Now celebrating its 38th 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!
Association TRENDS 2017 Association Executive of the Year
Dawn Sweeney, CEO, National Restaurant Association
As president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, Dawn Sweeney has been instrumental in focusing the mission of the Association through a unique, multi-year strategic plan, highlighting key areas of opportunity within the restaurant industry.
Since taking the helm at the end of 2007, Sweeney has led the Association in a wide-range of policy issues, while offering services and products that promote the industry and help individual operators and large multi-unit companies succeed.
Sweeney has realigned the Association’s priorities and structure to strengthen its core operations, including consolidating its Foundation around a mission to develop a strong workforce and build the next generation of industry leaders.
Before joining the National Restaurant Association, Sweeney was president and CEO of AARP Services, the wholly owned taxable subsidiary of AARP. She grew annual revenues from $175 million to $785 million during her tenure – serving 11 million AARP members annually. Her 25+ years of marketing, advocacy and policy experience also include leadership positions at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a membership organization of consumer-owned electric utilities, and the International Dairy Foods Association, the trade association for the nation's dairy foods industry, where she played a major role in the launch of the “milk moustache” advertising campaign.
Sweeney has been named one of the perennial top association CEOs in the country for the past several years. She serves on the boards the U.S. Travel Association and the Women’s Foodservice Forum, and is an active member of the U.S. Chamber’s Association Committee of 100, the International Women’s Forum, and the Committee of 200, an international network of female executives. She is also a charter member of Child Obesity 180, an initiative of private, public, non-profit and academic leaders committed to helping prevent childhood obesity through evidence-based initiatives.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Registration Opens: 11:00 am
All Media Networking Reception: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Luncheon & Awards: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
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.
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
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
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be a part of this prestigious event.