Association Trends – 37th Annual “Salute to Association Excellence” Luncheon

Winners of the TRENDS All Media Contest

On February 23, TWG partnered with Association Trends to produce the 37th Annual “Salute to Association Excellence” Luncheon at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. The annual event honors the brightest stars of the association community and their commitment to excellence.

The awards program began with the acknowledgment of the All Media Contest Winners, recognizing innovative communications and marketing work. The Publisher’s Choice Award in the contest went to the National Recreation and Park Association for their 2016 Park and Recreation Month.

After lunch and a networking break, the program resumed with the recognition of four Young & Aspiring Association Professionals. The honorees were Paula Eichenbrenner, CAE of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy; Melissa Garcia of the Society for Neuroscience; Kendra Pheasant, M.S., CAE of Association Resources; and Adrienne Segundo, IOM of Limitless Association Solution.


Young & Aspiring Professionals Awardees: from left – Emily Howard, Publisher of Association Trends; Adrienne Segundo; Kendra Pheasant; Melissa Garcia; Paula Eichenbrenner

Following the recognition of Young & Aspiring Association Professionals, three Leading Association Lobbyists (LAL) were recognized. The lobbyists recognized were W. Eric Dell of the National Automatic Merchandising Association; Gregory Knopp, CAE of the American Council of Engineering Companies; and Cicely Simpson of the National Restaurant Association.


Leading Association Lobbyist Awardees: from left – Brittany Carter, Cicely Simpson, Gregory Knopp, W. Eric Dell, David Rehr

The luncheon concluded with the two highest honors of the year, the Partner of the Year and Association Executive of the Year Awards. The Association Partner of the Year Award was presented to Loretta DeLuca, Founder & CEO of DelCor Technology Solutions. The Association Executive of the Year Award was presented to Dawn Sweeney, CEO of the National Restaurant Association.

TWG extends our congratulations to all honorees and award recipients of the Salute to Association Excellence Luncheon and would like to thank Association Trends for partnering with us again to produce this well respected event!


Loretta DeLuca, Founder & CEO of DelCor Technology Solutions and Winner of the Association Partner of the Year Award with Emily Howard, Publisher of Association Trends


Dawn Sweeney, CEO of the National Restaurant Association and Winner of the Association Executive of the Year Award with Emily Howard, Publisher of Association Trends