Awards

2017 Awards: Honoring Excellence in Association Management

Association Forum is pleased to announce its 2017 Honors Awards recipients. Each year, we recognize the achievements of our outstanding leaders who have made extraordinary contributions to the association profession. The Honors Awards will be celebrated during Honors Gala 2017, the signature fundraising event for Association Forum's Foundation, on June 29, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

SAMUEL B. SHAPIRO AWARD FOR CHIEF STAFF EXECUTIVE ACHIEVEMENT

 

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James Drinan, JD
Executive Director
American Planning Association

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.

INSPIRING LEADER AWARD

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Gregory Fine, CAE
CEO
Turnaround Management Association

The Inspiring Leader Award is presented to an individual who has established a culture leading to employee satisfaction, motivation, engagement and achievement.

 

ASSOCIATION PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

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Jacqualine Price Osafo, CAE
Membership and Development Director
Water Quality Association

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.

JOHN C. THIEL DISTINGUISHED AWARD

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Jed Mandel, JD
Partner
Chicago Law Partners, LLC

The John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award is presented for outstanding service to Association Forum by an individual association professional or supplier partner member. This award is presented for exceptional, long-term, volunteer service to 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, Association Forum's chairman-elect in 1990-91.

Please join us in congratulating these dynamic leaders!

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.