AQHA selects firm to help with EVP Search |

AQHA selects firm to help with EVP Search

The American Quarter Horse Association has selected executive search firm Witt/Kieffer to lead the search for the successor to AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr., who this summer announced his intention to retire in 2015. The seven-member selection committee reviewed the credentials of several highly qualified recruiting organizations before selecting Witt/Kieffer.

AQHA’s executive vice president works with the AQHA Executive Committee, the AQHA Board of Directors, and AQHA Standing Committees to develop and implement the strategic goals and objectives of the Association and American Quarter Horse Foundation. Those goals include promoting and growing the membership and breed registry, preserving the welfare and history of the American Quarter Horse, practicing fiscal responsibility and working to ensure ongoing regulatory compliance.

“Bringing Witt/Kieffer on board is the next step in the process to ensure AQHA continues to have the best leadership as we move forward,” said AQHA Past President and EVP Search Committee Chairman Steve Stevens of Houston. “Witt/Kieffer staff will be at AQHA throughout this process, including visiting with various members regarding the AQHA executive vice president position. The search for a new executive vice president is a top priority, and the search firm and search committee are committed to a thorough process to assist AQHA.”

No official timeline has been established for completing the search, though AQHA and Witt/Kieffer are already working aggressively to identify a talented and diverse pool of candidates for the position.

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Witt/Kieffer is the preeminent executive search firm that provides outstanding leadership solutions for organizations committed to improving the quality of life. They are among the nation’s top executive search firms specializing in healthcare, higher education, life sciences and not-for-profits, as well as board services and leadership solutions. Witt/Kieffer has 45 years of experience in executive recruiting for C-suite leaders in the nation’s most prestigious hospitals, health systems, colleges, universities, academic medical centers, foundations, associations and other organizations. Personalized service and connecting with each client’s vision, structure and leadership needs throughout the executive recruiting process are our hallmarks. For more information on Witt/Kieffer, visit

Founded in 1940, the American Quarter Horse Association is the largest equine breed organization in the world. With headquarters in Amarillo, Texas, AQHA has a membership of more than 270,000 people in 86 countries and has registered more than 5 million horses in 95 countries.

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