AAOS CEO Karen L. Hackett, FACHE, CAE, at center, assumed the chairmanship of the ASAE at the organization’s 2010 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Los Angeles on Aug. 24. She presented plaques to the two outgoing ASAE chairmen (from left): Velma R. Hart, CAE, and Robin Lokerman, CMM, while Paul Gannon, ASAE Board member, and John H. Graham IV, CAE, president and CEO, ASAE, looked on.
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Published 10/1/2010
Jennie McKee

CEO to chair “association of associations”

AAOS CEO Karen L. Hackett, FACHE, CAE, was elected chairman of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), a membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners. Ms. Hackett assumed the volunteer leadership position on Tuesday, Aug. 24, during the ASAE’s 2010 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Los Angeles.

As chairman, Ms. Hackett serves as the ASAE’s chief elected officer and chairs the organization’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She will also make appointments to committees, subject to approval by the organization’s board.

“I have been part of ASAE for the past 15 years, and it truly is an honor to be named chairman,” Ms. Hackett said. “Association management is an area that I am extremely passionate about, and I hope to apply what I have learned in my career in associations to this volunteer position.”

ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE, who has known Ms. Hackett for many years, noted that she “represents everything ASAE stands for.”

“Her dedication, hard work, and commitment to the association profession make her the right person for the job,” he said. “We’re thrilled to be working with Karen.”

Ms. Hackett feels very strongly about volunteering her time and skills to help lead the ASAE.

“I have found that my experiences as an ASAE volunteer have been very personally rewarding,” she said. “But more importantly, I have made many contacts in the association world that I can call on for information, advice, and counsel. What I learn from others helps to make AAOS even stronger.

“I am looking forward to meeting new association executives, as it is always a pleasure to learn from and share with those who do the same kind of work you do,” she added.

Jennie McKee is a staff writer for AAOS Now. She can be reached at mckee@aaos.org

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