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AAA East Central Appoints New Chairman of the Board

Robert DeMichiei succeeds longtime chairman Richard Hamilton

Robert DeMichiei

Effective July 1, 2023, Robert DeMichiei was elected chairman of the board of directors of AAA East Central which is headquartered in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh. DeMichiei, who has served on the board since 2019, steps into the role previously held by Richard Hamilton, who retired after serving as chairman for 23 years.

Before retiring in 2020, DeMichiei spent 16 years as executive vice-president & chief financial officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He also served in various executive roles at General Electric Company (GE) from 1997 through 2004 and at PwC from 1987 to 1997.

In addition to his service on the AAA East Central board of directors, DeMichiei is currently a board director at the Automobile Club of Southern California, Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation and Waystar, Inc. He is a strategic advisor for Health Catalyst and Omega Healthcare Management Services. He is also a board director at several non-profits, including the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Seton Hill University and The Advanced Leadership Institute.

DeMichiei attended the University of Pittsburgh where he graduated with a bachelor of arts in business economics. He currently resides in Hampton Township (Pennsylvania) with his wife, Amy.

Hamilton retired from the AAA East Central board of directors at the end of May 2023. He began his career at AAA East Central directly out of high school in 1963 as a travel-touring counselor. He spent decades working in various departments and positions and was promoted to President and CEO of West Penn AAA in 1990. Hamilton led mergers with other AAA Clubs which grew West Penn AAA into AAA East Central. In 2010, AAA East Central became affiliated with Los Angeles based Auto Club Enterprises.

AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 69 local offices in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, serving 2.7 million members. The Club serves its local communities through emergency road service, automotive services, travel, insurance, and Discounts and Rewards. Past news releases are available at Follow AAA East Central on Twitter and Facebook.


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AAA East Central is a member club affiliated with the American Automobile Association (AAA) national federation and serves members in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.