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Awards Gala and Celebration

At the 53rd Annual Awards Gala and Celebration held December 13, 2017 at the the DoubleTree Resort Paradise Valley, the Arizona Society of Association Executives (AZSAE) was proud to showcase the successes of 2017 by recognizing exceptional association executives and outstanding programs and projects implemented by associations in Arizona. Their commitment, involvement and service to the Valley’s growing nonprofit sector continues to not only further the mission of AzSAE, but to help strengthen the economic vitality of our entire region.

Our 2017 Honorees

Awards of Excellence in Association Management

  • Education
    "Hidden In Plain Sight: Dementia and Its Impact on Lawyers and Judges"
    State Bar of Arizona

    The State Bar of Arizona and the Arizona Supreme Court partnered to create a national program followed by an Arizona-focused program addressing the impact of dementia and Alzheimer’s on the legal profession.
  • Communications
    "2017 Public Policy Guide"
    Arizona Technology Council

    Developed by Arizona Technology Council’s Public Policy Committee, the purpose of the Public Policy Guide is to provide the organization’s members with a comprehensive reference regarding Arizona legislation relevant to the state’s technology community.
  • Creative Funding
    "35th Anniversary Chinese Auction Fundraiser and Dinner"
    Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International - Arizona Chapter (HSMAI)

    The Annual Chinese Auction is HSMAI’s largest fundraising event of the year and was conceived in 1982. This event has gained national recognition and has been adopted by numerous HSMAI and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) chapters throughout the U.S. as their major fundraiser.
  • External Affairs
    "Reducing the burden of State License Fees"
    Arizona Dental Association

    The Arizona Dental Association proactively worked to change the Dental Practice Act to enact language that permitted the Board to reduce license fees.
  • Membership
    "Arizona Dental Association's Concierge Program and Mobile App"
    Arizona Dental Association

    Most of the Arizona Dental Association’s (AzDA) new members are new dentists coming right out of dental school or transferring from another state.  Our Concierge Program was developed in 2016 to welcome these new members and find ways to engage with them.

Executive of the Year
Kim Sabow
President & CEO, Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association

Member of the Year
Sherry Henry
Director of Sales, Grace Hospitality

Click here for photos of the event.


Arizona Chapter NECA
Butterfly Events
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley-Scottsdale
Pixel Photography & Video
Ray the DJ
Carolyn Sechler CPA, PC
Shepard Exposition Services
Visit Tucson

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