Promotions and Changes
Robert A. Vitas, Ph.D.,
CFRE, is now vice president, Institute of Food
Vitas previously was direc-
tor, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The
Foundation of the American Academy of
The American Dental Association has hired Steven M.
CAE, as director, Council on
Membership. Most recently,
Rauchenecker was vice president of marketing and sales, CCIM Institute.
Armando F. Ramirez, CAE,
has joined the American
Society of Anesthesiologists
as a society manager in its
internal association man-
agement unit, serving as executive director to various client anesthesiology
subspecialty associations and societies.
Previously, Ramirez was director of certification and trainee systems for the American Osteopathic Association.
Pamela Schroeder, CAE,
interim president & CEO of
the Forum, is the new executive vice president of member services at APICS The
Association for Operations Management in
Chicago. The 43,000-member association
recently relocated its headquarters from
Alexandria, Va., to Chicago.
Nicholas Bailey has joined
the Association Forum as
manager, responsible for
the day-to-day implementa-
tion of the association’s diversity and
workforce development initiative with volunteer outreach, education community
outreach and career events. Prior to joining the Forum, Bailey was special projects
coordinator for the International Association of Lighting Designers.
Fred Shea has been named
senior vice president of
ConferenceDirect and will
be based in Chicago. Most
recently, Shea was vice
president of pre-opening sales in the
Chicago office for Hyatt Regency Orlando.
The Management Performance International, Inc.
has promoted Daniel J.
Ripberger to senior vice
president. Previously, Rip-
berger was a vice president and practice
leader for the company’s total rewards
services. In his new role, Ripberger will
oversee the continued growth of MPI’s
organizational development, labor and
employee relations, executive and
employee compensation and employee
survey business units.
The Chicago Convention &
Tourism Bureau has
appointed Sara Turkowski
as manager, convention
sales. Most recently,
Turkowski was sales manager at Hyatt
Convention & Visitors
Bureau, Inc. has named
Danielle Courtenay, APR,
chief marketing officer and
David J. Sargent senior
vice president of convention sales and marketing.
Courtenay previously was
senior vice president of
global publicity and public
affairs for the Orlando CVB.
Sargent most recently was the area director of sales and marketing for the Hiltons
News and Awards
recently was named
the “Best Associa-
tions Web Site” by
the Web Marketing
Association as part of
its 2008 International
tion. Now in its 12th
year, the WebAwards is an annual Web
site competition that names the best Web
sites in 96 industries, including associa-
tions. Winners were selected by a panel of
qualified judges based on seven criteria
rated on a 10-point scale: design, ease of
use, copywriting, interactivity, use of tech-
nology, innovation and content.
DiscoverBoating.com is part of the
marine industry’s massive Grow Boating Initiative led by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. A strategic set of
programs focusing on all areas of boating
— water access, dealer and product certification, marketing and research — is
designed to increase participation in boating and improve sales of marine products
and services. For more information, read
FORUM’s May 2008 Signature Story, featuring NMMA and DiscoverBoating.com at
Gail Golab, head of the
American Veterinary Medical Association’s animal
welfare division, has
become America’s first vet-
erinarian credentialed in animal welfare.
Golab earned her membership level credential in the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists’ Animal Welfare Chapter.
Australia is the only country that offers
such a credential.
The Angerosa Research
Foundation has named
Association Forum’s Greg
Fine, CAE, director of communications and marketing