ASAE Announces Award Honorees for Exceptional Leadership

June 4, 2012

Several people will be honored for their leadership during a ceremony at the American Society of Association Executive’s 2012 Annual Meeting & Exposition Aug. 11-14 in Dallas.


Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, president and CEO of American College of Healthcare Executives will receive this year’s Key Award.


The Key Award honors the association CEO who demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership in his or her own association and displays a commitment to voluntary membership organizations as a whole, according to ASAE officials.


In addition, Christine Smith, MBA, FASAE, president and CEO of Boxwood Technology, will be honored with the Academy of Leaders Award; and James Hieb, CAE, vice president at the Marble Institute of America, will be honored with the Professional Performance Award.


“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Thomas Dolan, Christine Smith and James Hieb on many occasions,” said Catherine A. Brown, FASAE, CAE, executive director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and chair of the 2012 Awards Committee.


She added, “Their individual and collective contributions are significant, noteworthy, and important to the ongoing growth and sustainability of the association community. I’m humbled to serve with them and honored to announce them as the recipients of these prestigious individual awards. ASAE and the association community are the fortunate recipients of their talents.”


Dolan has been a member of ASAE for 23 years and has been the president and CEO of ACHE since 1991.


Some of his many accomplishments include growing ACHE’s membership 118 percent during his tenure, establishing a Career Resource Center that serves more than 1,700 members annually and many other contributions in governance, membership, research and almost every category of association management. 


During Smith’s 11-year tenure with Boxwood, she has lead the growth from 50 association clients to more than1,000, increasing revenues nearly 20 pecent every year and generating nearly $300 million in revenues for the association community.


Hieb has been with the Marble Institute of America since 2003.


Some of his many accomplishments and contributions to the association community include working with a volunteer committee to develop the industry’s first credentialing program, expanding safety resources, and developing a robust continuing education program.

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