June 11, 2015 – Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has been selected by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) to find its chief foundation officer. Senior partner Gregory Santore and consultant Jennifer Biehn will head the assignment for Witt/Kieffer.
The chief foundation officer will direct the American Quarter Horse Foundation, the philanthropic branch of AQHA in achievement of its mission, which seeks to advance the American quarter horse through the development of funds and programs designed to preserve and interpret the history and modern uses of the breed; support the educational advancement of the industry’s youth; protect and enhance the physical well-being of all equines; and promote the American quarter horse’s capacity to provide physical and emotional benefits to individuals in need.
“We are looking for a candidate who will maintain strong communications and relationships with an impactful donor base that will allow the Foundation to grow sustainably over the years,” said Craig Huffhines, AQHA executive vice president.
“Witt/Kieffer understands the culture and goals of AQHA and the tremendous influence that it has on the equine community,” said Mr. Santore. “We are confident we will see great interest in this position and recruit an exceptional leader who brings energy and vision to the role.”
No official timeline has been determined for completing the search, however AQHA and Witt/Kieffer are working aggressively to identify a talented and diverse pool of candidates for the position.
The American Quarter Horse Association, established in 1940 and based in Amarillo, is the world’s largest equine breeding registry and membership organization.
Witt/Kieffer assists hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, medical schools and physician groups; biotech, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical device companies; colleges and universities and not-for-profit community service and cultural organizations with senior administrative recruiting assignments.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media