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Nevada Society of Association Executives

Our Purpose: To promote the field of association management through professional growth, education and development of high standards.

Next Meeting: May 27

"A Day in the Life of a Leader”

Presented by Mark Ashworth, President of RSAR

Mr. Ashworth will discuss what his role as President of the Reno Sparks Association of Realtors entails on a daily basis. Get some insights on what a Volunteer sees as his responsibilities and what he needs from staff to be an effective leader. What experiences to you have that help your leaders accomplish their goals for your association?

Date: May 27, 2014
Time: Noon

Lunch is included. Members $20, Nonmembers $30. We will videoconference between Bob Talley’s office at 8863 W. Flamingo R. Suite 102, Las Vegas in the south and Lori Benvin’s office at 161 Country Estates Circle, Suite 1B, and Reno.

Click here to register and pay by credit card or send check to NSAE.

CAE Study Group forming June 11.

A study group has been formed by NSAE. For $125 you can join the group, purchase the ASAE Study Guide and attend study groups in Las Vegas and Reno.  First organization meeting is June 11 at 11:30 a.m. You must purchase the course and Guide to participate. ASAE is revising the test again in 2015 and we have mentors and facilitators who have recently obtained the CAE.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain the knowledge to have success taking the exam this December. There are ten domains, so you must be ready to study by June to cover all ten domains.

Click here to read more about the CAE Study Group.  Click here to purchase the ASAE Study Guide and sign up for the study group.

Contact Maury at for more information.

Thanks to Lori Benvin who conducted a great roundtable, “Association scenarios for discussion”.

We had a large group with lots of dialogue. The following were discussion topics:

1. Dealing with difficult or demanding Exhibitors/vendors. Have in place a policy statement sent to all exhibitors bout their conduct. Offer prizes at the close of the exhibit to keep vendors there until the end.

2. Are older Board members or long serving Board members out of touch with the membership? Institute term limits, read Race for Relevance for ideas on restructuring. Survey members and non members about what they need from your organization. Don’t pick Board members by geography but what they bring to the table. When in crisis, good time to look at leadership and new people to help solve issues.

3. Employee use of internet and tweets. Have an internal person doing the association’s tweets, Facebook and other social media. Have a policy manual and enforce it for personal use.

4. Mentoring ideas (older members with younger members). Have a Board liaison who gets to know members to see how to engage them Sometimes younger member can mentor older members, especially with new technology and social media.

5. How do you recruit leaders and who does it? Have an outreach program. Staff and Board members have to take part. Use immediate past chair to chair the nominating committee.

6. How to handle a Disclosure of conflict of interest. Have a policy manual or bylaws address this. Board members should sign it, Committee members too.

7. A leader is accused of unethical conduct. This is not for the Executive Director to solve. Have an Ethics Committee with appeals to the Board. Have a non-compete agreement for Board members.

8. Zeroing in on key points to member benefits without inundating a potential member. Assess needs, assemble specific information and provide it to the potential or new member. For example a new dentist has different needs than an experience dentist. Find what would motivate someone to become a member and key in on that so you do not overload them with information. Have a member recruitment packet with tabs or stair steps so the potential member can go to just what they need. Most people want to get something, give something or network.

Welcome New Members!

Welcome to new members:

 Stacy Woodbury, new Executive Director of the Nevada State medical Society;

April Miller, Executive Administrator, Reno Sparks Association of Realtors; and

Wes Henderson, Executive Director of the NV League of Cities and Municipalities.


Cherie Williams riding the Senate subway to Senator Reid’s office to discuss the possible taxation of royalties and sponsorships.


Cherie Williams, Congressman Joe Heck and Maury Astley discussing the power of A and what associations do for the economy.


Congresswoman Dina Titus and Maury Astley discuss the importance of having government employees attend association conferences and conventions.

What people are saying about NSAE:

Jim Clarke, CAE, Senior Vice President, Public Policy “Thanks Maury for your many years of representing NSAE at American Association Day.”.

 He also welcomed Cherie Williams RCE CAE to this year’s event.

Contact Maury at 702-254-4263 or if you have any questions.


Member Spotlight

This month we are featuring:

Maury Astley, CAE

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Career Center

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Membership News

The May 27 meeting will feature “A Day in the Life of a Volunteer Leader” presented by Mark Ashword, president of the Reno Sparks Association of Realtors.

June 11 is an organizational meeting for those joining the NSAE Study Group. Candidates and mentors only.

July 29 will be a regular member meeting and will be a discussion of a CAE Study Guide Domain.

September 17 Greg Melia from ASAE will present a discussion of either Membership or the New Generation and Associations. Which would you prefer? Contact Maury and let him know.

Credit Card payment is now available.  Add your credit card number, CV#, Expiration Date along with the name and address associated with the credit card and fax to Maury at 702-254-4263. We will accept Credit cards for dues or Seminars.

NSAE is looking for more members in the active and allied categories and remember we have revised our dues. Go to our Dues link to see the new categories of members and their respective dues amounts.

We have added reduced rates for additional members from the same organization, a student rate and others. Joining will give you benefits at member rates and all the news affecting associations. Several members have added staff as NSAE members as our seminars are targeting various areas of expertise. Great for one or two person associations or for larger associations who want to send one of their specialists.

We are also looking for ideas on seminars and webinars that you or your staff would attend.  Email your ideas to Maury at for a great education program in  2013.

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