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Nineteen Executives Convene to Explore the Association of the Future

Nineteen CEOs and Executive Directors of associations met in Annapolis, MD October 28-29 to address the mounting need for vision-driven action by membership organizations. Convened by Association Transformation, led by Seth Kahan, an executive strategy consultant, and Ron Nicodemus, an expert in world-class leadership events, this "CEO Workout" was the first step in forming a think tank to understand and support the needs of association leaders in the face of rapidly changing market conditions.

Bethesda, MD, January 02, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Association Transformation Was the Goal of 2013 “CEO Workout”

Nineteen CEOs and Executive Directors of associations met in Annapolis, MD October 28-29 to address the mounting need for vision-driven action by membership organizations. Convened by Association Transformation, led by Seth Kahan, an executive strategy consultant, and Ron Nicodemus, an expert in world-class leadership events, this “CEO Workout” was the first step in forming a think tank to understand and support the needs of association leaders in the face of rapidly changing market conditions.

“What’s exciting about this is that these leaders are getting ready to take the bull by the horns, to face the disruptions that are beginning to impact membership organizations and craft innovative responses,” said Kahan.

“Convening a community such as this dramatically improves our ability to see the future of association leadership as it is evolving around us,” said David Gammel, Executive Director of the Entomological Society of America. “Collectively, we can get ahead of that change in a valuable and productive way for our organizations and our discipline.”

John Graham, CEO of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), identified mobile technology, the US economic outlook, and changing demographics as disruptors of association “business as usual” in a fireside chat with Kahan during the event. A summary of his remarks can be found here: http://bit.ly/JGrahamIntrvw.

The newly formed group will track emerging trends to help envision sustainable business models for the long term, cognizant of tactics needed for the interim. “We look to the future with an eye to understanding what to do now to lead and prepare,” said Kahan.

“We’re leading in a space where multiple disruptions are occurring – this is a new and profoundly different moment for leaders of association and by working together we believe we can have a hand in our own destiny,” said Julie Coons, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electronic Retailing Association.

The group has crafted an ambitious agenda designed to leverage the collective knowledge and experience of its members: “We will move forward by defining needs, contributing our expertise and summoning outside resources, and reconvening for deep dives that drive next steps,” said Kahan.

In attendance were:

Brian Atchinson President & CEO, Physician Insurers Association of America
Carla Balakgie, President & Chief Executive Officer, National Automatic Merchandising Association
Debra BenAvram, Chief Executive Officer, American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Elisa Brewer Pratt, Executive Director, The Associated General Contractors of America
Anthony Cancelosi, President, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Julie Coons, President & CEO, Electronic Retailing Association
David Gammel, Executive Director, Entomological Society of America
Ken Garrison, Executive Director, Heavy Construction Contractors Association
Linda Hallman, Executive Director and CEO, American Association of University Women
Julia Hamm, President & CEO, Solar Electric Power Association
Kevin Keller, Chief Executive Officer, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc.
Douglas Kleine, President, Professional Association Services
Mary Logan, President, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
Lisa McGreevy, President & CEO, Online Lenders Alliance
Brent Mulgrew, Executive Director, The Ohio State Medical Association
Arlene Pietranton, Chief Executive Officer, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Kerry Stackpole, President, Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic
Barbara Tulipane, President & CEO, National Recreation and Park Association
Claudia Zacharias, President & CEO, Board of Certification/Accreditation

About Seth Kahan
Seth Kahan has worked with CEOs and top-level executives in companies that include World Bank, Peace Corps, Royal Dutch Shell as well as over 40 associations and public sector agencies. Kahan's book, Getting Change Right: How Leaders Transform Organizations from the Inside Out, is a business bestseller. He writes online for Fast Company (SethFast.com). His last book, Getting Innovation Right: How Leaders Leverage Inflection Points to Drive Success, was published May 2013.

About Ron Nicodemus
Ron Nicodemus is a communications and marketing strategist with a significant series of high-profile industry-shaping successes that include innovation and vision-driven style events produced for Disney, PBS, CBS, and many Fortune 100 companies, as well as co-founding the BioAgenda Institute, an executive think tank defining disruptive issues and future vision for the biotech and life sciences industries.

The CEO Workout was underwritten by DelCor Technology Solutions and DSK Solutions.

For questions or to contact Seth Kahan, visit AssociationTransformation.com or email Seth@VisionaryLeadership.com.
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