AIA Corporation Appoints Nancy K. Schmidt as CEO
Appleton, Wis. (May 1, 2020) – AIA Corporation (AIA), one of the leading distributors in the promotional products industry, announced today that its board of directors has appointed Nancy Schmidt as the company’s new chief executive officer. Schmidt has been with AIA for two years and most recently served as chief financial officer. She is the first female in AIA history to hold the position of CEO.
“During her tenure, Nancy has been ingrained in every aspect of AIA’s business and is the architect behind the organization’s strong financial teams and infrastructure,” said John Rompon, member of AIA’s board of directors. “Her contributions thus far have enabled AIA to keep pace in—and stay ahead of—this rapidly changing industry and I have no doubt as CEO she will successfully lead and support the resilience and growth of the AIA Community.”
While serving as CFO at AIA, Schmidt worked closely with marketing, operations, sales, Owner success and technology team leaders to build relationships, develop growth strategies, analyze risk, build financial forecasts and lead teams to optimal functionality and performance.
As CEO, Schmidt will manage all aspects of the business including profit and loss accountability and organizational management and development. She will drive the execution of the strategic plan, leading AIA through its next stage of growth in partnership with the leadership team. Together they will ensure the success of AIA's distributors, grow AIA's community of distributors, develop and execute high impact sales and marketing programs to support distributor sales growth, and provide distributors with advanced technology to streamline sales and operations.
“I’m honored and thrilled to lead AIA and usher in a season of resilience, stability and, ultimately, growth,” said Schmidt. “I remain focused on helping our Owners build efficient and profitable businesses and on continuing our team-driven leadership model to provide a strong infrastructure to execute the services the AIA Community values most.”
Schmidt replaces Matt Gresge, who after three and a half years with AIA is leaving to pursue a new leadership opportunity. Under his leadership, AIA upgraded its technology, modernized marketing programs and opened a new headquarters in Appleton, WI.
Speaking on behalf of the board, Rompon added, “We thank Matt for his contributions to AIA. He worked tirelessly to transform this organization and reestablish its leadership position in the promotional products industry.”