Salute to Association Excellence

Salute to Association Excellence

Celebrating its 43rd anniversary, this annual awards show 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 Professionals, Leading Association Lobbyists and TRENDY Awards Contest Winners.

Registration opens at 11:30 AM and we encourage to arrive early to check out our TRENDY Awards Winner Gallery. The Salute to Association Excellence will run from 12 PM EST until 2 PM EST.

Event Safety Guidelines: Your safety and health are our top priority, and we will be requiring proof of vaccination at this year’s event. Association TRENDS will follow all CDC guidelines and mask guidelines will be determined by local mandates at the time of the event. Upon arrival attendees will be asked to complete a COVID questionnaire and will have their temperature checked. 


Joseph M. McGuire
President and CEO

Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

Joseph M. McGuire is President and CEO of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), the national trade association of the home appliance industry in the U.S. and Canada. Its global membership includes manufacturers of the vast majority of home appliances sold in the two countries as well as firms that supply and service these manufacturers. AHAM is involved in a broad variety of actions by federal, state, provincial and local governments including the development of appliance energy efficiency laws and regulations, environmental policy, and product safety standards. AHAM is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and Ottawa, ON. AHAM’s website is

Mr. McGuire has significant experience in energy, environmental and consumer product safety policy issues. He has led numerous industry coalitions on legislative issues and has crafted consensus agreements with government, environmental, efficiency, utility and consumer advocacy organizations.

McGuire is known as a leader within the association community, serving as the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Chair from 2012-2013 and earning recognition from CEO Update as a Top Association CEO in 2011. He serves as a Director of the American National Standards Institute and served on the National Association of Manufacturers’ Board of Directors and chaired its Council of Manufacturing Associations.

Prior to AHAM, McGuire was Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for AlliedSignal Inc. (now Honeywell International). Previously he represented the air-conditioning, refrigeration and home building industries. He began his career with the U.S. Department of Energy and its predecessor agency, the Energy Research and Development Administration.


Mark Lowry
President and CRO
Association Analytics

Mark has dedicated his entire professional career to building relationships with clients and partners based on trust, great solutions, and a shared mission to advance the association market. Mark is an expert at growing up-and-coming companies into name brands by committing to industry thought leadership, building company culture, and developing client-focused sales organizations.  

As President & CRO for Association Analytics, Mark oversees sales, marketing, partnerships, operations, and contracts. He led the organization to 350% growth in the first year, transformed the business model toward sustainable service delivery and, within three years, established the company as the industry leader for analytics in the association market. A hallmark of Mark’s success throughout his career is his desire to teach, motivate and lead sales teams. Prior to joining Association Analytics, Mark spent 10+ years as the CRO of Higher Logic. While there, Higher Logic grew to be the most widely used community platform in North America, was consistently ranked as an INC Fastest Growing Company, was identified as one of the 50 greatest places to work by Washingtonian and other publications and grew to a multi-hundred-million-dollar business from a bootstrapped organization. Mark’s early career includes sales and leadership roles at Abila, Blackboard and ASI.

Widely recognized for his association industry and business expertise, Mark currently sits on 7 boards and councils providing guidance on organizational effectiveness and growth strategies. Mark regularly speaks at industry events and is frequently featured in industry publications. He is a proud graduate of Virginia Tech with 2 degrees. Mark is a proud husband and father to two young boys. He loves spending time with them at his home in Virginia and during the summer at the Jersey shore and on the family farm in North Dakota.

$99.00 Individual Registration
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$2,000.00 Vendor Table
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$275.00 Single-Staff Corporate Ticket
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  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.  

— Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer, NACDS
2004 Association Executive of the Year


  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 away from…  

— Kevin Holland, Business Operations & Membership Division Vice President
Air Conditioning Contractors of America


   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  

— Georgia Gofis, Director Integrated Marketing
American Dietetic Association

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be a part of this prestigious event.

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Cancellation Policy: If you are not able to attend for any reason, please notify us as soon as possible. Conference cancellations received 10 business days prior to the event are fully refundable. All other cancellations are non-refundable.
No shows will be subject to a $100 fee.