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The Revolving Door Swings Opens for Dems

After years of being shut out of prominent lobbying jobs, Democrats are finding a better reception on K Street.

The tally of Democrats hired for jobs on K Street seems to increase
every day.  In an informal roundup of new-hires  last year, only about one in 12 jobs in industry groups and lobbying shops went to Democrats. Today, it is almost the opposite.

Profile: Gov. Marc Racicot, American Insurance Association

Former Montana Governor Marc Racicot took the helm at the American Insurance Association three weeks before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. Racicot spoke with CEO Update about his transition from politics to the private sector and association, managing public relations and legislative crises and finding great staff.

Entering and Exiting as the CEO

A transition in leadership can take its toll on an association and it’s the job of the new leader – and the old one – to keep the organization on the right path.

Conference Board Selects President

The Conference Board selected Jonathan Spector as president and CEO this week from a candidate pool numbering 250. Spector, who is currently vice dean of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, will join The Conference Board on April 16.

Isaacs to Lead Neonatal Nurses Assn

Current RESOLVE CEO and former CEO of American Occupational Health Assn is joining the Washington, DC-based Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses as executive director.

Profile: Jonathan Kempner, Mortgage Banker Assn

After 14 years in a stable organization, Jonathan Kempner wanted a new challenge.  As head of the National Multi-Housing Council, Kempner had seen the organization mature and stabilize, increasing staff and budget dramatically. But at age 50, he jumped at the chance to lead the Mortgage Bankers Association.  In the first year, he was charged with streamlining staff, correcting inefficiencies and uprighting MBA finances.

Primed to Lead: Bill Killmer, NAHB

Instrumental to Killmer’s success is his ability to build consensus. Killmer brings a wealth of experience to the National Association of Home Builders, having worked on both sides of the lobbying industry: in the executive branch and as a lobbyist, what tops the list is his ability to balance all perspectives.

457(f) Offers Great Rewards with Risk

Deferred compensation plans have become a popular choice for executives to sock away funds for a future date, but experts advise caution when navigating 457(f)’s strict rules and regulations.


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