ASAE Announces Six Association Leaders to Class of Fellows

March 12, 2019

WASHINGTON— Six association leaders have been selected for ASAE’s 2019 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.

“Congratulations to the 2019 class of Fellows. The ASAE Fellows program is an honorary recognition bestowed upon less than one percent of ASAE’s membership representing the best of the association community, and this group embodies that, ” said Jon C. Hockman, CPF, FASAE, Principal, McKinley Advisors, and chair of ASAE’s Fellows Selection Committee.

The Class of 2019 includes:

Lou DiGioia, MBA, CAE
Former Executive Director
Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)

Charlie Jones, CAE
Senior Vice President, Global Brand Management
Futures Industry Association

Michelle Mills Clement, MNM, CAE
President & CEO
Chicago Association of Realtors

Suzanne C. Pine, CAE
Vice President Professional Development
Association Headquarters Inc
AMC National Accounts
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

Steven J. Stout, CAE
Executive Director
Texas Society of Association Executives

Irving W. Washington III, CAE
Executive Director
Online News Association

The 2019 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,

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 44,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Its members lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. Together, they create a vibrant community that makes the world smarter, safer, and better every day. 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. Visit ASAE at