Pittsburgh Society of 
Association Executives

In Memoriam – Nicholas G. Stratigos, CAE

August 28, 2020 1:51 PM | Lisa Moses (Administrator)

The Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives is incredibly sad to announce the passing of Nicholas G. Stratigos, our long-time mentor, colleague, and friend.  PSAE would like to honor Nick’s memory of a life well lived and publicly acknowledge his never-ending service toward his many passions, in particular, the PSAE community and the entire Pittsburgh association-related industry that he touched, lead, and navigated daily.

Nick was a Certified Association Executive (CAE), and a member of PSAE for more than 20 years, serving twice as our President, Treasurer a multitude of times, and other Board positions throughout his tenure with PSAE.  He was the recipient of our prestigious Joe Gilbert Outstanding Association Executive Award, only one small achievement bestowed upon him during his lifetime. 

Immense respect for Nick’s range of knowledge, mentorship, and breadth of activities contributes to his leadership legacy within the Pittsburgh association ecosystem.  In addition to his volunteer work at PSAE, Nick was also President of the Better Investing Pittsburgh Chapter, Board Member for the Miracle League of Southwestern PA, dedicated theatre group actor and voice talent, and a passionate Pittsburgh Penguins hockey fan.  He was educated at Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University, where he began his career as business manager for his alma mater.  Afterwards, Nick held many leadership positions with the Iron and Steel Society, Pittsburgh Technology Council, Printing Industries of America, and PRINTING United Alliance.  

Our community sends our prayers and support to the main passion of Nick’s life, his family.  Our condolences are extended to his wife Cindy and his three children Melina, Lizzy, and Erik as they deal with the staggering loss of this remarkable man.  Help PSAE to honor a life well lived by posting your memories and encounters with Nick using the comment option below or on his personal Facebook page.  Rest in Peace dear friend. 

On behalf of the entire PSAE Community,

Beth A. Kassalen, MBA

PSAE President 2020-2021


  • August 28, 2020 2:20 PM | Murli Iyer
    So shocked to learn about the sad and most untimely demise of our dear friend Nick. I had the privilege of knowing him for over 20+ years and had great many memories. RIP my friend! Will always miss your smiling face.
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  • August 28, 2020 2:23 PM | Murli Iyer
    My heartfelt condolences to his family and the entire PSAE fraternity!
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  • August 28, 2020 2:28 PM | Joe Stromei
    Deepest Sympathy. Nick was a very hard-working man dedicated to accomplishing positive results at any job needed. He had an ongoing attribute to building great rapport with people in all walks of his life. You can always count on Nick, he will be greatly missed at PSAE.
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  • August 31, 2020 5:51 PM | Jack Krah
    So sorry to learn of Nicks’ untimely passing, and I extend deepest sympathies to his family. Nick was such a good person, generous with his time, expertise, and enthusiasm. He was dedicated, thorough, and welcoming of everyone that he met. He made immeasurable contributions to PSAE, and will be deeply missed by his many friend and colleagues. It was truly a privilege to have known and worked with Nick, and may it be said that he embraced and lived a full life.
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