Anthony "Tony" Jannetti, President and CEO
Tony founded Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. in 1972. He is a member of several professional organizations and has been appointed to numerous leadership positions in the health care and association industries.
A member of the Professional Conference Management Association (PCMA), Chicago, IL, since 1965, Tony served on their Board of Directors and has held many offices within PCMA.
Respected throughout the association management profession for his ethics and vision, Tony was elected President of PCMA in 1996. In 2006, Tony and AJJ, Inc. were nominated for a PCMA Spirit Award, which honors an organization for significantly affecting lives in a charitable or humanitarian way.
Tony has been a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Washington, DC, since 1963. While serving on the executive board of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, he was appointed by then-Mayor Edward Rendell to chair a committee on the development of the Pennsylvania Conference Center.
His board memberships include the Nursing Economic$ Foundation (Pitman, NJ), the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates Foundation (Pitman, NJ), and Parke Bank (Sewell, NJ). Tony formerly served on the boards of Banner Health Foundation (Phoenix, AZ) and the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation (Pittsburgh, PA). He was also Chair of the Board of Trustees of the PCMA Education Foundation (Chicago, IL), President of the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (New York, NY), and Chairman of the University of Maryland School of Nursing Board of Visitors.
Dedicated to giving back to the nursing profession, Tony has established many scholarship programs. To date, AJJ has awarded more than $1.3 million in career mobility nursing scholarships, grants, and awards.
Tony is a recipient of the Presidential Award for outstanding dedication and commitment to the Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) and the Outstanding Service Award from the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA). He holds honorary memberships in the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA), the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA), and the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON).
Meet the AJJ Management Team
Michael Brennan, CMP, CAE, IOM, Vice President, Conference Management
Michael oversees the day-to-day functions of the Conference Department and manages conference services for all clients who contract with AJJ, Inc. The department plans and executes approximately 50 conferences and meetings each year.
He is Conference Manager for the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), the Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurses Conference, the Neonatal Nurses Conference, and the Mother Baby Nurses Conference.
He also serves as Executive Director for three of our client partners: the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA), the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA), and the Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates (CBUNA).
He is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) through the Convention Industry Council, a Certified Association Executive (CAE) through the American Society of Association Executives, and certified in Nonprofit Management (IOM) through the Institute in Organization Management of the US Chamber of Commerce.
Michael joined AJJ in 1996 as a Conference Manager, and prior to that, he managed all areas of hotel operations for the Sands Hotel and Casino Corporation in Atlantic City, NJ. While in that role, he received an Excellence in Leadership Award and was named Manager of the Quarter. He is a graduate of Widener University with a degree in hotel and restaurant management.
When he’s not guiding our association clients and planning meetings, Michael enjoys traveling with his family and volunteering within his community. He currently serves on the South Harrison Township (NJ) Board of Education.
Jack M. Bryant, Director of Creative Design and Production
Jack oversees all printing projects from start to finish and is responsible for ensuring that projects are completed in a timely and cost-effective manner. He works closely with the Creative Design team members to achieve successful outcomes for our client partners. Jack is the gatekeeper for all projects, secures quotes when needed, and builds strong relationships with printing vendors.
An AJJ team member since 1982, Jack previously held the positions of Graphic Designer and Desktop Publisher before becoming Director in 1996. He holds an associate in specialized technology degree from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.
When he’s not producing polished printed pieces for our client partners, Jack, a self-proclaimed “food lover,” enjoys cooking, planning menus, tending to and expanding his vegetable garden, and of course, eating! His love of food extends into his volunteer activities, as he is part of a team that provides meals for New Visions and Family Promise of Gloucester County, two local programs that help homeless and low-income families. He also volunteers his time as council member of his church and co-chair of the Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries CROP Walk.
Michael Cunningham, CAE, Vice President of Marketing/Executive Director
Mike oversees corporate marketing programs, sponsorships, advertising, and exhibit sales for AJJ and for most associations managed by AJJ. He serves as Director of Marketing for the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) and the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). In addition, Mike is Executive Director of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA).
A member of the AJJ team since 1980, Mike served as Director of Marketing for several of our client partners prior to assuming the role of Executive Director for ANNA. He is certified as an association executive (CAE) by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. He met Tony Jannetti, founder and president of AJJ, when he was in college, which led to his job at AJJ and career in association management. While Mike's career began in science, the transition to association management was a natural one since there is so much chemistry involved in bringing together a board of directors or building a successful marketing plan.
The crisp air, hills, food, and people of San Francisco make the city Mike’s favorite place to travel. Mike is intrigued by intrigue, and names The Bourne Identity as his favorite book. He also loves baseball, especially the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jack Edelman, Vice President of National Accounts
Jack directs the marketing functions for numerous associations contracted through AJJ. In this role, he manages sales and marketing efforts and negotiates hotel and convention center contracts on their behalf. Jack is also Account Executive for the Academy of Neonatal Nursing (ANN).
A member of the AJJ team since 1982, Jack has previously served in the positions of Conference Manager and Sales Manager. Jack also helps guide our clients by participating on exhibit advisory boards and strategic planning teams. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in Glassboro, NJ.
In his spare time, Jack enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons, and two Labrador retrievers, as well as golfing and going to sporting events. He also volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America, the Alzheimer’s Foundation, and his church. One of his proudest accomplishments was being a member of the 1979 NCAA National Championship Baseball Team at Glassboro State College (Division III).
Patricia Fortney, Vice President of Financial Services
As Vice President of Financial Services for AJJ, Patti oversees the daily functions of the Accounting Department including client and AJJ-related financial accounts and records. She handles year-end audits and reviews for client partners, prepares reports and financial information, and provides detailed oversight and review.
Patti has been a part of the AJJ accounting team since 1980. She has handled all aspects of daily financial services for clients throughout her tenure, including accounts payable, deposits, bank reconciliations, and working with outside accountants. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration (with an accounting specialization) from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in Glassboro, NJ.
Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN, Vice President of Organizational Development/Chief Executive Officer
Cynthia is Vice President of Organizational Development at AJJ. She serves as Chief Executive Officer for the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN), Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB). She is certified as an association executive (CAE) by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
When asked what inspires her, Cynthia says, “Participating in and observing the professional growth of our volunteer leaders.” This inspiration energized Cynthia to author the publication, Mentoring the Stars: A Mentorship Program for New Board Members (Jannetti Publications, 2009), which has become an orientation and board development tool for the associations AJJ manages.
Cynthia joined AJJ in 1995 after spending the first part of her career as a medical-surgical nurse and professional development educator. She earned her doctorate in Adult Education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing.
The warm beauty and palm trees of Hawaii make the islands Cynthia’s favorite place to travel. She enjoys shopping and decorating her home, as well as spending time with her husband, two grandchildren, and granddog.
Todd Lockhart, Senior Director of Information Services
Todd oversees Information Services projects for all AJJ clients. He ensures IT systems integrate with each other and meet client and corporate business goals. In this role, he explores and develops new client initiatives; researches technology vendor partners and negotiates vendor contracts; and collaborates with clients on technology plans, projects and budgets. He maintains a strong grasp on the overall picture of current IT systems while always looking to the future.
An AJJ team member since 1992, Todd previously held the positions of Editorial Coordinator, Electronic Publishing Coordinator, and Director of Electronic Publishing Services before creating the Internet Services Department. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature with a minor in applied mathematics from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.
Inspired by making people’s lives easier whenever and wherever possible, Todd has found a career that allows him to do just that for our association clients. His experiences have given him an invaluable appreciation for seeing all perspectives in any given situation, which he finds extremely helpful in solving problems, managing interpersonal dynamics, and keeping an eye on the big picture.
When he’s not guiding IT projects, he enjoys reading stories that capture the breadth and depth of the human spirit, and spending time with his family - especially discovering (and rediscovering) things with his kids.
Chris Ogin, MHRER, PHR, SHRM-CP, Director of Human Resources and Compliance
As Director of the Human Resources Department, Chris leads all aspects of employee relations including conducting staff recruitment and hiring; addressing legal and regulatory issues, conflict resolution, and disciplinary actions; managing ancillary services; overseeing employee evaluations, reviews, and compensation/benefit packages; and training and employee professional development.
Chris also manages insurance policies for the company and our clients; assists in organizational operations maintenance; develops policies to sustain the corporate values of the company; and coordinates employee volunteer and community service initiatives.
Chris joined AJJ in 2006 as Manager of Human Resources. He previously worked as a human resources director for a non-profit organization that assisted individuals with developmental disabilities.
He received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, and his master's of professional studies in human resources and employee relations from The Pennsylvania State University. Chris is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and as a Certified Human Resources Professional (SHRM-CP) through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Kenneth J. Thomas, Vice President, Publications Division
Ken leads the Editorial Services, Creative Design and Production Services, and Public Relations and Association Marketing Departments in producing high-quality, cost-effective products and services for the nursing and health care communities. In addition, he serves as Managing Editor for the MEDSURG Nursing and Nursing Economic$ journals; GAPNA Newsletter; and other book and special publication projects.
An AJJ team member since 1989, Ken served as Managing Editor and Director of Editorial Services before taking over leadership of the Publications Division. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in journalism from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in Glassboro, NJ.
An avid motorcycle rider, Ken can often be found arriving to work on his Harley. He loves traveling, especially to places where he can walk (or ride) and explore. He also enjoys working in his yard and watching his son’s baseball games.
Heidi Jannetti Wenzke, Vice President of AJJ, Inc. and Mae Marketing, a Division of AJJ, Inc
Heidi oversees all day-to-day employee and facilities services for AJJ, including human resources and business needs. She also manages orders through Mae Marketing, a division of AJJ that specializes in providing competitive pricing for corporate gifts and membership products. All proceeds from Mae Marketing are donated to the Nursing Economic$ Foundation to help fund nursing scholarships.
Heidi joined AJJ in 1990, and has been in the association management industry for even longer, working with AJJ since the company launched in 1972. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.