Sterling Martin Recruits CEO for American Pharmacists Association

March 19, 2020 – Sterling Martin Associates, an executive search firm which specializes in recruiting talent for associations and other non-profit organizations, has placed Scott J. Knoer as the new executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). He succeeds Thomas Menighan, who recently announced his retirement. He will take over on July 1. The assignment was led by David S. Martin, managing partner; Leigh Beal, vice president of executive recruiting; and Manmeet Singh Fox, senior consultant.

“Scott brings a tremendous track record of leadership and organizational growth that will help drive APhA and the profession forward,” said Brad Tice, president of APhA. “He will be able to build on the tremendous work and foundation laid by Tom Menighan and previous CEOs of APhA, to take the organization to even greater heights. His experience across the healthcare ecosystem will be vital in helping the association navigate and strengthen the profession’s position as we move forward in this critical time for the profession in an increasingly complex healthcare system.”

Dr. Knoer is the chief pharmacy officer of the Cleveland Clinic. He oversees nearly 1,600 pharmacy FTEs and a $1.4 billion drug budget at the clinic’s 1,300-bed tertiary care referral hospital, its clinics and cancer center, 18 family health centers and 11 community hospitals in the Cleveland area with facilities in Florida, Las Vegas, Canada, London and Abu Dhabi. Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic in 2011, Dr. Knoer held leadership positions in pharmacy at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Fairview, MN and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX. He completed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center and he is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy.

“I have advocated hard for pharmacy throughout my career, and I’m excited to officially represent the entire profession, helping APhA to empower pharmacists to care for patients,” said Dr. Knoer. “Healthcare is transforming at a staggering pace. While innovative medications are treating diseases once thought incurable, they often come at a price that is unsustainable for society. APhA will not only fight so pharmacists can care for their patients, but we will also fight to ensure that patients have access to affordable drug therapy.”

“Congratulations to Dr. Knoer on his selection as the CEO of APhA to succeed me on July 1,” said Dr. Menighan. “I am pleased with the board’s diligence and their excellent selection. Scott brings tremendous talents, perspectives and experiences to us. I look forward to optimizing the transition.”

The American Pharmacists Association, located in Washington, D.C., was founded as the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1852. It is the only organization advancing the entire pharmacy profession. Members include pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. APhA has an operating budget of about $35 million, a staff of about 130 and over 60,000 members.

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Sterling Martin Associates, established in 2006, focuses on finding leaders for associations and non-profit organizations. The firm has been engaged by over 150 clients throughout the U.S. Its staff consists of professionals located in Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Orange County, CA. Eighty-five percent of the firm’s searches are for roles at the CEO/executive director level with the balance being for senior staff.


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Mr. Martin started his executive search career in 1989 after spending eight years in the corporate world. For nearly 30 years, he has led complex executive search projects throughout the U.S. As CEO, Mr. Martin guides the firm’s overarching business strategy while maintaining a lead role on multiple national projects each year. He has held senior-level positions with such global search firms as Korn Ferry and has launched new offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Irvine, CA.

Ms. Beal focuses primarily on recruiting senior-level leadership for associations and non-profit organizations. She developed her recruiting skills working for an executive search firm for non-profit boards. Her clients have ranged from start-up organizations to some of the most established names in the non-profit community.

Ms. Fox, who is based in Washington, D.C., has more than 25 years in HR leader roles in association, for-profit, federal contractor and non-profit organizations. Her industry experience spans healthcare, advertising/communications, telecommunications, social sciences, contract research and industry/trade associations. She is an expert in talent identification, recruitment and assessment.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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