According to the TRENDS 2014 Spring Association PULSE Report, on the whole, executives are optimistic about everything from the economy down to their own association. But this year’s PULSE is unique in one very obvious way: never have executives been this optimistic about the U.S. economy. Fall’s PULSE, for example, had 24% of the sample optimistic about the economy to 43% pessimistic. This time, 48% are optimistic and only 14% pessimistic. Details: Linnae O'Flahavan, loflahavan@AssociationTRENDS.com.