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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.

Common Cause CEO Resigns

After four years leading the citizens lobbying group Common Cause, Chellie Pingree stepped down as CEO on Feb. 10 to consider a run for the U.S. Congress to represent her home state of Maine.

The Disappearing No. 2 Job

The traditional COO role is disappearing in many associations, replaced by a team of senior managers with specialized expertise to run the operations of an industry group

Profile: Rick Roldan, National Propane Gas Association

To transform the organization, the National Propane Gas Association promoted their top lobbyist Rick Roldan, CAE to president and CEO and gave him a formidable task: refocus the group's attention to public policy, move the headquarters from Chicago to Washington, and rebuild the staff and finances in the new location. Five years later, Roldan talks to CEO Update about the transition - the ups and downs - the group's new focus, and how he has approached new challenges throughout his career.

Primed to Lead: Paul L. Parsons, CAE, 40

It was the trifecta of energy, experience and education that eventually landed Paul L. Parsons the director of finance and administration position at the National Association of College and University Attorneys. But it was his ability to master the strategic planning and operational areas, his capacity to interact externally, and his talent in mentoring junior staff that led him to a larger role.

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