Honoring Excellence in Association Management

Each year, we recognize the achievements of our outstanding leaders who have made extraordinary contributions to the association profession. We are pleased to congratulate the 2018 Honors Award honorees and are accepting nominations for the 2019 Awards.

Please join us in congratulating these dynamic leaders!

Samuel B. Shapiro Award for Chief Staff Executive Achievement

The highest honor that Association Forum bestows on an association professional, the Samuel B. Shapiro Award for Chief Staff Executive Achievement, is presented to the chief staff executive (e.g. CEO, executive director, or equivalent level) for outstanding service and accomplishments in association/nonprofit management. The award is named after Samuel B. Shapiro, CAE, past chairman of Association Forum and the American Society of Association Executives. Recipients of this award have made outstanding accomplishments in their professional and personal lives.
The 2018-2019 Samuel B. Shapiro award
Shapiro_Awardee_Bowen_Deborah_highres.jpgDeborah Bowen, FACHE, CAE
President and CEO
American College of Healthcare Executives

John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award
The John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award is presented for outstanding service to the Association Forum by an individual association or supplier partner member. This award has been presented for exceptional, long-term, volunteer service to the Association Forum, primarily through committee service or similar contributions. “Unsung hero” or “above and beyond the call of duty” are two ways to describe past recipients. This award is named in memory of the late John C. Thiel, CAE, the Association Forum’s chairman-elect in 1990-91. In 2010, the Thiel Award was expanded to include both association professionals and supplier partners. In the past two years, a Thiel Award has been given to an association professional and supplier partner.

The 2018-2019 John C. Thiel award 

E_Williams_Headshot_Thiel.jpgEvan Williams, CAE, IOM
Director of Professional Services and Resources
Appraisal Institute 

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Association Professional Achievement Award

The Association Professional Achievement Award is presented to an association professional member (not a CEO) for exemplary service and outstanding accomplishments in association management. This award reflects a high level of commitment to professional growth and personal pride in the association management industry.

The 2018-2019 Association Professional award 
AP_Awardee_KateDockins_headshot_2.jpgKate Dockins, CAE
Vice President/Volunteer Leadership Development
Institute of Food Technologists

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Inspiring Leader Award

The Inspiring Leader Award is presented to an individual who has established a culture leading to employee satisfaction, motivation, engagement and achievement.
The 2018-2019 Inspiring Leader award 
Inspiring_Leader_Undesser_Pauli_2017_HiRes.jpgPauli Undesser, BS, MS, MWS, CAE
Executive Director
Water Quality Association

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NEW! Welcoming Environment Organizational Award

The Welcoming Environment Organizational Award is awarded to an association that has demonstrated exemplary outcomes in providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and culture.

The 2018-2019 Welcoming Environment Organizational award 

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The Association Forum Awards Program recognizes leaders and achievers for their noted accomplishments within the  association industry. 
Just ask past award winners: Winning an Association Forum award is an outstanding accomplishment and a great honor.