2017 Honors Awards Nomination Form
Submission Deadline02/14/2017
Description

HONORS AWARDS 2017

Association Forum’s 2017 Honors Awards program will provide accolades and recognition to three outstanding association professionals and one supplier partner member of Association Forum for their outstanding achievements in advancing the association management profession.

The carefully selected group of high-performing executives will be honored and celebrated during Forum Forward™ 2017 on June 28 at Morgan Manufacturing and during the Honors Gala 2017 on June 29 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Forum Forward is Association Forum’s innovation- and future-focused annual meeting. Honors Gala is the elegant and festive Association Forum Foundation fundraiser and the official Honors Awards ceremony.

This year's awards include the Samuel B. Shapiro Award for Chief Staff Executive Achievement, along with the John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award, the Inspiring Leader Award and the Association Professional Achievement Award. 

Nominations for the 2017 Honors Awards will be accepted December 20 through Feb. 9 by 11:59 p.m. CST. All applications are due by February 10 by 11:59 p.m. CST. 

Please see Rules below for complete details and eligibility requirements. Please contact awards@associationforum.org with any questions.

Rules

Recommendations for Association Forum’s 2017 Honors Awards recipients will be made by Association Forum’s Awards & Recognition Committee and ultimately approved by Association Forum’s Board of Directors. The Awards & Recognition Committee will conduct an extensive review of the nomination forms, application forms and each applicant’s resume. Applicants will be rated on their responses, nominations and resume and compared against each other based on the criteria and eligibility requirements for each of the awards as described below.

John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award

The John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award is presented for outstanding service to Association Forum by an individual association or supplier partner member. This award has been presented for exceptional, long-term, volunteer service to Association Forum, primarily through committee service or similar contributions. “Unsung hero” or “above and beyond the call of duty” are two ways to describe past recipients. This award is named in memory of the late John C. Thiel, CAE, Association Forum’s chairman-elect in 1990-1991. In 2010, the Thiel Award was expanded to include both association professionals and supplier partners. In the past two years, a Thiel Award has been given to an association professional and supplier partner.

Criteria:

  • Contributions that significantly and consistently impact the advancement and/or recognition of the profession through service to Association Forum.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to serve as a formal or informal mentor.
  • Demonstrated leadership commitment and involvement in Association Forum.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • All members, including supplier partners, of Association Forum are eligible for this award.
  • Nominees must have been a member of Association Forum for five consecutive years.
  • Current Association Forum officers, directors, Awards & Recognition Committee members and staff are not eligible for this award.
  • Previous recipients of the John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award are not eligible to apply.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Association Professional Achievement Award

The Association Professional Achievement Award is presented to an association professional member (not a chief executive officer) for exemplary service and outstanding accomplishments in association management. This award reflects a high level of commitment to professional growth and personal pride in the association management industry.

Criteria:

  • Recognition as an exceptional association/nonprofit professional who has advanced his or her employer’s mission.
  • Strong investment in the field of association management and has served at least three years as an association/nonprofit professional.
  • Demonstrated volunteer service and involvement in Association Forum. .
  • Active role in civic and community affairs.
  • Models leadership behavior by holding a CAE or other professional certification in their specialty.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The nominee must be currently employed full-time as an association/nonprofit professional (other than as chief executive officer) for a minimum of three years at the time of nomination.
  • Nominees must have been employed in their present position for at least one year prior to nomination.
  • Nominees must have been a member of Association Forum for three consecutive years.
  • Current Association Forum officers, directors, Awards & Recognition Committee members, and staff are not eligible for this award.
  • Previous recipients of the Association Professional Achievement Award are not eligible to apply.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Inspiring Leader Award

The Inspiring Leader Award is presented to an individual who has established a culture leading to employee satisfaction, motivation, engagement and achievement.

Criteria:

  • Demonstrated support given to employees to participate in Association Forum and/or other professional organizations.
  • Develops employees and encourages colleagues through coaching or mentorship.
  • Sustains employee morale during challenging times.
  • Serves as a role model throughout their organization.
  • Models leadership behavior by holding a CAE or other professional certification in their specialty.
  • Active member of Association Forum and involved in activities of the association.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nominee must be currently employed full-time as an association/nonprofit professional.
  • Nominee must have worked in association management for a minimum of three years prior to nomination.
  • Nominee must be a member of Association Forum.
  • Current Association Forum officers, directors, Awards & Recognition Committee members, and staff are not eligible for this award.
  • Previous recipients of the Inspiring Leader Award are not eligible to apply.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Samuel B. Shapiro Award for Chief Staff Executive Achievement

The highest honor the Association Forum bestows on an association professional, the Samuel B. Shapiro Award for Chief Staff Executive Achievement, is presented to the chief staff executive (e.g. CEO, executive director, or equivalent level) for outstanding service and accomplishments in association/nonprofit management. The award is named after Samuel B. Shapiro, CAE, as past chairman of the Association Forum and the American Society of Association Executives. Recipients of this award have made outstanding accomplishments in their professional and personal lives.

Criteria:

  • Recognition as an exceptional association/nonprofit professional who has advanced his or her organization's mission.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to serve as a formal and/or informal mentor.
  • Overcomes challenges faced in a leadership position as a CEO.
  • Demonstrated leadership contributions that significantly and consistently impact the advancement and/or recognition of the profession through service to the Association Forum, other professional societies and charitable organizations and related organizations.
  • Models leadership behavior by holding a CAE, or other professional certification in their specialty.
  • Strong investment in the field of association management and at least five years as an association/nonprofit CEO.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The nominee must be currently employed in a full time capacity as an association/nonprofit chief staff executive at the time of nomination.
  • Nominees must have been employed in his or her present position for at least on year prior to nomination.
  • Nominees must have been a member of the Association Forum for five consecutive years.
  • This category includes heads of subsidiaries or foundations who report to the chief elected officer of the parent organization.
  • Current Association Forum officers, directors, Awards & Recognition Committee members, and staff are not eligible for this award.
  • Previous recipients of the Samuel B. Shapiro Award for Chief Staff Executive Achievement Award are not eligible to apply

Self nominations will not be accepted. Once a nomination is received, the nominee will receive notice that they have been nominated and be asked to complete an application.

This application (to be completed by the nominee) along with an updated resume or CV and headshot are due by 11:59 on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, to be considered by Association Forum Awards and Recognitions Committee.

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