Associated Industries of Massachusetts

One Beacon Street, 16th Floor Boston, MA 02108
Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) improves your company's financial performance through a unique combination of lobbying, management and human-resource services that allow you to control the environment both inside and outside your business. AIM provides management and HR services that increase workforce productivity and improve the recruitment, retention and training of talented people. We keep members compliant with complex employment laws and regulations so they avoid fines, lawsuits and adverse impacts to their reputations as employers. AIM also allows employers to access high-quality workers compensation and other insurance products.

Company Staff

Brian Gilmore
EVP External Relations
Brian coordinates media relations, and serves as a public spokesperson for AIM while developing institutional relations and building grassroots support for the association’s public policy agenda. He brings a wealth of experience to AIM, including service as Director of Legislative Affairs for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and Director of Human Resource Development and Community Leadership for the Greater Harford Chamber of Commerce.
Christopher P. Geehern
EVP, Marketing 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
Vice President, 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.
Gary MacDonald
Executive Vice President
Gary MacDonald has worked with hundreds of Massachusetts employers on leadership development, organizational effectiveness and HR management. Gary brings to AIM three decades of business experience with global companies such as Thomson Financial and General Electric, and his expertise ranges from facilitating strategic planning with top management to through teaching foundational management skills to brand new supervisors.
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.
Katherine Holahan
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Associate Vice President, Government Affairs
Katie's focus is workforce development and education, as well as health care. Before joining AIM, Katie spent 7 years in the office of the Massachusetts House Minority Leader and 3 years in the office of the House Ways and Means Committee, gaining particular experience in workforce and economic development issues. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and a master’s degree from Boston College.
Rick Lord
President & CEO
Richard C. Lord is President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). AIM is a state-wide employer advocacy and service organization of more than 4,500 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.
Robert Paine
Executive Vice President, Membership
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.
Robert Rio
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
Bob represents the interests of employers on environmental, energy, chemical and product legislation, as well as regulation and ballot questions. He has appeared on behalf of AIM in front of the Department of Public Utilities, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Public Safety. Bob holds an undergraduate degree from Boston University, a Master’s Degree from Northeastern University and a law degree from Suffolk University.