Our executive staff comprises skilled professionals who have extensive experience in association management and business. As a team and as individuals, we dedicate ourselves to delivering quality services and high performance outcomes to our client organizations. Together with our entire staff, we stand ready to help your association reach its full potential.
Rick is EAI President and serves as the Executive Director for the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI). With more than 30 years of association management experience, he is a specialist in leadership development, corporate development, governance and convention management.
Rick’s extensive management experience has made him highly skillful in contract negotiations, meeting coordination, development of publications and all forms of communications. He also has extensive experience developing non-dues revenue sources and implementing strategic plans.
Rick is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the American Association of Medical Society Executives.
Mike is EAI Vice President and serves as the Executive Director of the American Board of Pain Medicine (ABPM), Associate Executive Director of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) and is the former Executive Director of the Foundation of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). With more than 20 years of association experience, he specializes in scientific journal management, contract negotiations and convention management and industry relations.
Since managing the Academy of Osseointegration, he has introduced numerous new sponsorship opportunities which have tripled sponsorship income. He has been an integral part of growing its assets by 1,250% and boosting membership by more than 2,000 members. Under his leadership, the ACAAI Foundation has launched two successful endowment funds and a Planned Giving Campaign.
Mike is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, the American Association of Medical Society Executives and the Society for Human Resource Management.
1933-2013 – Jim was a founder and principal partner of EAI and served as the Executive Director for two of our national medical associations. Under his leadership, the associations have strengthened in membership size, program offerings and assets every year.
Jim was responsible for many firsts in the industry, such as the recording of an entire medical convention on interactive CD-ROM in 1993. He instituted CME and self-assessment tests in medical journals, developed doctors’ “job fairs” at annual conventions, created association computer resource centers, launched a satellite journal club, published a practice management newsletter, established a medical foundation and led strategic planning retreats for association officers and boards.
Prior to founding EAI, Jim was assistant executive director and public relations director for the 15,000-member Illinois State Medical Society where he was employed for 20 years.
Kevin Bragaw, CPA
Kevin is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 15 years of experience managing Accounting and Finance Operations for Associations and serves as the Executive Director of the Society for Clinical Trials (SCT). Kevin began his Association Management career with the Chicago Bar Association, where he spent 9 years managing all aspects of their financial operations. Most recently, he spent 5 years with the Information Systems Audit and Control Association where he led a team in managing portions of the day to day financial operations.
Kevin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Linda is Director of Development for EAI’s clients. Linda has been in association management since 2004. Prior to joining EAI, she was Industry Relations Manager for the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Linda has 20+ years’ experience working in the convention and tradeshow industry.
Her commitment is to provide accurate and concise information about corporate sponsorship opportunities that are available for support; enabling corporate partners to reach thousands of key industry decision makers. She secures funding for annual meetings and other projects, has helped grow client revenues and ensures corporate partners meet their marketing objectives.
Linda is a member of the Association Forum of Chicagoland.
Jean has more than 20 years of experience in association management, including more than 20 years with EAI. Prior to joining EAI, she was with the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine.
Jean is the Director of Exhibits for all EAI clients. She is responsible for all aspects of exhibit management for meetings with up to 300 exhibiting companies.
Karla has served as the Director of Membership Services for EAI and its clients since 2012. She oversees every aspect of the Member Services department including recruitment and retention campaigns, application and dues processing, database management and statistical reporting on the membership. Her commitment is to provide superior customer service to all EAI clients and their members. Prior to her position of Director of Membership Services, Karla was the Assistant Director of Information Technology for EAI and its clients.
Jeff has nearly 20 years of experience in association management, including 10 years as the Director of Information Technology for EAI and its clients.
His expertise in websites, computer hardware, networking, database and internet systems serves EAI clients well in the management of client data and websites, MS SQL, MS networking and iMIS, one of the leading association management software packages.
Gina has more than 25 years of experience in association management including more than 20 years as Director of Meetings and Conventions for EAI clients.
Gina effectively oversees EAI’s meetings department and is an expert in contract negotiation, site selection, and meeting development and production.
She manages logistical arrangements for several annual scientific meetings including coordination with convention centers, hotels and contracted vendors.
Additional responsibilities include meeting space assignment, audio visual requirements, trade show coordination, food and beverage arrangements, networking, security, transportation and overall show design.
Kevin Smith, MA, MBA
Kevin has 20 years of health care administration experience with one of Chicago’s largest health care systems, and in excess of 20 years executive-level association management experience with professional health care associations, both nationally and internationally.
He serves as the Executive Director of the Osseointegration Foundation (OF) and the Academy of Osseointegration (AO), an international dental society that has grown from 3,800 members to roughly 6,000 since EAI began managing the Academy in May 2000. The organization has experienced net assets of more than $15 million representing an increase of over 1,000 percent under Kevin’s leadership.
Kevin’s background also includes designing national training programs, scientific journal publishing and managing a national certification program. His expertise includes developing comprehensive non-dues business ventures, developing and implementing strategic plans, building collaborative and profitable business relationships with related professional organizations and corporations, orchestrating scientific consensus conferences and summits, initiating successful global membership expansion and initiating fundraising and membership recruitment/retention campaigns.
Kevin holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.