Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration

Join us for a virtual celebration on Thursday, February 11 at 10:30 AM

Individual Award Winners | Association Excellence | Register to Attend | Partner with ESSAE

Since March, we have been pressed to pivot and innovate to adapt and meet the challenges the pandemic has presented for our industry. While we could not have imagined the impact that COVID has had on our personal and professional lives, we have worked harder and met the crisis head-on, bringing more value to the table to meet our member's needs.

The awards celebration honors the outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals in the areas of leadership and professionalism, enriching lives, creating a competitive workforce, preparing associations for the future, and driving innovation.

The awards committee, comprised past award winners and current ESSAE members, sorted  through many impressive nominations from our members, acknowledging the achievements of their peers during this arduous, unprecedented time. Through thoughtful conversation, they independently finalized this year’s winners based on curated criteria and we are thrilled to host this special virtual event on Thursday, February 11, 2021.

The Annual Awards program helps to:

  • Promote awareness of the innovative, results-oriented programs, services, and initiatives undertaken by your association.
  • Attain validation for activities that can be shares with your association’s membership, volunteer leaders, and stakeholders.
  • Justify continued investment in programs and activities that are related to the core mission or purpose of your association.
  • Showcase for others how your association helps advance the industry or profession you represent.

This year’s celebration will be digital and broadcast on Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook Live! Attendance will be complimentary for award winners, guests, and attendees. Pre-event registration is encouraged for Zoom access.

The Annual Awards Celebration offers ESSAE Members, colleagues, and industry partners the opportunity to celebrate our community and the invaluable work and contributions of associations and industry partners around the state. It also provides us with the opportunity to acknowledge the great work accomplished by our 2020 volunteer leadership, welcome the 2021 Board of Directors, highlight the Society's accomplishments, and hear more about future initiatives. 

Congratulations to our 2020 Individual Award Winners 

The George C. Burton Memorial Award

Founder & President
NextGen Management Consulting, LLC

This award recognizes the initiative and innovation by an ESSAE member in promoting the interests and serving the needs of ESSAE, demonstrated through the development of new projects, ideas or procedures, as well as improvement of current programs. George Burton Award recipients serve ESSAE, contribute to other voluntary membership organizations, and participate in civic and community affairs. They exemplify the best in association management by continually bringing credit to the association management community.

Distinguished Member

President & CEO
American Council of Engineering Companies of NY

This award recognizes an association professional, and active ESSAE member, who has made exceptional contributions to their association, provided all-around leadership both within his or her association and to the field at large, and has demonstrated abilities for continued high levels of achievement in the field of association management.

Rising Star

Deputy Executive Director
Association of School Business Officials

This award recognizes an ESSAE member who has demonstrated extraordinary potential for future leadership in association or hospitality management. The Nominee goes beyond the call of duty, encourages participation among fellow members and non-members, and exemplifies qualities of leadership and professionalism within the organization.

Volunteer of the Year

Director of Development & Marketing
Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region

This award recognizes an ESSAE Member for outstanding volunteer attributes such as being results-driven, having a collaborative mindset, and dedication to the “cause”. This award winner should also show the ability to think creatively, be eager to take initiative, and be humble about their work. They should be a leader that others wish to emulate.

Congratulations to our 2020 Association Excellence Award Winners

Association Excellence Award for Professional Development
NYS Association of Independent Schools

Association Excellence Award for Government Relations
Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS)

Association Excellence Award for Marking & Public Relations
New York State Association of REALTORS

Association Excellence Award for Meetings & Expos
NYS School Nutrition Association

Association Excellence Award for Member Engagement
The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

Association Excellence Award for Industry Innovation
American Council of Engineering Companies of New York

Association Excellence Award for a Publication or Magazine
New York Library Association

Special Thank You to Our Awards Committee

Join us in celebrating the efforts of our awards committee! 

There are five (5) individual awards: The George Burton, Distinguished Member of the Year, Associate Member of the Year, Rising Star, and Volunteer of the Year. In addition, there are seven (7) Association Excellence Award categories, including: Professional Development & Education, Government Relations, Marketing & PR, Meetings & Expositions, Member Engagement, Publications, and Industry Innovation. This year 22 nominations were received! The awards committee, comprising past award recipients and ESSAE members, review all nominations and make the final determination for award recipients. 

Chair: Kim Hodge, National Sales Manager, The Sagamore Resort

Jennifer Bruce, CMP, Association & Meeting Management Consultant, CCi Consulting
Jim Calvin, President, NY Association of Convenience Stores
Amber Carpenter, Managing Director, NYSAPLS, Inc.
Donna Denley, CAE, Director of Finance, NYS Academy of Family Physicians
Kathy Gormley, CMP, Director of Conference Management, LeadingAge New York
Debby Goedeke, Convention Services Manager | Albany Film Commissioner, Discover Albany
Mary Jo Janis, Vice President/Convention Sales and Services, Discover Saratoga
Shannon Licygiewicz, CEM, Director of Sales, Albany Capital Center
Linda Persico, CMP, Retired
Ashley Ranslow, NY Assistant State Director, NFIB
Patricia Wood, Retired

Check out our Past Award Winners

Awards Celebration Partnership Opportunities

This year’s sponsorship opportunities will be digital, and the awards celebration will be broadcast on YouTube, and Facebook Live! Attendance will be complimentary for attendees! All of which, increase exposure for you and your business! Your investment will help to support the invaluable contributions made by ESSAE members, our volunteer leadership, and the association community at large. 

Return on Your Investment

  • Exposure for your personal or company brand.
  • Network and interact with a wide audience of influencers.
  • Demonstrate commitment to recognizing excellence.
  • Get visibility as a major supporter of the ESSAE Awards program.
  • Showcase your brand’s commitment to the association & hospitality industry.
  • Exclusive benefits only available at the Awards Ceremony

To partner with ESSAE on this celebratory event, click here to download the 2021 Award Partnership Options and sign up form.