Honors Gala 2018

Thank you!

Thank you everyone for such a memorable evening, and congratulations to our amazing awardees. Your passion for your profession is an inspiration.

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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

Deborah Bowen, FACHE, CAE

President and CEO
American College of Healthcare Executives

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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 


Evan 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 

Kate 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 

Pauli 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 


CCIM Institute


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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.
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