Previous Award Winners

FSAE 2021 Leadership Award Winners

FSAE presented its most prestigious leadership awards at its recent Annual Conference held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. The Executive of the Year Award honors an association executive who has displayed the highest commitment to professional growth and dedication to advancing the association management profession. The Associate of the Year Award honors an association supplier whose dedication and leadership also advances the industry. FSAE’s Rising Star Award honors an association professional and/or supplier member who contribute significant time and talent to ensure FSAE’s continued success. FSAE also recognized an associate organization that supports the association industry and local communities. Our Association of the Year and Supporting Associate Organization of the Year awards honor organizations that demonstrates outstanding efforts, excellence and innovation.

The award winners for 2021 are:

  • FSAE 2021 Award WinnersExecutive of the Year: Suzanne Neve, CEO, FL Festivals and Events Assn, Orlando
  • Executive of the Year: Michele White, CAE; Executive Director, FL Assn of School Administrators, Tallahassee
  • Associate of the Year: Tara Liaschenko, CMM; Creative Executive Officer, The Link Event Professionals, Inc, St. Petersburg
  • Executive Rising Star: Kristyn McCauley, CAE, CMP; Program Manager/Meeting Planner, Partners in Association Management, Inc., Tallahassee
  • Associate Rising Star: Brandon Hall, CMP; Manager, Group Sales - Florida, Discover The Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach
  • Association of the Year: Florida Association of School Administrators, Tallahassee
  • Supporting Associate Organization of the Year: Map Dynamics
    (Pictured: Map Dynamics Founder Jeremy Minnick)

“There is no greater honor than being recognized by your peers for being the best of the best,” said FSAE Board Chair Gail Siminovsky, CAE. “These individuals and companies set the standard for professional excellence and exemplary leadership in the association community. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor.”

Each year FSAE recognizes individuals for their leadership, dedication, and professionalism both within FSAE as well as their own organizations. Each recipient is nominated by their peers and selected by committee-review according to strict criteria of excellence and achievement. Award recipients’ professionalism and leadership are evident in both services to the association management profession and to the local community.

Congratulations to our Winners!