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A message from 2018 ISAE President, Eric Klinner, CAE

Let me start by saying thank you to everyone for supporting me in my personal and professional growth over the last several years and for allowing me the privilege to serve you as a leader in our association.

Over the past twenty-five years, I have had a variety of jobs that have helped to influence my career to this point. From filling propane tanks, DJ’ing events, working for Hallmark, managing multiple video stores, selling cell phones, working for an association management company and now supporting architects at AIA Illinois, I continue to follow the value that has helped guide my life. What do I value that impacts me that much? Service. I didn’t list all of these jobs to tout my experience, but instead to highlight the experiences that have helped shape my professional life. These experiences (the good ones and those that I had to endure) have helped me to build a work ethic that I’m proud of, grow relationships that benefit all, and taught me to serve others to the best of my abilities.

I have been fortunate enough to be involved with the Illinois Society of Association Executives for over fifteen years. I began my association management career at an association management company working for ISAE and a few other state and national associations and now the American Institute of Architect Illinois. One of the discussions when I interviewed at AIA Illinois was my desire to stay involved with ISAE. Little did I know that this would turn out to be a long and beneficial tenure of involvement and growth, from serving on and chairing committees, serving on the board, organizing CAE study groups, and now my current level of involvement as the President of ISAE. While all of these amazing opportunities have helped me to understand the importance of ISAE in my career development, I think the most critical advancements in my career have come from the benefits that are offered to all of us as members of this association – education, networking opportunities, and the support from our peers.

The ISAE Board and staff are always looking at ways to advance the association industry, and when opportunities arise and a change in direction needs to be made, they will continue making decisions in the best interest of the membership as a whole. As an example, one structural change that we will implement in the coming year, is the elimination of standing committees and replacing them with focused task forces. By cutting the time commitment we ask of volunteers, I’m hopeful that we can get more members involved with the organization and provide some of the experiences that I’ve been fortunate enough to have in my years of involvement.

I hope that when you are asked to serve - on a task force, recruiting members, attending an event, doing something new at your office, or volunteering in your community, that you respond with one word. YES! more


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