Search for new CEO moves ahead

Sunday, April 30, 2006

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - AAHomecare hired an executive search firm in early April to begin beating the bushes for the right person to replace 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 president/CEO slot. JDG is based in Rockville, Md.
"We spoke with several firms and any would have done a good job, but we figured 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 could be on board by early summer, but that's no guarantee. A person of the caliber AAHomecare desires often has commitments to other organizations 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 qualifed 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 a target 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 qualifed person on board."