March 3, 2017 – Chicago-headquartered executive search firm Kittleman & Associates has been retained by Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) to lead its search for a new executive director. Reporting to the board of directors, the executive director will be responsible for directing the operational activities of the association and supporting its strategic and financial goals.
The incoming director will work with the board to develop a strategic business plan while managing the day to day operations of the association. This includes planning, budget development & management, development of programs and events, and building and maintaining relationships that are key to PMI members. Performance will be highly weighted on adding membership value, establishing positive “personality” to the association and offering enlightened approaches to ever shifting association issues.
The Right Leader
PMI seeks a proven executive level leader whose career in a similar-size or larger national association or comparable business enterprise has been noted by their ability to chart a path forward with exceptional communication skills and servant leadership style.
Candidates for the role must exhibit success in collaborating with and convening diverse stakeholders sharing common interests and values so that the tactics and strategic goals of the organization are pursued in a collegial, transparent and highly participatory manner. Direct experience in manufacturing is not required, though general knowledge of the industry would be highly advantageous. The chosen candidate will have a proven record in building strategic advocacy and outreach efforts on behalf of an organization or association.
Kittleman & Associates is seeking a leader who can develop and support a team of professional employees through effective delegation, professional development and confident decision making. Experience working with stakeholders to build new business relationships, partnerships and expanded membership is highly desired. Along with these skills, some of the important personal attributes PMI seeks include authenticity, strategic problem-solving, proactive approaches, diplomacy, and what the organization calls “humbleness and nimbleness.”
Plumbing Manufacturers International is the voluntary global trade association for plumbing product manufacturers. Its members produce 90 percent of the plumbing products used in the U.S. and represent more than 150 brands. PMI serves its members as a technical resource and by facilitating advocacy, information exchange and early warning notice on critical industry issues.
Next Generation Leaders
Established in 1963, Kittleman is one of the nation’s oldest executive recruitment firms exclusively serving non-profit organizations. Search services include recruitment counsel, organizational assessment, development of position specifications, prospect research, source identification, candidate development, background assessment & verification, reference checking, offer preparation and transition assistance.
The firm is currently searching for executive directors for PEER Services, People’s Resource Center, Moore Farms Botanical Garden Foundation, South Suburban PADS, and Boys & Girls Country, among many others.
In November, the next generation of leadership at Kittleman & Associates surfaced. Cory King became president and CEO and Megan Monaco assumed the role of vice president. Mr. King assumed the firm’s top position from Richard King, who continues to conduct CEO searches for client organizations. He serves as an advisor to the company as chairman. The brother-sister team has been with Kittleman for several years which made the transition seamless.
Mr. King focuses on CEO searches across the non-profit sector, with a particular emphasis in social services, grant making foundations, cultural institutions, and conservation organizations. He has been in the non-profit sector since 1998 and brings executive level experience in higher education, healthcare and social services.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media