WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 28, 2013 – The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), The Center for Association Leadership, has announced that Daniel J. Vukelich, Esq. of the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (AMDR) has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) credential.  The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.  Less than five percent of all association professionals have earned the CAE.

 To be designated as a CAE, an applicant must have a minimum of three years experience in nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a firm code of ethics.  To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management.  Just over 4,000 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential.  The CAE program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Mr. Vukelich has helped the third-party reprocessing industry grow from a $20 million industry in 2000 to a $400 million industry today.  During his tenure at AMDR, the small, third-party companies that originally formed the association have since all become wholly-owned subsidiaries of two respected giants in the medical device industry: Sterilmed, an affiliate of Ethicon-Endo Surgery, Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson company) and Stryker Sustainability Solutions (a division of Stryker Corporation).  Third-party reprocessors are a small but strong component of the medical device industry.  Reprocessors empower their hospital partners to maintain the highest quality of care and reduce the costs associated with medical devices and medical waste.  Reprocessing has, therefore, become a critical tool and the standard of care in the majority of the nation’s hospitals.

Mr. Vukelich will continue to promote increased cost-savings in healthcare through expanded adoption of reprocessing (a recent Commonwealth Fund report estimates that if hospitals nationwide adopted Single-Use Device (SUD) reprocessing, cost-savings would be $540 million annually, or $2.7 billion over five years).  Please join us in congratulating Mr. Vukelich for all his accomplishments as he joins the CAE family as a valuable resource enhancing the power and performance of the association community.


About the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors

AMDR represents America’s FDA-regulated, third-party medical device reprocessing industry. Serving over 3,000 U.S. hospitals, including the majority of U.S. News & World Report’s honor roll hospitals, AMDR’s members provide healthcare facilities with financially- and environmentally-responsible medical device options.  More information is available at www.AMDR.org.