Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet

We are excited to announce that 2019 marks ESSAE's 40th anniversary. We will be commemorating this milestone throughout the year and celebrate the achievements of ESSAE in advancing and protecting the work of associations and association professionals across New York State.

To kick start the celebration, join ESSAE members, colleagues, and friends on Thursday, February 7, 2019 for our annual gala to celebrate the best of the best in the association community and the individuals who help make the association industry in New York a success.  

This special event provides us with the opportunity to showcase and acknowledge the great work accomplished by our industry colleagues, thank our 2018 volunteer leadership, welcome the 2018 Board of Directors, highlight the Society's accomplishments, and hear more about future initiatives. 

We greatly appreciate and value your contributions to this society – we are stronger together!

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Albany Marriott
Cocktail Reception - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Dinner, Board Installation & Awards Ceremony - 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Award Recipients  | Sponsors | Awards Committee |

Event Fees 

Single Ticket: $85 Members; $120 Non-Members
Register for a table of 8 and invite colleagues and clients!
Table of 8: $600 Members; $845 Non-Members

Event registration includes: fully hosted cocktail reception hour, plated dinner, wine service, dessert, champagne toast, awards ceremony, board installation, and coat check. Full cash bar available during dinner. 

Thank You to Our Event Partners

Event Host & Reception Sponsor: Albany Marriott
Dinner: Visit Buffalo Niagara
Champagne Toast: Albany Capital Center
Wine Service: Turning Stone Resort
Printed Program: Lane Press of Albany
Industry Awards: The Desmond Hotel
Coat Check: Visit Rochester
Decor: Total Events

Special Thank You to Our 40th Anniversary Partners! 

Cooley Group, Inc.
Digital XPress

We have a few options left in support of the 40th Annual Awards Banquet. Check out the 2019 Partnership Package! (as of 1.10.19)

Overnight accommodations for Thursday, February 7, 2019 are available for $115 at the Albany Marriott. You can make your reservations online! 

Parking & Transportation
Complimentary parking is available in the hotel lot. 

Cancellation Policy
Registrations must be made and paid for by Friday, February 1, 2019. Registration cancellations received prior to the deadline may be eligible to receive a refund less $25 service fee.  Cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund. Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose not to attend an event (no-shows). Cancellations will be accepted in writing only and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. All refund requests must be made by the attendee or credit card holder. Refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment. If you are unable to attend, you may send an alternate to the event without additional charge.

Questions? Call 518-463-1755 or [email protected]

Congratulations 2018 Award Recipients!

George Burton Award
Kathy Leitgeb
Executive Director 
NYS Bowling Proprietors Association 

Distinguished Member of the Year
Robert Schneider, CPA, CAE
Associate Executive Director & COO
NYS School Boards Association

Associate Member of the Year
Linda Persico, CMP (retired)
Sales Manager
Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls

Rising Star
Meagan Bowker
Association Manager 
Capitol Hill Management Services, Inc.

Association Excellence Awards:
Government Relations: New York School Nutrition Association

Marketing & Public Relations: New York State Optometric Association

Meetings & Expositions: New York Aviation Management Association

Industry Innovation: New York Battery & Energy Storage Technology Consortium

Professional Development/Education: American Institute of Architects New York State 

Publication/Magazine: New York State Association of Counties

Your 2018 Awards Task Force

Chair:  Aurelia Lazzari, Sales Manager, Desmond Hotel Albany
Jennifer Bruce, CMP, Association & Meeting Management Consultant, CCi Consulting
Deidre Hungerford, Assistant Director for Business Development, NYS Council of School Superintendents 
Patricia Wood, Senior Director, Membership, NYS Bar Association
Dory Fisk, Membership Education & Events Director, NYS Restaurant Association
Chloejean Tedford, Director Convention Services, Discover Saratoga
Linda Persico, CMP, Sales Manager, Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls