Oct. 4, 2010

“I realized after 15 years [of being president and CEO of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)], that we have some unsung heroes who should be recognized,” explainsThomas C. Dolan, Ph.D., FACHE, CAE. While ACHE offers its Regent’s Award, Governor’s Award and national awards, the board-approved President’s Award originated to recognize ACHE members who provide exceptional service to the college. “Although his/her service may not be visible to the community, the President’s Award is given at my discretion to a deserving affiliate.”ATLANTA – J. Larry Tyler, FACHE, FHFMA, FAAHC, CMPE, received American College of Healthcare Executives’ (ACHE) President’s Award Aug. 26, 2010, the second time this honor been presented since its inception in 2006.

Gathered around an audience of about 100 at the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives' Chairman's Dinner in Atlanta, Dolan presented Tyler with the award. Dolan chose Tyler, chairman and CEO of Tyler & Company, for his “tireless contribution to ACHE's career advancement efforts. He has initiated so many programs for us.”

For example, Tyler developed ACHE’s transition from military to civilian healthcare seminar; initiated the resume review session, and kick started the Headhunters Forum, all of which are offered annually at ACHE’s Congress on Healthcare Leadership conference in Chicago. He also developed Job Search 2009, a free, four-part Webinar series to help ACHE affiliates during the recession.

Left speechless and stunned upon learning he was to receive the honor, a humbled Tyler recognized his wife, Beth Tyler, and thanked Dolan, ACHE’s Board of Governors, the College’s staff and its membership. Tyler estimated that he had interviewed 3,500 to 4,000 people during his 30-plus year career in healthcare executive search. “One of the things that keeps me going is to hear the great story from a candidate about overcoming some adversity … or hearing how the candidate accomplished some extraordinary feat.”

Thus, it came as no surprise that Tyler encouraged affiliates in the audience, if they were not already, to become Fellows in the College as this “gold standard in credentialing of healthcare executives” makes a difference when being considered for candidacy by most executive search firms.

While related to what Tyler does for a living, Dolan credits the founder of this mid-size healthcare search firm for his dedication to the field and the affiliates of ACHE. “He doesn’t do this to get recognition, but out of the goodness of his heart.”

Tyler is in the company of President’s Award winner Percy Allen, II, LFACHE, who retired in 2006 as president and CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System. Allen received the President’s Award for his contribution in bridging ACHE to the African-American healthcare community.

Be sure to also read Tyler's complete acceptance speech


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