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CSAE 2018 Conference Speakers

June 6-8, 2018, Doubletree by Hilton Greeley at Lincoln Park, Greeley, CO

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June 6-8, 2018

Doubletree by Hilton Greeley at Lincoln Park
Greeley, Colorado

Shelly Alcorn, CAE
Alcorn Associates Management Consulting

Shelly began her career in change management at the age of 5 when she was enrolled at what was to be the first of the eleven schools she would attend prior to graduating from high school.  Being the perpetual “New Kid” forced her to quickly and strategically assess new environments, orient herself to new curriculum, policy and rules and figure out the political nuances involved in navigating recess.

Shelly kept up the fast pace by holding various positions in different associations and then serving as executive director for two different associations.  She is now a consultant at Alcorn Associates Management Consulting and is fascinated with the intersection between technology, the education to employment system and the association of the future.  She develops future-focused retreats and speaks on topics meant to provoke and engage discussion on what it means to be a human in an increasingly machine-driven world.

Paul Caputo
Deputy Director, National Association for Interpretation

Paul was hired as NAI’s graphic designer in 2002, and is responsible for the organization’s visual identity, including publications, websites, and logos. In his current role as deputy director, he conducts training on social media and graphic design, performs administrative duties in support of the executive director, and serves as the staff liaison with NAI’s geographical regions and special-interest sections. Originally from the Philadelphia area, he lives with his two children in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he likes to write, run, and travel. Do not get him started talking about minor league baseball logos.

Don Cooper
The Sales Heretic

Don’s last real job was with a Washington, D.C. delivery company that, under his leadership, grew by an average of 38% a year.  However, knowing a lot about a subject doesn’t make a person a great speaker. Don also brings a performer’s background to his presentations. He has acted on stage and film, appeared in the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus, and even performed at the legendary comedy club, The Improv. This experience contributes to his command of the platform and his ability to keep audiences entertained and involved for hours at a time. By combining his sales expertise and performance skills with intensive research, Don delivers programs that are association and industry specific.

Holly Duckworth, CAE, CMP, LSP
Speaker, Trainer, Executive Coach

Holly is a trailblazing speaker and executive coach. She works with stressed-out CEO’s and executive leaders to create profits, peace, and presence. Our world has become mindless and stressed to unhealthy levels. Thru mindfulness practices Holly works with leaders, including association professionals, to release beliefs that no longer serve. Holly helps leaders shift and activate beliefs, thoughts, and action that make you and your association the best it can be.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart is a traffic and news reporter at KUSA TV and president of the Fly With Amelia Foundation, a non-profit organization that grants flight-training scholarships to young women, aged sixteen to eighteen. In 2014, she flew around the world on her own terms, in a modern-day aircraft, retracing the flight of my namesake, Amelia Mary Earhart. Amelia has been a passionate aviatrix since her first flight lesson at the age of twenty-one, spending the last 8 years working as a television news anchor, covering breaking news, traffic and weather in Denver and Los Angeles. Amelia was given the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award in 2013 and in 2014 was named by the Jaycees as one of the “Top Ten Young Americans”.

Gabriel Eckhert, FASAE, CAE
Executive Director, BOMA Georgia

Gabriel Eckert, CAE serves as the executive director of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Georgia. He is responsible for overall staff management, organizational strategy, and financial oversight. He led the organization through a statewide expansion, growing from BOMA Atlanta to become BOMA Georgia. He is an accomplished author and speaker, as well as the former chair of the CAE commission.  He previously served as director of communications and marketing for BOMA Atlanta and as director of communications for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.

Ann Marie Estrada

AnnMarie’s skill sets include business management, communications, fundraising and organization.  This unique skill set affords her the ability to build upon the IASLC Foundation mission to fund researchers worldwide and support the foundation’s work in conquering lung cancer and the other thoracic malignancies.  Most recently, she spent 10 years with the SME Foundation and built it to a multimillion-dollar organization to support fellowships and other educational programs for the mining minerals industry.

Karen Gonzales, CMP
Director, Partnership Relations, (IAEE) International Association of Exhibitions and Events

Karen has a proven track record of increasing revenue by 15% year over year from memberships, sponsorships, partnerships and exhibition sales.  Her ability to visualize, organize and implement solutions for efficiency and profitability, along with the skill in leading projects, and securing sustained and integrated partnerships has earned her recognition throughout the hospitality community.  Before joining IAEE, Karen was Vice president of Business Development for Association Forum.

Heidi Gordon, CAE
Deputy Director/COO, American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado (ACEC)

Heidi is an experienced association professional with a demonstrated history of success working in the non-profit organization management industry. She is skilled in association management, nonprofit operations, public relations/ communication, membership, marketing, messaging, database management, and event management. She holds a Master’s degree focused on Organizational & Professional Communication. Before joining ACEC, Heidi was with the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.

Thad Lurie, CIP, CAE
Vice President, Business Intelligence and Performance, Experient

Thad works with organizations in using their data to drive improved business performance.  Previously, he was Vice President or Operations and Chief Information Officer for EDUCAUSE where he led the association’s functions relating to membership, marketing, conferences and events, content, web, and information technology.  He has served as CIO for a number of different associations, including the American Wind Energy Association and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Trevor Mitchell, CAE
Director of Membership & Strategy, American Mensa

Trevor Mitchell is an association industry professional with 10+ years of experience in both national and global associations.  Currently, Trevor is the Director of Membership & Strategy at American Mensa.  Throughout his career, Trevor has been active in the association management profession as well as in industry events.  He has also contributed to several publications and makes presentations around the country on various association management topics.

Scott Oser
President. Scott Oser Associates

Scott is a senior level professional with extensive direct marketing experience and excellent communication skills. He is particularly effective at developing creative and effective customer recruitment and loyalty programs using both electronic and traditional methods in order to sustain and increase sales and brand awareness. His strong ability to develop, execute and analyze marketing plans designed to ensure that goals are met and exceeded is widely known in the association world. Scott enjoys helping organizations with sales and marketing, sponsorship development, copywriting, vendor negotiation, website evaluation, strategic development, print product optimization and more. He is a frequent speaker and author on membership, marketing and sales topics.

Tom Morrison
President & CEO, Tom Morrison Associates

Tom Morrison is a life coach and award-winning association executive who lives and breathes marketplace disruption and personal development.  He has led his association to over 1,000 percent growth increase since 2006, living the elements he shares in this talks.  Tom has 20+ plus years as a trade association CEO.  He strives to provide association professionals with take-aways to prepare them for the future and achieve the best life possible.

Melanie Penoyar-Perez, CAE
Director of Operations, (SME) Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration

Melanie has 17+ years in association management.  Her experience includes strategic planning, membership recruitment and retention, volunteer management, business development, marketing, sales, event planning, public relations, and project management.  She is a frequent speaker at ASAE and a contributing editor to various industry publications.  Before joining SME she was with the American Water Works Association.

Mark Sedgley
President & CEO, MemberClicks

Mark is an entrepreneurial executive with over 20 years of experience leading sales, marketing, personnel and operations at the regional and corporate level in both start-ups and fortune fifteen companies.  He has a record of building and retaining sales teams and specializes in team building, strategic vision, ROI, leadership training and competitive analysis. He is known for his ability to balance strategic vision with sales effectiveness.  Mark joined MemberClicks in 2008 as Director, Customer Service and today he is president and CEO.

Aaron Wolowiec, MSA, CAE, CMP, CTA, CTF/AT
Founder & President, Event Garde

Aaron is an award-winning learning strategist and meetings coach for leading associations and individual membership societies across the United States.  Committed to the latest research and trends on learning, intentional networking environments, and meaningful transfer exercises, he launched Event Garde, a professional development consultancy, in 2011. Currently, he serves the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) as a top-rated Academy of Association Management faculty member on professional development and as the lead CMP Prep Course instructional designer/facilitator.

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