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Dear Members of the AVF,

I am pleased to announce that effective November 1, 2018, the Board of Directors of the AVF has put in place a new administration to provide much needed administrative support for our members and organization. After a highly competitive search process, Veritas Meeting Solutions (Veritas), a Chicago-based association management company, has been selected to provide management services and administrative support for the AVF and the AVFF.

Founded in 2013 by industry professionals, Sue O’Sullivan and Donna Kelly, each with nearly two decades of association management experience, Veritas is completely dedicated to managing non-profit medical associations and continuing medical education meetings for academic institutions. Currently, Veritas is providing management services to 18 medical sub-specialties and 10 academic institutions. Client organizations include: radiologists, urologists, endocrinologists, robotic surgeons, plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, pediatricians and now vascular surgeons. With a full time staff of 19 dedicated and highly talented professionals, Veritas has the breadth and depth of experience as well as the infrastructure to support the growing needs of the AVF.

I am personally thrilled with the selection of Veritas as our management service provider and believe the AVF and AVFF are in good hands administratively. Should you need information about AVF activities or resources to support your practice, please feel free to contact the AVF Membership Team at 855-VENOUS1.

In addition to selecting Veritas as our management services provider, your Board has hired John Forbes as the Interim Executive Director of the AVF. John brings a wealth of experience to the AVF having served in similar leadership roles with the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Red Cross. John has been asked to provide executive leadership of the AVF until a permanent Executive Director is selected and can be reached at [email protected].

Finally, both the Board of the AVF and AVFF are thrilled to have the continued service of Jeffrey Mendola, Director of Mission Advancement for our foundation, the AVFF. Jeff plays a critical leadership role as our main point of contact with industry and has been instrumental in bringing much needed, mission-advancing resources to our organizations. He can be reached at [email protected].

I would like to thank you for all you do to help patients afflicted with vascular disease and for your membership in the AVF. I am proud and honored to serve as your president and hope to see you at our upcoming Annual Meeting in Rancho Mirage, California from February 19-22, 2019.

With Appreciation,

Elna Masuda
American Venous Forum