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2018 Board Slate

The AzSAE Nominating Committee, chaired by Past President Kristen Merrifield, CAE, is pleased to announce that the following AzSAE Members have graciously accepted a nomination to serve as a Director on the AzSAE Board of Directors beginning January 2018 through December 2019:

Kayte Comes, Community Association Institute of Central Arizona (R)
Beverly Giardino, Arizona Dental Association (R) 
Debbie Hann, Arizona Small Business Association (R) 
Suzanne Jones, Association of Energy Services Professionals (R) 
Jeff Witt, Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort (A)

If elected, the above candidates will join the following Directors currently serving through 2018:

Jeremy Arp, National Association of Social Workers, Arizona Chapter (R)
Todd Davis, People Development LLC (A)
David Drennon, Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (R) 
Michelle Huebner, CMP, WeKoPa Resort & Conference Center (A)
Debbie Webber, CAE, KCA/MESA International Group (R)

The final slate of AzSAE Board of Directors will be presented to the membership at the AzSAE Annual Meeting on November 2, 2017 for approximation. We are seeking up to 5 Regular members and a maximum of 1 Associate Member to join the board in 2018.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the AzSAE office at (480) 946-0119.

With kind regards,

Kristen Merrifield, CAE
AzSAE Nominations Committee Chair

Apply for AzSAE’s CAE Scholarship

AzSAE offers a CAE Scholarship to one deserving member a year. The scholarship is designed to help aspiring CAEs cover the costs of studying for the CAE exam. Scholarship Award Recipients receive reimbursement of up to $500 for study material/courses and/or exam application fee.

To be eligible for AzSAE’s CAE scholarship, you must:

1. Be a member of AzSAE for at least a year.
2. Demonstrate significant progress toward CAE application requirements, including:

  • Three years of experience as a CEO at a qualifying organization (trade association, professional society, individual membership organization, philanthropic organization, tribal organization or association management company) OR have five years of experience working at the staff level at a qualifying organization.
  • Currently employed by a qualifying organization OR have been employed by such within the last five years.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher OR in lieu of a degree, you have eight additional years of professional work experience.
  • Being  committed to upholding the ASAE Standards of Conduct and have no felony convictions related to the practice of association management.
    Completed at least 75 hours of the required 100 hours of broad-based qualifying professional development within five years.

For full CAE requirements or more information on the CAE program, visit

Obligation of the Applicant

  • Scholarship recipients will be expected to “pay it forward” by volunteering or participating in at least one of the activities listed below.
  • CAE Study Group Facilitator.
  • Mentor at least one candidate for the scholarship program within 12 months of receiving the CAE designation.

Scholarship Award
$500 to support and assist with the costs associated with sitting for the CAE Exam* (i.e. Application Fee, CAE Core Resources, CAE Preparation Courses).
*For receipt of scholarship funds, recipient must submit a copy of their completed CAE Application within 12 months of scholarship acceptance.
How to Apply
A completed application must be submitted by the application deadline of Friday, November 3, 2017. Click here to access the application.
Contact the AzSAE office at or (480) 946-0119.

2017 Association Compensation & Benefits Survey Now Available

The AzSAE is excited to offer two surveys which are conducted every two years by a group of state societies of association executives with support from Whorton Marketing & Research. 1,315 associations across the U.S. participated in this year’s survey, including ASAE members and ASAE non-members. One survey provide Arizona data only; the other covers national data. The national survey compares compensation across states for 39 positions. The full national and state reports present detailed compensation overall by budget and staff ranges, geographic scope and membership structure, and by state. Both surveys cover Executive Compensation, Compensation, Other Positions, Role of CEO, Insurance Benefits, Retirement & Other Benefits and Participant Profile.

It is customary for tax firms and auditors to request some form of compensation survey to justify the salary of high-paid positions in Associations when completing the IRS 990 Form. Either survey would be a great document to have for this purpose.

Please purchase your copies today. Prices for both surveys are as follows:
AzSAE Member who participated in Survey: $59
AzSAE Member who did not participate in survey: $69
Non-Member who participated in Survey: $99
Non-Member who did not participate in survey: $129

To purchase, contact the AzSAE office at 480-946-0119 or 

Certification Opportunity - ASU Lodestar Center Nonprofit Management Institute

Receive a Nonprofit Management Certificate, presented in part by BeachFleischman PC, through the ASU Lodestar Center Nonprofit Management Institute. This certificate is designed to meet the professional needs of today’s nonprofit professional. Courses are engaging and taught by industry professionals, providing you with techniques that can immediately be implemented in your nonprofit organization.
Certificate is awarded after the completion of 8 courses, offered both online and in-person.

NMI 102 Maximizing Human Potential in Nonprofits
NMI 103 Effective Financial Management Principles
NMI 104 Engaging and Developing Volunteers
NMI 105 High Impact Leadership 
NMI 106 Optimizing Nonprofit Resource Fund Development
NMI 108 Analyzing for Program Impact
NMI 111 Impactful Board Governance
NMI 112 Emerging Marketing and Social Media Strategies

Courses can be taken in any order. You decide how quickly you want to complete the program. Each course is $300, or purchase all 8 courses for $2150.

ASU Lodestar Center Nonprofit Management Institute offers a $200 Joyce and Walter Winston Scholarship, apply for scholarship here.

To learn more, or register for courses, visit the ASU Lodestar website.

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