FSAE 2021 Award Winners Announced

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:

Suzanne NeveExecutive of the Year: Suzanne Neve, CEO, FL Festivals and Events Assn, Orlando
Suzanne Neve has worked in association leadership for almost 10 years. She currently serves as CEO for the Florida Festivals & Events Association, a professional association for the event, festival and fair industry professionals. A member of FSAE since 2013, Suzanne has served on the FSAE Board of Directors and chaired numerous FSAE Committees.

Michele WhiteExecutive of the Year: Michele White, CAE; Executive Director, FL Assn of School Administrators, Tallahassee
Michele White, CAE has worked in association leadership for over 15 years. She currently serves as Executive Director for the Florida Association of School Administrators. A member of FSAE since 2010, Michele has served on the FSAE Board of Directors, was just elected Treasurer of the organization, and has chaired numerous FSAE Committees.

Tara LiaschenkoAssociate of the Year: Tara Liaschenko, CMM; Creative Executive Officer, The Link Event Professionals, Inc, St. Petersburg
Tara Liaschenko, CMM has worked in the events industry for more than 20 years. She currently serves as the Creative Executive Officer for The Link Event Professionals, a full-service, independent event and meeting planning firm. A member of FSAE since 2015, Tara has served on several FSAE Committees, as well as sponsored & managed production for the FSAE Annual Conference for the past 5+ years.

Kristyn McCauleyExecutive Rising Star: Kristyn McCauley, CAE, CMP; Program Manager/Meeting Planner, Partners in Association Management, Inc., Tallahassee
Kristyn McCauley, CMP, CAE has worked in association management for 7 years. She currently serves as a Program Manager/Meeting Planner for the Tallahassee-based association management company, Partners in Association Management. A member of FSAE since 2014, Kristyn has served on numerous FSAE Committees and chaired the Young & Emerging Professionals Committee for the past year.

Brandon HallAssociate Rising Star: Brandon Hall, CMP; Manager, Group Sales - Florida, Discover The Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach
Brandon Hall, CMP has worked in the hospitality industry for 8 years. He currently serves as a Group Sales Manager for Florida markets for Discover the Palm Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau. A member of FSAE since 2018, Brandon has served on numerous FSAE Committees and strives to remain involved in professional industry organizations while developing his leadership in the tourism space.

FASAAssociation of the Year: Florida Association of School Administrators, Tallahassee
The Florida Association of School Administrators’ mission is to support school administrators in providing high-quality education to the 2.9 million students of Florida by protecting public education and fostering leadership development for principals and assistant principals as well as district-level administrators and superintendents.


Jeremy MinnickSupporting Associate Organization of the Year: Map Dynamics
Founded by Jeremy Minnick (pictured) in 2014, Map Dynamics supports meetings and event managers through organizational tools for tradeshows including interactive floorplans, booth sales, mobile apps and virtual platforms. Map Dynamics, recently acquired by NexTech AR Solutions, has been a partner of FSAE since 2018, and maintains active relationships with associations nationwide.

“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.

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