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AI works diligently to attract and retain top talent and our numerous awards are evidence of that. Our personnel have won more than a dozen awards for publications, events, and marketing campaigns and AI has been repeatedly honored as one of the best places to work in Kentucky. We work hard, and we find great satisfaction in exceeding your expectations.

AI is led by a team of experienced professionals. The structure is such that each association client has its own executive director and core staff who focus solely on the business of that association, while our team of shared staff focus on the "behind the scenes" function of each group.

 
BECKY BROOKS
Executive Director, Alliance for Women in Media and Alliance for Women in Media Foundation
Becky brings more than 16 years of association management experience to the Associations International (AI) team. Her background includes experience in governance, sales, publications, event management and strategic planning. Historically, Becky played an integral part in managing the day-to-day operations of AI associations that brings business tools, technical solutions and member servicing to professionals around the world. Becky is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BS in Marketing. 
   
BRIAN CLARK, CAE
Executive Director, Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association
Brian joined AI in 2012 with extensive experience in association management, marketing and publishing. A 17-year veteran of the petroleum industry, he has worked in marketing and membership management for the Asphalt Institute and PR/communications for Valvoline. With KPMA, Brian leads the staff team and champions the legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts for the petroleum marketing industry in Kentucky. He holds an MA in Communications from Wheaton College and a BA in Communications and English from Milligan College.
   
KATHY DEBOER
Executive Director, American Volleyball Coaches Association
Kathy has served in the staff leadership role of AVCA since 2006. She is a management generalist with broad experience in sports administration. Her positions in intercollegiate athletics include senior associate for external affairs, chief fundraiser, Olympic sports manager, senior woman administrator and coach. In addition to earning her MBA from the University of Kentucky, Kathy is a published author.
   
DAVID FELDNER, CAE
Executive Director, Association of Professional Dog Trainers
David brings more than 18 years of professional nonprofit management experience to APDT. His background includes growing membership, marketing, governance, strategic planning, bylaws, innovation, and meeting and convention management. David is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee with a BBA in Marketing.
   
ERICKA HARNEY, CAE, CFRE, GPC, CVA
Executive Director, Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance
With a passion for women and girl’s success, Ericka joined AFWA in 2014, and has brought 18 years of experience in business and nonprofit management. Prior to AFWA, she served as a fundraising, grant and nonprofit management consultant for clients around the country, the Assistant Director of Development at the Council of State Governments, and Graduate Adjunct Faculty for North Park University. She has been responsible for raising over $14 million, served as a federal grant reviewer, co-founded a social enterprise, written for academic and industry publications, and has presented on a variety of nonprofit management, governance, leadership, and fundraising topics. Ericka holds an MA in communication from the University of Kentucky and is currently a Candidate for a Ph.D. in organizational leadership at Eastern University.
   
LYNNE MCNEES 
President, International SPA Association
As an AI employee for more than 20 years, Lynne manages the operations of ISPA as President, representing spas and product companies around the globe. Lynne travels throughout the world promoting and representing the spa industry and also serves as ISPA’s official spokesperson by frequently being interviewed as a spa expert by major media outlets including The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Women’s Wear Daily, the Associated Press and numerous consumer and trade publications. A native of Dallas, Texas, Lynne is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BS in Kinesiological Science.
   
MAGDALENA MOOK
Executive Director, International Coach Federation
Magda joined the ICF in 2005 and has supported the ICF with extensive experience in fundraising, development, consulting, and association management. Magda’s formal education includes an MS in Economics and International Trade from the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland and completion of the Copenhagen Business School's Advanced Program in International Management and Consulting. Magda is fluent in Polish, Russian, and English, and has a working knowledge of French.
   
LISA SIMON
Executive Director, International Coach Federation
AI contracts with Lisa Simon, principal of The Simon Connection, LLC, to provide executive director services to the International Inbound Travel Association. Prior to forming The Simon Connection, Lisa served as the president of NTA (National Tour Association). Lisa specializes in association management, strategic planning, and tourism market development. With nearly 30 years of experience in association management, Lisa’s facilitation skills and analytical abilities have proven effective in leadership development, strategic planning, organizational structure and change management. Lisa has spoken on global and domestic travel, tourism marketing and travel industry trends throughout the United States and around the world.
   
JON VAUGHN
Executive Director, Quest International Users Group
Jon’s primary role for Quest is providing operational oversight. Jon is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s business primarily providing strategic leadership and directing daily operations. Since Jon accepted this leadership role in 2008, Quest has achieved exceptional success in the areas of community growth, customer engagement and customer satisfaction. Jon earned his MS in Sports Management from the University of Kentucky and a BS in Education from Longwood University.
   
CLIENT RELATIONS TEAM
LAURA BEITING
AI Director of Operations and Technology
Laura has 13 years of operations experience at AI—previously as Vice President of Operations for the International SPA Association and Vice President of Operations for Athenic Systems. In her current role, Laura identifies, analyzes and solves challenges within the company. She is also responsible for the successful and efficient integration of new clients. Laura graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BS in Natural Resource Conservation Management with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Agriculture Economics.
   
KEITH HOWARD, CAE, CFRM
AI Vice President of Business Development
A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Keith brings more than 25 years of association management experience and industry knowledge to AI. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President to the Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF); the American Society of Health Care Food Service Administrators (ASHFSA); and the American Institute of Wine & Food. Keith is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) by the American Society for Association Executives and a Certified Fundraising Manager by the Indianapolis School of Philanthropy.
   
BEN POLK, CPA
AI Chief Financial Officer
Ben brings more than 17 years of financial management experience and expertise to AI with over 15 of those years in association management. In the CFO role, Ben directs all financial aspects of the business including accounting practices, budgeting, financial planning, interfacing with the financial community, financial analysis, acquisitions and ventures, and monitoring of financial performance. Ben graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BS in Accounting and then returned to earn his MBA with an emphasis on Corporate Finance. Ben earned his Certified Public Accounting designation in 2000.
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