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R. Norris Orms to Join Vetted Solutions as Chicago VP

Vetted Solutions Sponsors CMA Winter Leadership Conference

Winter 2016 Market Advisory

Hunt Scanlon Media Article: Seeking Passionate, Consensus-Building Talent: A Trademark of Jim Zaniello

No Annual Review for You!

African American Affinity Group of the Association of Fundraising Professional

National Specialty Society CEO Annual Meeting

ASAE Daily Now — August 11, 2015

Rhonda M. Payne Joins ASAE as Chief Learning Officer

Addition of Richard B. Green Extends Vetted Solutions Expertise To Hospitality, Destination Marketing Industry

Worth Mentioning

Looking Ahead to 2015: Performance Has Never Been More Important

Vetted Solutions Insight Series: Building Organization Talent Management Strategy

Brittany Bayliss Appointed Vetted Solutions Director

Recruiting Top Talent Article published by ASAE

Market Advisory Letter — Summer 2014

Vetted Solutions Insights Series: Succession Planning

Vetted Solutions Insights Series: The Search Committee

Market Advisory Letter — Year’s End 2013

Panorama welcomes Vetted Solutions into Global Partnership of Leading Independent Executive Search Firms

Vetted Solutions Accepted for AESC Membership

Selection Announcements

R. Norris Orms to Join Vetted Solutions as Chicago VP

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 1, 2016
Respected association executive R. Norris Orms has been named Vice President in the Chicago, IL office of Vetted Solutions, the Washington, D.C. based executive search firm specializing in executive recruiting for the association, non-profit, hospitality and destination marketing communities.

Orms brings more than 25 years of experience working with associations and other nonprofit organizations. He currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). It is the largest global healthcare association focused on leading efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. His expertise has enabled Orms to earn widespread recognition and respect within the association, healthcare, and information technology sectors. His extensive involvement in various leadership roles within the American Society of Association Executives has made him a popular authority and effective advisor on organizational leadership issues.

“Norris brings the perfect blend of extensive leadership experience and a deep understanding of the intersection of healthcare and association sectors,” said Jim Zaniello, president and founder of Vetted Solutions. “No one knows their unique leadership needs and demands as well as Norris. By joining our team, he will be able to provide ready access to a vast wealth of knowledge and insight for our clients not just in the Chicago area, but throughout the nation.”

Before joining HIMSS in 1997, Orms was executive director of the Foundation for Safety and Health and director of Safety Council Relations for the National Safety Council. He holds a master of business administration degree and is board-certified in healthcare management, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a fellow of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and a Certified Association Executive (CAE).

“The Vetted Solutions team has built a solid reputation for understanding the association and hospitality sectors inside-out,” Orms said. “They’re known for finding innovative ways to define and satisfy the executive leadership needed to thrive in such a demanding environment. That’s exactly what I’ve done during my career. It’s not just my job, it’s who I am”. And I’m excited about the opportunity to do it as part of a team that shares that kind of approach.”

Orms will be transitioning into his new role with Vetted Solutions over the next several months.

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Vetted Solutions Sponsors CMA Winter Leadership Conference

Vetted Solutions is pleased to sponsor the Council of Manufacturing Associations Winter Leadership Conference taking place January 13th – 15th. This conference features speakers who know manufacturing, public policy and association management best practices. We are excited to participate in a conference that provides such valuable programming for association executives and features speakers like Dick Doyle, President and CEO of The Vinyl Institute, Kate Offringa, President of the Vinyl Siding Institute and Susan Neely, President & CEO of the American Beverage Association.

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Winter 2016 Market Advisory

To our valued partners and friends,

2015 ended with one very important word still ringing in our ears — growth. It was a remarkable year for everyone in the association, nonprofit and hospitality communities, as demands from members, clients and partners seemed to expand every day.

We see an equally daunting environment in the year ahead, but also one ripe with opportunity — and reward — for those who are up for the challenge. As 2016 begins, we’re advising our clients not to let up, to consider the challenges ahead and to prepare for the opportunities.

Consider the following:

A vibrant talent marketplace. This year, plan for a battleground no less competitive, and perhaps more so. Demand for talented leaders continues to pick up steam, and the war for top talent at all levels of an organization rages on. Attracting talent grows more complex, requiring hiring organizations to offer an attractive compensation plan and a strong cultural fit. Talent will gravitate to organizations with clear values and a spirit of inclusivity.

Succession planning. Few organizations have adopted a formal succession plan for the CEO let alone other key positions. Smart organizations won’t wait to develop succession plans. They will make sure they have sound plans in hand for every level of the organization so that they are prepared for any transition — expected or not. Succession plans also minimize the downtime organizations face in achieving mission and vision during transitions — so get yours in order today!

Authentic onboarding. Leaders continue to express frustration with the number of new hires that prove to be a disappointment. But some report real progress in changing their results for the better by adopting a different approach to integrating new executives — one that recognizes onboarding more as a collective way of thinking and acting rather than a mechanical checklist. This “Authentic Onboarding” approach emphasizes a more broadly based effort to create an environment focused on success for each new hire.

Hiring trends. We’re seeing an even greater call for Chief Learning Officers as well as rising demand for a higher degree of strategic and technical knowledge needed for finance talent at all levels. Also in high demand are Chief Digital or Chief Content Officers, who can spearhead the effective use of content in as many platforms as possible in order to engage multiple generations in the organization.

We wish you great success in making 2016 not just another interesting year, but a satisfying and rewarding one, too.

Please click here to read the Market Advisory Letter.

James Zaniello,
President, Vetted Solutions

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Hunt Scanlon Media Article: Seeking Passionate, Consensus-Building Talent: A Trademark of Jim Zaniello

Vetted Solutions President Jim Zaniello was recently profiled by Hunt Scanlon Media, a leading publisher in the global talent acquisition sector. In the interview, Jim shares his thoughts on evolving nature of recruiting for the non-profit sector, the nuances for finding talent for his unique client base and what led him to a career in executive recruiting. Click here to read the full article.

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No Annual Review for You!

No Annual Review for You! Jim Zaniello recently wrote an article for the magazine of the Association Forum of Chicagoland on how some associations are eliminating the performance review. Click here to read the article and let us know your thoughts!

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African American Affinity Group of the Association of Fundraising Professional

Vetted Solutions was proud to serve as a sponsor for the African American Affinity Group of the Association of Fundraising Professional Washington DC Chapter event on September 15th. The focus of the session was Leveraging African-American Affluence: Inspiring Giving in the 21st Century and the speakers included Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, President of Alabama State University, Mark and Brenda Moore of the Mark and Brenda Moore Family Foundation and Margaret Turner from the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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National Specialty Society CEO Annual Meeting

The National Specialty Society CEO Annual Meeting of the American Association of Medical Society Executives was held on September 17, 2015 in Washington D.C. The group heard from a number of speakers including Vetted Solutions own Jim Zaniello. He spoke with Tonya Tolpegin, Executive Director, American Academy of Audiology, during a session titled Compensation, Evaluation, and Board Relations…the CEO Life.

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Rhonda M. Payne Joins ASAE as Chief Learning Officers

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10, 2015 — ASAE is pleased to announce that Rhonda M. Payne, CAE, will become the new Chief Learning Officer. Payne will lead the development of all educational programming for ASAE, including face-to-face events and ASAE University. She will start on August 3.

Payne has 20 years of experience in the association and nonprofit world. She comes to ASAE from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), an organization that advances the shopping center industry and promotes its role in the commercial distribution of consumer goods and services, where she served as Vice President of Education and Certification for five years. Prior to that, she was Director of Education at the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

“Rhonda’s background in education and curriculum development, her deep involvement with stakeholders and volunteers, and overall business acumen will be a great asset to ASAE and the members we serve,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE. “She has tremendous experience applying technology and data to develop online and traditional learning programming that reaches multiple generations and demographics. We look forward to her contributions and engaging our members in the process.”

“I'm excited to join ASAE in the critical CLO role as we aim to keep association professionals inspired to lead, inspired to learn, and inspired to be at their best. From competency-based education programs to social learning on-the-go, I’m honored to help ASAE take knowledge programs to the next level while maintaining the high quality for which ASAE is already known," said Payne.

She has helped ICSC revamp its educational offerings and create new programs that have been successful financially, increased participation, and valued by members. Payne served on a strategic leadership team that created a new direction for the organization, and she established a quality improvement initiative and standards. Throughout her career, Payne has implemented successful online learning courses at Health Industry Distributors Association, ASID, and ICSC.

Payne’s background includes healthcare, manufacturing, design, retailing, and retail real estate association experience. She is a graduate of University of Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Organizational/Educational Concentrations). She earned a graduate-level certificate in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University. She earned her Certified Association Executive in 2013.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit

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Addition of Richard B. Green Extends Vetted Solutions Expertise To Hospitality, Destination Marketing Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2015 — Vetted Solutions, the executive search firm specializing in helping associations and nonprofit organizations find and develop high-performing leaders, has extended its expertise to the hospitality and destination marketing community.

Effective this month, the Washington, D.C. based firm has tapped Richard B. Green to lead its new area of focus, drawing upon his distinguished, multi-decade career as a senior executive with the Marriott Corporation. While in this post, Green earned widespread recognition and awards for his work on behalf of Marriott in working with a wide roster of associations and other organizations involved in the development of the company’s global management and leadership team, and the advancement of the leadership search and development profession.

“This is an exciting new chapter in my career,” Green said. “Vetted Solutions has provided me an unique opportunity to apply the knowledge, insights and contacts I’ve accumulated over literally decades of work in the hospitality and destination marketing industry to building really exceptional leadership teams.“

Vetted Solutions President and Founder James Zaniello hailed Green’s decision to join the firm.

“Richard’s credentials speak volumes,” he said. “I don’t think anyone can match his history of accomplishments and success in being a bridge between the hospitality industry and the search and leadership development community. Now that he has a Vetted Solutions team and all its resources and experience behind him, I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes next.”

During his career, Green had direct responsibility for increasing Marriott’s visibility and market share through active involvement with clients and numerous high-level industry associations, including the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the Destination Management Association International (DMAI) and others. His deep involvement in such groups earned Green roles as board member and chairman of numerous committees.

Green is a graduate of the University of Denver School of Hotel and Restaurant Management and has chaired the school’s Alumni Board of Directors. His wide-ranging intellectual interests also have driven his success as a business entrepreneur, pioneer in the use of social media and thought leader in the emerging field of destination branding. Details on his distinguished career and other biographical background can be found on the Vetted Solutions web site at Vetted Solutions.

“I’ve been in the trenches with the people in this industry,” Green added. “I know the world they live in, and I understand the challenges they face. I know what it takes not just to do a good job but more important to do a great job as a leader and an executive. With Vetted Solutions, I can leverage that insight to do some important and rewarding work for clients. Working together, we can keep the talent pipeline full for sustained top performance, no matter how the demands of the business grow and evolve.”

Green will lead efforts to define the unique leadership needs of individual clients and build upon Vetted Solutions’ widely recognized capabilities in identifying exceptional candidates, Zaniello said.

“Our approach extends beyond just finding the best candidate,” he said. “We’ve built lasting relationships with many organizations given our client-centric approach. Richard embodies that spirit, which is a major reason he’s such a great fit for our company – and our clients.”

Background information about Vetted Solutions also can be found at the firm’s web site, Vetted Solutions.

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Worth Mentioning

Hunt Scanlon Media recently released its Spring 2015 report on growth in the executive search business under the headline, “Boutique Firms Leading Industry Surge”. It’s a fascinating article, and well worth a read.

In it, the report’s editor notes two key areas of focus by clients that are driving industry growth: efficiency and specialized search support. “Boutique players provide both,” the article concludes.

While the largest search behemoths continue to report double-digit growth rates, specialty firms are growing at four to five times the average rate of growth for the Top Ten firms, according to the report. Why? The report cites such factors as “laser-like focus… focused, innovative and passionate approach… global reach” as important drivers of their growth and success.

We’re also proud – but not prideful – of seeing the Vetted Solutions name for the first time among the article’s listing of the Top 50 U.S./Americas Search Firms. Contact any of us on the Vetted Solutions team to learn more about how our approach to executive search helped us make the list.

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Looking Ahead to 2015: Performance Has Never Been More Important

To our valued partners and friends,

This has been an exciting year for the clients we serve. A rebounding global economy… steady growth for associations and nonprofits… higher expectations for the people who lead them… intense competition for finding top talent, and developing that talent to its full potential… by any measure, it’s been an exciting year.

But when I read the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015, I was struck by what an incredible year the association and nonprofit community has ahead of it. The report’s Top Ten trends:

• Deepening income inequality
• Persistent jobless growth
• Lack of leadership
• Rising geostrategic competition
• Weakening of representative democracy
• Rising pollution in the developing world
• Increasing occurrence of severe weather events
• Intensifying nationalism
• Increasing water stress
• Growing importance of health in the economy

Associations and nonprofits will be at the forefront of efforts to address all these trends. How well such organizations perform will be a major factor in our society’s ability to deal with the critical issues of the day in 2015 – and likely far beyond.

What’s more, the association and nonprofit community will have a major role to play in dealing with one special item on the list, in a less obvious but nonetheless important way. Respondents cited ‘lack of effective leadership’ as a major concern. Indeed, 86 percent of survey respondents – nearly nine of every 10 individuals – said the world today is facing a “leadership crisis.”

Our community is by far the role model for exactly the kind of strong, effective leadership people around the world say is essential to solving the crisis of confidence defined by the WEF study. This creates an amazingly dynamic environment for associations and nonprofits as we enter 2015. The work done by this sector has never been more important – or the challenges they are asked to overcome more significant to our society. Associations and nonprofits must demonstrate the ability to do what the public sees government and other institutions failing to do: achieve real results.

In such an environment, the competition for top talent will continue to be intense – perhaps even more so than usual, as demand for associations and nonprofits to step up to the plate on critical public issues grows more intense. What’s more, we can expect many sectors outside of ours to look increasingly to the community as a source of talent – for the proven leaders with exactly the demonstrated skills and capabilities the world seems to believe are so lacking in government and other major institutions.

2015 is going to be an exciting year! All of us at Vetted Solutions wish you every best success.

Please click here to read the Market Advisory Letter.

James Zaniello,
President, Vetted Solutions

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Vetted Solutions Insight Series: Building Organization Talent Management Strategy

At the Association Forum of Chicagoland this month, Jim Zaniello 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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Brittany Bayliss Appointed Vetted Solutions Director

Washington, D.C., September 8, 2014 — Brittany Bayliss has been appointed Director of Vetted Solutions, the Washington-based executive search firm specializing in recruiting and consulting on behalf of leading associations and nonprofit organizations nationwide.

Bayliss has significant experience in executive search and recruitment processes including outreach, recruitment and interviewing; screening resumes and interviewing prospective candidates; planning and administering client, candidate and board interaction; and conducting organizational and industry research. Most recently, Bayliss served as Project Director of Association Strategies, Inc. in Alexandria, Va.

“We are delighted to have someone of Brittany’s caliber join Vetted Solutions as a Director,” said Jim Zaniello, president and founder of Vetted Solutions. “She brings a remarkable track record of accomplishments that will serve us and our clients well.”

“I am thrilled to be working for Vetted Solutions” said Bayliss. “We share the same approach to partnering with clients – that what matters most is delivering superior results to organizations who need to fill key executive positions and build top-performing leadership teams.”

Bayliss also served as Program Operations Manager for the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle where she managed the Kidney, Liver, Lung Care and Transplantation Service Line; collaborated with clinical departments in operational and performance improvement; and managed clinical compliance requirements with federal regulatory agencies such as The Joint Commission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Bayliss joined Vetted Solutions effective September 2, 2014.

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Recruiting Top Talent Article published by ASAE

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

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Market Advisory Letter — Summer 2014

Dear Colleagues,

The war for talent is on.

For much of the past decade, top candidates for leadership positions in the association and nonprofit communities have faced a very tough market. But from our perspective, things are changing. Demand for talented leaders is picking up once again, and with it, the competition among associations for the best of the best. So what can associations do to win the war for talent?

Please click here to read the Market Advisory Letter.

Employer Brand
A starting point is a candid assessment of one of your most valuable tools of battle — your employer brand. Strong employer brands help cut through the competitive clutter, providing candidates with a clear, strong picture of some of their most critical considerations. Strong brands do more than simply establish a name. They also communicate the values and principles behind the name, helping speed candidates to an understanding of what makes the opportunity relevant, special and compelling. Strong employer brands attract strong candidates, with less need for education, selling and persuasion.

Strong employer brands go hand in hand with an established organizational culture. Top candidates have a choice in where they work. They look for more than mechanical position requirements and cold experience. The best candidates look beyond the purely practical aspects of a position to the larger work environment. A well-defined culture — based on commitments to such things as excellence, teamwork, open communication, continuous growth and all the other elements of a happy, healthy work environment — can be a key to standing apart and above other competing organizations. To help ensure a cultural fit, 70% of the organizations surveyed recently by the McQuaig Institute indicated they are using behavioral or personality assessments as part of the recruiting process.

To make the most of a strong employer brand and an established culture, leading associations also make sure their recruitment and retention strategy addresses the need for continuity in the caliber and capabilities of individuals at all levels of the organization. It starts with succession planning, not just for the CEO but all other key leadership posts as well. (Be sure to see the special resource on succession planning on our web site.) It extends to a focus on diversity — a recognition of the importance of finding people with a full range of experience, background, perspective and other considerations important to dealing effectively with our interconnected world. And it certainly includes technology. Consider this…according to a William Blair Report on LinkedIn Use, 48% of executive candidates are originally identified via LinkedIn. Additionally, seven out of 10 candidates in the United States use their cellular phones to search for a job according to a SimplyHired survey.

Bringing the candidate into the organization in the right way is critically important. Organizations must develop a comprehensive plan to transition a new hire successfully and this is especially important when the candidate is replacing a long serving highly successful executive. Even the best candidates need guidance and help in the transition to a new position. This ‘on-boarding’ process can be critical to the success of a new hire — and speeding his or her ability to contribute to strong organizational performance.

Today’s Market
So what do we see in the association marketplace? More COO hiring, to allow CEOs to focus more externally. More senior-level market intelligence talent, either from within the sector in which they operate or from top research firms. More marketing executives, especially among associations with highly diverse program, product or service offerings, to lead creation of new offerings and to enhance revenue generation. The most successful associations also seem more prepared to look for talent outside the association community — or at least a mix of corporate and association experience.

As it relates to CEO recruitment, we continue to see a number of vacancies due to retirement, as well as movement to other CEO posts. In replacing talent, Boards want a CEO who can function as a partner — someone capable of working in sync with them both to develop strategic goals and objectives not just for the association but for the industry or profession they serve. Boards are focused on executives who can raise the visibility of the association and the sector it represents, in addition to driving revenue and success in the policy arena. More advanced associations are looking to the association CEO to help ensure a continued talent pool for the industry/profession and to advance any global expansion.

Employer brand… well-defined culture… a thorough recruitment and retention strategy… and a solid onboarding process. All are important in today’s marketplace, perhaps never more so than now. Keep them in mind as you enjoy the remainder of the summer and recharge your batteries for the continuing competition for top leadership talent.

All the best from all of us at Vetted Solutions!

James Zaniello,
President, Vetted Solutions

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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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Market Advisory Letter — Year’s End 2013

To all our partners and friends,

On behalf of all of us at Vetted Solutions, let me wish you a happy, prosperous new year.

We’re ending 2013 with many reasons to be optimistic about the future. Like many of our clients, we see encouraging signs of a renewal of our national economy. There is a greater sense of optimism about our future and renewed focus on taking the important steps needed to capitalize on the expanding number of opportunities that come with economic growth. Our clients are thinking more and more about how to direct their organizations toward possibilities — about how to grow and thrive, not just protect and survive.

This renewal of optimism will have a significant effect on the search industry, in several important ways.

Our first job will be to recognize the change in mind-set that comes from an improving environment. Our clients increasingly recognize that the fundamental first step in capturing opportunities is building the right leadership. They know they need the best talent to out-perform and out-compete. They need the right CEO, the right C-suite officers and other critical leaders, and they recognize the competitive scramble that is certain to emerge in finding and attracting the best candidates in what amounts to an emerging bull market for top talent.

At the same time, the renewal of optimism is altering the thinking of potential candidates. There’s less inclination to ‘hunker down’ and wait out the tough times, and much more willingness to think about career opportunities and advancement. Truly talented people once again feel comfortable enough to give greater thought to finding that right career move. The fog of economic uncertainty that clouded the career horizons of many experienced, ambitious professionals is lifting — and as it rises, the talent marketplace will grow correspondingly brighter, and more dynamic.

The shift in thinking by associations, nonprofits and other organizations creates an evolving set of expectations for us at Vetted Solutions.

A first duty for Board members, CEOs, and senior staff is protection of the ‘employer brand.” Such protection begins by making sure the right leaders are in place, from the CEO on down. It means finding people with not just the right experience and qualifications, but equally important men and women who fit the organization’s style and culture — people ideally positioned to succeed immediately and on a continuing basis. It means finding a search partner they can trust to take a constructively proactive role in working effectively with them. That responsibility will only grow more important in the emerging economic and employment environment.

Our clients know they can look to us to dig deeper to know more, so we can tell their story well enough to find exactly the right leader. They can rely on us to deliver consistently superior search results. And we plan to continue doing exactly that, whatever changes may occur in the economy and the marketplace for talent.

Please click here to read the Market Advisory Letter.

All the best from all of us at Vetted Solutions!

James Zaniello,
President, Vetted Solutions

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Panorama welcomes Vetted Solutions into Global Partnership of Leading Independent Executive Search Firms

Washington, D.C., October 15, 2013 — Vetted Solutions announced today that it has been selected to join Panorama, a group of leading independent executive search firms from around the world.

Operating across the world’s major time zones, Panorama is an international network of independent firms who are leading players in their respective markets. While representing a diverse range of local markets and areas of expertise, Panorama members share a strategic commitment to excellence along with similar values and ethics. Through their alliance, Panorama members offer clients an ever-expanding global executive search force with a wide variety of specialties.

Vetted Solutions is a Washington, D.C. based executive search firm specializing in association and non-profit recruiting and consulting, known for providing lasting leadership that drives significant and sustainable results for their clients.

“Vetted Solutions brings to the Panorama network both proximity to the critical Washington, DC market and expertise in association and non-profit search,” said Stephen Bampfylde, Panorama Chair and Executive Chairman of London based firm, Saxton Bampfylde. “Their work with association and non-profit organizations will strengthen our members’ ability to service clients in those sectors and we’re excited to bring them on board.”

“Joining Panorama expands Vetted Solutions’ global reach and helps us better serve our clients,” said Jim Zaniello, president and founder of Vetted Solutions. “We think this is going to be a terrific partnership.”

For more information on Vetted Solutions and their new partnership with Panorama please contact James Zaniello at +1.202.554.4749 or via email at

About Panorama

Panorama is a global network of partners with 20 offices and over 50 partners across Europe, North America and the Asian Pacific. Together we offer global expertise in: Banking, Financial Services & Insurance; Consumer, Retail & Luxury Goods; Education; Healthcare; Industrial Manufacturing, Energy & Utilities; Not-for-Profit/NGOs; Professional & Business Services; and Technology, Media & Telecoms. For further information please visit

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AESC Accepts Six New Firms into Membership

The Association of Executive Search Consultants welcomes Genesis Executive, PwC Executive Search, 79°S Executive Search & Advisory, Stratos Executive Search, Vanderbloemen Search Group, and Vetted Solutions.

NEW YORK – October 29, 2012 — The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) is pleased to announce the acceptance of six high-caliber retained executive search firms into membership. Their approval follows extensive reference checks, site visits, and votes by the AESC regional councils.

The AESC welcomes:
• Genesis Executive, Calgary
• PwC Executive Search, Dublin
• 79ºS Executive Search & Advisory, Oslo
• Stratos Executive Search, Santiago
• Vanderbloemen Search Group, Houston
• Vetted Solutions, Washington, DC

Based in Calgary, Canada, Genesis Executive has catered to the oil and gas industry since 1983. It focuses on the upstream sector of oil and gas, placing engineers, geoscientists, and management talent.

PwC Executive Search, the retained search practice in PwC Ireland, has been in existence for about 25 years to serve clients across the whole spectrum of public and private sector senior recruitment. As part of PwC Human Resource Services, the search practice works with its own staff, clients, research team and database.

79°S Executive Search & Advisory is a new retained search firm based in Oslo, Norway. This generalist firm aims at serving clients within FMCG, industry, media, culture, oil & gas, finance and public sector in Norway.

Stratos Executive Search is a boutique search firm based in Santiago, Chile and founded in 2007. The firm specializes in searching high level executives, their direct reports, and strategic executives in general management, sales, investments, marketing, engineering, operations, finances, human resources, computing, legal, professional services and supply chain management.

Based in Houston, Texas, Vanderbloemen Search Group specializes in nonprofit, faith-based, and Christian organizations. Their tagline is “We Staff the Church.” Since its founding in 2010, they have carved out a unique niche.

Vetted Solutions is a Washington, DC-based executive search firm specializing in association and nonprofit recruiting and consulting. It focuses on senior staff and CEO positions with trade associations, professional societies, association management companies, cultural institutions, and foundations.

About The Association of Executive Search Consultants

The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) is the worldwide professional association for the retained executive search and leadership consulting industry. The AESC promotes the highest professional standards in retained executive search and leadership consulting through its industry recognized Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Guidelines. The AESC also serves to broaden public understanding of the retained executive search and leadership consulting process and acts as an advocate for the interests of its member firms.

The AESC also offers, a career management service for senior executives, and, a free service for the HR community offering industry information and tools to assist with senior executive recruiting, including access to the AESC’s International Executive Search Directory.

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Selection Announcements

American Geophysical Union has selected Lauren Parr Power as its Director of Meetings. Previously, Lauren was Vice President, Education and Professional Development at the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.

American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics has named Emma Shumeyko as Managing Editor for its peer-reviewed journals. Emma comes to ASCPT from the American Society of Clinical Oncology where she was Assistant Editor.

The International Biomedical Research Alliance has named Tina Krall its Director of Development. Most recently, Tina was Director of Development at Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE).

Society for Marketing Professional Services has selected Michael V. Geary, CAE as Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Michael was President & CEO at the American Horticulture Industry Association.

CCA Global Partners has named Gregory C. Johnson, CFP as Senior Vice President, strategic Partners Group. Previously, Gregory was Vice President National Sales, Crawford Contractor Connection and Regional Director, Ameriprise Financial.

The American Institute of Architects has selected Larry Robertson, CAE as Vice President of Human Resources. Larry was previously with the American College of healthcare Executives where he was Director of Human Resources.

National Parent Teacher Association has named James Thomasell, CPA as Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, Jim was Executive Director at the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation has named David S. Frazer as Executive Director. Previously, he was Vice President at the American Kidney Fund and before that he served as Vice President, Health Strategies for the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

Geoprofessional Business Association has named Joel Carson as Executive Director. Joel is the former Commercial Segment Manager and Senior Vice President at The Kleinfelder Group.

The American Society of Association Executives has named Rhonda Payne as Chief Learning Officer. Payne previously served as Vice President of Education and Certification with the International Council of Shopping Centers.

The Professional Liability Underwriting Society has named Robbie L. Thompson as Executive Director. Previously, Robbie was President & CEO at the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas.

InfoComm International has named Gregory Feehan as Chief Financial Officer. Previously Greg was Chief Financial Officer at Xceligent and before that Divisional CFO at DMGT.

The American Dental Hygienist Association has named Robert Moore, CAE as Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Robert was the Executive Director at the Technology Councils of North America and Vice President, Knowledge and Learning at the Institute of Food Technologists.

Cruise Lines International Association has named Christian Savelli as Director of Market Research. Previously, Christian was the Senior Director Business Intelligence and research at Meetings Professionals International and prior to that he was at Maritz Travel as Director Business Intelligence-Strategic Meetings Management.

El-Hibri Foundation has named Farhan Latif as President. Farhan was Chief Operating Officer & Director of Policy Impact/Interim Executive Director at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.

The National Court Reporters Association has named Michael Nelson as Executive Director & CEO. Michael was Executive Vice President at the National Association of Enrolled Agents.

The American Counseling Association has named Natasha Rankin as Chief Operation Officer. Natasha was Executive Director at the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation.

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society has named Lindsey Currie as Director of Stakeholder Engagement. Lindsey was Director, Communications and Membership for the Council on Undergraduate Research.

The Community Health Accreditation Partner has named Susan Mackay and Keri Culhane as Directors of Accreditation. Susan was Clinical Services Manager at Evercare/Optum Palliative and Hospice Care in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Keri was Home Health & Hospice Branch Manager, VNA Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern CA.

Control System Integrators Association has named Jose Riveria-Willeke as Chief Executive Officer. Jose was at Lismore International where he was Principal, Industry Practice Lead. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for Schneider Electric.

Hemophilia of Georgia has named Maria Manahan as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to accepting the position, she had served as Vice President of Finance and Operations for Hemophilia of Georgia.

The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, a client of SmithBucklin, has named Laurie Kendall-Ellis as Executive Director. Prior to this, Laurie was Executive Director of the Private Practice Section, American Physical Therapy Association as well as the Institute of Private Practice Physical Therapy.

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has named Paul Smedberg as Director of Government Affairs. Previously, Paul was Director, Government Affairs & Advocacy Relations, for AFFYMAX, INC.

The School Nutrition Association, a client of Conference Direct, has named Akeena Better as Director of Meetings. Prior to accepting this position, Akeena was Senior Manager, Meetings & Conferences at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

The American Society of Interior Designers has named James Clark Brewer, Jr. as Vice President, Government & Public Relations. Previously, Jim was the Chief Lobbyist for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.

The Aftermarket Foundation has named Joel R. Ayers as Executive Director. Previously Joel was Vice President, Sales and Marketing for TAKIT, Inc.

CCA Global Partners has named Sandra Wade as Vice President, CCA University. Previously, Sandra was Senior Director of Training, Franchise Services Group for ServiceMaster.

The American Society of Interior Designers has named David Krantz as Vice President, Research. David was Program Director at the Center for Responsible Travel.

The American International Health Alliance has named David Greely as Executive Director. David was Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors and former President & CEO of Accordia Global Health Foundation.

The Auto Care Association has named Heather Kaiser as PAC Director. Previously, Heather was the PAC Director for the American Psychological Association.

The Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS), a client of SmithBucklin, has named Bushra Rehman as Executive Director. Previously, she had been the Administrative Director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and The Clinical Resources and the Administrative Director of the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Chicago.

The American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras has named Dr. Graham Elliott as Executive Director. Previously, he had been the Executive Director of The Prince of Wales’s “North Highland Initiative” in the Scottish Highlands.

CoreNet Global has named Amy Dreher as Vice President of Professional Learning and Development. Previously, she had been the Vice President, Strategic Learning Initiatives for the Nielsen Company.

CoreNet Global has named Dean Jordan as Senior Director, Business Development – University & External Relations. Previously, he had been the Director of Development at the Georgia State University, College of Education.

The American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) has named Ulric Chung as Chief Executive Officer. He had previously served as Executive Director of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)/Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has named Christopher Wojcik as Vice President of Membership and Industry Development. He had previously served as Director of Marketing and Membership at the American Medical Student Association.

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has named Laura Horsley, CAE as Vice President of Communications. She had previously served as Director of Communications at the Building Owners and Managers Association International.

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) has named Julie Orlando-Castro, CAE as Director of Education. She had previously served as Director of Professional Development & Global Programs for the Society for Neuroscience.

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) has named Cara Molinari as Director of Training. She had previously served as Director of Education for the International Association for the Study of Pain.

The Auto Care Association has named Behzad Rassuli as Vice President, Market Intelligence. He had previously served as Competitive Intelligence/Corporate Strategist for CARFAX, Inc.

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) has named John Loper as Director of Corporate Relations. He had previously served as Vice President, Regional Planning Consultant for Fidelity Investments.

Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) has named Maria Gonzales Jackson as Director of Programs and Membership. She had previously served as Program Manager, n4a for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has named Chris Strong as Senior Vice President, Conventions & Membership. He had previously served as Vice President, Membership Marketing at NBAA.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has named Cora Plass as Senior Director for Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Resource Center. She previously served as Director, Division of Healthy Aging, for the Bureau of Community Health and Chronic Disease Prevention at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The National School Boards Association has named Michael Zola, Esq. as Associate Executive Director, Office of Federal Advocacy and Public Policy. He previously served as Deputy Staff Director/Senior Counsel in the United States House of Representatives in the office of Congressman George Miller.

The United States Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section (USTA MAS) has named Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro as Executive Director. She had previously served as Vice President, Membership, Research & Professional Development for the National Recreation and Park Association.

The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) has named Cynthia Karst as Vice President of Workforce Strategy. She had previously served as Senior Principal Consultant/RGS of at the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C..

The Florida Society of Association Executives has named Frank Rudd, CMP, CAE as President/CEO. He had previously served as the Executive Director of the Florida Engineering Society and the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers.

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy has named Christopher Neumann as Director, Education. He had previously served as the Interim Executive Director for the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation.

The Community Health Accreditation Program has named Dawn Murr-Davidson as Regional Director of Professional Services. She had previously been the Director of Clinical and Telehealth Services at Honeywell HomMed, Honeywell International Inc.

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has named Dana Woods as CEO. She has worked with AACN since 1999, and served most recently as the Senior Director, Organizational Effectives.

American Society of Anesthesiologists has named Nora Matus as Director of Congressional and Political Affairs. She had previously been the Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey.

National Council on Aging has named Sharon Gleason as Chief Development Officer. Sharon had previously been Director of Development for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has named Anita Brikman as Senior Vice President, Office of Strategic Communications. She has previously been the Evening News Anchor and Health Correspondent for WUSA 9 TV, Washington, DC, a CBS Affiliate.

Association of Pool and Spa Professionals has named Richard Gottwald as President & CEO. He was previously Executive Vice President of the International Sign Association.

Association for Retail Environments has named Todd Dittman as Executive Director. Todd was previously Vice President of Marketing and Analysis for Dairy Management, INC.

CCA Global Partners has named Sharon Schenk as Director of Conventions and Event Management. She was previously the Founder and Owner of Schenk & Associates.

Destination Marketing Association International has named Vickie Singer as Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications. Vickie was previously a Partner with EDGE Consulting.

DIA – The Global Forum for Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science has named DJ Johnson as Senior Manager, Membership. DJ had previously been the Senior Manager, Volunteer Relations at ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership.

Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association has named Susan Crosby as Director of Communications. She had previously been the Director, Communication & Education at SIGMA: America’s Leading Fuel Marketers.

Lutheran Services in America has named Shannon Steene as Vice President of Member Engagement. He had previously been the Executive Director of Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services.

Management Solutions Plus has named Karen Groppe as Account Executive. Karen had previously been Principal Consultant with NTT Data Federal Systems, Inc.

American Society of Hematology has named Margaret Bogie as Senior Manager of Education. Margaret was previously a Director at the Pharmaceutical Education and Research Institute.

The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) has appointed Geoffrey Brown as its new Chief Executive Officer. Previously, he served as Association Manager for the SenterGroup. Read press release.

The Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors-International has named Karen Nedbal as Executive Director. Previously, she had been the Director of Membership at the Solar Energy Industries Association.

El-Hibri Charitable Foundation has named Judy Barsalou as President. Previously, she had been a Visiting Scholar at the American University in Cairo.

National Association of Medical Staff Services, a client of SmithBucklin, has named Lynn Boyd as Executive Director. Previously, she had been the National Manager, New Therapy Access at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The North American Veterinary Conference has named Thomas Bohn as CEO. Previously, he served as the CEO of AssociationDirect.

The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association has named Bill Cramer as Director of Communications. Previously, he had been the Marketing Director at the National Association of Counties.

The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association has named Kristin Bromberg as Marketing Manager. Previously, she had been the Director of Communications at the Finishing Contractors Association.

The American Society of Hematology has named Bill Reed as Director of Meetings. Previously, he had been Senior Vice President, Strategic Sales at Experient.

Cruise Lines International Association has named Tom Fischetti as Chief Financial Officer. Previously, he had been Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors has named Bevin Callan as Membership Manager. Previously, she had been the Membership Services Coordinator at ISACA.

Community Health Accreditation Program has named Aisha Bivens as Vice President of Quality. Previously, she had been the Associate Vice President, Quality and Clinical Effectiveness, Local Integrity Officer at Washington Adventist Hospital.

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