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CEOs leading smaller trade associations with advocacy priorities in banking, energy and insurance sectors get better pay

April 3, 2015
By Mark R. Graham

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Leading a large trade association or professional society isn’t the only path to earn seven figures in the tax-exempt community.

Char Beales led the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing for 21 years until she stepped down in 2013. While her typical paycheck from CTAM was around $750,000, he earned $1.3 million in her final year—24 percent of CTAM-reported revenue that year. The group did not disclose any retirement or severance payments to Beales.