ASAE Names Six Association Leaders to the Class of Fellows

April 5, 2017

WASHINGTON— Six inspiring association leaders have been chosen for ASAE’s 2017 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.

“On behalf of the Selection Committee, I am proud to recognize and welcome these deserving candidates to the Fellows Community. They all represent the diversity and vibrancy of association management, and I know that they will continue to make contributions to our profession as they heed the call to service that is a hallmark of the Fellows,” said Matthew D’Uva, FASAE, CAE, Executive Director, International Association for the Study of Pain and chair of ASAE’s Fellows Selection Committee.

The Class of 2017 includes:

Shawn E. Boynes, CAE 
Executive Director
American Association of Anatomists

Gregory J. Fine, CAE
Turnaround Management Association

Sal Martino, CAE
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
American Society of Radiologic Technologists

Mickie Stivers Rops, MAEd, CAE
President & Principal Consultant
Mickie Rops Consulting LLC

Dawn M. Sweeney
President and CEO
National Restaurant Association

Mark Vaughan
Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

The 2017 Fellows join 256 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.

Read more information about ASAE’s Fellows program.

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

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 30,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 7,400 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