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Happy New Year to all!!  I’d like to start with a trivia question:

Question:  What do NYSAE and my mom have in common?

Answer:  They are both turning 101 years old in 2020 and, I’m happy to report, both are still going strong.

Let’s focus on NYSAE first.  This year you will continue to see the exciting changes that are taking place as we advance our education, networking and overall leadership initiatives.  Our signature event, Meet NY, is just around the corner on February 26 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.  This is where association executives from all over the tri-state area gather to learn, share ideas, discuss trends and meet with leading local and global suppliers and service providers.  It’s the largest event of its kind in the northeast and is not to be missed!

This is just one of several high-level programs that will be taking place during Q1.  Please visit the “Events” page of the NYSAE website for more details and registration information.  Of particular interest are our Exec Connect program (February 21), a very timely session on “Lobbying vs. Advocacy: Issues Facing the Association Sector” (March 12), and the “CAE Kickoff in Conjunction with ASAE” (February 3-5). 

Speaking of ASAE, I was very sorry to learn of the recent passing of ASAE’s longtime president and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE.  I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet John on two separate occasions for NYSAE. He was a true gentleman and leader, and a great supporter of the association community. I am proud and pleased that, since my term began in July, we have been working closer than ever with ASAE on a number of initiatives.  We started with an NYSAE MeetUp over the summer at ASAE’s Annual Meeting and we will continue our collaboration with the 3-day CAE kick off at NYSAE headquarters.  I look forward to working with and supporting Susan Robertson, CAE, who will serve as interim president and CEO of ASAE, and to continuing to pursue mutually beneficial opportunities and collaborations.

As for my mom, she sends her love and best wishes for a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2020 to the entire association management community.



Charles Riotto



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