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People on the Move highlights the career advancements of high-level trailblazers working professionally in diverse areas of standardization, contributing every day to the strength and success of the U.S. standards and conformance community.

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) has announced that Kelly Mariotti will be its new president and CEO, effective July 18. She succeeds Joseph McGuire, who will retire after leading the organization for 23 years.

Mariotti has extensive experience with trade association management and expertise in consumer durable goods. Most recently, she was with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, leading the organization since 2013 and implementing strong member initiatives, employee engagement programs, and public policy advocacy efforts. Since 2015, Mariotti has held a dual role at Association Headquarters, Inc., as vice president of client services. She also served as CEO of First Candle, a non-profit organization that supported research and education on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and was founder and CEO of Green Frog Art. Prior to that, she was a practicing attorney in securities and M&A.

Mariotti earned a law degree from Georgetown University, and is a Certified Account Executive and a Certified Public Accountant.

“Kelly brings a high level of energy and a strategic focus that will keep AHAM on a path of excellence and provide value for the membership,” said Tim Ferry, AHAM board chair.

“Kelly is entrepreneurial and process-driven with an impressive track record in trade associations, non-profits, and private sector companies,” noted former AHAM board chair Pat Bassett, who led the national search process for the position.


SMPTE has named David Grindle as its new executive director. He will assume the position in July.

Grindle comes to SMPTE from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, where he served as executive director for 12 years. He has a proven track record of success in fundraising, establishing fiscal diversity, and developing creative ideas for programmatic growth. He also brings with him experience guiding a board while engaging with an organization’s membership.

Grindle is a Fulbright specialist with the U.S. State Department and an honorary member of the African Theatre Association. He earned a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Berry College Alumni Association, has served on multiple convention bureau advisory boards, and spoken at entertainment industry events worldwide.

“David encompasses for SMPTE the leadership attributes we need to move the global organization into its second century with long-term, sustainable programs,” said SMPTE president Hans Hoffmann. “He has broad experience in nonprofit organizations and working with board structures like we have, and I look forward to developing — together with the board and him and the home office staff — the strategies for the future growth of the Society.”


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