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Fall/Winter 2017

Letter from the President

Hello Members and Friends!

Thank you all for your membership with the Arizona Society of Association Executives during an eventful 2017!

Your support and contributions help make AzSAE the place to network, learn, and share resources while experiencing Arizona’s best venues and meeting spaces. As the year ends, I’m proud to say that your AzSAE Board of Directors, committee volunteers, and AMC staff remain committed to making sure AzSAE meets your needs in 2018 and beyond. I’m looking forward to our future events, including the upcoming AzSAE Gala on December 13th. Join us as we honor our best and brightest!

I encourage you to engage with the association—attend our lunch and mixer events, use our online resources, take advantage of our annual Getaway and Member meeting. Making new contacts for association business needs and a professional network has added value to my position and helped me do a better job year after year. 

It has been a pleasure working with the AzSAE Board of Directors and the energy and professionalism of our board members was fantastic. The support offered from Karolyn and Darryl (Meetings & Concierges Source, LLC., our AMC) helped tremendously in keeping our events and administration on-track. The Board worked hard this year to survey members, analyze partnerships and events, and took on strategic planning in November. The upcoming year will have much in store for Arizona’s association professionals. I look forward to Debbie Webber’s leadership as President and our new Board’s initiatives!

Jeremy Arp, MSW, ACSW
Executive Director
NASW Arizona Chapter
AzSAE President


53rd Annual Awards Gala and Celebration

The Arizona Society of Association Executives (AZSAE) is proud to showcase 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.

Congratulations to our 2017 Honorees!
Executive of the Year 
- Kim Sabow, Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association
Member of the Year - Sherry Henry, Grace Hospitality

Awards of Excellence in Association Management
Communications - Arizona Technology Council
Creative Funding - Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International Arizona Chapter (HSMAI)
Education - State Bar of Arizona
External Affairs - Arizona Dental Association
Membership - Arizona Dental Association

Charity of the Year

Please bring donations to benefit AzSAE's Charity of the Year.
They would greatly value the donation of cookbooks, crock-pots, oven mitts and all kinds of kitchen utensils to equip the new kitchens for the First Place Transition Academy students at First Place-Phoenix.  Your gift cards or monetary donations are also welcome.

First Place AZ
 is ushering in a new era of housing and community development for individuals with autism and neuro-diverse abilities in “the most autism-friendly city in the world."

Wednesday, December 13

DoubleTree Resort Paradise Valley
5401 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona, 85250

6:00-7:00 p.m.     General Reception and Silent Auction
7:00-9:30 p.m.     Dinner and Awards

You're Invited

Tickets are available for $70 member and $80 non-member

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2018 Board of Directors

PresidentDebbie Webber, CAE, KCA/MESA International
Past President Jeremy Arp, MSW, ACSW, National Association of Social Workers


Todd Davis, People Development LLC.
David Drennon, Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association
Kayte Comes, Community Association Institute of Central Arizona
Beverly Giardino, Arizona Dental Association
Debbie Hann, Arizona Small Business Association
Michelle Huebner, CMP, We-Ko-Pa Resort & Casino
Suzanne Jones, Association of Energy Services Professionals
Jeff Witt, Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort


Of CounselRichard Onsager, JD, Onsager Werner & Oberg PLC

Administrator - Karolyn Kiburz, CMP, Meetings & Concierges Source, LLC


Key Partner Spotlight


Arizona Society of Association Executives (AzSAE) Board Member Michelle Huebner (WeKoPa Resort & Conference Center) recently caught up with one of our Key Partners, Julie Fletcher of Enterprise Bank. We asked Julie to tell us about herself and why she enjoys working for Enterprise Bank.

Who has inspired you in your life, and why?

There have been many. But my grandmother was my greatest inspiration. She taught me kindness. She never said anything bad about anyone. She loved and appreciated her every day moments.  She was also a very strong and independent women, ahead of her time. She did what she wanted; she graduated from college in the 1920's then headed to California. She wanted to learn to surf, so she did!  I wanted to be just like her when I grew up.

Why did you decide to become a Key Partner with AzSAE?

I wanted to become a more active member of the association. Being a key partner provided this. It also provided the opportunity to market Enterprise's association-centered services in a stronger much more efficient way.

How do our AzSAE members specifically benefit from working with you and Enterprise Bank?

We track down the signers annually! I've been told that is the number one benefit we offer. We package our signature card program with a custom deposit solution that provides treasury management services most often needed, at a competitive price, along with and assigned Relationship Manager for direct access and quick responses to questions or concerns. 

What are the top three factors you would attribute to Enterprise Bank’s success?

Customer service, customer service, customer service :)

Can you teach us something that members may not know about banking?

Establishing as solid relationship with your banker opens the doors to opportunities that may not have been available without them. We are connectors to not just financial resources and potential new members too. When we understand your needs, we can make banking a better experience.  


Upcoming Events

LIVE WEBINAR: The Truth About Association Health Plans
November 30 / 11:30am-12:30pm

LIVE WEBINAR: Best Practices for Association Publications
December 5 / 11:30am-12:30pm
53rd Annual Awards Gala and Celebration
December 13 / 6:00pm - 9:30pm
LIVE WEBINAR: Cyber Security and Fraud Prevention Tools and Tactics
December 14 / 11:30am-12:30pm
LIVE WEBINAR: Creating a Young Professionals Group at Your Association
January 10 / 11:30am-12:30pm




She's A Winner!

Congratulations to Joanne Winter who won the drawing for the $100 American Express gift card for completing the membership survey! Thank you to all who answered the member survey, your feedback is key to our success!

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Gala!
Show your support for AzSAE and the successes of the exceptional association executives and outstanding programs and projects who are being honored. 

In return for your sponsorship, you will receive:
1 ticket to the Gala 
Logo on invitation, website, e-blasts, signage, PowerPoint and dinner program
Gala attendee mailing labels (one-time use)
*Award sponsor will have the opportunity to present award to the winner at the Gala

Sponsor forms must be returned by Friday, December 1, 2017 via email to or fax to 480-990-1889. Click here to download a sponsorship form.


CAE Library
Did you know AzSAE also maintains a CAE resource library of books and materials on a variety of association topics for member use?
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ASU Lodestar's
Nonprofit Management
Institute (NMI)
Looking for Professional
Development? Earning Your CAE?

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AzSAE Charity of the Year!
First Place AZ is ushering in a new era of housing and community development for individuals with autism and neuro-diverse abilities in “the most autism-friendly city in the world."
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Thank You to Our Key Partners



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