AICPA Director Named Association Executive of the Year


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Barry Melancon, executive director, AICPA, was honored as Association TRENDS Association Executive of the Year at the publication’s 32nd annual Salute to Association Excellence Awards February 16, 2011.

Jill Martineau Cornish, IOM, founder and executive editor of Association TRENDS said, “One mark of a good executive is knowing when to make a bold move. When the association needs to change in a dramatic way in order to succeed, Melancon has shown that he is innovative, while clearly weighing all the risks. He understands both his members’ profession and the needs of the association. It was with great pleasure that I notified him of his selection as the 2011 Association Executive of the Year. He has truly earned the honor.”

In his acceptance remarks, Melancon said executives "have an obligation to drive our individual associations forward,” noting that this cannot happen without taking risks, finding an appropriate balance, and communicating effectively. He noted that associations "earn the right to be on the leading edge [of risk] by being responsive to members," and particularly emphasized the importance of embracing social media. The full speech is available for viewing here.

The honor, which has been awarded since 1980, is been presented to a worthy association executive who has shown tremendous leadership and has stood out among his peers in the association community. James P. Low, CAE was the inaugural Association Executive of the Year. Other awardees include William D. Nelligan, CAE, Quincalee Brown, CAE, Thomas R. Kuhn, CAE, John “Jack” Cox, CAE, Barbara Belmont, CAE, H. Cris Collie III, CAE, Thomas J. Donohue, Roger Dow, Connie Tipton, and VAdm. Norbert R. Ryan, USN-Ret. among others.

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