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Thank your colleagues - nominate them for awards

  • 1.  Thank your colleagues - nominate them for awards

    Posted 11-11-2016 13:49

    Let us give thanks…

    By Gina Ryan, CAE

    The coming Thanksgiving holidays are a perfect time to thank those of our leaders who have been recognized for their outstanding accomplishments over the past year and to identify potential nominees for the NYSAE synergy awards that will be made in April 2017. (Yes, 2017 is just around the corner!)




    Let us give thanks to Terry Lawler, executive director of New York Women in Film & Television for her leadership as an outstanding association executive.

    The Outstanding Nonprofit Association Executive Award recognizes an executive who has contributed significantly to the advancement of the association management profession as a key leader in a philanthropic, professional or trade organization and has demonstrated outstanding achievement in advancing the mission of that organization.

    Let us give thanks to Tim Baer, vice president business development of American Technology Services for his generosity as an outstanding associate member.

    The Outstanding Associate Member Award recognizes the contributions made to an associate member’s organization that have significantly improved, promoted and benefited his/her company within the NYSAE community.

    Let us give thanks to Zon-Wei Cheng, program manager of When Work Works of the Families and Work Institute for her distinguished service to NYSAE.

    The Distinguished Service Award recognizes a member who has made extraordinary contributions to NYSAE by his/her skillful performance in aiding and assisting in areas such as special projects, new programs or with ad-hoc functions.

    Let us give thanks to Robert Spangler, senior managing director, marketing and information technology of the New Jersey State Bar Association for outstanding committee leadership.

    The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes outstanding committee service and team leadership.

    Let us give thanks to Jean Dorak, foundation project coordinator, International Council of Shopping Centers Foundation for her enthusiastic contributions as a new NYSAE member.

    The New Star Award recognizes the contribution of a new NYSAE member (regular or associate) with less than three years of service made to NYSAE in the areas of committee work, special projects, or new programs.

    Please keep in mind, deserving nominees for the outstanding program development award.

    The new Outstanding Program Development Award recognizes an executive or manager who has contributed significantly to the development of innovative, visionary programming as a team leader within in his or her own philanthropic, professional or trade organization and has demonstrated excellence in advancing the mission of that organization through one or more recognized CAE domains such as (1) organizational management; (2) leadership; (3) administration; (4) knowledge management and research; (5) governance and structure; (6) public policy, government relations, and coalition building; (7) membership development; (8) programs, products and services; and (9) marketing, public relations, and communications. The recipient must be a regular member of NYSAE.




    Let us give thanks to Catherine (Cate) Brennan, MBA, CAE, executive director

    National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners for leading her organization’s outstanding social responsibility initiatives.

    The Social Responsibility Award recognizes members' associations and associate members' organizations for their contributions to America.


    Let us give thanks to these organizations for modeling their excellent websites for us to emulate.

    Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Stephen Aird, Regional Director of Sales

    Philanthropic Organizations

    ·      SHARE

    Jacqueline Reinhard, Executive Director

    ·      Guide Dog Foundation & America’s Vet Dogs

    Wells Jones, CEO

    Professional Society

    ·      American Institute of Chemical Engineers

    June Wispelwey, Executive Director

                Stetson Watson, Controller

    Trade Association

    • US Council for International Business

    Peter Robinson, President

    The Website Excellence Award recognizes the website of a convention & visitors bureau, philanthropic organization, professional society or trade association of a regular member that demonstrates visionary innovation in use of digital technology and social media to advance its mission.

    Keep in mind appropriate nominees for the Digital Excellence Award.

    The Digital Excellence Award recognizes the association of a regular member for visionary innovation in use of digital technology to advance its mission.

    The nomination forms and criteria for each of these award categories can be found on the NYSAE website, Feel free to direct any questions to Gina Ryan, NYSAE Awards Committee chair at ceopathways@....

    Gina Ryan is president of CEO Pathways/Creative Executive Options, a firm offering interim executive director services and transition management to newly formed or recently challenged associations. Ryan is a former NYSAE Board Member and is the current chair of the Awards Committee. She can be reached at ceopathways@... or 917-971-7524.

    Gina Ryan
    CEO Pathways/Creative Executive Options
    Westport CT