Jim Zaniello

Vice President, Finance & Operations

American Bakers Association

The American Bakers Association (ABA) has retained Vetted Solutions as its partner in the search for a Vice President, Finance & Operations to run the day-to-day operations of the association and the IBIE trade show, in concert with approved goals, policies and directives, and budgets. Based in Washington, D.C. with over 350 member organizations and a staff of 16, ABA serves as the leading voice for the baking industry.

Since 1897, ABA has represented the interests of bakers before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and international regulatory authorities. ABA advocates on behalf of more than 1,000 baking facilities and baking company suppliers. ABA members produce bread, rolls, cookies, crackers, bagels, sweet goods, tortillas and many other wholesome, nutritious, baked products for America’s families. The baking industry generates more than $153 billion in economic activity annually and employs more than 799,500 highly skilled people.

Under the direction of the President & CEO, the Vice President, Finance & Operations will develop, coordinate and lead the strategic implementation for finance and administration, human resources, and IT of the organization and will lead all aspects of the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) show. S/he will support the ABA and IBIE strategic plans and initiatives and ensure their achievement through operations deliverables and activities and by streamlining internal ABA operations. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the overall growth of the organization and industry by providing bandwidth for the President & CEO to explore strategic avenues, and to spend time with policy makers, peers, current and prospective members.

The ideal candidate will have experience leading, managing, and executing on a major multi-year project strategic plan, project/event, and team with significant budgeted revenues and expenses, contracts, multiple external and internal stakeholders and partners for a significant and diverse audience. They will have at least 10 years of senior level experience in a trade association and at least five years of relevant experience overseeing accounting and finance functions with direct knowledge of association financial, accounting, budget management, and audit activities. Along with exceptional communication skills, the successful Vice President will have experience leading and managing staff with a collaborative and team-focused style oriented towards individual ownership and providing support as needed.

A bachelor’s degree in business or a relevant field is required. An MBA degree is preferred. 

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