ASAE Announces Five Association Leaders to Class of Fellows

April 10, 2018

WASHINGTON— Five association leaders have been selected for ASAE’s 2018 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, congratulations to the new class of Fellows. These candidates embody the diversity and strength of the association profession, and I know they will continue to influence our profession and heed the call to service that is a hallmark of the Fellows,” said Jeff Morgan, ‎FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, Club Managers Association of America and chair of ASAE’s Fellows Selection Committee.  


The Class of 2018 includes: 


Lori Anderson, CAE 

President and Chief Executive Officer 

International Sign Association 


Hannes Combest, CAE 

Chief Executive Officer 

National Auctioneers Association 


C. David Gammel, CAE 

Executive Director 

Entomological Society of America 


Peggy M. Hoffman, CAE 


Mariner Management and Marketing LLC 


Karyn Nishimura Sneath 




The 2018 Fellows join 262 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, 


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


About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership  

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 40,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,200 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