Judy GausLongtime AEM leader and Senior Vice President of HR & Operations Judy Gaus has announced she will retire, effective June 30.

Gaus informed AEM President Megan Tanel of her decision some time ago, and her impending retirement was shared with the association’s Board of Directors, along with AEM staff and leadership, late last month.

“It has been an honor and privilege to work at AEM, and I’m particularly proud of building an HR team that staff and people leaders trust, and that staff found to be authentic, caring and approachable. Twenty-five years have flown by, and, as they say, time flies when you’re having fun. I’ll truly miss AEM, the fulfilling work and the incredibly talented people here, yet I’m really excited for what’s next,” said Gaus.

“I will greatly miss Judy for not only her longtime leadership and guidance, but also her sense of humor, willingness to try new things and positive attitude. I’m so happy for her as she embarks on her next adventures. Judy developed and launched the HR function at the association, and her efforts, accomplishments and impact are reflected in the fact that AEM has been consistently recognized as a top workplace on several occasions throughout her tenure,” said AEM President Megan Tanel. 

“Judy is proud of helping build a workplace and community that attracts incredibly talented staff who enjoy working together and are committed to supporting our members. We thank Judy for her contributions over the past 25 years and wish her all the best in her life beyond AEM,” added Tanel.

Gaus joined AEM in 1998 as Executive Assistant, bringing her 16 years of human resources management experience in higher education and mobile device technology. During her 25 years with the association, AEM achieved staff retention rates consistently at or below benchmark, beat time-to-fill benchmarks in hiring quality staff, developed a competitive compensation and benefit program that contributes to staff recruitment and retention, as well as oversaw the design and build-out of two best-in-class AEM offices in Milwaukee and Washington, D.C.

Gaus currently belongs to the American Society of Association Executives, Wisconsin Society of Association Executives, and the Society of Resource Management, and she earned her Senior Certified Professional from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP) in 2015.

Prior to joining AEM, Gaus worked in human resources roles at PrimeCo Personal Communications and Marquette University.

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