Greetings, worldwide to all clinicians, technicians, subscribers, advertisers, readers, and authors. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry is proud and pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director. Her name is Sharon Bennett, her CV is below, and the staff and members of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Oral Implantology feel privileged to publish this.

As may be seen, Ms. Bennett's credentials are remarkable. She will bring a refreshing, new, open, and innovative perspective to our Academy. The committee that was responsible for interviewing and appointing her is to be congratulated on its excellent selection.

For those of you who know her, and those of you who have yet to meet her, we at the JOI assure you that you will find her to be available by phone, fax, and e-mail. She will respond promptly and without hesitation, ask for information with which she has little familiarity, and offer wise and perspicacious opinions consonant with her long and excellent experience in managing professional organizations.

Sharon Bennett Expertise and Experience

Over 25 years' experience as an executive director, leader, and consultant in all aspects of association management:

  • Strategic planning and implementation

  • Leadership development

  • Client relationship management

  • Financial planning, budgeting, monitoring, reporting

  • Membership promotion and retention

  • Publications

  • Conferences, trade shows sales/marketing, programming, implementation

  • Chapter relations, development, programming, governance, leadership development

  • Sponsorships, fund-raising events and programs, and other sources of nondues revenue

  • Governance issues, bylaws, policies and procedures manuals, reorganization

  • Foundation management

Accomplishments

  • Led the restructuring of a 30 000 member, 400-chapter organization as it moved from a regional to a state alignment. Developed work plans, organized and trained volunteer committees, wrote new bylaws, policies, and procedures to make the new structure work—all within the first year of the new alignment.

  • Guided an association through a name change. Developed the plan and timeline for marketing, rebranding, and awareness efforts which resulted in a successful transition within the planned 14 months and within budget.

  • Planned and implemented a membership renewal campaign for an organization that had shown no membership growth for 5 years. The result was a more than 10% increase in new membership and a 20% increase in student membership retention.

  • Directed organizations through restructuring conferences to attract more attendees. Reorganized the financial planning and monitoring to enhance profitability. The result was increased attendance and visibility, both by nearly 50% over a 3-year period.

  • Developed work plans and timelines to move two organizations from stand-alone operations to an association management company. The process included termination of existing staff, lease negotiation and buy-outs, assigning and training new staff, developing a public relations effort for the membership and the profession. The result was that the organizations were up and running in a totally new environment within the timeframe and budget allocated.

  • Planned and implemented leadership training programs to strengthen the leadership of a chapter-based organization. The training helped develop a new set of leaders for the local and state levels and increased chapter meeting attendance by an average of 20%.

  • Established bylaws, articles of incorporation, policies, and procedures for the establishment of an education foundation.

  • Analyzed existing sponsorship arrangements for an education foundation to establish improved opportunities for both the sponsoring organizations and enhanced financial operations as the foundation moved past a marginally successful capital campaign.

  • Directed the planning and implementation of three fund-raising events in the financial services community as part of a capital campaign.

  • Developed a reorganization plan for the restructuring of an association's board of directors and committees; then guided the association's leadership to a successful implementation.

Experience

Bennett Consulting, Chicago, IL—consulting to associations (2004–2007)

Assisted a variety of associations in solving management issues by serving in as an in-house “interim” to bridge the gap between past and incoming management, to assess current policies and procedures, and to provide new ideas for handling old problems

Clients

  • Million Dollar Round Table: developed a new format for a specialty meeting that resulted in a successful new educational offering

  • National Fraternal Congress of America: served as “Interim” Director of Communications, developed communications plan, applied plan to budgets, developed new communications vehicles, and began implementation of plan

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons: served as “Interim” Director of Meetings, managed the logistics for a 6000 attendee/400 exhibits conference, prepared budget as part of new goal-setting process

  • RSM McGladrey: general nonprofit, project consulting

  • Academy of General Dentistry: analyzed work flow for specific educational activities, interviewed and assessed staff roles and responsibilities as they related to the educational activities

  • Academy of General Dentistry Foundation: as “Interim” Executive Director, established sound administrative and financial practices to support the foundation and enhance its fund-raising efforts.

Bostrom Corporation, Chicago, IL—an association management, consulting, and outsourcing company

Senior Vice President and equity partner (1995–2004)

Responsible for new business development, client relationships, general management of associations ranging in budget size from $500 000 to $10 000 000 and memberships of 400–18 000.

Account Executive (1994–1995)

Executive Director for 3 professional associations with budgets ranging from $500 000 to

$5 000 000 and memberships of 400–3000.

Association Clients

  • Strategic Leadership Forum (10 000 members)

  • Chicago Association of Direct Marketing (3000 members)

  • Chicago Association of Direct Marketing Education Foundation

  • Society of Women Engineers (19 000 members)

  • Society of Women Engineers Education Foundation

  • Association of Professional Investment Consultants (500 members)

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (12 000 members)

  • Roof Tile Institute (50 members)

  • Publicity Club of Chicago (500 members)

Burnison, Martello & Associates, Chicago, IL—an association management company

Vice President, Client Services (1992–1994)

Executive Director for 3 professional associations and senior account manager for 3 additional associations. Memberships ranged from 400–20 000. Budgets ranged from $250 000–$2 000 000.

Association Clients

  • Chicago Association of Direct Marketing (3000 members)

  • Chicago Association of Direct Marketing Education Foundation

  • Publicity Club of Chicago (500 members)

  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Chicago Chapter (600 members)

  • National Reading Conference (1000 members)

  • National Association of Prenatal Research and Education (1000 members)

P.M. Haeger and Associates, Chicago, IL—an association management and outsourcing organization

Senior Account Executive and Division Director (1985–1992)

Managed a staff of 8 in the planning and implementation of 30 annual conferences and trade shows. Account manager for 10 association clients. Conference attendance ranged from 200–3000 with budgets of $200 000–$1 000 000. Executive Director for two organizations ranging in budget size from $400 000–$750 000 and memberships of 300–1000.

1980–1985

Administrative manager for a 30 000 member professional association. Managed a staff of 15 in the areas of membership, accounting, state and chapter relations, conference management, public relations and publications. Supported the activities of 5 committees, the board of directors, and the executive committee. Developed and monitored the annual $5 000 000 budget.

Association Clients

  • National Association of Bank Women (30 000 members)

  • National Association of Bank Women Educational Foundation

  • American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (600 members)

  • Charles L. Pincus Foundation

  • Meeting Professionals International, Chicago Chapter (500 members)

  • Committee of 200

  • Illinois Dental Laboratory Association

  • American Society of Women Accountants/American Woman's Society of CPAs

  • American Association of Diabetes Educators

  • Society of Research Administrators

  • National Association Medical Staff Services

  • National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administrators

Education

MS, Northern Illinois University—English Literature

BS, Illinois State University—English major/Music minor

Leadership Positions

Association Forum of Chicagoland, Board of Directors; Chair, Education Foundation

Today's Chicago Woman Foundation, Board of Directors; Secretary of Board

Girl Scouts of Chicago, Board of Directors

Old Town Triangle (community organization), Membership Chair

Honors and Awards

“I Will” Award, Association Forum of Chicagoland

President's Award, Chicago Chapter-Meeting Professionals International (presented by the board of directors in recognition of my service as their first executive director)