Association Ventures was established in 2016 by a team of experienced entrepreneurs and innovation thought leaders that draws upon their track records of success as Founding CEOs, senior staff of start-up companies, and members of boards of public companies, private equity firms and nonprofit organizations. We bring the right combination of experience and expertise. The core team maintains current relationships with several technology companies, private equity, traditional association consulting firms, university colleges of business and technology, start up incubators and accelerator organizations.

Barry Barresi, OD, PhD - President & CEO

Dr Barry Barresi is an accomplished clinician executive, health policy expert, business entrepreneur and association CEO. He has successfully lead innovation in the nonprofit and business sectors of health care, academia, public policy, corporate governance and executive leadership.

Along with his role as President and CEO of Association Ventures, he is a Professor of Health Policy at Salus University, School of Public Health.

Dr. Barresi is the former CEO of the American Optometric Association and the founding CEO of AOAExcel, Inc., the wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of AOA devoted to providing financial and business services across the country.

He lives in Atlanta with his wife who both enjoy golf, nature walks and international travel.

Stephanie Campbell, MPH - Managing Director

Stephanie is a public health and cause marketing expert with over a decade of experience creating successful association partnerships and engaging nonprofit leaders. Along with directing marketing and social media activities for the firm, she is often the lead in the discovery process for clients. In this capacity, she leads interviews with potential customers. 

A true believer in the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, Stephanie also teaches Group Exercise courses and is an avid runner. She lives in Warrenton, VA with her husband, two daughters and dog.

Mike Feinson, MBA - Senior Director

Mike is an organizational change expert, innovation consultant and design thinking facilitator. His ability to bring together people with different opinions and perspectives and enable them to identify entirely new solutions to their challenges, is one strength that has allowed his clients to achieve transformational change. His experience applying appreciative inquiry, design thinking and other collaborative tools, coupled with a client base across a variety of industries, has provided him a unique lens for addressing organizational challenges and generating energy for change. 

Mike is a faculty member of Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies and the American Management Association where he teaches programs on design thinking and leading disruptive change.  He enjoys cooking, hiking and laughing with his family.  Mike lives with his wife, son and daughter in Bethesda, Maryland.

Jeff Beamsley - Senior Director, Business Development

Jeff brings deep understanding of the healthcare space and past experience and success in growing and selling software companies.  He sold the healthcare assets of Hilgraeve Inc to Compuware in 2008.  He remained with Compuware's wholly owned subsidiary, Covisint for six years in a Director position helping them grow the healthcare segment of their business, creating an award-winning cloud based app store, acquiring other businesses, and helping Covisint IPO in 2013. 

Jeff sits on several Boards of Directors including CeutiCare, Payment Innovations, and Shine; and consults with several other software clients.  

Jeff earned his BSEE from Northwestern University.  He also was awarded, licensed, and sold two software patents.  He is a avid golfer, sailor, foodie, sports fan, and start-up junkie.  He lives in Michigan with his wife and two Spinone Italianos.

Steve Graziano, MBA - Senior Associate

Steve most recently served as VP, Finance & Operations of the NKBA, the largest trade association in the kitchen and bath space. He oversaw finance & accounting, membership and certification operations, technology and the association’s investment portfolio, while partnering with the CEO to develop and execute the strategic plan. Steve put in place the proper operational controls and reporting procedures to ensure the association’s financial strength and operational efficiency. Prior to joining the NKBA, Steve served as the CFO of a leading sample book manufacturer based in NJ, guiding them through a merger. Prior to that Steve spent 24 years on Wall Street as a Managing Director in the equity division of Bear Stearns Companies, Inc. and as an Associate in the Investment Banking division of Smith Barney, Inc.

Steve holds an MBA in Finance from Pace University and a BBA in Accounting from St. Bonaventure University. He enjoys skiing, playing golf and playing guitar. Steve lives in Denville NJ with his wife, daughter and two sons.

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