ASAE Announces Five Association Leaders to the Class of Fellows

WASHINGTON— Five inspiring leaders in the association community have been named to ASAE's 2016 Class of Fellows. The Fellows program recognizes individual accomplishments and contributions to ASAE and the association sector, and it is a call to service for the profession.

“We had many high-quality nominations this year, which made the selection difficult. ASAE’s Fellows program is an honorary recognition given to less than one percent of ASAE’s membership, so it represents the best of the association community. Congratulations to this year’s class,” said Janice Lachance, Interim President at the Better Business Bureau Institute and chair of ASAE’s Fellows Selection Committee. 

The Class of 2016 includes:

Debra S. BenAvram, CAE         
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Gabriel Eckert, CAE     
Executive Director      
Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia

Matt Loeb, CAE

Tonya Muse, CAE
Executive Director, CMA
National Association of Manufacturers

James J. Zaniello
Vetted Solutions

The 2016 Fellows join 251 association industry professionals who have received this designation since the program's inception in 1986. Serving as role models and ambassadors for the association community, Fellows seek out opportunities to serve on boards and committees and participate as speakers, authors, reviewers, and mentors.

The Fellows selection process includes: endorsement by a peer; an in-depth application describing the individual's innovation, leadership, and commitment to the profession; an interview with two members of the selection committee; and selection from among a group of highly-qualified candidates.

For more information about ASAE’s Fellows program, visit:

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE,, 202-326-9505.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit