Now celebrating its 37th anniversary, this annual awards luncheon honors the brightest stars of the association community and their commitment to excellence. Honorees include: Association Executive of the Year, Association Partner of the year, Young & Aspiring Association Executives, Leading Association Lobbyists and All Media Contest Winners.

Known as the industry event to attend, the awards luncheon draws a crowd of over 500 leading association professionals each year. Come to mix, mingle, network and honor members of your community!

Reserve your seats early, this event sells out every year!

2016 Association Executive of the Year

Jay Timmons
National Association of Manufacturers

Jay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the United States representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector. He became NAM president in January 2011.

Jay is a leading advocate for the nearly 12 million men and women who make things in America, educating the public and policymakers on issues that affect this critical sector of the U.S. economy. He promotes a broad-based agenda to strengthen U.S. competitiveness and bring about a manufacturing renaissance.

He is driven by the principles instilled in him by his roots in the manufacturing town of Chillicothe, Ohio, where his grandfather worked at a Mead plant for nearly four decades and where he witnessed manufacturing's ability to raise the quality of life for families and communities. Jay’s knowledge and expertise is valued and respected by influential policymakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress and the Administration. He knows how to navigate the complexities of the policymaking process in the nation's capital and brings with him an exceptional understanding of manufacturing issues.

Prior to his appointment as NAM president, Jay was executive vice president beginning in 2008. In 2005, he joined the NAM as senior vice president of policy and government relations. His previous experience includes serving as chief of staff to Congressman, Governor and Senator George Allen (R-VA) from 1991 to 2002, and a term as executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2004 election cycle. When he first came to Washington in the 1980s, he served as press secretary to Congressman Jim Martin (R-NC) and later Alex McMillan (R-NC).

A passionate advocate for the adoption of companion animals, Jay is the chairman of the Washington Humane Society Board of Directors. He also serves on the board of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. He attended The Ohio State University and resides with his family in McLean, Virginia.


Registration Opens: 11:00 am
All Media Networking Reception: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Luncheon & Awards: 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Salute to Association Excellence
Salute to Association Excellence

Salute to Association Excellence
Salute to Association Excellence
Salute to Association Excellence
Salute to Association Excellence
Salute to Association Excellence
Salute to Association Excellence
Salute to Association Excellence
Salute to Association Excellence


 Not only do we have an opportunity to salute important leaders at the Salute to Association Excellence, but we have the opportunity to celebrate the valuable role that associations play in the life and prosperity of the country and its citizens. 

Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer, NACDS   2004 Association Executive of the Year

 Our whole table had a great time. It's a nice relaxed program, honoring some folks who really deserve it but sans the stuffiness that many of us have a hard time getting
away from… 

Kevin Holland, Business Operations & Membership Division Vice President, Air Conditioning Contractors of America

 It was wonderful seeing so many association professionals and being able to
network. I was quite surprised and again honored to also receive the Publisher’s Choice Award on behalf of the American Dietetic Association. Being recognized by my peers with such a prestigious award was a moment I will never forget 

Georgia Gofis, Director Integrated Marketing, American Dietetic Association


Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be a part of this prestigious event.