November 14, 2017 – Chicago-based executive search firm Kittleman & Associates has been retained by the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) to find a new CEO. Principal Megan Lewis is leading the assignment for Kittleman.
The organization is seeking a proven leader with a career in a similarly sized or larger national association who can help chart a path forward with exceptional communication skills and servant leadership approach. The president and CEO is responsible for implementing a strategic plan to address the needs of NBRPA and its community, acting as spokesperson and chief fundraiser.
This person must exhibit success in collaborating with and convening diverse stakeholders who share common interests and values, said Kittleman & Associates. While not required, individuals with experience in sports/entertainment are encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate will have a proven record in building strategic activities and partnerships for an organization or association, the search firm said. The individual must have a creative approach to marketing and branding, strong negotiation skills and a comfort level being the face of the organization.
NBRPA wants a leader who can develop and support staff through effective delegation, professional development and confident decision making. This person should demonstrate an ability to raise the profile of the association nationally and internationally and support the best interests of members, said the recruitment firm. Experience working with stakeholders to build new business relationships, partnerships and expanded membership is also important.
Some of the important personal attributes the organization seeks include authenticity, strategic problem-solving, proactive approaches, diplomacy, humbleness and nimbleness, said Kittleman & Associates.
Founded in 1992 by NBA Legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson, the National Basketball Retired Players Association is a non-profit association comprised of former professional basketball players of the NBA, ABA, WNBA, and Harlem Globetrotters. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the group provides education, health, finance and career/life transition benefits to retired players and their families.
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Kittleman & Associates, which was established in 1963, 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 has led searches for top leaders at PEER Services, People’s Resource Center, Moore Farms Botanical Garden Foundation, South Suburban PADS and Boys & Girls Country, among many others.
Ms. Lewis, of Kittleman, works directly with clients across a wide range of sectors including science museums, foundations, conservation and wildlife organizations, and social services agencies. She completed nearly 100 searches for CEOs and senior executives during her tenure with the firm.
Next Generation Leader
Not long ago, a new generation at Kittleman & Associates took over the firm’s leadership: Cory King was named president and CEO, succeeding his father Richard. Cory’s sister Megan Monaco became vice president. “Rick,” as the elder Mr. King is known, continues to conduct CEO searches and serves as an advisor to the business as chairman. The siblings have been with Kittleman for several years, the company said, making 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.
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