TMA Executive Director Named Fellow, American Society of Association Executives

Celia Besore joins nine other association executives in ASAE’s 2021 Class of Fellows, honoring leadership and professional contributions.

McLEAN, Va. – The Monitoring Association (TMA) announces its executive director, Celia T. Besore, has been selected to join nine other association executives in the American Society Association Executives’ (ASAE) 2021 Class of Fellows.

The Fellows program bestows an honorary recognition upon exceptional association leaders making noteworthy and sustained contributions of leadership to their organizations, ASAE and the association management profession.

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. The Fellows selection process includes an in-depth application describing the individual’s demonstrated leadership in diversity and inclusion, foresight and commitment to the association community; an interview with two members of the selection committee; and selection from among a group of highly qualified candidates.

Besore joins 273 association industry professionals who have received this designation since the program’s inception in 1986. The ASAE website lists the following attributes that illustrate Fellows’ accomplishments and qualities:

  • Are accomplished professionals who have been identified for their demonstrated leadership in the association community.
  • Have committed to advancing the work of associations and the body of knowledge that underpins a dynamic and still-evolving association management profession.
  • Believe that associations are at their best when inclusive and accessible. Fellows are committed to continuous learning while leveraging their influence to achieve measurable outcomes that increase accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strengthen the association management profession through their active engagement and contributions to ASAE and its initiatives.

Besore was selected by the TMA Board of Directors in 2018 to fill the executive director position following the retirement of Jay Hauhn. Since January 2017 she had served as vice president of membership and programs for TMA. But her tenure with the association runs much deeper. In 2010, she resigned from her role as vice president of marketing and programs after having served the formerly named CSAA for 11 years.

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