Association TRENDS Announces 2022 Award Winners at the Salute to Association Excellence

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Association TRENDS Announces 2022 Award Winners at the Salute to Association Excellence

Arlington, VA – Association TRENDS announced the 2022 award winners at the Salute to Association Excellence on March 11, 2022. The annual awards show honors the Association Executive of the Year, Association Partner of the Year, Young & Aspiring Professionals, Leading Lobbyists, and association communications TRENDY Award Contest Winners. Each honoree is hand selected by a selection committee based upon their leadership skills and contributions to advancing associations.

The 2022 award recipients were as follows:

2022 Association Executive of the Year, Joe McGuire, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

2022 Association Partner of the Year, Mark Lowry, President and CRO, Association Analytics

2022 Young & Aspiring Association Professionals

- S’Neta Benefield, Director, State Association Management & Membership, National Association of Professional Insurance Agents

- Melissa O’Connor, President and CEO, Retail Council of New York State

- Allison Rafti, Senior Manager, Membership Marketing, Association for Talent Development

- Alexis Redmond, Managing Director, Legal, Risk, and Compliance Leadership Community, Manufacturers Alliance

- Nate Wambold, Director, Meetings and Conferences, American Anthropological Association

- Leslie Wilson, Manager for Meetings & Events, American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges

2022 Leading Association Lobbyists

- Mike Bober, President and CEO, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council

- Jeff Evans, Director, Public Policy, American Society of Association Executives

- John Jennings, Assistant Director, Government & Political Affairs, Insured Retirement Institute

- Paul Richman, Chief Government & Political Affairs Officer, Insured Retirement Institute

- Cathy Schuchart, Staff Vice President, Government Affairs & Media Relations, School Nutrition Association

The Salute to Association Excellence draws a crowd of 500+ leading association professionals each year and focuses on recognizing the work of association professionals and encourages a time of networking among peers and colleagues. 

About Association TRENDS

The mission of Association TRENDS is to empower associations and industry professionals with the tools they need to better understand and serve their members and the industry at large. As the leading provider of data, training, and insights, Association TRENDS offers a variety of services including research, publications, training programs, events, and more. Learn more at