November 22, 2017
    News in Brief 7/13/17
    Association News: 

    Jay Timmons, CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers and a past TRENDS Association Executive of the Year, called for President Trump to withdraw his nomination of Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., as head the Export-Import Bank. According to Politico, in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal, Timmons wrote that Garrett has shown nothing but “contempt for the agency he now seeks to lead….He has worked consistently to restrict the agency’s ability to support U.S. jobs through exports, voting more than a dozen times to prevent the agency from fulfilling this critical mission.” Garrett was a member of the House Freedom Caucus while in Congress.

    The Canadian government halted in June a “private right of action” provision in Canada’s anti-spam law before it was due to go into effect on July 1. Nonprofits and other groups worried that the provision would lead to frivolous lawsuits. But the National Law Review says in this undefined reprieve, associations and other business should take this time to review if it is in compliance with the Canada’s anti-spam law.

    At a recent White House Historical Association event, White House Correspondents’ Association president Jeff Mason described how officials of the Trump administration attempted to draw him to criticize reporters’ work, reports Eric Wemple in the July 10 issue of the Washington Post. “In one case, and I won’t say the name, but in one case, I was asked to on behalf of the WHCA to release a statement criticizing a reporter’s story. And I said ‘No,’ because that’s not what we do and that’s not something we would ever do,” Wemple reports Mason as saying. WHCA purpose is to gain as much access to the president, administration officials and White House events. He told the audience that access was good in the beginning of the Trump administration, but said there has been a “setback,” referring to restrictive rules put in place at White House briefings.

    Deadline is Oct. 1 for applications to the ASAE Foundation’s Innovation Grants Program. The ASAE Foundation is looking for proactive and creative ideas that help propel association management. The IGP grants are funded through a grant from the SunTrust Foundation with additional support from GEICO and Whiteford, Taylor, & Preston. There will be up to five grants awarded among three categories: travel, exploration and hybrid (a combination of travel and exploration). Grant recipients will receive awards up to $10,000. Individuals from professional or trade associations, nonprofits, association industry partners, and consulting companies that serve the association community are eligible to apply, and applicants or applicant teams must include at least one ASAE member. Details: Questions: Sharon E. Moss, CAE, at

    Supplier News: 

    Association Acumen - Betsy Smith, CPA, MST,  to president, effective July 1, succeeding Gail Bast, MBA, CAE, who will remain CEO and owner of the AMC. Smith was a tax director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    Heidrick & Struggles International - Krishnan Rajagopalan to CEO of this executive search firm, following the departure of Tracy Wolstencroft, who took a leave of absence in April to get treatment for a benign lung condition. He will become chairman of the board, succeeding Richard "Dick" Beattie. Rajagopalan headed the firm's executive search business.


    New Colorado Society of Association Executives 2017-18 officers and directors:
    - President Greg Fulton, Colorado Motor Carriers Association
    - President elect Keith Segundo, Limitless Association Solution Resource
    - Secretary-treasurer Dot Miller, CAE, the Solution
    - Immediate past president Brian Stockman, American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers
    - Director, first two-year term - Tyrone Adams, CAE, RCE, Colorado Association of Realtors; Amanda Gipson Nowosadzki, Marriott Global Sales; Robert Spangler, Leading Associations.

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