Executive Management Team


President John A. Graziano, Jr.President
John A. Graziano, Jr.

Mr. Graziano is an entrepreneur and successful businessman. He began working with nonprofit organizations when he was a just a teenager and quickly learned the keys to successful non-profit management. He is credited with helping several organizations to reinvent themselves for survival. Mr. Graziano has developed a unique association management organization which uses experience and tradition, technology, market awareness, and quality employees to assist organizations in achieving success.


Executive Vice President Denise SheehanExecutive Vice President
Denise Sheehan

Ms. Sheehan is an experienced leader in both government and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining CHMS, she successfully led the international non-profit organization, The Climate Registry, and was responsible for managing the organization’s $2.5 million budget, as well as ensuring the organization’s success in a challenging economic environment. Ms. Sheehan also has 20 years experience in New York State government. She previously served for ten years in senior management positions at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, including two years as Commissioner. Denise also served for ten years at the NYS Division of the Budget and she has served on several public authority and non-profit Boards.


Vice President for Finance and Operations Ralph BizzarroVice President for Finance and Operations
Ralph Bizzarro

Mr. Bizzarro currently serves as Vice President for Finance and Operations at CHMS. A Certified Public Account, Mr. Bizzarro leads our North Carolina Office and oversees all of the financial activities involving CHMS association, non-profit, and business clients, as well as the firm’s infrastructure and information technology operations. Mr. Bizzarro has two decades of extensive experience in a wide variety of financial settings.


Vice President for Association Management Jim ThompsonVice President for Association Management
Jim Thompson, IOM, CAE

Mr. Thompson serves as Vice President of Association Management for CHMS's Southern Region where he directly oversees the day-to-day activities of the association management team in our Raleigh, North Carolina offices. Mr. Thompson is a Certified Association Executive with more than 14 years of experience in the field. He most recently served for nine years as the Executive Director of the Association Executives of North Carolina where he successfully increased AENC's membership from 400 members to nearly 750 members during his tenure. Mr. Thompson previously served for five years as the Director of Business Development for the North Carolina Association of Realtors.

Director of Association and Non-Profit Development Thomas Coté

Vice President of Strategic Development
Thomas Coté, MBA, CAE

Mr. Cote serves as Vice President of Strategic Development, bringing his vast experience in all facets of association and non-profit management to our clients. Serving in an advisory capacity, Mr. Cote offers his unique expertise in problem solving, best practices, and strategic development to assist clients in achieving optimal performance. Mr. Cote is a graduate of the Empire State Society of Association (ESSAE) Executives Association Leadership Academy and was named the ESSAE Rising Star Award winner in 2012. Mr. Cote has been a speaker and panelist on association management topics, such as strengthening relationships between national and affiliated organizations and has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally  on youth leadership and inter-generational motivation.

Senior Policy Advisor Yomika S. Bennett

Senior Policy Advisor
Yomika S. Bennett

Yomika S. Bennett currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor at CHMS. Ms. Bennett has more than a decade of experience in the government and non-profit sectors. She has extensive public policy and budget experience.  She is often sought out for her expertise in the area of transportation. Prior to joining the CHMS Team, Ms. Bennett served as the Assistant Secretary of Transportation in the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.   As Assistant Secretary, Ms. Bennett was responsible for overseeing and coordinating budget, policy and Governor initiatives for a portfolio of agencies and authorities that included the Capital District Transportation Authority and other regional transportation authorities, the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the New York State Bridge Authority.   She also served as Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. 

Prior to serving as assistant secretary for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Ms. Bennett was the Director of State and Local Relations for the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) from 2007 to 2010. In that role, she was the liaison for NYSDOT and the NYS Legislature, local elected officials and other external stakeholders such as industry and community groups. Ms. Bennett was also responsible for advising the NYSDOT Commissioner and other Executive staff on matters related to the New York State Legislature such as the New York State Budget and the New York State Transportation Capital Program, as well as meeting regularly with state legislators to discuss legislative proposals and resolve departmental concerns. Ms. Bennett has also served as the Executive Director for Assemblyman David F. Gantt and Senior Legislative Budget Analyst for the NYS Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, chaired by Assemblyman Herman D. Farrell.

Director of Meetings and Events Donna JohnsonDirector of Meetings and Events
Donna Johnson, CMP, CMM

Ms. Johnson is a Certified Meeting Planner with demonstrated success in the planning and execution of meetings, tradeshows, conferences, and events. Ms. Johnson assists with site selection, negotiates contracts, manages budgets, develops programs, manages exhibitions, and provides complete oversight of all aspects of meeting planning and production. Ms. Johnson is a  Certified Meeting Professional and in 2007, received her Certification in Meeting Management, which is the premiere designation achieved by experienced and highly accomplished members of the global meeting industry community, showing the business standard  of excellence for meeting professionals.



 

 

Professional Network

Association Management Compnaies Institute American Society of Association Executives California Society of Association Executives Empire State Society of Association Execuatives New York Society of Association ExecutivesAssociation Executives of North CarolinaInternational Association of Travel Agents Network