Staff

  • Executive Team
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    Tom Bohn, CAE, MBA, President & CEO

    Tom Bohn, CAE, MBA

    President & CEO
    312-957-4276

    Thomas Bohn, CAE, MBA starts with the end game.  He envisions what he wants to accomplish and then finds the means to attain it.

    Tom joined ACG in December 2019, after overseeing unprecedented growth at the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC). At NAVC, Tom fostered operational change and organizational growth by bolstering staff resources and revenue returns. Within six years, he grew revenue from $11 million to $26 million.

    Born in Queens, New York, Tom’s no-nonsense nature can be attributed to his NYC roots. Tom wields his straightforward management approach to drive exceptional growth through expansion of domestic and international presence; increase brand awareness and reach; and improve audience engagement via multiple revenue-producing media channels.

    Familiar with the chapter association operational model, Tom views decisive open and active two-way communication with chapter stakeholders as critical to his future success at ACG. Applying data to understand user preferences and activation triggers has allowed Tom to build media platforms and tailored programming adept to his prior associations’ needs. He’ll use that same perpetual curiosity about audience and commitment to leverage technology to enhance ACG’s engagement.

    Tom’s guiding principles for ACG include communication, transparency, innovation, focus on growth and customer service and provide him with the roadmap for successful chapter partnership, increased membership and retention, and event and media expansion.

    Tom, his wife Jennifer and their two dogs will be moving to Chicago when his son, Hudson, enters college. Two of his favorite things to do outside of work: watch his son play lacrosse and listen to Bruce Springsteen on vinyl. He expects that he’ll soon become an 93XRT VIP.

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    Matthew Hickman

    Matthew Hickman

    Chief Operating Officer
    312-212-0820

    Matthew joined ACG in February of 2020 and brings 20+ years of experience from the media and publishing industries in corporate development and growth strategy. A leadership enthusiast at heart, Matthew believes in the power of empathy and creating a purpose for team members to create long-term and sustainable results.

    Prior to his current role, Matthew served as the Vice President of Membership and Chapters at the American Academy of Optometry. He previously operated one of the largest special interest media groups in North America as Senior Vice President, Managing Director of Bonnier Corporation. At Bonnier, he led a team of 250 across marketing, sales and content and managed more than 20 event franchises associated with a niche brand portfolio. Matthew oversaw all operations and M&A activities for the company’s largest and most profitable business unit, increasing EBITA from ($2-mm) to +$7.5-mm between 2013 and 2017. 

    Matthew earned his M.B.A. at Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business. He recently relocated from Orlando, FL to Evanston, IL with his wife and daughter, and in his spare time he enjoys traveling, boating, and health and fitness.

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    Lisa Harris | Chief Financial Officer

    Lisa Harris

    Chief Financial Officer
    (312) 767-8992

    Lisa Harris, CPA (inactive) joined ACG as CFO in September 2020.  A finance executive with over 25 years of experience in fashion/CPG, ecommerce, retail and wholesale, Lisa’s extensive background includes executive roles at large publicly held companies (Gap, Inc., Lucky Brand) as well as numerous founder-led start-ups in various growth stages (Tory Burch, Zac Posen, Dolce Vita).  Lisa has led numerous M&A transactions, capital and debt raises, as well as all traditional areas of finance. She has hands-on experience in fundraising and diligence processes, strategic and long range planning, recruiting and developing talent, business integration, cost reduction and investor relations. She is also experienced in various ops and back of house functions and enjoys being a part of all aspects of the business.  

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    Karen Craven

    Karen Craven

    Senior Vice President, Communications
    312-957-4268

    A storyteller at heart, Karen Craven cut her teeth as a news reporter in Chicago. She is a rich communicator who understands how all aspects of communication are related and must be connected to ensure success and growth. She joined ACG in 2018 to oversee all messaging and communication. Together with her team she ensures that their efforts reach, is consumed by and engages stakeholders.

    Since 2003 she has served as a senior leader in government, corporate and not-for-profit settings. Karen has managed myriad crises, developed long-term growth strategies, reorganized and or rebranded organizational image with key stakeholders, and brokered relationships that helped garner state and federal dollars as well as substantial capital investment. She has consulted for an array of not-for-profits and corporations, focusing on public affairs, communications, and development strategies that have resulted in multi-million grant awards and contracts.

    In 2020 Karen's role was expanded to include public affairs and advocacy. She will also spearhead ACG's diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

    Karen lives in Chicago's Western suburbs with her teenage daughter and two dogs. She's a super user of the DuPage Forest Preserves and practices with her Improv team regularly.    

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    Christine Melendes, CAE

    Christine Melendes, CAE

    Senior Vice President, Events & Strategic Projects
    312-957-4277

    Christine Melendes, CAE, spearheads ACG Global’s signature events and partnership program.

    She joined ACG Global in 2012 as Vice President, Communications & Marketing. Under her direction, she launched a new communications strategy, including the monthly digital publication, Middle Market Growth, intensified public policy efforts to establish ACG as the voice of the middle market and published Driving Growth: The Impact of Private Capital on the U.S. Economy. The latter is the first of its kind, graphically depicting this important data for each Congressional district.

    Before ACG, Melendes’ experience included the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), where her strong strategic marketing initiatives grew revenues, membership and retention. 

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    Loura Cooper

    Loura Cooper

    Vice President, Finance & Corporate Controller
    312-957-4286

    Loura joined the finance team at ACG in 2012.  Loura has established a reputation for a strong team player with the ability to build relationships and communicate with all levels of management, professional staff, and other constituents.  Her financial stewardship has earned her the respect of her peers and the ACG Global Board of Directors, which she supports as the staff liaison to its Audit Committee.  Loura is responsible for providing oversight and management to all financial functions at ACG.  Loura is a seasoned financial professional with nearly two decades of accounting and association experience.  Before joining ACG, Loura held several positions at the American Health Information Management Association, where her career progressed to becoming the Assistant Controller.  A native of Chicago, Loura enjoys relaxing by traveling with her husband and son.

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    Jackie D’Antonio

    Jackie D’Antonio

    Vice President, ACG Media
    312-239-0104

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    Harry Nikpour | Vice President, Sales

    Harry Nikpour

    Vice President, Sales
    (312) 776-3396

    Harry Nikpour joined the ACG staff in September 2020 as Vice President of Sales.  Harry comes to ACG from Arizent, formally known as SourceMedia, LLC where he was the VP of Capital Markets managing sales for a $20mm portfolio of financial b-b titles, including Mergers & Acquisitions Magazine, The Bond Buyer, Traders Magazine and a group of specialty newsletters.  Harry brings 20 + years of experience in sales, developing and launching print, digital, events and research products, managing sales teams, identifying acquisition targets, divesting non-core titles and P&L responsibility.  In addition, Harry has been an active member of ACG since 1999 and has partnered with local chapters and ACG Global.

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    Leslie Whittet

    Leslie Whittet, CAE

    Senior Vice President, Chapter Operations
    312-957-4273

    Leslie Whittet, CAE, has been with ACG since 2002. She began her career at the association as the executive director of ACG Boston before moving to Chicago in 2008 to take the newly created role of VP, chapter operations, for ACG Global. In her current role, Whittet manages and facilitates all facets of chapter operations, from leadership development to governance to website and technology support – all focused on fostering growth among ACG’s 56 chapters across the globe.

    Whittet has brought her more than 15 years of experience as an association professional to bear at ACG, building upon her successes to help drive middle-market growth within each individual chapter. As an executive director, she nearly tripled the membership of ACG Boston from 350 to 950 and doubled the number of annual events. As VP, she works primarily with the volunteer chapter leaders, helping develop efficient leadership and governance practices, and effective strategic planning to ensure continued growth. Her team provides all of the necessary technological support to power the chapter’s success.

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    Shannon Buenik, Chief of Staff

    Shannon Buenik

    Chief of Staff
    312-957-4275

    Every organization needs a compass. Shannon is that to ACG. Since 2010 she’s been a steadfast steward to board volunteers, chapter executives and staff. Shannon began her career in politics and government with the Illinois State Senate, then leveraged her governance understanding to serve the business community through the Illinois Commerce Commission. Shannon later joined Smith Bucklin as an association manager juggling myriad responsibilities, including ACG. When ACG transitioned to a staff-driven organization, Shannon was one of the first employees to join. Her governance experience is invaluable to ACG’s Global Board of Directors; her collaborative style and organization skills are unmatched - evidenced by successful implementation of ACG’s web and CRM platforms. Shannon ensures the senior management team is aligned with the board’s strategic objectives, and supports staff exceeding the expectations of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Membership & Chapters
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    Haley Bischof

    Haley Bischof

    Director, Member Development
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    Jason Friske

    Jason Friske, IOM, CAE

    Director, Chapter Operations
    312-957-4284
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    Emily Hodgson | Manager, Chapter Operations

    Emily Hodgson

    Manager, Chapter Operations
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    Helen Jacobi

    Helen Jacobi

    Executive Director, ACG UK
    Staff Mailing Address
    ACG Global (Europe) Ltd
    Munro House
    Portsmouth Road
    Cobham
    Surrey KT11 1PP
    United Kingdom
    +44 (0)7812 995049
  • Events Operations
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    Ariel Dorsey, CMP

    Ariel Dorsey, CMP, CMM

    Senior Director, Conferences & Events
    312-957-4267
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    Kelly Butler

    Kelly Butler, CMP

    Senior Manager, Conferences & Events
    312-957-4282
  • Finance
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    Dana Michel | Controller

    Dana Michel

    Controller
    (312) 776-3419
  • Marketing, Advocacy & Public Relations
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    Brian Lubluban

    Brian Lubluban

    Director, Creative & Branding
    312-957-4278
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    Nicole Thompson

    Nicole Thompson

    Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
    312-957-4283
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    Michelle McAvoy

    Michelle McAvoy

    Manager, Creative & Branding
    312-957-4257
  • Media
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    Kathryn Mulligan

    Kathryn Mulligan

    Editor-in-Chief, Middle Market Growth®
    312-957-4272
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    Phil Albinus | Managing Director, Middle Market Growth

    Phil Albinus

    Managing Editor, Middle Market Growth
    312-789-4554
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    Benjamin Glick

    Benjamin Glick

    Associate Editor
    312-957-4270
  • Sales & Sponsorships
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    Kaitlyn Fishman

    Kaitlyn Fishman

    Director, Strategic Development
    312-957-4260
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    Grethel Huerta

    Grethel Huerta

    Manager, Partner Relations
    312-957-4281