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AAMSE National Specialty CEO Summit

September 16-17, 2019 | Rosemont, IL

2019 National Specialty CEO Summit

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The AAMSE National Specialty CEO Summit is the only forum where National Specialty CEOs can get just-in-time insights & education around the current issues specialty societies are facing, and engage with their peers in a safe setting in stimulating discussion, problem solving, and sharing of best practices. The meeting is designed by specialty CEOs for CEOs.

Meeting Location

The 2019 NS CEO Summit will be hosted by:

Society for Vascular Surgery | SVS
9400 W. Higgins Road, Suite 315
Rosemont, Illinois  60018

The SVS Office is located 3 miles from O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and .5 miles from the Rosemont CTA Station (Blue Line).

Please note: Only CEOs and interim CEOs of national and national specialty medical societies are eligible to attend this meeting.


A courtesy block has been secured at $199/night for attendees at:

Hampton Inn & Suites - Rosemont - Chicago/O'Hare
9480 W. Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 692-3000 | Direct: (224) 585-3711

Guests can call our hotel to make reservations and ask for the “AAMSE” rate (code ME1). Rooms are held through August 16.

The Hampton Inn is located across the street from the SVS offices.

Registration Rates

AAMSE Member: $175

AAMSE Non-Member: $275


September 16

Social Dinner/Reception at off-site venue. Please RSVP to secure your spot by emailing Darrin Hubbard at

September 17


Breakfast available at the Society for Vascular Surgery

Theme: Optimizing Essential Elements of Your Organization
Intros / Theme / Setting the stage (Sally Weir)


Welcome and Introductions
Sally Weir, the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Sponsor Presentation: Splash Financial


Session 1: BOARD DEVELOPMENT – Optimizing for High Performance
Association Governance is a large, diverse, and complex aspect of Medical Society management. Even within the medical society environment, there are several different governance models and association management paradigms (AMC, small staff, large staff, etc.) The competitive environment and the personality or style of specialty in which we operate is also very different. In this session we will discuss several examples of good and bad experiences with governance and the strategies for keeping your board working at its highest level.


Rebecca Brandt, CAE - Associate Executive Director,  American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) Tiffany Knowlton, JD, MBA - Executive Director, Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP)
Steven Echard, IOM, CAE - Executive Vice President, American College of Rheumatology (ACR)


Session 2: LEGAL TRENDS – Optimizing for Society Preparedness
This session will focus on optimizing your organization’s preparedness for all things legal and share emerging issues for medical societies.

  • How to respond to subpoenas? And correspondingly, record retention.
  • Insurance
  • Independent contractors, the #1 issue with the IRS
  • Group boycotts and anti-trust issues
  • How to enforce contract rights without litigation

Paula Goedert, JD, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP



Session 3: STAFF DEVELOPMENT – Optimizing Your Team for High Performance
Panelists and facilitated discussion addressing the following topics:

  • Succession planning for CEO and senior staff
  • Innovative staffing models for today’s association and workforce
  • How to know when staff is at capacity
  • How do we develop staff to work with volunteers?
  • How to identify “emerging stars” in your organization and what resources are used to develop them
  • Are there competency models for staff levels within your organization?

Chris (J.C.) Mahaffey, MS, CAE, FASAE, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Steve Smith, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
David Martin, Society of Critical Care Medicine


Lunch/Networking Break


Session 4: HOT TOPICS 
This session provides us with an opportunity to talk about pressing and emerging issues affecting medical societies and our stakeholders.  We'll share some information at the 30,000 foot level, leaving time to discuss challenges that these industry forces present and to share ideas for addressing them.  We plan to cover the following topics, but can add issues that surface during the meeting:

Thomas Serena, MBA, CPA, American Gastroenterological Association


Session 5: BUSINESS/PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT – Diversifying Your Organization’s Offerings
This session features a summary of the ASAE Foundation Healthcare Innovation Readiness Research as well as innovation in action panelists discussing the following:

  • What new lines of business are you developing for innovation / to diversity your portfolio
  • Products, programs, services, etc; e.g., augmented reality
  • Go beyond enduring products from your annual conference
  • How to get Board buy-in for innovation & investment
  • Touch on new staffing models for new innovation of product lines

Carter L. Alleman, JD, Health Policy at American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
Thomas Serena, MBA, CPA, American Gastroenterological Association
Christopher Welber, North American Neuromodulation Society
Brian Reilly, American Society of Anesthesiologists


Closing Session/Wrap-Up
Sally Weir, the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology


Sally Weir, the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Thank you to our 2019 Summit Sponsors

Splash Financial   ASI

Special Thank You to our 2019 NS CEO Summit Host


AAMSE Meetings Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be given for cancellation up to 60 days prior to the opening day of the meeting minus a $50 administrative fee. Within 60 days prior to the opening day of the meeting, a 50% refund on the registration fee will be granted, minus a $50 administrative fee. No refunds will be given within seven days of the start of the meeting.

In instances where AAMSE must give an early guarantee, refunds will not be granted for events after the guarantee date, unless another replacement registrant has been signed up fill the vacancy. [June 1991, November 2009]

CAE approvedAs a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.

Note: This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE program. Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific time frame towards the exam application or renewal. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.