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News at Vetted Solutions

News at Vetted Solutions:

AABB Names Debra BenAvram Chief Executive Officer

Cathy Brown appointed to Leadership California Board

Succession Planning Session at FSAE 2017

Diversity and Inclusion: Core Values Among Associations

Panorama voted top firm in Hunt Scanlon 'Global 25'

Association and Philanthropic Executive Catherine Brown, CAE, FASAE Joins Vetted Solutions as Vice President, West Coast

Webinar April 6, 2017: Transitioning from Politics Post-Election: Career Opportunities in Associations


Vetted Solutions Named Top 50 Executive Search Firm by Hunt Scanlon Media

Why Bother Joining a Professional Association?

Amy Weist Rejoins Vetted Solutions as Search Manager

Michele M. Smith Joins Vetted Solutions as Executive Recruiter

Vetted Solutions Participates at AESC’s Executive Search Panel and Networking Event March 18th, 2016

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, FASAE

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

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

Looking Ahead to 2015: Performance Has Never Been More Important

Vetted Solutions Insight Series: Building Organization Talent Management Strategy

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

Selection Announcements

AABB Names Debra BenAvram Chief Executive Officer

February 22, 2018 (Bethesda, MD) — AABB, the leading organization representing the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy communities, announced today that it has appointed Debra BenAvram, FASAE, CAE, as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective June 1. She will succeed Tom Hopkins, who has served as interim CEO since 2016.

BenAvram brings extensive experience in association management, including a passion for designing strong organizational cultures that drive innovation. Since 2007, she has served as the CEO for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), an international, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of clinical nutrition and metabolism. Throughout her tenure, BenAvram has partnered with staff, volunteer leaders, corporate partners and other stakeholders to achieve strong strategic and financial growth.

"Debra is a dynamic leader whose proven track record of success, as well as her belief in our mission, make her the perfect choice to take AABB to new heights," said AABB President Mary Beth Bassett, BS, MT(ASCP). "We're thrilled to welcome Debra to the AABB family."

Prior to serving as ASPEN's CEO, BenAvram served as its Associate Executive Director, overseeing its education, research, certification and publications programs. Before joining ASPEN, she served as the Director of Programs at the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, a sister organization to the American Occupational Therapy Association.

A leader in the association community, BenAvram is a Fellow of the American Society for Association Executives and a Certified Association Executive. She was recognized as a Forty Under 40 Business Leader by the Washington Business Journal in 2015 and a Forty Under 40 Association Leader by Association Forum of Chicagoland and USAE News in 2013. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice and the American Society for Association Executives.

"I am honored and excited to lead AABB and build on its rich history as the leader in the fields of transfusion medicine, cellular therapies and patient blood management," said BenAvram. "AABB's commitment to providing the safest and best care possible for donors and patients, and building an environment where its members can succeed and thrive, are second to none. I look forward to collaborating with the staff and members to advance our mission of making transfusion medicine and cellular therapies safe, available and effective worldwide."

The CEO search was conducted by association and non-profit search experts Vetted Solutions.

About AABB
AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The association is committed to improving health through the development and delivery of standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership includes physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. AABB members are located in more than 80 countries and AABB accredits institutions in more than 50 countries. Learn more about AABB at

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Cathy Brown appointed to Leadership California Board

February 1, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) — Today, Vetted Solutions announces that Catherine Brown, CAE, FASAE was elected to the Leadership California Board of Directors for a three-year term starting January 1, 2018. This prestigious board has responsibilities to govern, set policy and direction, and lead the organization, while advancing toward our vision of Moving Women from Success to Significance™. Ms. Brown is a Vice President at Vetted Solutions and serves as the head of its West Coast office.

Ms. Brown is an alumna of the Leadership California's yearlong flagship program, the California Issues & Trends Program (CIT), which provides focused programming for women leaders, exposing them to critical public and private sector issues and enhancing their competitive knowledge on California from state, national and global perspectives. It connects women leaders from across the state with each other and with top decision-makers, thought leaders and practitioners. The 1,600 Alumnae of the CIT are empowered to contribute more fully to California's vision for the future and to the communities and companies in which they live and work.

Leadership California began in 1992 with a dream to inspire, inform, and advance women leaders who would influence California's future. It provides a critical pathway for successful women who care about advancement, achievement, and significance. Leadership California women are not only talking about change, but plan to be part of making it happen. Alumnae serve on nonprofit boards and are knowledgeable appointees for state boards and commissions. For additional details concerning Leadership California, go to

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Succession Planning Session at FSAE 2017

Suzanne Berry and Jim Zaniello had the opportunity to present on the topic of succession planning at the Florida Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting #FSAE17. Participants engaged in a lively dialogue on this important topic. The presentation slides 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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Association and Philanthropic Executive Catherine Brown, CAE, FASAE Joins Vetted Solutions as Vice President, West Coast

May 9, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) — Vetted Solutions is pleased to announce that Catherine Brown, CAE, FASAE will join the firm as Vice President, West Coast. As such, Brown will serve from Los Angeles as the west coast search partner, leadership consultant, and interim executive.

Brown brings a deep knowledge of both association and philanthropic organization management to Vetted Solutions. Most recently, she served as the President of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation and previously served as the Vice President, Pacific West Region of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Prior to serving as Vice President, she was Executive Director of the Greater Bay Area Chapter for LLS. Brown expanded the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation from a regional to an international organization during her tenure as President of that organization. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from City University of New York/Hunter College and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, with a minor in healthcare administration from the Wharton School.

Vetted Solutions has been actively expanding its reach on the west coast, and the addition of Brown’s prominence and expertise in the region promises to solidify Vetted Solutions’ position. "It is exciting to be joining the incredible professionals at Vetted Solutions and to increase our executive search, interim management, and consultation services in the west,” said Brown.

In addition to over 35 years of nonprofit industry experience, Cathy has held positions at the executive level in the hospitality and meetings industries. She is a Certified Association Executive and a Fellow in the American Society of Association Executives. She currently holds an appointment on the development committee of the ASAE Foundation.

“Cathy’s deep knowledge of association management and philanthropic institutions will allow her to navigate the intricacies of executive search with ease and provide the kind of advice search committees and volunteer leaders rely upon,” stated James Zaniello, President.

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NEED YOUR INPUT: Association diversity and inclusion initiatives and best practices

February 2017 — The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and executive search firm Vetted Solutions are researching diversity and inclusion initiatives and best practices developed and implemented in the association sector.

Our goal is to recognize and quantify the work being done in the association sector on this important and timely issue. All survey respondents will receive a copy of our findings from this study.

This survey should take you no more than ten minutes to complete. Your responses will be confidential and reported only in the aggregate. Nothing will be attributed to individual respondents. To participate: Association Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives and best practices research.

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Vetted Solutions Named Top 50 Executive Search Firm by Hunt Scanlon Media

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hunt Scanlon Media, the leading news authority in the talent management field, named Washington, D.C.-based executive search firm Vetted Solutions to its annual Top 50 Recruiters list for the second year in a row.

The most widely referenced, single source for information in the human capital sector, Hunt Scanlon Media has been defining and informing the senior talent management sector for more than 25 years. Its global news network is the most comprehensive in the talent management field, and its stories, rankings and alerts provide the latest thinking in a rapidly evolving sector.

Every year, Hunt Scanlon presents its annual roundup of the largest, fastest growing executive search firms in the Americas in its Top 50 Recruiters report.

“We’re very pleased to be named to Hunt Scanlon Media’s Top 50 Recruiters list for the second year in a row,” said Jim Zaniello, president and founder of Vetted Solutions. “While we’ve grown rapidly in the six years since Vetted Solutions’ launch, we’ve been very careful to manage our growth to ensure that they quality of our engagements has remained at the highest levels. We’re pleased to be included in this group with the other top search firms in the United States and beyond.”

In addition to inclusion in the Top 50 list, Vetted Solutions also ranked seventh overall in growth, with 33.3 percent revenue growth year over year.

Hunt Scanlon reporters and analysts study each firm in-depth and highlight recruiters in every industry and functional sector.

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Why Bother Joining a Professional Association?

Why Bother Joining a Professional Association? Don’t miss this first article in Jim Zaniello’s blog series on AESC’s Blue Steps. Fit more active engagement into your busy schedule!

Click here to read the blog.

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Amy Weist Rejoins Vetted Solutions as Search Manager

Having helped launch the firm, Amy Weist returns to Vetted Solutions after three years as the Business Manager for the Hydrocephalus Association.

Weist worked for ten years at the Global Business Travel Association. Throughout her tenure she worked closely with the boards, committees, chapters, members and staff of this 5,000+ -member hospitality association. She began her career working in Presidential Personnel.

To learn more about Amy, click here.

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Michele M. Smith Joins Vetted Solutions as Executive Recruiter

Michele M. Smith joins Vetted Solutions as an Executive Recruiter. Smith has more than 20 years of experience as a sales and marketing professional with proven expertise in the IT Solutions industry and in working with senior executives in Fortune 500 companies. She has been an active volunteer in the nonprofit sector.

To learn more about Michele, click here.

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Vetted Solutions Participates at AESC’s Executive Search Panel and Networking Event March 18th, 2016

Vetted Solutions is pleased to participate as a panelist for the Association of Executive Search Consultants Executive Search Panel and Networking Event taking place on March 18th. Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host their alumni and Executive MBA Students for a program dedicated to learning more about the demand for executive talent, specifically but not limited to where the most interesting growth opportunities are as well as, preferred sources for talent engagement and best candidacy practices for C-level aspirants. A networking event rounds out the evening. The panel will be moderated by Brian Glade, Managing Director, Americas and Governance, AESC. We are pleased to have this opportunity to join Brian and the other AESC member panelists including Christina Cary (Heidrick & Struggles) and Kate Kohler (Korn Ferry) for such an invaluable event.

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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, FASAE, 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.

Jim Zaniello, FASAE
President, Vetted Solutions

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

Vetted Solutions President Jim Zaniello, FASAE 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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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 Jim Zaniello, FASAE 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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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.

Jim Zaniello, FASAE
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, 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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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!

Jim Zaniello, FASAE
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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Selection Announcements

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

AVIXA (formerly Infocomm International) has named Sean Wargo as Senior Director of Market Intelligence. Sean was previously Vice President for BDS Research, at BDS Marketing, Inc.

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

National School Boards Association has named Kelly Pollitt as Chief Advocacy Officer. Kelly was previously the Chief Strategist, Policy and Alliances for the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

The Million Dollar Round Table has named Jess Petri Jurasz as Director, Professional Development. Jess was previously the Senior Director of Conference and Program Services at the Association for Corporate Growth.

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 Conference of State Bank Supervisors has named Bill Young as Vice President, Nationwide Multistate Licensing System Business Services. Bill was previously the Program Manager, Financial Agencies Solutions at Pragmatics, Inc.

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.

Meeting Professionals International has named Christine Roberts as Executive Director of the MPI Foundation. Christine was previously Vice President, Convention Sales and Services for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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 Electronic Transactions Association has named Jessica Mosley as Director of Education and Professional Development. Jessica was previously Associate Director, Student and Professional Education for the American Fisheries Society.

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 Rochelle A. Zeidman as Director of Development. Rochelle was previously Executive Director, Individual Giving; Senior Director for NPR.

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.

The Edgewater Hotel has selected Mike Pratt as its Director of Sales & Marketing. Mike was previously the Vice President, Sales and Marketing and Corporate Director of Sales for Magnolia Hotels.

Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc. has selected DeMarc Hickson as Executive Director. DeMarc was previously Chief Operating Officer for My Brother’s Keeper, Inc.

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 &, A GreenGale Company.

The American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics has named Carly Harrington as Senior Director, Education and Meetings. Carly was previously Senior Designer, Educational Design and Technology for the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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 Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. has named Michael G. May as Chief Executive Officer. Mike was previously President and CEO of the Sendero Group, LLC.

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

The North American Veterinary Communityhas named Ken Niedziela as Editor. Ken was previously the Editor, Veterinary Practice News for BOWTIE INC./I-5 PUBLISHING/LUMINA MEDIA.

CHAP Inc. has named Nancy Reeder as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Nancy was previously Client Development Executive with Netsmart Technologies.

CHAP Inc. has named Kathryn Hitchcock as Vice President of Communications & Educational Services. Kathryn was previously the Business Development Director at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Consulting Services Inc.

The International Legal Technology Association has named Dan Liutikas as Chief Executive Officer. Dan was previously Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary at CompTIA, Inc.

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.

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors has named Oscar Casas as Senior Director, Policy. Oscar was previously Supervision Analyst/Examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

The American Society of Hematology has named Melissa Francisco, Director, ASH Registry. Melissa was previously Director of Registries for the American College of Rheumatology.

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy has named Christopher Lyons as Chief Operating Officer. Chris was previously the CEO of the Society for Technical Communication.

The Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS) has named William Bridges as their VP of Education and Meetings. William was previously Senior Director, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

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.

AutoCare Association has named Mark Bogdansky as Senior Director, Meetings and Events. Mark was previously Vice President, Exhibits, for the National Retail Federation.

Steelcase, Inc. has named Cherai M. Lewis, CMP, as Consultant, Sales Partnerships. Cherai was previously Project Manager/Consultant for Siwel Consulting.

Steelcase, Inc. has named John Fuhr as Consultant, Sales Partnerships. John was previously Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Convention Management Resources, Inc.

The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association has named Anna Sohriakoff as its Meetings and Special Projects Manager. Anna was previously a Program Assistant with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) has named Lonnie Spires as its President & CEO. Lonnie was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Trescal, Inc.

ASIS International has named Kenneth Burris as Director, Event Sales. Ken was previously the Director, FMI Connect Sales for the Food Marketing Institute.

The Flexible Packaging Association has named Alison Keane as President and Chief Executive Officer. Alison was previously Vice President, Government Affairs and Industry Programs and the Special Counsel, PaintCare, for the American Coatings Association.

The American College of Emergency Physicians has named Pawan Goyal, as its Associate Executive Director of Quality.

The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association has named Mary Calwallader as its Director of Membership and Business Development. Mary was previously Vice President and Associate Publisher, CQ Roll Call, Inc.

The American Chemical Society has named Robin Preston, CEM as its Director, ACS Meetings. Robin was previously Assistant Executive Director, Conferences, Meetings & Customer Service at the National School Boards Association.

Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents, Inc. has named Nicholas A. Fyntrilakis, MBA as its President & Chief Executive Officer. Nick was previously Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, MassMutual Foundation, Inc. and Vice President, Life Company Marketing for the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Financial Managers Society has named Danielle Holland has its President & CEO. Danielle was previously Senior Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Research for the Insured Retirement Institute.

The Institute of Food Technologists has named Corrine Calice as the Senior Director, Knowledge & Learning Experience. Corrine was recently Director of Online Learning and Instructional Design at the American Health Information Management Association.

Auto Care Association has named Nathan Perrine, CPA, CGMA, CAE as its Chief Financial Officer. Nathan was recently Vice-President, Finance & Administration & Chief Financial Officer for the American Coatings Association.

ASIS International has named Ron Rosenbaum as its Chief Global Marketing and Business Development Officer. Ron was recently an independent consultant. Prior to that he was the Chief Operating Officer of the American Gaming Association.

North American Veterinary Community has named Laura Walker as Senior Vice President of Sales & Publishing. Laura was recently the Group Publisher, Dive and Travel Group, for the Bonnier Corporation.

BSA: The Software Alliance has selected Kristen Nafziger as its Director, Membership Relations & Strategy. Kristen was previously the Senior Director, Sales Operations at the Consumer Technology Association.

The School Nutrition Association has selected Sara Kilkenny as its Director of Meetings. Previously, Sara was the Director, Global Conference & Exhibition at the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.

The Auto Care Association has named Gary Whidby at its Political Action Committee Manager. Gary was previously the Political Action Committee Manager for DaVita HealthCare Partners, Inc.

Adhesive Sealant Council has selected Valeryia Mikharava as its Director, Finance and Administration. Valeryia was previously a Supervisor with Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, PC.

International Sign Association has named Lisa Queeney as its Director of Finance. Prior to accepting the position, Lisa was the Vice President of Finance and Operations at the Health Industry Distributors Association, Inc.

Investment Adviser Association has selected Elizabeth Terry as Vice President, Business Practices & Member Engagement. Elizabeth was previously at the Consumer Bankers Association as the Assistant Vice President, Membership & Corporate Philanthropy.

The Santa Clara Aquamaids named Lisa Christian as its Executive Director. Previously, Lisa was with Coast-to-Coast Consulting serving as the Interim COO for the YMCA of South Florida and the Interim CEO of the Women’s Initiative.

American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science has named James Flanigan as their Executive Vice President. Previously, Jim was at the Society of Clinical Care Medicine for 6 years as their Director of Marketing.

ARE|POPAI: The New Association has named Steven Weiss as its Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Steven was the Senior Vice President of Global Membership, Brand & Business Development for the Institute of Management Accountants.

CAF America has selected Blakeman Brophy as their Chief Financial Officer. Blakeman was previously a Financial Compliance Consultant with Evidence Action.

SOCAP International has named Brian Costanzo as its President and CEO. Brian previously was the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Senior Vice President, Business Development.

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors has named James Kurtzke as its Vice President of Communications. Jim was previously the Director, Communications Strategy for Freddie Mac.

The American Industrial Hygiene Association has named Mark Milroy as its Managing Director, Learning. Previously, Mark served as the Vice President, Learning at ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership.

The Foundation for Financial Planning has selected Jon Dauphine as its Executive Director. Jon was previously the Senior Vice President, Education & Outreach for AARP.

The Vinyl Institute has named Cristian Barcan as its Vice President, Sustainability & Industry Affairs. Cristian was previously the Vice President of Business Development for UL Information & Insights.

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 American Counseling Association has named Natasha Rankin as Chief Operations 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.

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