Meeting News - June 22, 2009 - (Page 10)

Association Watch By Seth Harris ASAE & The Center Name New Officers, Combined Board ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership this month named the governing body that will oversee the previously separate boards of the two organizations. The incoming board, which will serve for one year after installation at the organization’s Annual Meeting & Exposition in Toronto in August, will be chaired by Amvets national finance director and CFO Velma Hart, who will take over from current American Society of Association Executives chairman J. Clarke Price, who also is president and CEO of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. ASAE and The Center had separate boards of directors, but agreed to restructure in November 2008. The joint board structure moves the Center board within the ASAE board. The Center board still is responsible for managing the endowment, fundraising and knowledge development. Robin Lokerman, Asia/Pacific president of association and events management company MCI and CEO of the company’s institutional division, will be named the new chairman of the Center board. Karen Hackett, CEO of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, will become ASAE board industry partner. In August 2008, the boards approved establishment of one executive to serve as CEO of both organizations and as an ex-officio member of both boards. John Graham currently serves in that staff position. New ASAE chairman Hart, who has been involved with the organization for more than 20 years, will serve as chairman until the group’s 2010 annual meeting that August in Los Angeles. Hart said she would lean on her finance background to help refine the association’s strategy to increase efficiency for improved member service delivery and “make sure it is providing the right service at the right time at the right price. We need to look at the business model and say, ‘What is it we need to stop doing, and do we do that very deliberately?’ That is a key component of business. If you perpetually add things to the table, don’t modify the plan and staff differently and don’t fund differently, then you are setting yourself up for failure.” Another focus of the joint boards is technology innovation, including investing in online education platforms and resources to reach broader audiences. “In India, China, Southeast Asia and Brazil, there is a huge hunger for knowledge from people who want to learn and develop,” Lokerman said. “These associations have a role to play to feed in that need for development because associations are the best source of adult learning and education.We have a huge new audi- you perpetu“If add things to ally the table, don’t modify the plan and staff and don’t fund differently, then you set yourself up for failure. —Velma Hart, incoming chair of the ASAE board of directors Amvets’ Velma Hart, soon to be ASAE chairman chairman-elect.American Industrial Hygiene Association executive director Peter O’Neil will become secretary-treasurer. Five new directors-at-large will be confirmed in August for three-year terms: Association for Operations Management CEO Abe Eshkenazi; Bostrom Corp. president Randy Lindner; American Beverage Association president and CEO Susan Neely; American Society for Public Administration executive director Antoinette Samuel; and Global Hyatt vice president of sales Jack Horne, who will serve as the board’s ” ence that we need to reach.” Hart said the new online tools would be key in enabling ASAE’s members to alter their business models as the industry moves through the current economic downturn and continued on page 13 10 MeetingNews June 22, 2009

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