Awards & Nominations

Awards & Nominations

Each year, CalSAE recognizes three members for their exceptional service to the Society and the association community. The awards are presented each spring at CalSAE's ELEVATE Annual Conference.

2021 Recipients

Association Executive
of the Year Award

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Keith Darby, CAE, IOM, CMA, CSCA, CFE
Executive Director
San Mateo County Medical Association


Presented to the CEO of a member association, not-for-profit, AMC, or CVB who has achieved success in overall contributions to CalSAE, service to professional, civic, or charitable organizations, and achievements for their employing organization.

Geri Hayes McDonald
Staff Achievement Award

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Angela Tsukiji
Vice President of Member Services
North State Building Industry Association


Presented to a staff member of an association, charitable organization, or AMC who has achieved success in overall contributions to CalSAE, service to professional, civic, or charitable organizations, and achievements for their employing organization.

Industry Partner
of the Year Award

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Marykay Lui, DES
National Sales Director
Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau


Presented to an Industry Partner member who has achieved success in overall contributions to CalSAE, service to professional, civic, or charitable organizations, and achievements for their employing organization.

Past Winners

Nominate A Peer

A typical nomination includes a paragraph or two summarizing why you believe the person deserves to be considered for the award and should address at least one of the criteria mentioned in the nominated category above (those who are nominated will be asked for more detailed information about the criteria).

Nominate a Peer

The 2021 nomination deadline has passed. Please stay tuned for 2022 nomination opportunities.

Elaine Rose Scholarship for Small Associations

This scholarship is awarded to a member who works for a small association and is intended to promote educational and professional growth by supporting their attendance at the ELEVATE Annual Conference. Self-nominations are encouraged.

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