Lisa Wagner, CAE

Lisa Wagner, CAE

Lisa Wagner, CAE, has been named Chief Financial Officer for the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) headquartered in Washington, DC. GHSA represents the state and territorial highway safety officers that implement federal grant programs to address behavioral highway safety issues. GHSA’s mission is to provide leadership and advocacy for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, to influence public policy, enhance program management and promote best practices.   Ms. Wagner will oversee the day-to-day business and financial operations, IT, HR, budget development, grant administration, forecasting, investment strategy and execution of special projects. Ms. Wagner brings nearly two decades of executive financial experience in the association sector. Previously, Ms. Wager served the Solar Energy Trade Shows as CFO and worked in finance and administration for the American Wind Energy Association.  This is a newly created role, following the retirement of long-time Financial Director, Denise Alston.   “I’m ecstatic to welcome Lisa to the GHSA team,” said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins. “With traffic fatalities and dangerous driving on the rise, it’s an especially critical time for our mission to make roads safer for everyone using them. Lisa’s exceptional experience, leadership skills and strategic focus will be a tremendous benefit to GHSA and our members as we work together toward zero roadway fatalities.” Ms. Wagner was selected after an extensive, national search led by Association Strategies, Alexandria,...
Artesha C. Moore, CAE, FASAE

Artesha C. Moore, CAE, FASAE

Artesha C. Moore, CAE, FASAE, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer for the Chicago-based Association Forum. In this role, Ms. Moore will advance Association Forum and the professional practice of association management. She succeeds Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE, who has taken on the role of President and CEO for ASAE. “It’s been our privilege to partner with Association Forum, its dynamic leaders, partners and staff on this significant leadership transition.  Artesha is a multi-talented executive who impressed the board and search committee with her vision, experience and creativity.  As expressed by the Forum’s new CEO, “This is my dream job.” Please join us in welcoming Artesha to Association Forum, the generosity of our community and Chicagoland.” Says Pamela Kaul, President, Association Strategies, Inc. Ms. Moore will be joining Association Forum in February. She currently is the Vice President, Affiliation, Engagement and Membership of American Geophysical Union (AGU). This search was conducted by Association Strategies, Inc., Washington, D.C. and Tuft & Associates, Inc.,...
Alejandro Fuentes

Alejandro Fuentes

Alejandro (Alex) Fuentes will join the American Planning Association as the new Chief Financial and Operating Officer. Most recently, Alex led finance, information technology, human resources, application engineering, production and quality assurance for Oriux, a conglomerate of companies within North, Central, and South America delivering traffic technology solutions for cities worldwide with annual sales of over $100 million. He will succeed Ann Simms, who has retired after 10 years with the...
SURGE Forward

SURGE Forward

Join our President and Founder, Pamela Kaul, a Keynote speaker at the #SURGEForward event on June 10. She will be discussing how recent appointment CEOs are navigating the post-pandemic landscape. Register for this free event...

Who Stole My Playbook, Leading through a Pandemic

The next segment in the ESG series (Economic, Social and Governance) is Social which includes HR and Workplace transformation, our community’s role in Social Responsibility, DEI and Social Justice.  It’s a longer segment of nearly 40 minutes and certainly could have been longer. Hopefully, this conversation will continue. Host:Pamela KaulPresident and Founder,Association Strategies, Inc Participants:Joel Albizo, FASAE, CAE,Chief Executive OfficerAmerican Planning Association Don DeaCo-FounderFusion Productions & digitalNow Mark N. Dorsey, FASAE, CAEChief Executive OfficerConstruction Specifications Institute Gary LaBranche, CAE, FASAEPresident & CEONational Investor Relations Institute Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAEPresident and CEOAssociation Forum, Association Forum Foundation, and Illinois Society of Association Executives Chapter Paul Pomerantz, FACHESChief Executive OfficerAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists Larry L. Robertson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, SWP, CAE,Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Belonging & Technology Services and SolutionsThe American Institute of Architects Produced by...

Who Stole My Playbook, Leading through the Pandemic

Episode 2, Governance Issues Next up in the ESG series (Economic, Social and Governance) – Governance.  In this segment we speak about how this crisis has impacted the role and responsibility of our volunteer leaders.  Are they engaged in the political, social or environmental conversations that have had a profound impact in leadership over the past 14 months?  Please join us.  It’s another conversation to be continued. Host:Pamela KaulPresident and Founder,Association Strategies, Inc Participants:Joel Albizo, FASAE, CAE,Chief Executive OfficerAmerican Planning Association Don DeaCo-FounderFusion Productions & digitalNow Mark N. Dorsey, FASAE, CAEChief Executive OfficerConstruction Specifications Institute Gary LaBranche, CAE, FASAEPresident & CEONational Investor Relations Institute Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAEPresident and CEOAssociation Forum, Association Forum Foundation, and Illinois Society of Association Executives Chapter Paul Pomerantz, FACHESChief Executive OfficerAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists Larry L. Robertson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, SWP, CAE,Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Belonging & Technology Services and SolutionsThe American Institute of...

Who Stole My Playbook, Leading through the Pandemic

Has there really been a playbook for leading through adversity?  If so, traditional approaches for recognizing and addressing key challenges were most certainly shattered in 2020. We recently sat down with a highly regarded and experienced group of CEO’s to discuss some of these leadership challenges and how they are addressing them.  The result is a 3-module podcast which casts a light on Economic, Social and Governance issues experienced by associations who represent some of our major industries and professions. Please join us for the first module which speaks to abrupt Economic loss as a result of the Pandemic and lessons learned.  The Social and Governance modules will be released over the next couple of weeks. Episode 1, Economic Issues Host:Pamela KaulPresident and Founder, Association Strategies, IncParticipants:Joel Albizo, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive OfficerAmerican Planning AssociationDon DeaCo-FounderFusion Productions & digitalNowMark N. Dorsey, FASAE, CAEChief Executive OfficerConstruction Specifications InstituteGary LaBranche, CAE, FASAEPresident & CEONational Investor Relations InstituteMichelle Mason, FASAE, CAEPresident and CEOAssociation Forum, Association Forum Foundation, and Illinois Society of Association Executives ChapterPaul Pomerantz, FACHESChief Executive OfficerAmerican Society of AnesthesiologistsLarry L. Robertson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, SWP, CAE, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Belonging & Technology Services and SolutionsThe American Institute of...
Keith M. Hume

Keith M. Hume

Keith M. Hume has been named the new Executive Director for the Society of Interventional Radiology. In this role, Mr. Hume will advance SIR’s advocacy, education and policy mission to strengthen and support the practice of interventional radiology and ensure patient access to minimally invasive, image-guided therapies. Mr. Hume succeeds Sue Sedory, MA, CAE who has taken on the role of Executive Director for the American College of Emergency Physicians. Mr. Hume had previously served as SIR Foundation’s executive director from 2003–2008. Mr. Hume has spent the last 13 years at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery...
Matt J. Granato, LL.M, MBA

Matt J. Granato, LL.M, MBA

Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) has selected Matt J. Granato as their next President and CEO. Launched in 1991 by patients and a caregiver, the group’s goal is to build a community of support, as well as to foster education and support research into pulmonary hypertension (PH). Granato will serve as the third person in the role of President and CEO for the PHA. Most recently Granato served as the CEO of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), which focuses on helping people with high-risk pregnancies. There, he worked to meet the needs of both healthcare providers and their patients. Granato succeeds Brad A. Wong as CEO of PHA, whose term began in 2016 and expires at year’s end. Under Wong’s direction, the PHA continued to promote patient care and research, raise awareness of the disease, and amplify the voice of people with...
Richard A. Balzano

Richard A. Balzano

Dredging Contractors of America (DCA), has selected Richard A. Balzano has their next Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.  As the most recent Deputy Maritime Administrator, Richard successfully managed more than $1.4B in annual budget and conducted oversight of over 800 employees in multiple field offices located nationwide. DCA is comprised of 28 companies providing over 50% of the total dredging services to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. DCA is a non-profit trade association that has represented the interests of the U.S. dredging and marine construction industry and its members for over 30...