Pittsburgh Society of 
Association Executives
PSAE Awards -- Nominations Encouraged!
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 PSAE awards program. The program is designed to publicly recognize members of the PSAE organization for professional achievement, service to PSAE and/or the association profession.
PSAE encourages you to consider fellow members who may meet the criteria of any of the awards listed below.

Contact Lisa Ashbaugh for more information or download the nomination form.


Joe Gilbert Outstanding Association Executive Award
Purpose: This award recognizes an association executive who has demonstrated a commitment to leading the field of association management through active participation in PSAE and contribution to the Pittsburgh and Tri-State Area Association Community. 
Nominee’s Eligibility Criteria:
  • An individual, not an organization or company
  • Have demonstrated the desire to positively influence the profession as a mentor or role model
  • Be a full active member of PSAE for at least three years
  • Have served as an advocate for positive growth and development of the profession
  • Have served in a management level capacity in an association for at least three consecutive years
  • Not be the current PSAE President
Other considerations for nomination include:
  • Long time achievement in association management
  • Outstanding leadership
  • Professional achievement
  • Mentor or steward to colleagues or employees
  • Longevity (10 years) in the association management field
  • Excellence or accomplishments within the individual’s organization (awards, promotions, internal recognition programs)
  • Past participation or service in PSAE
  • Recognition by peers 

PSAE Member of the Year
Purpose: This award recognizes an individual member of PSAE for his/her outstanding contributions, leadership and achievements in PSAE and association management.
Nominee’s Eligibility Criteria:
  • An individual, not an organization or company
  • Current association executive
  • Current active member of PSAE
  • Not a current PSAE Board member or officer
  • Must have attended at least five meetings over a two-year period ending 31 December
Other considerations for nomination include:
  • Committee participation
  • CAE Study Group contributions
  • Articles in Newsletter
  • Presentations at meetings
  • Previous PSAE Board service
  • Leadership in PSAE


Outstanding Affiliate Award
Outstanding Service to Associations
Purpose: This award recognizes an individual from an Affiliate Member Organization who has contributed substantially to PSAE over the past year. The individual is recognized for the application of his/her talents and activities as a vendor/supplier to the benefit of PSAE. 
Nominee’s Eligibility Criteria:
  • Must be an affiliate member for at least three years
  • Must possess high ethical standards

Contact Lisa Moses for more information and/or nomination form.

Recent Award Recipients

Joe Gilbert Award

1999-2000            John G. Krah, CAE, Allegheny County Medical Society

2000-2001                     Lee C. Taddonio, CAE, SMC Business Councils

2001-2002                     Alex Scott, TMS

2005-2006            Gretchen Bacco, CMP, Amerinet Central

2006-2007            Mary Heindl, SMC Business Councils

2007-2008            John B. Balance, CAE, Materials Research Society

2008-2009            V. Herbert Kaufman, CAE (Posthumously)

2009-2010            Nicholas Stratigos, CAE, Printing Industries of America

2012-2013            Patricia Raffaele, Hospital Council of Western PA

2013-2014            Mary Lee Gannon, St. Margaret Foundation

2014-2015            Dana Pless, CPA, CAE, SAE International


Other Past Recipients:

Ray Morris, CAE, Society of Automotive Engineers
Leo McDonough, SMC Business Councils
Don Siegle, Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania
Robert P. Imperata, VisitPittsburgh

 PSAE Member of the Year

2010-2011                               Diane Scheuring, MBA, CAE, CVA, CMP, Oncology Nursing Society

2011-2012                               Kate Shaughnessy Hankle, MBA, CVA, Oncology Nursing Society

2012-2013                               Ryan Pillar, SAE International

 Outstanding Affiliate Award

2011-2012                               Miriem Bauer, Bauer Meeting Planners

2012-2013                               Joe Stromei, Dollar Bank

2013-2014                               Kathi Suprek, DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Pittsburgh

2014-2015                               Sara Holzer, VisitPittsburgh


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