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Rick Lord President & CEO

Richard C. Lord is President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), a state-wide employer advocacy and service organization of more than 3,500 member companies.  Mr. Lord joined AIM in 1991 and served as Executive Vice President for Legislative Policy where he was responsible for AIM’s public policy advocacy on health care, economic development, taxation, worker’s compensation and other issues of interest to employers in the Commonwealth.  He has been President and CEO since 1999.


Prior to joining AIM, Mr. Lord served as Chief of Staff for the Committee on Ways and Means of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Before entering public service, Mr. Lord also worked in financial positions at General Electric Company and McCormack and Dodge. He is a 1977 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology.

Christopher P. Geehern Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications

Chris has spent almost two decades keeping Massachusetts employers informed about issues, developments and management practices that affect their business. Chris brings a background in daily journalism to the job of providing useful intelligence to AIM members through the AIM Business Insider blog, the Business Weekly and HR Edge e-newsletters, and social media.

Cindy Lyman Executive Vice President, Administration & Finance

Cindy is responsible for directing, managing, reporting and achieving AIM’s financial goals and business strategies. She views herself a guardian of AIM’s future, responsible to AIM members to secure and strengthen AIM’s financial position, meeting needs of today and anticipating requirements of tomorrow. Lyman joined AIM in 2011 bringing with her a diverse finance, accounting and operations career spanning over thirty years.

Robert Paine Executive Vice President, Membership, Sales & Marketing

Bob is responsible for growing the membership of AIM and ensuring that members receive measurable value from their investment. A graduate of Northeastern University, Bob brings extensive experience in sales, account management and customer service.

John Regan Executive Vice President, Government Affairs

John manages all government affairs functions for the organization, overseeing AIM’s activities in four principal areas: administrative and legislative advocacy, regulatory issues, litigation, and ballot initiatives. Before joining AIM, John served as Executive Vice President for Operations at MassDevelopment, the state’s economic development agency, where he interacted with many AIM members on specific projects.

Kristen Rupert SVP External Affairs & Exec. Director, AIM International Business Council

Kristen identifies opportunities for AIM to strengthen its brand in the business community, with a current focus on women in business.  Kristen also helps AIM member companies expand their global business activities.  She’s a member of the International Policy Committee of the US Chamber of Commerce and has participated in trade missions led by the Massachusetts governor to Central and South America, Western Europe, the Middle East and Canada.  She’s a graduate of Cornell University.

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