2020 ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
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 industry. See more…
2020 ASSOCIATION PARTNER OF THE YEAR
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…
2020 YOUNG & ASPIRING PROFESSIONALS
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 a passion for strategic planning, innovation, and information systems management. Previous to ASHA, Tori was the Vice President at Association Analytics and Vice President of Technology and Strategic Initiatives at the Global Cold Chain Alliance. Tori is a past member of the ASAE Technology Section Council and currently serves on the ASAE CAE Item Writing Committee. As an advocate for diversity in technology, Tori is a founding member and board member of Association Women Technology Champions. Tori is a Certified Association Executive and holds an MBA from George Washington University.
Manager, 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 currently serving as Chair of ASAE’s Technology Professionals Advisory Council.
Director of Development and Member Relations
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.
Director of Communication & Public Affairs
National Precast Concrete Association
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.
Chief Development Officer
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.
2020 LEADING ASSOCIATION LOBBYISTS
Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy
U.S. Travel Association
Tori Barnes serves as Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy at U.S. Travel Association. Barnes, who was previously a top lobbyist for General Motors, joined U.S. Travel in November of 2017 as Senior Vice President of Government Relations. In that time, she secured some impressive legislative achievements for the organization, as well as sustained engagement with the country’s top policymakers. Prior to joining U.S. Travel in 2017, Barnes was an integral member of General Motors’ federal affairs team for more than fourteen years, playing a crucial role in strengthening GM’s presence on Capitol Hill, leading the company’s tax policy and trade strategies and managing political operations. She most recently served as Executive Director of Federal Affairs, and managed a diverse portfolio that included tax, trade, fuel economy, transportation, pension issues and political operations. Previously, she 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.
Barnes is on the board of the Congressional Women’s Softball Game (CWSG), and coaches the Members of Congress team, which plays an annual game against women in the press to raise money for the Young Survival Coalition, an organization that works with young women facing breast cancer.
Barnes graduated from George Mason University, and also attended Miami University of Ohio.
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.
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.
Vice President of Government Relations
American Traffic Safety Services Association
Originally from Southington, CT, Nate Smith currently serves as Vice President of Government Relations for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) where he 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 vice chair of the APAC Committee and immediate past chair of the ASAE Public Policy Committee.
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.
PAST EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR HONOREES
- 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