I am the Executive Director for the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE). I earned my BBA at Baylor University in Business Communication as well as Public Relations. Before entering the association world, I worked as a radio disc-jockey from the age of 15 to 23 working at various top 40 and adult contemporary stations.
I began my association career at Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP) as Meetings Assistant. From there I worked in the Certification, Membership, and Governance departments before being named the Director of Meetings & Special Events in 2007. During that time I oversaw the association meetings and special events team coordinating logistics and content for their meetings based all over the world including the world's largest hospitality technology conference, HITEC.
I have been selected as 1 of 10 US Nationwide Diversity Executive Leadership Program Scholars (DELP) by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) professional designation, awarded the Texas Society of Association Executives' (TSAE) Young Professional of the Year Award in 2010, named as one of USAE Magazine & The Association Forum of Chicagoland's 40 Under 40 in the association industry, and in 2015 was selected as one of Association Trends Magazine's Young & Aspiring Association Professionals.
I have served on numerous councils for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE): the Young Professionals Committee, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and currently the Meetings & Expositions Section Council. Before becoming a staff member at Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE) I was also an active member where I completed a term on the Board of Directors for TSAE as one of the youngest board members in the organization's history and now serve as their Executive Director.
I have also been a featured speaker at hospitality conferences as well as association management conferences throughout the years.
You can find me on twitter: @stevenjs.