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AIA Illinois names new Executive Vice President



AIA Illinois is proud to announce Eric Klinner, CAE has been enthusiastically selected as its new Executive Vice President. Klinner, previous Managing Director of AIA Illinois since 2006 and Executive Director of the Prairie Chapter for the past six years, brings extensive experience and knowledge of the organization to the position, as well as association management to this pivotal role.


“I am excited and honored for the opportunity to take on the role of Executive Vice President at AIA Illinois,” Klinner said. “I am eager to work with our dedicated team and passionate members to propel AIA Illinois to new heights. Together we will foster creativity, advocacy, and growth within our association and the community our members serve.”

Klinner’s tenure at AIA Illinois is already marked by significant accomplishments. As Executive Director of AIA Prairie Illinois, he helped lead the chapter to its successful formation. He also previously served as the President of the Illinois Society of Association Executives and on the Association Forum Certified Association Executive (CAE) Working Group to help fellow executives earn their CAE. He continues to serve on the American Institute of Architects Disaster Assistance Committee.

“As President of the AIA Illinois Board of Directors, I am honored to announce Eric Klinner, CAE as the new AIA Illinois Executive Vice President,” said Leanne Meyer-Smith, President, AIA Illinois Board of Directors. “Eric’s integrity, commitment and knowledge of the position elevated him above all others, and he was unanimously selected. Eric’s loyalty to our organization and its members is exemplary. I am excited for Eric to assume this leadership role and look forward to hearing his ideas to strengthen our strategic plan, serve our mission and to ensure a strong future for AIA Illinois.”

“I would also like to thank our consultant Helene Dreiling, FAIA of Three Aspens Co., Jim Maciejewski, AIA, Chair of our EVP Search committee and the entire EVP Search Committee for their work over the past six-plus months to review and interview candidates,” Meyer-Smith said.

About AIA Illinois AIA Illinois is the state component of the national American Institute of Architects. From its Springfield headquarters within eyesight of the Illinois Statehouse, it represents more than 4,200 members working to build livable communities from Cairo to Chicago.


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