Kim Kiick, a long-time senior manager and Director of Operations at the American Numismatic Association, has been named the Association's new executive director, replacing Jeff Shevlin, whose contract was not renewed by the ANA Board of Governors.
Kiick, who began her ANA career in 1982, supervised day-to-day operations as interim executive director from August 2011 through June 2012. She previously served as executive assistant to Executive Director Edward C. Rochette, Associate Executive Director of Operations, Membership and IT Operations Manager and Senior Administrative Manager.
"Kim has been an exemplary employee of the ANA for more than 30 years, and has been very effective in a leadership capacity for the past several years," said ANA President Tom Hallenbeck. "I strongly believe that the leader the ANA has searched for during the past few years has been on staff all along. Kim is well respected by ANA staff, the Board of Governors and by virtually every member of the Association who has met her.
"She brings a valued perspective that only a seasoned employee can have, and has repeatedly demonstrated her leadership skills over the past several years," said Hallenbeck. "Her experience includes working closely with eight different Boards over the past 15 years. She knows the organization inside and out and understands the Association's educational mission."
Kiick will assume her new responsibilities immediately.
"My goal is to work with the Board of Governors and our membership to build excitement for our hobby and ensure the growth and health of our Association," Kiick said. "In 31 years, I've seen the best and worst of times and I hope the next few years will allow us to celebrate our collective successes. We need to embrace our member and dealer communities to assist us in preserving and growing the hobby and our Association."
Hallenbeck emphasized that Kiick's selection provides for a smooth transition with no disruption of ANA services and programs to collectors and dealers. "The New Orleans National Money Show, Summer Seminar, work on the new website, major projects in the ANA Library and Museum plus all the other excellent services and programs provided to members and nonmembers for the betterment of the hobby are moving forward as planned," he said.
Hallenbeck also said the ANA is retaining Unlimited Potential, a Colorado Springs-based management consultant firm, to work with the Executive Director, Board of Governors and staff to increase the effectiveness of each and to improve communications and leadership skills.
Unlimited Potential President Beth Papiano outlined several deliverables to include, among other things:
- Helping the new Executive Director understand her role as well as the Board's expectations;
- Working with the outgoing and incoming President to define short-term goals and priorities for the Executive Director;
- Aligning the new Board, Executive Director and staff on ANA goals and roles and expectations for each in communication, self-assessment, prioritization and staff engagement processes;
- Strategic planning, and
- Developing organizational structure, skills and support systems to build a work culture that results in high performance and satisfaction.
"As a Board, we believe it is extremely important to create a highly effective team ensuring that the ANA's governors, executive staff and staff are working effectively for the best interests of our members and the hobby," Hallenbeck said. "I believe this commitment to increasing our effectiveness will benefit everyone in the hobby and keep us focused on accomplishing our goals."
The American Numismatic Association is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. With nearly 27,000 members, the Association serves the academic community, collectors and the general public with an interest in numismatics. The ANA helps all people discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of programs including its education and outreach, museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information about the ANA, call 719-632-2646 or go to www.money.org.