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Ehrecke builds community with Hammies

CEO recognizes fellow fellows at annual retreat
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Hammies creator Wes Ehrecke presents awards at the 2016 ASAE Fellows retreat in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.     

Photo: ASAE

June 11, 2018
By Lori Sharn

To close out the ASAE Fellows annual retreat later this month, Wes Ehrecke will take the microphone and hand out the Hammies, the awards he invented about 20 years ago. The trophies are mostly trade-show-type freebies that Ehrecke, CEO of the Iowa Gaming Association, has collected over the previous year. But when Ehrecke recognizes each fellow with a little humor and insight, these small items are more than just trinkets.

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Industry disruption should not be feared by association executives but instead seen as an opportunity to lead. That was the message of four prominent association chiefs at the CEO Update Live: Disruption Forum on June 6. “This is the new normal,” said Barbara Byrd Keenan, CEO of The Endocrine Society and one of the panelists. "This is an opportunity for us to lead our profession.”

The Millennial Wave

Associations would seem to have a leg up when it comes to attracting millennial employees. This generation, according to research, wants to be inspired by meaningful work, and associations are mission-driven organizations. But the reality is often different. Many CEOs find themselves challenged by recruiting, managing and retaining millennial staff. “Look about what shaped them as a generation, and then you’ll understand their behavior,” workplace culture consultant Jamie Notter said.

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