Company History

It's really quite a story that began in 1982, when founders James Slawny and Joe Lotharius started what has now become one of the most prominent association management companies for professional member associations. With two staff members, EAI opened its doors in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, and provided services solely to the American College of Allergists, which later changed its name to American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

Today, we continue to work to fulfill the promise of Mr. Slawny's vision, with about 40 talented professional staff associates offering growth-focused, best-in-class, flexible resources to 10 health care associations and foundations.

Milestones in EAI's history include:


EAI was founded by James Slawny and Joe Lotharius in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, to service the American College of Allergists.


EAI acquired its second client, the American Association of Certified Allergists.


EAI assumed management of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and its Research Foundation.


EAI's headquarters moved to a larger facility in Palatine, Illinois to accommodate the growing company and client base.


EAI produced the first of 23 successful fundraisers for ACAAI, featuring such stars as Tony Bennett, Kenny Rogers, Dana Carvey, Willie Nelson, Wayne Brady, Crystal Gayle, the Boston Pops and Jay Leno.


EAI assumed management of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) and James Ewing Foundation. EAI moved to its present location just 20 miles from downtown Chicago and eight miles from O'Hare International Airport.


EAI assumed management of the American Society for Blood & Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) in a search process that included 22 other association management firms.


EAI helped launch the ACAAI Foundation.


EAI assumed management of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) and its Foundation.


EAI assumed management of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and the International NetCord Foundation.


To accommodate client growth, EAI expanded its office space to more than 12,000 square feet.


EAI established a Corporate Development Department to support increasing client needs to develop non-dues revenue.


Total assets of EAI clients surpassed $60 million.


EAI launched a $7.5 million marketing and public relations campaign for ACAAI - an example of how EAI supports clients by building reserves to fund major initiatives.


EAI grew AO membership from 3,800 in  2000 to over 6,000 . When AO initially joined EAI in 2000, its membership was declining and the organization was nearly insolvent.

EAI was accredited by the AMC Institute, the global accrediting agency for the association management industry, and became one of the approximately 15 percent of association management companies to achieve such accreditation.


EAI expanded its Continuing Medical Education (CME) Department to assist clients in meeting increasingly stringent requirements of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.


EAI led ACAAI and ASCRS to achieve the most prestigious level of recognition from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education - six year accreditation with commendation.

EAI celebrated 30 years of excellence in association management.


EAI assumed management of the American Board of Pain Medicine.


EAI assumed management of the ACAAI Advocacy Council (formerly the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology).


Under EAI's management, both ACAAI and ASCRS were re-accredited with commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

EAI launched a new online Practice Management Center for ACAAI, with toolkits designed to make the society's many member resources more acessible and new interactive tools designed with the needs of practicing allergists in mind. The Practice Management Center quickly became the most-visited section of ACAAI's member website and continues to be expanded.