Our forward-looking leadership team is made up of dedicated, focused and experienced executives. Working with each other, our board and with our member-businesses statewide, we support public policy and provide services that allow employers to create jobs and economic opportunity.
Tim joined AIM in 2019 and is responsible for identifying new prospective members and helping them determine if joining the AIM community is a good fit for their organization. He is an experienced salesman with a background in Technology, Staffing and Recruiting. He also has extensive experience in process creation and implementation.
If he were not at AIM he would be running a consulting practice to help entrepreneurs and young companies prepare for growth and scaling.
Vice President, Membership Relations
Melissa is responsible for engaging large member employers across the state to make sure their voices are heard in a dynamic business climate. Prior to joining AIM in 2019, she spent time fundraising for political campaigns in Southern California and managing corporate membership for associations in Washington, D.C. – most recently at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
If she wasn’t at AIM, she would be a Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Guru.
Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications
Chris has spent 25 years keeping Massachusetts employers informed about issues, developments and management practices that affect their business. A former reporter and editor at The Republican newspaper in Springfield, Chris brings a background in daily journalism to the job of providing useful intelligence to AIM members through the AIM Business Insider blog, the Business Weekly and HR Edge e-newsletters, and social media.
Chris serves as Clerk of the Corporation for AIM.
Accounts Receivable Manager
Scott as Accounts Receivable Manager is responsible for collections, processing all cash receipts and keeping accounts current at AIM and can assist you with related matters.
He has worked for the Employers Associations for a number of years and has a background in cash management and customer service.
Scott is actively involved in AIM’s annual Goodwill Clothing Drive.
“If I was not working for AIM I would be playing for the Red Sox. If you saw me play growing up then you would know why I am working at AIM.”
Member Relations Specialist
Laura graduated from Trinity College in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy & Law and Sociology. Most recently Laura comes from Boston Children’s Hospital Ophthalmology Department, where she worked as a surgical scheduler.
Laura is from Groveland, Massachusetts, but is currently residing in Porter Square in Somerville, Massachusetts.
If not at AIM, Laura would be auditioning for American Idol or The Voice and pursuing a career in music.
Gaetan is responsible for engaging with AIM members in Eastern Massachusetts in order to learn about their business priorities and challenges. This knowledge is then utilized to identify and deliver the appropriate AIM services to advance those members’ interests in the Commonwealth. Prior to joining AIM in 2020, he worked for Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation where he established partnerships and implemented programming that sought to increase economic mobility and workforce development at the community level.
If he wasn’t at AIM, he would be traveling throughout Sub-Saharan Africa but sure to be back by kickoff of the Patriots’ season opener.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), Chris is responsible for overseeing AIM’s Membership, Events & Communities, HR Solutions, and information technology teams. Chris believes in finding unique opportunities to provide value for AIM’s 3,300 member companies representing diverse industry sectors across the state.
Before joining AIM in 2021, Chris served as Deputy Director for the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, where he worked with CEOs and senior business leader members advocating for state public policy solutions to strengthen the state’s long-term economy and competitiveness.
If not at AIM, Chris would likely be found on a golf course.
Mission Team & Marketing Support
Alexis joined AIM in 2019 as an administrative assistant for the Mission Team supporting Membership, Sales & Marketing, Community & Events, Public Affairs, External Affairs & International Business Council, and Government Affairs. He has experience in Executive Support, Office Management, Event Coordination, Marketing Consultation including Social Media, Market Research, Graphic Design, Email Distribution, Brand Awareness, Marketing Strategies and Data Analysis. Alexis is a team player who works well in collaborative environments & a self-motivator whose goal is to become a leader in the business sector.
“ If I wasn’t working with AIM, I would be a marketing consultant.”
Associate Vice President of Government Affairs
Prior to joining AIM, Sam was the Research Director for the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development in the Massachusetts State Legislature. In 2018 Sam was a staffer for the “Grand Bargain” negotiations which led to several employment opportunities and tax law reforms. Sam severed as a committee staffer for Chairs Scibak, Bodeur, and Cutler and as a legislative aide to Representative Gordon.
Sam is from Belmont, Massachusetts and he received his B.A. in History from Gettysburg College. He is also a Juris Doctorate Candidate at New England Law Boston in the evening program and will graduate in May of 2022.
If not at AIM, Sam would likely be trying to write a Ph.D. thesis or a screenplay about late 19th century American history.”
EVP Membership, Sales & Engagement
Bob believes in the power of business to help fuel a better tomorrow, and create a more prosperous Massachusetts for all. He is responsible for the strength of AIM’s membership, ensuring members receive a measurable value from their investment. In his current role, Bob is focused on member engagement, satisfaction, revenue growth and new initiatives that continue AIM’s mission of helping businesses be the best they can be. His experience is in sales, account management and customer service.
“ If I wasn’t working at AIM, you would likely find me with my family hiking or biking the carriage roads of Acadia National Park.”
Executive Vice President | AIM HR Solutions
Kyle has worked at AIM HR Solutions since 2006. She has a breadth of HR experience specializing in compensation and compliance. Kyle manages our Consulting Services team which works with employers on compensation consulting (including pay equity), HR audits, handbook reviews, performance management and compliance education. Her team also manages AIM’s annual Wage Survey, HR Practices Survey and Benefits Survey.
Kyle has worked with both large and small companies in a variety of industry sectors. If she was not working at AIM HR Solutions, Kyle would be found mentoring high school students or upcycling and reupholstering furniture.
Senior Vice President and Counsel Government Affairs
In this capacity as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Counsel, Bob is responsible for all energy, environmental, transportation, chemical or product legislation, regulation and ballot questions.
Bob’s work includes regulatory, legislative and administrative efforts. He has appeared on behalf of AIM in front of the Department of Public Utilities, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Public Safety, and many other agencies. He represents AIM as a member of several ongoing advisory groups within the Department of Environmental Protection, the New England Power Pool and other agencies, including various regulatory reform committees.
SVP External Affairs & Exec Director, AIM International Business Council
Kristen identifies opportunities for AIM to strengthen its brand and presence in the business community. She directs AIM’s international business efforts, helping companies to navigate global trade challenges and expand their businesses globally. She’s traveled to Central and South America, Western Europe, the Middle East and Canada on trade missions with the Massachusetts governor. Kristen joined AIM in 2005.
Kristen is a member of the US Chamber of Commerce’s International Policy Committee and the US Department of Commerce’s District Export Council.
Event Support Specialist
Sara is responsible for coordinating the logistics for AIM’s events and implementing the many new and exciting online tools that can be used to enhance our attendee’s virtual experience. She works closely with the Programs, Events, and Communities team to create events that support and enhance the AIM mission.
Before joining AIM in 2020, Sara worked for a Chamber of Commerce where she assisted in the planning and execution of Chamber events, including the onboarding of new members and external event communication.
If Sara was not working for AIM, she would probably be found traveling and searching for the best ramen restaurant.
Vice President of Government Affairs
Vasundhra joined the AIM team in February 2020 after working in a variety of roles in both the Massachusetts House and Senate, beginning as a constituent services director in Pittsfield and ending most recently as a Legislative Director in the House. Originally from San Francisco, California, Vasundhra and her family relocated to the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts in the early 2000’s, where they still own and operate a small business. She’s been a Boston resident for almost ten years since first starting her undergraduate career at Boston University, which is where she first found her passion for good government and effective advocacy. Vasundhra’s main issue areas at AIM will be health care legislation, workforce development, and education policy.
If I weren’t working at AIM – honestly speaking, I’d love to be a television/comedy writer!
SVP, Finance and Administration
Lisi is a seasoned business executive with extensive experience overseeing financial operations and administrative functions. In her role at AIM as SVP, Finance, and Administration, Lisi is responsible for overseeing and managing all of AIM’s financial and administrative business matters.
Lisi’s professional experience spans a variety of industries, including non-profit, commercial real estate, and public accounting. Prior to joining AIM, Lisi was VP, Administrative Officer at JDJ Family Office Services where she was responsible for all aspects of JDJ’s practice management, including ensuring a consistent and high-quality client service experience, maximizing internal and external resources, and supporting the client teams. Previously, Lisi was Director of Finance & Operations at The Rashi School, where she oversaw all financial and operational matters. Lisi also served as Director of Finance & Operations at CBRE Econometric Advisors, a business unit of CBRE, where her responsibilities included direct oversight of Accounting, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Marketing.
Lisi graduated from Bowdoin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science and earned a Master of Science degree in Accounting from Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business. Lisi is a member of Financial Executives International, where she serves as a member of their Academic Relations Committee; and is also a member of The Boston Club, where she serves on the Finance Committee. Lisi also serves on the Audit Committee of the Old Colony YMCA.
If not at AIM, Lisi would likely be pursuing a passion for baking, continuing the quest for the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe!
Vice President, Information Technology
Tobias is responsible for AIM’s technology environment, supporting business initiatives by implementing and integrating business applications and IT infrastructures. Prior to joining AIM he held leadership positions in companies of various sizes, from a start-up to multinational corporations in the financial, retail, and software industry. Tobias started his career in Germany and transitioned to Boston in 2007.
If he wasn’t at AIM, he would probably be travelling and enjoying good local food.
Accounting Manager and Employee Benefits Specialist
Patty joined AIM in 1991. As a key member of the finance team, Patty ensures that all payroll, accounts payable and general ledger functions are completed in an accurate and timely manner. Patty produces key financial reports for the CFO as well as members of the Executive Team. Patty also handles orientation of all new employees and administers AIM’s employee benefit programs. Patty actively leads or assists in planning AIM employee events.
Patty is a member of SHRM.
“If I wasn’t working at AIM, I would be working for an animal rescue organization “
Executive Vice President of Government Affairs
In this role, Thomson engages in public policy work on behalf of the 3,500 AIM members before policy makers on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill, on issues including the cost of health care and energy; employment law; budget, taxes, finance; and workforce development.
Thomson is no stranger to AIM. Prior to coming aboard as EVP for Government Affairs, she served as a member of the AIM Board of Directors and Executive Committee and chaired the board’s Government Affairs Committee.
Prior to joining AIM in 2019, Thomson served as the Vice President of Government Affairs at AT&T for nearly 7 years. Her responsibilities for the telecommunications company included legislative and regulatory affairs in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Prior to AIM, Brooke worked in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office where she served as Chief of the Business, Technology and Economic Development Division Prior to that, she worked in the Massachusetts Legislature for 4 years, as Legal Counsel to the Massachusetts Legislature’s Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
Her political experience includes managing the successful campaign of Martha Coakley for attorney general in 2010.
If Thomson wasn’t working at AIM, she would be a triathlete.
Chief of Staff
Reid joined AIM in 2019 and manages the Office of the President and CEO. He is responsible for coordinating Board of Directors and Executive Committee and Governing Committee Meetings. He works closely with the President and CEO and senior management on decision making and project implementation. Reid also organizes the public policy activities of the Office of the President and CEO, working in concert with the Government Affairs department to achieve shared advocacy goals. Prior to working at AIM, Reid taught English in rural Japan.
“If I wasn’t working at AIM, I would be traveling through Asia and South America. “
IT Business Support Specialist
Jayne joined AIM in 2007 and in her role at AIM provides technical IT assistance to AIM staff. She works on technology initiatives including the CRM, Click Dimensions, IT equipment, CRM training and documentation and works with staff and vendors to resolve technical problems.
Sephorah is responsible for executing external communications, planning daily content, and crafting messages for AIM’s marketing channels. She works closely with SVP of Marketing and the leadership team on a range of marketing projects that advocate the AIM Mission.
Prior to joining AIM in 2021, Sephorah worked in the non-profit industry where she planned and executed inbound marketing campaigns and programs, including email marketing, newsletters, paid social, events, and blog.
“If I wasn’t working at AIM, I would probably be found at a museum, hiking or playing Tennis.”
Executive Vice President, Marketing
As Executive Vice President of Marketing, Karen Wallace is responsible for developing and leading strategies to support the expansion of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). She also executes AIM’s belief that business can be a positive force for change in creating a more prosperous world.
Wallace is personally passionate about aligning with the ‘voice of the customer’ with data-driven, purpose-led marketing, leveraging all things in today’s evolving business and branding space (digital, social, media, etc.)
Most recently Wallace ran her own marketing consulting firm where she served such clients as Northeastern University and the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum. Prior to being self-employed, she spent over 20 years leading B2B, B2C, B2B2C, and Corporate marketing efforts at Fidelity Investments. Her last role was Senior Vice President of Communications and Branding.
“If I was not working at AIM, I would teach financial literacy in an urban environment, or I would own and operate a luxury spa/wellness facility. Maybe I would do both!”
Melissa joined AIM in 2018. She oversees the AIM events including the Regional Celebrations, Executive Forums, Global Trade Awards and the Annual Meeting. She is also collaborating to build the AIM Young Professional Network. Melissa previously worked in the nonprofit sector where she executed annual conferences within cities all over the country.
If Melissa wasn’t working at AIM, she would be a fortune cookie writer.