Awards & Recognition Committee

Association Forum’s awards honor the best and brightest in the association community. The committee is responsible for all of Association Forum’s awards, unless specifically excluded by Board policy. Additionally, the Forty Under Forty® recognition program is managed by the Awards and Scholarship Committee. This committee will work with staff to develop and promote the next generation of leaders and the Association Forum Awards and Recognition program.

The Committee:

  • Reviews and modifies criteria for award application, nomination and selection of the Honors and Forty Under 40 Awards
  • Actively encourages other Association Forum members and non-members to apply for the Forty Under 40 Awards
  • Actively encourages other Association Forum members to nominate deserving candidates for the Honor Awards
  • Abides by the committee’s nomination policy to not nominate colleagues or participate in discussions if committee members have a personal or professional relationship with the nominee
  • Develops/manages the award process to ensure nominations and applications submitted meet the criteria of the committee’s eligibility policies
  • Makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on Honors Awards honoree selections.
  • Solicits awards applications and nominations from a diverse population of professionals to ensure equal representation of applicants

This Committee Is Recommended for Members Who Are:

  • Willing to actively seek out and encourage peers to submit applications and/or nominations for awards
  • Familiar with association awards programs
  • Actively engaged in the association industry
  • Past chairs of the Association Forum Board of Directors
  • Past award and/or recognition honorees 
  • Are Association Professional members or Supporting Members of Association Forum

Time Commitment:

  • Quarterly committee meetings 
  • Participation in conference calls and sub-committee meetings as necessary


Philip Ridley, CMP, Chair
Carolyn Banich, SHRM-CP
Katie Callahan-Giobbi
Kia Davis
Juana Espinoza Vazquez
Priya Garg, MBA
Lori Granich, MBA, RDN, CAE
Marissa Lopez, CAE
Jennifer Rock-Klotz, MBA
Travis Skodack, CAE
Sarah Walsh

Board Liaison
Denise Froemming, MBA, CAE, CPA

Staff Liaison

Heidi Lapka, Interim Membership Director