Gary Shapiro
President & CEO
Consumer Technology Association

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES® – the largest, most influential tech event in the world. Shapiro directs a staff of about 200 employees and thousands of industry volunteers, leading his organization’s promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs and cut the deficit. CTA advocates for skilled immigration, the future of work, open trade and eliminating unnecessary burdens that throttle innovation. CTA does not seek government funding for industrySee more…


Eric West
Co-Founder and Principal
West, Lane & Schlager

Eric West, Co-Founder and Principal, West, Lane & Schlager, LLC, Washington, DC, is the TRENDS 2020 Association Partner of the Year. Eric West is a founding principal of a boutique real estate advisory firm, West, Lane & Schlager Realty Advisors, LLC, specializing in tenant representation for associations, nonprofits, foundations and non-governmental organizations.The creation of the company, West, Lane & Schlager, was driven by Eric’s (along with Rich Lane’s and Gary Schlager’s) commitment to transparency and accountability, as well as their passion for real estate work and customer service.Eric’s professional vision centers on integrity and relationship building to produce breakthrough, client-oriented results. See more…


Katie Chambers
Community Engagement Director
New York Women in Film & Television

Katie Chambers is the Director of Community Engagement for New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), where she manages both Communications and Membership. The preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, NYWIFT energizes the careers of women in entertainment by illuminating their achievements, providing training and professional development opportunities, and advocating for equality. Katie guides and manages NYWIFT’s presence both online and off; institutes membership drives; produces monthly screenings and networking parties; builds partnerships with like-minded organizations; implements communications initiatives for special projects, including The Writers Lab funded by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman; and co-produces NYWIFT’s flagship awards events, The Muse Awards and Designing Women. Prior to joining the NYWIFT team, Katie was a talent agent in the Youth & Young Adult Theatrical division at Abrams Artists Agency in New York City, representing young actors in theatre, film, and television.

She was previously a junior agent and assistant to the head of the Youth & Talent Development division at Don Buchwald & Associates, where she also ran the company’s internship program. She has served on the Next Generation Committee of the NY Television Festival, produced a critically acclaimed play at the NY Fringe Festival, and interned for Manhattan Theatre Club and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin. Her writing has appeared in HuffPost, Honeysuckle Magazine and several printed essay collections, and her graphic design work has been used in advertising in publications including Variety 411 and The Hollywood Reporter. Katie graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Drew University with a double major in English and Theatre Arts. She recieved the Rising Star Award from the New York Society of Association Executives in 2020 in recognition of her outstanding work at NYWIFT. 

Tori Miller Liu
Director of Information Systems
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Tori Miller Liu is the Director of Information Systems at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a technology leader with extensive experience in association management, strategic planning, and information systems. Previous positions include Vice President at Association Analytics and Vice President of Technology and Strategic Initiatives at the Global Cold Chain Alliance. Tori is a member of the ASAE Technology Section Council and a founding member and Board Member of Association Women Technology Champions. She is a Certified Association Executive and holds an MBA from George Washington University. 

Katherine Matthews
Assistant Vice President, Data & Analytics
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

Katherine Matthews, CAE, is the Manager, Data & Analytics, for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and a passionate data evangelist. In her work for NCARB, she helps the team to find and leverage insights in their data while supporting a self-service approach to analytics. Outside of NCARB, she is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge at industry conferences and helping to organize meetups for the data curious in the association community. She is formerly served as Chair of ASAE’s Technology Professionals Advisory Council.

Madi McDougald
2020: Director of Development and Member Relations

New role in 2021: COO & Associate Executive Director
Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC)

Madi McDougald is the Director of Development and Member Relations at Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC). At 31 years old, she has thrived in the non-profit association industry for the past three years. Since accepting her position, she has helped grow AENC rapidly in every aspect. Membership has grown from 560 when she began to 720. All sponsorships, advertising, and exhibiting opportunities have sold out and surpassed all board directed goals since she has taken them over. AENC has been able to grow the reserves over 550% in the last three years.  Madi oversees the AENC Young Professionals Committee which is now one of the most vibrant and fastest growing groups in the membership.  Under her leadership the Annual Silent Auction has broken all historic fundraising records for AENC. Quickly after her start at AENC, she led the effort to develop the AENC Mobile App from scratch.

Today, in addition to her Member Relations duties, she manages all communications and marketing efforts as well as managing strategic social media efforts with the goal of expanding the audience and coming up with new and simpler ways to communicate to the membership. She is dedicated to advancing AENC and this wonderful industry. Madi prepared herself for success by graduating from Cape Fear Community College and UNC Pembroke in four years, all while paying her own way, working two jobs and graduating magna cum laude.  

Kirk Stelsel
Content & Communications Manager
NextGear Capital

Kirk Stelsel is responsible for the success of the National Precast Concrete Association’s (NPCA) communications department, including the association’s publications, electronic communications, public/media relations, government relations, marketing and more. Kirk has been at NPCA since 2010. He is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives and will begin serving on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Society of Association Executives in January. He earned the Certified Association Executive designation in 2017.

 Garet Turner
Chief Executive Officer
Soiree Advisors

Garet Turner joined the ASAE Foundation in August of 2017 as the Vice President of Development. As of June 1, 2019 he has been appointed the Chief Development Officer for ASAE and the ASAE Research Foundation. Overseeing a $2.5MM fundraising operation for the enterprise, Garet is responsible for individual and corporate donation programs, corporate event sponsorship and fundraising events. Previously, Garet served as the Director of Corporate Relations for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) from 2014 – 2017.  Having been with CASE since September 2012, his final post held him responsible for more than $1.5MM in annual non-dues revenue. 

Previously, Garet also served as a Regional Director of Development at Purdue University, Associate Director of Development in the School of Management at George Mason University and as the Associate Director of Regional Programs at the Trust for the National Mall.

A proud and engaged active alum, Garet formerly served as chair of Purdue Black Alumni Organization’s, Fundraising and Scholarship Committees, Garet is currently a member of the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Board.

Garet resides in the greater Washington, D.C. area with his husband, Lonnie R. Walker, Jr., a Realtor® and owner of the Agile Home Team, an EXP Realty company. 


Tori Barnes
Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy
U.S. Travel Association

Tori Emerson Barnes is Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Policy, at the U.S. Travel Association, the leading voice for all segments of the U.S. travel and tourism industry. Barnes directs the association’s government and political affairs, external and industry communications, marketing and research teams.

Barnes is highly regarded on Capitol Hill and across the industry for managing a portfolio of domestic and international travel issues focused on transportation and infrastructure, security and travel facilitation, tax policy, sustainable travel practices, Brand USA, and national parks and public lands. She is a manager of the association’s CEO Roundtable, a leader on multiple industrywide coalitions, a frequent presence in the news media, and the creator of U.S. Travel’s Travel Works Roadshow and the Future of Travel Mobility, a forward-looking advocacy conference and new event series.

Barnes’ is credited with securing pandemic-related federal relief utilized by hundreds of travel businesses and destinations. In 2020, she helped stand up the Let’s Go There Coalition that united dozens of major businesses and organizations in a national consumer campaign to inspire future travel amid the pandemic. The effort evolved into the Let’s Meet There Coalition to focus on the safe restart of business travel and professional meetings and events.

The Hill has named Barnes one of Washington’s top lobbyists for three consecutive years. She was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Travel by the Global Business Travel Association’s WINiT and selected as a Leading Lobbyist by Association Trends in 2020. Barnes is on the board of the Congressional Women’s Softball Game and coaches the Members of Congress team, which plays an annual game versus women in the press to raise money for the Young Survival Coalition, an organization for young women facing breast cancer.

Prior to joining U.S. Travel in November 2017, Barnes was an integral member of General Motors’ federal affairs team for more than 14 years, where her efforts led to the enactment of the electric vehicle tax credit for consumers. She has also served as a congressional liaison for the Republican National Committee, and as director of fundraising and events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s National Capital Chapter.

A Washington, D.C. native, Barnes graduated from George Mason University and attended Miami University of Ohio. In 2014, Barnes participated in GM’s Inaugural Stanford Business School Transformational Leadership program for senior executives. She is an avid runner and loves to exercise, ski, travel and spend time with her daughter, family and friends.

Ashley Jackson
Senior Director of Government Affairs
National Asphalt Pavement Association

As the Senior Director of Government Affairs for the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), Jackson, who joined NAPA in 2015, led a recent effort to secure $3 million for the asphalt airfield pavement research program as part of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization. As NAPA’s point person in the day-to-day lobbying on Capitol Hill, she focuses on surface transportation and aviation authorizations, annual appropriations bills, highway funding, asphalt research, and pavement-type selection issues.

In addition to managing the NAPA Political Action Committee, Jackson leads the planning and execution of the annual Transportation Construction Coalition Legislative Fly-In, which brings to Washington more than 400 highway contractors each Spring to discuss with lawmakers’ issues affecting highway and airport infrastructure funding.

Jackson serves on the TRIP Board of Directors, the Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition Management Committee, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation and Logistics Committee. She is also co-chair of the Women in Government Relations Transportation & Infrastructure Task Force. She is an active member of the Road Gang, a D.C. networking group for industry, government, media, and trade association officials involved with highway transportation issues.

Jackson attended the University of Maryland Global Campus (formerly University of Maryland University College) where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies and a Master of Business Administration. She resides in the D.C. area, with her three children and husband.

Mark Micali
Vice President, Government Affairs
The Nonprofit Alliance

Mark Micali is Vice President, Government Affairs for The Nonprofit Alliance (TNPA). In this capacity, he leads TNPA’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. Mark has had a long career in government affairs, including serving as the Direct Marketing Association’s Vice President, Government Affairs from 1992 to 2008. During his tenure at DMA, Mark represented the Association on its full range legislative issues before Capitol Hill. Mark also created and coordinated DMA’s “Capitol Hill Days” program, which brought industry executives to Washington to lobby members of the House and Senate important to the direct marketing industry. Earlier in his career, Mark worked for six years on Capitol Hill for the late Congressman Dan Rostenkowski of Illinois, the then-chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee.  

Nate Smith
Vice President of Engagement
American Traffic Safety Services Association 

Originally from Southington, CT, Nate Smith currently serves as Vice President of Engagement for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) where he oversees the Association’s member engagement, recruitment, and retention strategy as well as manages ATSSA’s Washington, DC legislative office focusing on federal, state and grassroots advocacy, government relations-related communications, advocacy strategy, and serves as Treasurer of the association’s political action committee, ATSSA PAC. 

Prior to arriving at ATSSA, Smith was a lobbyist for the National Court Reporters Association, a congressional intern for former U.S. Rep. Tom Allen of Maine and participated extensively on the John Kerry for President campaign in New Hampshire. 

Active with the American Society of Association Executives, Smith serves as chair of the ASAE Political Action Committee and past chair of the ASAE Public Policy Committee. Smith was also honored as a 2020 Leading Association Lobbyist by Association TRENDS. 

An honors graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Affairs and a minor in Spanish. He lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC with his wife, Brittney. 


  • 2019 – Matthew Shay
  • 2018 – Arlene Pietranton
  • 2017 – Dawn Sweeney
  • 2016 – Jay Timmons
  • 2015 – John Engler
  • 2014 – Susan K. Neely
  • 2013 – John H. Graham IV, CAE
  • 2012 – Gary LaBranche, CAE
  • 2011 –  Barry C. Melancon, CPA
  • 2010 – VAdm Norbert R. Ryan, USN-Ret.
  • 2009 – Connie Tipton
  • 2008 – Roger Dow
  • 2007 – Thomas J. Donohue
  • 2006 – H. Cris Collie III, CAE
  • 2005 – Anne L. Bryant, EdD, CAE
  • 2004 – Steven C. Anderson, CAE
  • 2003 – Neil Offen, CAE
  • 2002 – Barbara Belmont, CAE
  • 2001 – John “Jack” Cox, CAE
  • 2000 – Thomas R. Kuhn, CAE
  • 1999 – Quincalee Brown, CAE
  • 1998 – Frank McCarthy
  • 1997 – Red Cavaney, CAE
  • 1996 – R. William Taylor, CAE
  • 1995 – Ray Roper, CAE
  • 1994 – Richard L. Lesher, CAE
  • 1993 – William D. Nelligan, CAE
  • 1993 – Robert A. Roland
  • 1992 – William E. Smith
  • 1991 – Clifford M. Clarke, CAE
  • 1990 – Rod L. Geer, CAE, CLU
  • 1989 – Meredith R. Smith, CAE
  • 1988 – John W. Johnson, CAE
  • 1987 – Hugh McCahey
  • 1986 – John N. Bailey, CAE
  • 1985 – Bernard J. Imming, CAE
  • 1984 – Kinsey Bass Green, CAE
  • 1983 – Bud Meredith, CAE
  • 1982 – Mortimer B. Doyle, CAE
  • 1981 – P.D. “Bud” Hermann, CAE
  • 1980 – James P. Low, CAE