Leonard J. Brenner
LEONARD J. BRENNER, LTD.
Leonard concentrates his practice in corporate and business matters on behalf of for profit and not for profit organizations. Mr. Brenner is licensed to practice law in both Illinois and Wisconsin. Mr. Brenner graduated from the University Of San Diego School Of Law in 1984, from Northern Illinois University in 1979 with a degree in accounting, and practiced in public accounting before attending law school. Mr. Brenner is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Thomas P. Conway, M.B.A., C.P.A
Chief Financial Officer
THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGISTS
With more than 30 years of association management experience, Tom currently provides executive oversight for AACE’s financial management, technology and special projects. Prior to joining AACE in 2017, Tom was Chief Operating Officer for the American Society of Anesthesiologist and during his tenure provided executive oversight for information technology, finance, human resources, business development, marketing, strategic planning and facilities. Before joining the ASA in 2008, Tom served as executive director of the Catholic Press Association and vice president of business operations for Moose International. He also has held senior positions at the American Academy of Dermatology—including associate executive director of finance and planning, interim executive director and executive director—and at the National Futures Association as vice president and treasurer. Tom, who began his career in public accounting, is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and Association Forum of Chicagoland.
Christine C. Eme
EASTERN ASSOCIATION FOR THE SURGERY OF TRAUMA
Christine has more than 25 years of association management experience. Since 2007, she has served as the executive director for the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), a 501(c)3 national professional membership association representing more than 1,800 medical professionals involved in the care of injured patients. In her tenure with EAST, membership has grown by 76 percent and the operating revenue has increased by 95 percent. She is an effective administrator adept at forming networks with affiliate organizations and has a strong history of building positive relationships with members and professional colleagues.
SVP, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, STRATEGIC PLANNING & OPERATIONS
Rob Miller is an experienced executive and entrepreneur dedicated to rapid growth and customer acquisition. He has raised a combined $100M in capital to support organizational growth and has acquired thousands of customers. Mr. Miller has exceptional organizational and strategic planning skills. He has natural sales leadership and acumen built on integrity, innovation and commitment. He has a solid technical foundation from years of software development experience earlier in his career.
ART OF PLANNING CONSULTING
VICE PRESIDENT, CONSULTING
Mark Thorsby is responsible for providing effective guidance and leadership to organizations that are creating strategic plans, examining governance structures and cultures, defining relationships between organizations and their constituents and evaluating organizational effectiveness. Mark is a subject matter expert in the field of governance, leadership development and strategic planning/thinking. He is an experienced senior association professional and is a polished, professional facilitator and presenter. In addition to his practical experience in the field, Mark has made a significant personal commitment to the study and the teaching of volunteer organization leadership and strategy development. He provides his audiences with the benefits of his theory research combined with the day-to-day practical experience of association management.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mark also has served on the boards of directors and as an officer of more than two dozen organizations. His view from the volunteer perspective makes him a valuable consultant to the not-for-profit community. His service as a volunteer spans both private and public organizations, from Rotary Club to convention and visitors bureau to elected city council member, including service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association Forum.
Director of FAER
Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research
Rupa is a dynamic nonprofit executive with proven results in leading both 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(6) organizations for more than 14 years. Dedicated to advancing associations and their foundations, Rupa has worked for both associations a
Chief Executive Officer
When Sandy was 24, she founded the kind of company she always wanted to work for—a boutique agency that thrived on exceptional and strategic work, with high energy in an environment where there's always room for growth and change. Since then, she has grown Sandstorm into Chicago’s leading digital marketing and user experience agency for organizations including: Crown (NYSE CCK), American Medical Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield, MathWorks, Rotary and Discovery Education. With more than 3,000 in-depth interviews and usability studies conducted, Sandy leads a company that has mastered the art of uncovering insights to elevate brand experiences. Sandstorm also has been named Chicago's 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For. In addition, Sandy has spoken to hundreds of CEOs on culture as a growth and brand strategy. Her specialties include strategy, UX design, content, web development, analytics and optimization.