(PRESS RELEASE)ORLANDO, FL — The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) announced that Trish Shomion, CAE, has been appointed CEO. Previously, Shomion was a senior advisor with Global Management Partners, LLC (GMP), a professional association management company where she served as the Executive Director of medical organizations such as the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and the Organization for Human Brain Mapping.
“I am thrilled that Trish has joined our Academy. She has extensive experience serving medical associations at local and global levels, and her skill set, leadership style, and personality are the perfect fit,” said Susan Cotter, OD, FAAO, president of the Academy’s Board of Directors. “Working with the Board, Foundation, staff, volunteers, and members, Trish will help make our Academy even better.”
With a strong track record in innovation and impact, at GMP, Shomion achieved consistent year-over-year membership growth, expanded revenue streams, and managed domestic and international medical conferences. Her responsibilities at AAO will be similar and include supporting the Academy Board and the AAOF Board in stimulating organizational growth, promoting innovative research, providing exceptional education, and disseminating knowledge to advance optometric practice and improve patient care.
“I have a passion for mission-driven organizations,” said Shomion. “As a long-term volunteer for non-profit organizations serving people with visual impairments, I am excited for the opportunity to apply my professional expertise in association management to the dynamic organization that is the AAO. I look forward to serving our members by continuing to strengthen the field of optometry through research, education, and strategic partnerships.”
Shomion is a certified association executive (CAE). She graduated from DePauw University with a major in sociology and anthropology and a minor in Spanish.