Frederick H. Grubbe, MBA, CAE

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Fred Grubbe brings more than 30 years of non-profit executive leadership experience in associations, foundations and government. Fred is an experienced strategic thinker and planner, and has provided governing boards with advisory and developmental services resulting in vibrant strategic plans. Fred also provides Interim CEO experience for organizations that are faced with a temporary vacancy in the top leadership position, as well a background in executive coaching.

During his career, Fred served as CEO of the Appraisal Institute for 10 years, President and CEO of the National Fraternal Congress of America (now the American Fraternal Alliance), and Executive Director of the Think First Foundation, an organization dedicated to preventing brain and spinal cord injuries. He also held senior positions in the federal government with the U.S. Department of Transportation and in the White House. His career also includes senior management experience with the Million Dollar Round Table and the College of American Pathologists

Fred has been very active in the Association Forum of Chicagoland, having served as Chair of the Board (2014-2015), as well as serving as Secretary-Treasurer (2012-2013), Chair-elect (2013-2014) and Immediate Past Chair (2015-2016). He also served on the Forum Board of Directors (2009-2012), and has sat on numerous committees and project teams as chair and as a member.

Fred holds a BA from Northern Illinois University, an MBA from the Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business and completed the Advanced Strategy certificate course “Building and Implementing Growth Strategies” at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Fred also is Certified Association Executive (CAE), which is bestowed by the American Society of Association Executives.

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