The Favorites Game: CEOs as Tech Leaders

By: Kristin Clarke

J. Clarke Price, retiring president and CEO of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, shares his favorite tech tool, leadership book, and more.

CEOs need to be early adopters of technology, committed users of social media, and involved strategists who explore how they and their associations "can leverage technology and new platforms to elevate the volume of their message," says J. Clarke Price, CAE, retiring president and CEO of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Named a "technology superstar" by Accounting Technology magazine, Price says, "It's one thing to deliver an address to a room of 50, 100, or 1,000 members, but what's [powerful] is when you can use technology to take that same message to literally thousands of members."

Regardless of crammed schedules, technology training and adoption is a matter of career and organizational survival. "If you're not comfortable in that space, I don't think you're going to have a robust future as an association CEO," Price says.

Favorite personal technology tool: iPhone.

Favorite app: TripTracker, a great tool to keep your travel information in a single location, and it automatically updates your itinerary information based on your frequent-flyer and frequent-guest numbers.

Favorite leadership book: I keep coming back to the principles of [Jim Collins'] Good to Great.

Favorite retirement goal: More golf and time for causes I care about.

Favorite CEO insight after 40 years: Establish parameters and then get out of the way so the good people you've hired can do great things.

Favorite personal insight gained during your tenure: I have pretty good instincts.

Favorite destination: Hawaii (for golf) and Italy.

Contributed by Kristin Clarke, a business journalist and writer for ASAE. Email: [email protected]

Kristin Clarke

Kristin Clarke is books editor for Associations Now and a business journalist and sustainability director for ASAE.