Destination Marketing Association International - Melissa Cherry to chief marketing officer, a new position, effective May 9, from marketing and cultural tourism SVP, Choose Chicago; Nina Winston to membership and partner relations EVP, a new position, effective June 1, from strategic partnerships VP, Choose Chicago. Both positions are based in D.C. Don Welsh was CEO of Choose Chicago before becoming the new DMAI CEO in April. He announced a restructure on his first day, when nine staff departed.
Kentucky Association of REALTORS - Steve Stevens, CCE, IOM, to CEO, effective May 17. He was CEO of Greater Spokane Inc., the 1,200-member chamber and economic development agency for eastern Washington. Before GSI, Stevens served for eight years as CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber. Previously he was the Chamber’s public affairs SVP and spent more than 12 years as the Chamber’s legislative agent in Frankfort. He also served as the Kentucky Chamber government affairs director for three years. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, the Institute for Organization Management, the Center for Creative Leadership and Leadership Kentucky. In a volunteer capacity, Stevens served as president of the state association of Chamber of Commerce Executives in Kentucky and has been an active member of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He earned the Certified Chamber Executive designation from ACCE and was named Chamber Executive of Year in 2011 by the Kentucky Chamber.
United Way of Greater Cleveland - August A. Napoli Jr., to CEO. Simon Bisson was interim CEO since February and resource development VP. Bisson will leave UWGC to become vice president of development for Institutional Relations and Development at University Hospitals. Napoli was chief advancement officer at Cleveland Museum of Art in 2010 after working as COO at Summa Foundation in Akron. Earlier, Napoli was vice chairman in the Division of Institutional Relations and Development at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He was also the founding CEO of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation, CEO of the Catholic Charities Corporation of the Diocese of Cleveland, and VP of university relations and development, and executive director of the Cleveland State University Foundation. He earned a bachelor's degree at Franciscan University.
Michigan Primary Care Association - Loretta V. Bush to CEO, effective May 23. Bush succeeds Kim Sibilsky, who will retire on June 1, after more than 20 years. Bush has been CEO of the Institute of Population Health in Detroit since 2012.
Vermont Retail & Grocers Association - Erin Sigrist to president, succeeding Jim Harrison, will step down at the end of the year. VRGA was brought about by the merger of the Vermont Retail Association and the Vermont Grocers Association. Harrison began his association career with VGA in 1987 and has continued as president of the new VRGA since the groups combined in 2014. Sigrist has been VP since 2015. She was a government relations specialist at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. Earlier she was account executive at Capital Connections, and sales and marketing assistant at the Seneca County (N.Y.) Chamber. She gained knowledge of the retail industry working in her family’s business, a 137-year-old hardware store in Waterloo, N.Y. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Elmira College, where she majored in business with a concentration in marketing. She is an active Rotarian.
Illinois REALTORS - Luke Bell to EVP, from governmental affairs VP and general counsel for the Kansas Association of REALTORS. As EVP, Bell is in line to succeed CEO Gary Clayton, CAE, RCE, who has led the association since 1987.