions or requests for information.

To read the report, Diversity and Inclusion: Core Values Among Associations, please click here.

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Vetted Solutions Insight Series: Building Organization Talent Management Strategy

At the Association Forum of Chicagoland this month, Jim Zaniello, FASAE had the opportunity to lead a discussion on planning to onboarding and all stops in between. The session touched on succession planning, talent recruitment and development, and onboarding. Click here to read the article.

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Recruiting Top Talent Article published by ASAE

ASAE recently published an article by Jim Zaniello, FASAE entitled “Recruiting Top Talent to Associations Requires a New View on Hiring”. Click here to read the article.

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Vetted Solutions Insights Series: Succession Planning

As the second item of our Insight Series this year, we are pleased to share our thoughts on CEO and senior staff succession planning. This important topic is one that associations, CVBs/DMOs, and nonprofits must address consistently in order to ensure achievement of their mission and goals. This is a topic we find ourselves engaged in discussion in on a regular basis. Click here to read the Insights article.

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Vetted Solutions Insights Series: The Search Committee

In our work advising associations and nonprofits on CEO selection, we are often asked for our thoughts on a number of matters including how to develop a search committee. Today we are pleased to share with you our first Insight article for this year. During the course of 2014, we will be reaching out to share additional resources such as this with you. Click here to read the Insights article.

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Selection Announcements Archive

Medical Society of the District of Columbia has named Robert Hay Jr. CAE as Executive Vice President. Read more here.

Lisa Youngers has been named CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. FBA is managed by SmithBucklin. Find more information here.

American Society of Hematology has named Carrie Smith CAE as Director of Education. Smith joins ASH having served as the Senior Director, Education Operations at the American College of Radiology.

American Society of Microbiology has named Allen D. Segal as Director, Public Policy & Advocacy. Segal joins ASM from the Society for Neuroscience where he served as Senior Director, Policy & Member Programs.

National Parking Association has named Jason Glei as Vice President Marketing & Communications. Glei joins NPA from the Associated General Contractors of America where he served as Senior Director of Marketing.

The California League of Conservation Voters has named Mary Creasman, formerly California Director of Government Affairs for The Trust for Public Land, as Chief Executive Officer. Click here for more information.

Women in Cable Telecommunications has named Hassana Howe as Vice President, Membership & Chapter Relations. Hassana was previously the Senior Director, Membership, Chapters and Publications for the Parenteral Drug Association.

The American Academy of Dermatology has named Damon K. Marquis Chief Learning Officer. Damon was previously the Director of Education and Member Services for The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

The American Society for Microbiology has named Mark David Lim as Assistant Director, International Affairs. Mark was previously the Program Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The American Brain Tumor Association has named Ralph DeVitto as the Chief Executive Officer. Ralph was previously the Interim Executive Vice President, Southeast Region, American Cancer Society.

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors has names Dana Barbieri as the Vice President of Legislative Policy. Dana was previously a Policy Analyst with the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee.

The United States Tennis Association – Middle States, has named Ben Zislis as Executive Director. Ben has served as Interim Executive Director and was previously the Associate Executive Director for USTA Middle States.

The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has named Dominick Mondi as Executive Director effective January 22, 2018. Dominick currently serves as President of the Associated Building Contractors, New Jersey Chapter.

American Physical Therapy Association has named Katy Neas as the Executive Vice President for Public Affairs. Katy was previously the Executive Vice President, Easterseals.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers has named John Hasselmann as Managing Director, Government Relations and Engineering Education. John was previously the Vice President, Government Relations for IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries.

The American Geophysical Union has named Artesha Moore, CAE, Vice President, Engagement and Membership. Artesha was previously the Vice President, Membership, Education and Technology at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

The Book Manufacturer’s Institute has named Matt Baehr as Executive Director. Matt was previously the Vice President for Content and Communities for the Data and Marketing Association.

The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine has named Cheryl Carey, MBA, CAE, as Executive Director. Cheryl was previously the General Secretary for the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard at the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA).

The National Fire Protection Association has names Seth Statler as the Division Director, Government Affairs. Seth was previously the Associate Administrator for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs with NASA.

The National Association of Clean Air Agencies has named Miles Keogh as Executive Director. Miles was previously the Research Lab Director at the National Association of Utility Commissioners.

Shape America has named Stephanie Morris as the Chief Executive Officer. Stephanie was previously the Deputy Executive Director, Brand Advancement, Membership Engagement and Professional Learning, National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Construction Management Association of America has named Andrea Rutledge, CAE, as CEO. Andrea was previously the Executive Director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

Architects Foundation has named Marci Burdett Reed, CFRE, MPA as Executive Director. Marci was recently the Chief Development and Communications Officer for the Southface Energy Institute.

The Independent Community Bankers Association has named Prabhash Shrestha as Chief Digital Strategy Officer. Prabhash was previously the Vice President of Technology at the American Gastroenterological Association.

ASIS International has named Susan Mosedale as Chief Global Member Engagement Officer. Susan was previously Executive Vice President of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

The Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association has named Diana Ewert as Chief Executive Officer. Diana was previously Vice President, Affiliate Relations for the American Osteopathic Association.

TESOL International has named Christopher Powers as Executive Director. Chris was previously Director of Education Abroad Programs for the Institute of International Education.

The CFP Board of Standards, Inc. has named Kerry M. Smith as Director of Human Resources. Kerry was previously Vice President, Human Resources for the National Retail Federation.

NAPHSIS has selected Shawna Webster as Chief Executive Officer. Shawna was previously the Chief Operating Officer/Interim Chief Executive Officer of NAPHSIS.

ASHRAE has selected Alice Yates as Director of Government Affairs (Washington, DC Office). Alice was previously Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy, General Services Administration, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs.

The American Geophysical Union has names Tracy LaMondue as Director of Development. Tracy was previously the Senior Vice President for the National Parks Conservation Association.

The Association for Advanced Life Underwriting has named Susan Draddy Jacobs as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Marketing. Susan was previously Publisher for Capitol File Magazine & www.capitolfile-magazine.com, A GreenGale Company.

Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) has named Deidre Schexnayder as Vice President of Association Services, Research and Information Technology. She was previously Vice President of Operations for Vornado/Charles E. Smith.

The Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado has named John McMahon as Executive Director. John was previously Executive Director of the National Ski Patrol.

AVIXA (formerly Infocomm International) has named Heidi Voorhees as Chief Operating Officer. Heidi was was previously General Manager, Marketplace EVED, Inc.

The School Nutrition Foundation has named Jane Balek as the Foundation Executive Director. Jane was previously the CEO/Executive Director of the Give a Note Foundation.

The CFP Board of Standards, Inc. has named Maureen Thompson as Vice President of Public Policy. Maureen was previously a senior principal of The Hastings Group LLC.

The CFP Board of Standards, Inc. has named Elizabeth Maza Stewart as Chief Operating Officer. Elizabeth was previously a Marketing Consultant with the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Research Chef’s Association has named Chip Potter as Executive Director. Chip was previously Vice President of the National Automatic Merchandising Association.

The National Sleep Foundation has named Meredith Ellison as Vice President, Programs. Meredith was previously Vice President for Education and Certification for the National Automatic Merchandising Association.

ASIS International has named Alex Galeano as their CFO. Alex as previously Vice President of Finance and Controller with the National Association of Broadcasters.

American Society of Anesthesiologists has named Brian Reilly as Chief Digital Strategy Officer. Brian was previously Chief Digital Officer for Crane Communications.




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James Zaniello
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