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  • Gail Bast Receives Hall of Fame Award

    Gail Bast poses with hall of fame award at WSAE innovation summit awards dinner. Gail Bast, CEO and owner at Association Acumen, has received the Hall of Fame award from the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE). The annual award is presented to the individual who has demonstrated involvement and commitment to the association management field and WSAE on a continuous basis and is viewed as a mentor or role model within the association industry. The award was presented October 30 as part of the 2017 WSAE Innovation Summit held in Middleton, Wisconsin. Continue reading →

  • Mike Mathy Earns Certified Association Executive Credential

    Mike Mathy, Association Executive at Association Acumen, earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) designation, granted by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Mathy serves as the Executive Director for the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) and the National Vehicle Leasing Association (NVLA). Continue reading →

  • Betsy Smith Named President

    Betsy Smith, CPA, MST, has been named the new President of Association Acumen, LLC, effective July 1. Smith succeeds Gail Bast, MBA, CAE, who will remain as Chief Executive Officer and Owner. Association Acumen is an award-winning accredited association management firm based in Menomonee Falls, WI. Bast founded Acumen in 2006 and will continue to act as company visionary and provide management oversight. Smith joined Acumen in 2013 and has served as Executive Vice President of Finance. Continue reading →

  • Bill Elliott Named Vice President of Operations

    Bill ElliottBill Elliott, CAE, has been named Vice President of Operations at Association Acumen, LLC, effective July 1. Betsy Smith, CPA, MST was named President. Smith succeeds Gail Bast, MBA, CAE, who will remain as Chief Executive Officer and Owner. Association Acumen is an award-winning accredited association management firm based in Menomonee Falls, WI. Bast founded Acumen in 2006 and will continue to act as company visionary and provide management oversight. Elliott joined Acumen in 2011 and will remain as the Executive Director of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) and the Automotive Fleet and Leasing Association (AFLA). In his new role, Elliott will be responsible for oversight of Acumen client services and operations, including customer service, board relations and the implementation of consistent best practices, new services and technologies. Continue reading →

  • Melinda Waite Receives Evolving Eagle Award

    M Waite - Evolving Eagle 2017Melinda Waite, Membership and Marketing Manager, has received the Evolving Eagle award from Association Acumen. The annual award is presented to the individual who has grown the most professionally and consistently demonstrated excellence in her/his position by making the most improvements to a specific client and to Association Acumen.

    “I am honored to be recognized for my contributions to our team. I am grateful to work in an environment that encourages data-driven decisions, innovative solutions and professional development,” Waite said. “I’m proud to bring refreshed approaches and tactics to our membership campaigns, marketing plans and event technology.” Continue reading →

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