AAH's search for new CEO moves forward

Sunday, April 9, 2006

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - AAHomecare hired an executive search firm recently to begin beating the bushes for the right person to replace former CEO/President Kay Cox, who departed the association in February.

Paul Belford, an associate specializing in association recruiting at JDG, will conduct the search for the slot. JDG is based in Rockville, Md.

"We spoke with several firms and any would have done a good job, but we figure this firm was the best match," said Michael Reinemer, AAHomecare's director of communications. "They do a lot of executive searches for associations in Washington, which is its own world."

A new CEO/president could be on board within three months, but that's no guarantee. A person of the caliber AAHomecare will be pursuing often has commitments to other organizations and that could delay his/her taking the helm, Reinemer said.

Part of the search process involves developing a profile of the type of person most qualified to run AAHomecare, said association Chairman Tom Ryan.

While the profile is still a work in progress, the ideal candidate should have the passion and skills necessary to prove the value of home care and move the industry away from being targeted for more Medicare reimbursement cuts, AAHomecare Treasurer Mario Lacute told HME News in March.

"There are enough candidates out there that I have no doubt we'll get the right person," Ryan said. "I just want a qualified person on board."