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Exit Interview: Bob Benedict, CAE

Late last year, Bob Benedict, CAE, headed back to his home state to lead the Florida Swimming Pool Association, leaving behind the National Pawnbrokers Association, where he served two terms as executive director.

Exit Interview: Jula Kinnaird

After six years as the head of the National Grain Trade Council, last year Jula Kinnaird led a restructuring and expansion of the small but politically influential group. This year the association emerged as the Commodity Markets Council, poised to advocate not only for the grain industry but for other commodities and energy as well.  With the restructure behind her, next month Kinnaird will leave the CMC to launch her own association management consulting company. Kinnaird spoke with CEO Update about the future of the CMC, her leadership challenges and starting a business in the association arena.

Profile: Dick Doyle, International Sleep Products Association

Dick Doyle, CEO of the Int'l Sleep Products Association, knew his association could not solve all manufacturing problems on its own, but that didn't stop him from tackling the issues through NAM's Council of Manufacturing Associations.  This year the council welcomes Doyle as chairman. Doyle spoke with CEO Update about running the ISPA, his vision for the NAM council and lessons learned making his way to the CEO position.

Spelling Out Severance Terms

Churn at the top of industry groups has made severance clauses a critical part of executive contracts that can provide a cushion for CEOs forced out of a job

Profile: Bill Novelli, AARP

With 35 million members and close to a billion dollar budget, AARP is everywhere from lobbying to insurance. At the helm of this behemoth for the last six years is Bill Novelli, an activist, a pioneer of social marketing, and co-founder of the well-known PR firm Porter Novelli.

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