Nominees for ASAE and ASAE Foundation Board of Directors Named by Leadership Committee

June 19, 2017

WASHINGTON—The Leadership Committee of ASAE and the ASAE Foundation has selected the following nominees to serve on the ASAE and the ASAE Foundation Boards of Directors for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18), which begins September 1, 2017.

The Leadership Committee develops a pool of candidates for board service that best exemplifies ASAE’s membership profile and is representative of the organization’s diversity—including geography, size, gender, ethnicity, skill sets, and areas of experience. The Leadership Committee is guided by a board approved tool developed by the D+I committee to enable thoughtful consideration of all aspects of diversity and inclusion. This year’s committee is chaired by Immediate Past Chair of ASAE Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, FACHE, CPA, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of APICS.

“Every year, the Leadership Committee strives to ensure there is a balance of representation on the board. We value your commitment and service in assembling a group of leaders who will assist in advancing the association profession by raising the visibility of our industry and illustrating how it contributes to a global society,” said Scott D. Wiley, FASAE, CAE, President and CEO of The Ohio Society of CPAs and ASAE Chair.

The list of nominees are:

Matthew R. Shay, CAE, President & CEO, National Retail Federation, Washington, DC, will become the Chair of the ASAE Board.

Sal Martino, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Albuquerque, NM, will become Chair-Elect and Chair of the ASAE Foundation. 

Patricia V. Blake, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Downers Grove, IL, will be the new Secretary-Treasurer.

The committee nominated the following individuals for the FY18 Boards. All “At Large” Directors are ASAE Board members and three of the five will also serve on the ASAE Foundation Board.

Directors “At Large” (three-year term)

Steven C. Echard, IOM, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Alexandria, VA 
(ASAE and ASAE Foundation)

Kraig R. Naasz
President and CEO
Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Inc.
Washington, DC 

Thomas J. Noonan
President & CEO
Visit Austin
Austin, TX 
(ASAE and ASAE Foundation – Industry Partner Position)

Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE
President and Owner
Madison, WI 
(ASAE and ASAE Foundation)

Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE
Sr. VP & Chief Marketing Officer
National Association of Home Builders
Washington, DC 

The new board will be officially installed and join the remaining board members at the 2017 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 12–15, in Toronto. 

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

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership 

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