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By Michael Baadke

APS board approves contract with executive search firm

February 20, 2015 09:08 AM

In its efforts to hire a new executive director, the American Philatelic Society’s board of directors on Feb. 19 voted to approve a contract with the Moran Co., a nonprofit executive search firm in Leawood, Kan.

APS President Stephen Reinhard told Linn’s Stamp News that he has signed the contract and the board is now waiting for the firm to countersign it.

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The APS board voted unanimously a little more than a year ago to replace Ken Martin as the society’s executive director. Martin, who has served as executive director since 2009 (when he was appointed interim director), was offered the position of APS chief operating officer.

The board’s first attempt to locate and interview individual candidates last summer did not result in a hiring.

At the board’s Feb. 12 meeting in Riverside, Calif., the directors heard a report from APS Vice President Mick Zais, who in September was named to head a committee to retain the services of an executive search firm.

Zais said that the committee wrote a job description and contacted potential search firms to find out if they were interested in receiving a request for proposal from the APS. Out of the seven firms that responded, the committee narrowed the field down to three, and then settled on a single firm, which Zais did not name.

The agreement with the firm was not finalized at the time of the meeting.

“Our goal, of course, is to be able to introduce our executive director at Stampshow in Michigan,” Zais told the board.

The annual APS Stampshow will take place Aug. 20-23 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The cost for the executive search will be approximately $25,000 plus expenses (roughly $30,000 altogether), according to Zais.

The APS has $30,500 allotted for this search, money which came from a donation specially designated for the purpose of undertaking the search.

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