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News at Vetted Solutions:

Jim Zaniello to Speak on CEO Update LIVE Panel

Vetted Solutions Sponsors Leading Authorities’ Association Breakfast with John Grotzinger

Vetted Solutions Insights Series: The Search Committee

Vetted Solutions Sponsors “CEO Update LIVE: Power and Influence Forum”

2014: A Look Ahead

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

Vetted Solutions Accepted for AESC Membership


Current Selection Announcements

Previous Selection Announcements



Jim Zaniello to Speak on CEO Update LIVE Panel

Vetted Solutions President Joins Other Panelists to Discuss CEO and Executive Recruiting

Washington, D.C., February 26, 2014 — Vetted Solutions, a Washington, D.C. based executive search firm specializing in association and nonprofit recruiting and consulting, announced today that its president and founder, Jim Zaniello, will participate in a panel discussion on CEO and executive recruiting at CEO Update LIVE on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Produced by CEO Update, the leading source for association news and careers, the CEO Update Live events bring together leaders in the association and nonprofit world to discuss key topics and trends in the industry. The April 9th event features a panel of veteran leaders in executive recruiting, including Julian Ha, Heidrick & Struggles, Lorraine Lavet, Korn Ferry International, and Leonard Pfeiffer, Leonard Pfeiffer & Company, in addition to Zaniello.

“CEO Update is one of the leading voices in the field of association and executive careers, and their CEO Update LIVE events bring together an excellent cross-section of professionals in the field,” said Jim Zaniello, president and founder of Vetted Solutions. “I’m honored to participate in this panel alongside other leading voices in executive recruiting and I look forward to an interesting and productive dialogue.”

The CEO Update panel on CEO and executive recruiting will take place on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM at SunTrust Bank, 1445 New York Avenue, NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.

The Leading Authorities and U.S. Chamber of Commerce breakfast event with Grotzinger will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW.

For more information, contact Christine Norton at CEO Update at phone number 202-721-7667 or via email at christine@lauthorities.com.

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Vetted Solutions Sponsors Leading Authorities’ Association Breakfast with John Grotzinger

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Co-Hosts Event Featuring Chief Project Scientist on NASA’s Curiosity Rover Mission

Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 2014 — Vetted Solutions, a Washington, DC-based executive search firm specializing in association and nonprofit recruiting and consulting, announced today its sponsorship of the Leading Authorities Association and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Event featuring Dr. John Grotzinger, Chief Project Scientist and head of strategic science planning for NASA’s Curiosity Rover mission. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 18, in Washington, DC.

Co-hosted with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Leading Authorities’ Association Lecture Series features leaders from many walks of life. A staple in the association space, it is a must-attend event series.

A veteran geologist with more than 30 years of experience exploring the far corners of Earth and Mars, Grotzinger is now head of strategic science planning for NASA’s $2.5 billion Curiosity Rover mission to Mars, the most high-profile venture in the history of robotic space exploration.

Grotzinger will discuss strategic planning, motivating and leading teams working under intense pressure, and the need to take on a "grand challenge" while sharing awe-inspiring and cutting-edge stories, video, and photos about space and unexplored territories of Mars. He combines tales of adventure and discovery with lessons in leadership, consensus building, and novel applications of technology that are literally out of this world.

“Leading Authorities’ Association Lecture Series brings together some of the most compelling, inspirational, and sought-after speakers on the circuit today,” said Jim Zaniello, president and founder of Vetted Solutions. “And John Grotzinger manages and inspires a team handling one of the most challenging and complex endeavors of our time. Vetted Solutions is excited to sponsor this must-see event.”

The Leading Authorities and U.S. Chamber of Commerce breakfast event with Grotzinger will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW.

For more information, contact Shani Ben-Shlaush at shani@lauthorities.com, or visit Leading Authorities.

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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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Vetted Solutions Sponsors “CEO Update LIVE: Power and Influence Forum”

Veteran Washington Insiders to Discuss Mechanisms of Power and Influence in the Nation’s Capital

Washington, D.C., January 21, 2014 — Vetted Solutions, a Washington, D.C. based executive search firm specializing in association and nonprofit recruiting and consulting, announced today its sponsorship of the CEO Update LIVE: Power and Influence Forum on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Expert panellists will discuss what it takes to acquire, use and keep power and influence in Washington, D.C.

Produced by CEO Update, the leading source for association news and executive careers, the LIVE events bring together leaders in the association and nonprofit world to discuss key issues and trends facing the industry. The February 4th event features a panel of veteran Washington insiders including Anita Dunn, former White House communications director and managing director of SKDKnickerbocker; Margery Kraus, founder and CEO of APCO Worldwide; Nels Olson, vice chairman of Korn/Ferry International; and Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation.

Panelists will explore what it takes to gain and maintain credibility with policymakers, how CEOs can effectively position an organization to influence policy and shape public perceptions, and how involvement in elections and the political process can foster policy success. The panel will also explore what leadership characteristics are most effective and will discuss how power and influence is available to organizations of all sizes.

“The CEO Update ‘LIVE’ events bring together Washington’s top leaders and insiders for candid discussions on some of the most important issues facing the association and nonprofit world,” said Jim Zaniello, president and founder of Vetted Solutions. “Each of the four panelists at the February 4th event brings unique insights and access in each of their respective fields, which they will share with event attendees. Vetted Solutions is excited to sponsor this must-see event.”

The CEO Update LIVE: Power and Influence Forum will take place on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM at SunTrust Bank, 1445 New York Avenue, NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. The event is for association executives only and space is limited. Participants must register online at CEO Update LIVE.

For more information, contact Christine Norton at CEO Update: 202-721-7667 or christine@lauthorities.com.

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2014: A Look Ahead

December 31, 2013

To all our partners and friends
From Jim Zaniello and the Team at Vetted Solutions

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.

We look forward to the new year and wish you all the best.

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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 jim.zaniello@vettedsolutions.com.

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 www.panoramasearch.com.

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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 www.bluesteps.com, a career management service for senior executives, and www.executivesearchconnect.com, 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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Current Selection Announcements

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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Previous Selection Announcements

The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation has named Marie Lee as Director, Tax Council. Previously, she had been the Vice President and Counsel, Tax Policy at TechAmerica.

The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants has named Scott Wiley as President and CEO. Previously, he had been the Executive Director at Delta Sigma Phi.

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. has named David Mazzulla as Director of Information Technology. Previously, he had been the President and Founder of DAM Technologies.

The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association has named Sheila Andrews as Government Affairs Manager, Transportation. Previously, she had been the Senior Legislative Assistant at the American Motorcyclist Association.

The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association has named Andrés Castrillón as Director, Trade. Previously, he had been an Associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

The National Council on Aging has named Leslie Fried as Director, Policy and Programs. Previously, she had been the Senior Attorney, Commission on Law and Aging and Director, Alzheimer’s Association Medicare Advocacy Project at American Bar Association.

Institute of Clean Air Companies, a client of SmithBucklin, has named Betsy Natz as Executive Director. Betsy was Senior Manager, Health Policy at Exponent. Immediately prior she was the Executive Director of the Formaldehyde Council.

Charities Aid Foundation America has named Ted Hart as CEO.

Hydrocephalus Association has named Dawn Mancuso, FASAE, CAE as HA Executive Director/CEO. Previously she had been the Executive Director of the Association of Air Medical Services.

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For more informations, please contact:

James Zaniello
Vetted Solutions
888 16th Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
Email: jim.zaniello@vettedsolutions.com

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