Meet the Business Development Team

Ben Harkinson, VP of Business Development

As VP of Business Development at the AAOS, I oversee the Academy’s Business Development efforts and serve as one of our key Corporate Engagement contacts. I joined the Academy in January of 2020 after having spent the previous 15 years in commercial publishing, most recently as Commercial Sales Director at Wolters Kluwer, the global leader in clinical orthopaedics publishing.

I’m a very proud father of three young daughters, and a food evangelist. When I’m not chasing them around the house or doing the majority of the cooking for our family, I look for time to spend with my wood-working power tools, which on occasion has landed me in the ER or the company of a hand surgeon. Clearly, I chose the right profession.

Jeff Hanwell, Senior Manager, Business Development

As a Senior Manager in the Business Development Department, I collaborate with workgroups across the Academy to develop new programs and opportunities that create additional value for our members. These new programs are developed to address the ever-changing needs of our physician members while creating innovative opportunities for engagement with industry. I have spent over a decade in the orthopaedics industry between roles in medical device sales and sales management in various parts of the United States. Working for both DePuy Synthes and Stryker Orthopaedics fostered not only my interest in orthopaedics, but the business behind it.

Travel is an interest of mine and I enjoy experiencing new places and cultures. I try to travel somewhere new each year.

Angela Buckley, Corporate Engagement Specialist

As a Corporate Engagement Specialist in the Business Development Department, I am responsible for establishing and maintaining industry relationships to support all grants and associated sponsorships throughout the Academy. I joined the Academy in 2012 and have a background in data analytics in both research and market research. I have been a part of Business Development since 2018 where I have been working with my team to bring new and exciting Academy offerings to the AAOS membership and orthopaedic industry.

I am a mother of two amazing boys that keep me constantly on my toes. I am an expert-level online shopper and have never met a Netflix series that I wasn’t able to binge.

Bhavin Chaudhari, Strategic Account Management Specialist

As a Strategic Account Management Specialist, I collaborate with leadership to implement business strategy to generate revenue from sponsorships and international educational initiatives, along with managing vendor relationships to ensure AAOS brand integrity is maintained. I am a recent graduate from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign majoring in Economics with a minor in Informatics. I first interned as a credit analyst at Wintrust Financial prior to accepting my internship with the AAOS as a Business Development intern.

I was born in Nairobi and spent most my childhood around Toronto before finally settling down in the Chicagoland area. I love playing sports. I used to spend a lot of time running both cross-country and track along with fitting in basketball in my free time. Currently, I am focusing on my golf skills where much help is needed.