Two Fraters Earn Certified Association Executive Credential

Two Fraters Earn Certified Association Executive Credential

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Society of Association Executives has announced that Fraters Louis LeBlanc (Gamma-Theta, Univ. of Florida) and Robert Taflinger (Zeta-Theta, Western Illinois, Univ.) have earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry. Less than five percent of all association professionals have earned the CAE designation.

Frater Louis LeBlanc is TKE's Director of Operations responsible for the daily operations and supervising a team that handles finance, standards, risk management, meeting planning, and support services.

Frater Robert Taflinger is TKE's Director of Business Affairs, coordinating the TKE Educational Foundation's annual fund campaign and serves as business manager for TKE and the Foundation. He also manages the affinity partnership program, commonly called Shop TKE.

To be selected as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of three years experience in nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 75 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management. Approximately 3,500 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential, which was first awarded in 1961.

The American Society of Association Executives is a membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 11,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in 50 countries around the world. ASAE, along with The Center for Association Leadership, provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association community. For more information about ASAE and The Center, please click here.