The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) announces the appointment of Craig Sondalle as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective November 1, 2022.
“After a comprehensive national search, we are pleased to welcome Craig Sondalle,” said ACOEM Board President Doug Martin, MD, FAADEP, FAAFP, FACOEM. “The Board and Search Committee were impressed with Craig’s experience with guiding multiple organizations and his proven track record of strategic excellence.”
Craig has had a 25+ year career in association leadership, most recently as Executive Vice President of the Association Solutions division of MCI USA. He joined the engagement and experience agency after the acquisition of Sentergroup, a leading Chicago-based association management company he founded in 2000 and led as CEO through 19 years of corporate and client-focused success. Through Craig’s stewardship and approach to value-based leadership, Sentergroup provided innovative, tailored, and growth-orientated membership, marketing, education, event, and strategy solutions to a broad portfolio of association and non-profit organizations. Throughout his career, Craig has led and supported close to 50 associations, including a large and diverse roster within the health care arena.
“I am humbled and inspired to work with the staff, leadership, valued members, and stakeholders of ACOEM to assist the organization in fulfilling its vision of strengthening communities and workplaces by ensuring worker health, safety, and well-being and fostering healthy environments. I have spent my career as a servant leader and strategist and look forward to earnestly listening, proactively collaborating, and offering creative solutions and services that ensure ACOEM remains an incredibly valuable and relevant resource for those in the occupational and environmental medicine field,” said Craig in a statement.
Having been born and raised in a small town in Wisconsin, Craig is an avid outdoorsman and stalwart fan and alum of the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is most passionate about being a husband to his wife and father to his two sons. Craig and his family reside in Lake County, Ill.
He will work with the Board, outgoing interim CEO Vincent D. Keenan, MSPH, CAE, and ACOEM staff over the coming months to ensure an effective and seamless transition.
Founded in 1916, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) represents more than 3,500 physicians and other health care professionals specializing in the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM). ACOEM is the nation’s largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through occupational medicine, clinical care, research, and education. While national in scope, ACOEM is composed of local component societies in the United States, whose members hold scientific meetings and network on a regular basis.