Severance payments to chief executives generally seem to rise with tenure; one such payout equates to three times base compensation. Still, CEO paychecks from professional associations are smaller than those from trade groups: Median take-home pay for professional society CEOs was $324,010, while median pay for trade group CEOs was $471,125
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Panelists at a CEO Update Live event say that more association executives are pushing for larger packages. “The real argument for an association executive is that you are working for an organization that has a change of leadership, generally, every year,” attorney Art Herold said.
With a background in national politics, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity’s Mike Duncan comes back to mining roots. "I hope that I continue working, and I hope that I continue to have... meaning and adventure in my life. That’s what I teach my interns to look for," he said.