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It is with great sadness that NE/SAE shared the news of the passing of ASAE's President and CEO, John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE, after an extended battle with cancer earlier this month.  

On behalf of NE/SAE's Board of Directors, staff, members, and the entire association community, we extend our deepest sympathies to John's family.  

John was a transformative leader for ASAE and a mentor to many in the association community. He leaves behind an organization marking its centennial in 2020, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of ASAE’s work moving forward. 

"Whatever our personal journeys have been – however we came to embrace associations as our life’s work – we can take great pride in the advancement of this profession."

- John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE
President & CEO, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)



NE/SAE is excited to feature several of our Emerging Leaders Program participants in each of our upcoming monthly e-newsletters. Join us in getting to know these new members and up-and-coming association professionals who have made a commitment to advancing their careers in association management through this year-long development program.


Joseph Riley is Coordinator of Membership Marketing at the Tree Care Industry Association. Joseph joined TCIA in September of 2018. He graduated from UNH Manchester in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a distinction in digital media.

Over the course of the year, Joseph has been working on improving TCIA's video library, as well as starting a podcast for the organization. Joseph looks forward to new opportunities with these projects in the coming year. As an Emerging Leader, Joseph's hope is to continue is to expand his growth to provide value to both his team and the association. He currently lives in Manchester, NH, with his Australian Shepherd, Willow.



Whitney McNamara joined Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® in May of 2016 as the Professional Development & Education Manager, and she was promoted to the Education Program Director in July of 2018. Whitney oversees all education programming and professional development and also serves as the member resource for real estate licensing and renewal questions. Before joining CCIAOR, Whitney began her career with Simon Property Group, where she worked at multiple locations. During this time, Whitney gained experience with social media marketing and now shares her knowledge with CCIAOR's members through their free social media classes. 

Outside of work, Whitney is known for her volunteerism in the community. In 2018, she was recognized as a 40 under 40 honoree by Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine and received the Cape Cod Young Professional’s Outstanding Volunteer Award. She was also a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters and is a graduate of Community Leadership Institute of Cape Cod. Whitney received her Bachelor of Science from Salem State University. 


We've rounded up a few of our favorite recently-trending articles featured in ASAE's Associations Now from the past month! 


The death of ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE, earlier this week prompted an outpouring of condolences, memories, and tributes to the longtime association chief executive, offering a glimpse into the scope and depth of his impact.


More than four-fifths of Americans surveyed by Pew said the risks of corporate data use weren’t worth the benefits. It’s an issue that associations should tread carefully on.


How event professionals can maximize their time as event attendees. Also: Tips to boost your email marketing efforts.

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NE/SAE is pleased to announce our first-ever Spring Social networking event for association professionals and industry partner members. Network with your peers and enjoy a variety of hors d'oeuvres and beverages. 

The Spring Social will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., with a meeting for NE/SAE volunteers and members interested in volunteering with NE/SAE from 4 to 5 p.m. Additional details to follow!

Please note: this event is open to active NE/SAE members only. 

Thank you to our host and sponsor, Babson Executive Conference Center!

Click here for more information and to register today.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. | $45 for members and $75 for non-members

About the Webinar: Michael Copeland will bring his years of consulting experience for video production and photography to answer your questions about next steps in promoting your events and services through your organizations’ websites, social media, newsletters and other platforms. Attendees will learn about different marketing resources that are available to them and will leave with tips for the best uses of their videos and photographs.

About the Speaker:
Michael Copeland has been working in the media production and communications fields since 2005. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, he spent three years working as Director of Wahi Media, and over seven years leading his own full-service video production and photography company, Copeland Productions. Clients of Copeland Productions include many southeastern businesses, associations and government officials. Michael is the official photographer and videographer for the Florida Society of Association Executives.

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Did you know that NE/SAE members have access to the full archives of our past webinars?

For $45 per webinar, you and your staff can access association management education at your convenience from your office or home. It's not too late to watch these recent webinars:

Fuel Member Engagement with Feedback -
How to Listen at Scale

Creating Fans, Not Just Clients

Swimming In A Sea of Priorities

Association Storytelling

The Successful Mentoring Mindset -
What Mentoring Can Do for You and Your Association Business

...and 100+ more webinars available. 

Click here to view the full on-demand catalog.

Education & Events
Webinar: Tips & Tools for 
Eye-Catching Marketing

February 5, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. 
   NE/SAE Spring Social
April 29, 2020 | Babson Executive Conference Center, Wellesley, MA
More Info
Webinar: Using Bechmarks 
in Competitive Analysis
February 19, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. 
  Webinar: The Missing Link 
to Building Member Loyalty

May 20, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.
Webinar: Audience Research 
to Assess Member Needs
March 11, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. 
       NE/SAE 2020: 
Our Annual Meeting

June 4 & 5, 2020 | Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, NH
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