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Association Newsmakers - Library

CEO Update's online video series features interviews with top association leaders.



How executives can use social media to propel thier careers
Executive recruiter David Martin says search committees regularly turn to LinkedIn and other online platforms to study candidates.


How membership groups can excel in a competitive market
Association for Financial Professionals CEO Jim Kaitz says his group focuses on education and other benefits.


Creating a successful association culture
American Trucking Associations COO Elisabeth Barna explains how her group used a leadership change to redefine its culture.


Remaking your meetings
Associated Builders and Contractors CEO Michael Bellaman says holistic approach needed to balance expectations and financial limits.


Smart strategic branding
American Forest & Paper Association CEO Donna Harman says trade groups shouldn't assume people know what they do.


The changing reality of executive search
Executive recruiter Stephanie Tomasso says more associations seeking CEOs with business expertise, able to motivate grassroots advocates.


When should your organization go to court?
CFP Board CEO Kevin Keller says groups must be prepared for both the legal fight and media reaction.


Working in an association with multiple member types
Real Estate Roundtable CEO Jeff DeBoer says the secret to dealing with a diverse membership is to focus on assets.


Top financial issues faced by associations
Healthcare Distribution Alliance COO Ann Bittman says IT is a small but important part of association budgeting.


Leveraging trends to strengthen your industry
Beer Institute CEO Jim McGreevy on how his association stayed ahead of calls for nutrition labels.


Building a lobbying powerhouse
National Federation of Independent Business CEO Juanita Duggan says effective leadership is needed to build a political organization.


Building an association from the ground up
Internet Association CEO Michael Beckerman recounts experience of creating a trade group from scratch.


Impact of the election on GR recruiting
Executive recruiter Ivan Adler says presidential elections are "Christmastime" for recruiting.


Building a relationship with your board
Kevin Burke, CEO of Airports Council International-North America, says top executives must listen and learn from their boards.


Strategies for growing membership
American Hotel & Lodging Association CEO Katherine Lugar shares tips for bringing in new members.



Evolving trends in association executive search
Korn Ferry's Nels Olson says resumes and experience still important, but today's boards are looking for leaders with proven record of accomplishment.


How to keep your career vibrant
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association CEO Arlene Pietranton says staff are among the untapped wells of new ideas for top executives.


Working as a team to expand industry influence
Aluminum Association CEO Heidi Brock says that for coalitions to succeed, their members must have all issues on the table from the beginning.


Groups most keep close eye on finances
Longtime financial adviser Charlie Tate says reserve size and technology spending are just two items executives must tackle when budgeting.


Positioning your association for success.
National Automobile Dealers Association CEO Peter Welch reshapes group whose industry has experienced major disruptions in recent years.


Lessons learned from a lifetime of leadership
Edison Electric Institute President Tom Kuhn says associations’ greatest strength is their ability to bring people together to get things done.


Tips for a successful executive search
Executive recruiter Leonard Pfeiffer shares his thoughts about the qualities that define a good candidate.


Negotiating CEO and executive contracts
Attorney Jeffrey Tenenbaum says executives should pay close attention to contract details, particularly the authority to hire and fire staff.


Changing revenue models for growth
Metals Service Center Institute CEO Bob Weidner discusses how his organization has moved away from largely relying on member dues for revenue.


Building a strong private sector partnership
Larry Soler, CEO of Partnership for a Healthier America, explains how his group has teamed up with private industry to combat obesity.


Bring innovation to your association
Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro on how to inspire innovation among staff and board members.


Public affairs as effective advocacy
American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard says technology makes possible more ways to reach voters with group's message.


How to gain an edge in government relations placement
Executive recruiter Julian Ha says candidates for advocacy positions must be able to adapt to the changing nature of the job.


Successful advocacy in the regulatory arena
National Association of Broadcasters CEO Gordon Smith shares advice about how to best navigate Washington, D.C.'s agency environment.


Current executive salary and compensation trends
Executive compensation expert Charles Quatt notes that incentive compensation continues to rise but perks are on the downswing.


Invigorating culture in a trade group
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jo Ann Emerson says engaging your staff goes a long way toward making them happy to come to work every day.


Engaging a wide membership
National Association of Manufacturers CEO Jay Timmons says associations must anticipate the future needs of their members to thrive.


Refreshing the image of your industry
National Automatic Merchandising Association CEO Carla Balakgie speaks about her organization's efforts to increase both the visibility and profitability of the vending machine industry.


Enacting a successful group makeover
Insured Retirement Institute CEO Cathy Weatherford talks about guiding her organization through some big changes, including a rebranding and new mission statement.


The do's and don'ts of executive recruiting
Executive recruiter Leslie Hortum says good work that gets noticed by your peers is the quickest way for job candidates to get on her radar.


Running a professional society as a business
American Society for Nutrition CEO John Courtney says the key to success for nonprofit organizations is to approach their jobs as if they were running a for-profit business.


Proactively tackling an industry challenge
American Beverage Association CEO Susan Neely says associations must appeal to the mainstream when industry is under attack.


Using data to enhance your industry's reputation
Investment Company Institute CEO Paul Stevens says honesty and accuracy in industry analysis can have huge payoffs when building public confidence.


Effectively managing your time
American Trucking Associations CEO Bill Graves shares tips on how association executives can productively divide up their busy schedules.


Leveraging a foundation to advance your mission
National Restaurant Association CEO Dawn Sweeney discusses how her organization has positioned its foundation to tell the story of its industry.


Building a strong executive team
Financial Services Roundtable CEO Tim Pawlenty describes what personality traits he looks for when recruiting top staff.


Challenges and opportunites facing associations
ASAE President and CEO John Graham explains how technology and demographic shifts are forcing organizations to rethink their relationship with members and staff.


Successful long term strategic planning
Food Marketing Institute CEO Leslie Sarasin speaks about how her association has used long-range planning to push staff to excel at their jobs and to guide major decisions.


Handling tough advocacy issues
International Franchise Association CEO Steve Caldeira speaks about his organization's involvement in the minimum wage fight and the steps taken to get members engaged in policy issues.


Enriching the trade show experience
National Retail Federation CEO Matthew Shay discusses what his organization has done to keep its trade show a rewarding experience for both exhibitors and attendees in a digital age.