ASAE Fellows


The ASAE Fellows program bestows an honorary recognition on less than 1 percent of ASAE's membership. Those who are named ASAE Fellows are called to continued service to the community—as authors, mentors, conference facilitators, and leaders.


The goals of the Fellows are:

  • To represent a diverse community of thought leaders who contribute knowledge and insight into the strategic issues of the profession and industry.
  • To identify and develop future association leaders, including by mentoring Diversity Executive Leadership Program scholars and Future Leaders Conference participants.
  • To take an active role in identifying future association trends and issues.
  • To serve through their active leadership and support of ASAE and Fellows activities and programs.

As leaders in the association community, Fellows strongly embrace ASAE's Diversity + Inclusion Statement.


To be eligible for Fellows consideration, a candidate must be an ASAE member for the past five consecutive years. Successful candidates are accomplished professionals who have demonstrated their ability to contribute to the achievement of the Fellows’ goals. Each selected candidate must:

  • Be a recognized leader in the association community.
  • Demonstrate leadership commitment to ASAE and the nonprofit community.  Examples include serving on an ASAE volunteer group and obtaining the CAE or other relevant credentials.
  • Honor a commitment to be engaged, authentic, and supportive of the association and the Fellows community.
  • Be a visionary and strategic thinker, demonstrating a focus on the future, risk-taking, and an entrepreneurial sprit to establish innovative programs in his or her sphere of influence.

Important Dates

2017 Fellows Retreat
June 21-24, 2017
Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Fellows Class of 2016

Congratulations to the association leaders who are new Fellows in 2016:

Debra S. BenAvram, CAE         

CEO, 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

President, Vetted Solutions


Learn More

Get all the details. Read the Fellows FAQs, learn more about the application process, or consider submitting a nomination.

Who’s involved? Meet the current ASAE Fellows  or see a list of Fellows by class year .

For more information, contact:
Carla Lochiatto, CAE
[email protected]