Salute to Association Excellence Nominations

The Salute to Association Excellence honors the remarkable achievements within the association community, spotlighting those individuals who have made significant contributions across five key categories. We encourage you to acknowledge the dedication and impact of a colleague or peer. Nominate a deserving professional who embodies the spirit of excellence and has left an indelible mark on the association industry. The nomination deadline is Friday, September 6, 2024

Trade Association Executive of the Year
The Trade Association Executive of the Year Award celebrates an outstanding leader whose vision, dedication, and innovative management have significantly benefitted their trade association. This prestigious accolade recognizes an executive who has masterfully balanced the diverse interests of their membership, driving policy advocacy, industry standards, and member services to new heights. The ideal candidate demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities, including strategic foresight, adaptability, and the ability to foster collaboration among stakeholders to achieve common goals.

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Professional Society or Dual Membership Association Executive of the Year
The Professional Society/Dual Membership Association Executive of the Year Award is bestowed upon an individual who has exemplified unparalleled leadership within the realm of professional societies or dual membership associations. This award honors an executive whose efforts have markedly enhanced the professional development, education, and networking opportunities available to their members. The recipient of this award will have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in serving the dual mission of advocating for the profession while also fostering a thriving community of practice and knowledge sharing.

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Association Partner of the Year 
The Association Industry Partner of the Year Award celebrates and acknowledges individuals or organizations who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the industry through their long-standing dedication, support, and contributions. Nominees for this prestigious award should exemplify the following qualifications: strategic partnership, commitment to industry advancement, collaborative approach, and ethical standards and integrity. 

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Association Trailblazers
The all-new Association Trailblazers Award celebrates senior association professionals who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to leadership, innovation, excellence, and organizational growth within their respective associations. This award is open to professionals across all functions within an association. Nominees for this prestigious award should exemplify the following qualifications: leadership excellence, innovation and creativity, commitment to excellence, organizational growth and impact, mentorship and development, and collaboration and partnership. 

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Leading Association Lobbyists
The Leading Association Lobbyist Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional skill, effectiveness, and dedication in advocating on behalf of their organization and its members. Nominees for this esteemed award should exemplify the following qualifications: advocacy expertise, impactful representation, legislative success, member engagement and empowerment, collaborative leadership, and integrity and professionalism. 

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All winners will be honored live at the 45th annual Salute to Association Excellence in the spring of 2025 in Washington, DC.