St. Augustine, FL(February 16, 2007) - John Kinsella, president of the American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF) Board of Directors, has announced that Heidi Cramb has been named executive director overseeing all operational aspects of the ACF effective immediately.
Cramb was offered and accepted the position of executive director of operations by the ACF's Board of Directors following a unanimous decision by the attending board of directors at an executive session held earlier this week in Cincinnati. ACF began conducting a search for a permanent managing director the end of last year.
"It became clearly evident that the candidate most qualified for the position was Heidi, as she had already demonstrated exceptional team-building leadership skills, in-depth membership knowledge and the association experience necessary to successfully lead the ACF as executive director," said Kinsella. "Under her brief leadership as interim managing director, the ACF increased in membership, as well as program implementation and participation. Her dedication to the ACF and its members, along with her understanding of the culinary industry, will continue to solidify the ACF as the leading educational authority for culinarians, and propel the ACF during this time of growth."
In November 2006, Cramb was named interim managing director of the ACF from her previous position as membership director, which she held since April 2005. While membership director, Cramb successfully restructured the membership department, developed and implemented effective strategic-marketing plans to increase membership and revenue while decreasing expenditures, and directed the integration of a new database across all ACF functions.
Cramb's responsibilities as executive director of operations are to serve as chief operating officer of the ACF and its two subsidiaries-American Culinary Federation Foundation and the Chef & Child Foundation. She will oversee all facets of the organization from finance, education, certification and accreditation, to membership development, event management, communications and IT.
Bringing with her 19 years of business experience, Cramb was formerly director of marketing and membership for the National Military Family Association in Alexandria, Va. During her tenure as director, she was credited with establishing a membership department for a national advocacy group, increasing membership by more than 20% in her first year, exceeding budget projections, streamlining processes, and enhancing member communications to support the association's business goals. Cramb's prior association experience also includes serving as the political action committee manager for the National Automobile Dealers Association in McLean, Va.
The American Culinary Federation, Inc., established in 1929, is the premier professional organization for culinarians in America. With more than 19,000 members spanning 240 chapters nationwide, ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and accreditation. In addition, ACF operates the only comprehensive certification program for chefs in the U.S. ACF is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions, and also holds the presidium for the World Association of Chefs Societies, the largest international network of chef associations with more than 8 million members globally.
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