Diamond Awards

2017 Diamond Awards

Entries now closed. Join us on September 14 to celebrate the winners.

 MSAE’s 16th Annual Diamond Awards recognizes the best of the best in the association industry. As a star-studded and premier affair, the Diamond Awards celebrates and applauds best practices worthy of emulation for associations in 13 program categories. In addition, Individual Award Categories spotlights members whose exceptional professional achievements have inspired their peers and propel the association industry. The three Individual Awards subcategories are the Michigan Association Hall of Fame, Emerging New Leader, Strategic Association Leader and Supplier Partner. 

This star studded affair celebrates emulation worthy practices within Michigan's association community. The 16th Annual Diamond Awards Banquet will be held at The Henry, an Autograph Hotel Collection in Dearborn, MI on September 14, 2017.

Purchase Banquet Ticket

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Henry, Autograph Collection
300 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 441-2000


 

Cocktail Reception – 5:00 p.m.
Dinner – 6:00 p.m.
Awards Presentation – 7:00 p.m.

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 Register Online (credit card payment required)


  Registration Form (PDF)

 

Rates:

If you submitted a program award, please note the first submission from an organization includes 1 event ticket.

                                                                      Through August 30 |  After August 30
Individual Member/Staff of a Member                               $99 | $149
Individual Nonmember                                                       $199 | $249
Table of 8 with first Program Entry Ticket included *    $650 | $800
Table of 8*                                                                             $750 | $800


*please email Kelly Chase, CMP with list of guests if purchasing a table

Consent to Use Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, MSAE meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution of the registrant or attendees’ image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities by MSAE.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

If received in writing at least 10 business days before the program begins, you will be refunded your registration fee after a $50 administrative charge. Cancellations not received in writing by the date required will not be eligible for a refund. No-shows will not be refunded.

Substitutions may be made at any time. The difference between the member and non-member price will apply if a non-member replaces a member. All refund requests must be submitted in writing to the MSAE office, 1350 Haslett Rd. East Lansing, MI, 48823; by fax: 517.332.6724; or email at info@msae.org.

Accommodations

The Henry, An Autograph Collection Hotel
300 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 441-2000

Book your group rate of $139/night plus taxes and fees for MSAE Annual Diamond Awards Room Block now. Call The Henry Autograph Collection reservation desk at 1-888-709-8081 to book rooms over the phone. 

All reservations must be made no later than 8/21/17.

Program Award Categories

The Program Awards category recognizes programs, services, advocacy work, and marketing efforts that MSAE association members coordinate for their members. There are 13 program award categories.  Select the category below to learn more about it. 

E-NewsletterDiversified Revenue Program | Government Relations ProjectInnovative Collaboration | Magazine | Member Engagement | Meetings And ExpositionsMembership Development | Professional Development | Public Relations CampaignSocial Media Campaign | Volunteer Service | Website

E-NEWSLETTER 
This category rewards the best all-around association e-newsletter.

DIVERSIFIED REVENUE PROGRAM 
This category rewards successful results in association diversified revenue programs.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS PROJECT 
This category recognizes savvy development and implementation of an association government relations project.

INNOVATIVE COLLABORATION 
This category focuses on innovative collaboration between two organizations or more to achieve mutually agreed upon strategic goals. 

MAGAZINE PUBLISHING 
This category honors high quality magazines that exemplify effective association communication.

MEMBER ENGAGEMENT 
This category recognizes best practices where an association successfully engages a wide spectrum of its membership base as volunteers, participating in education programs and/or events.

MEETINGS & EXPOSITIONS 
This category honors excellence in association meeting, convention and/or exposition marketing and execution.

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 
This category recognizes excellence in recruitment and retention of members.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 
This category recognizes an association for its professional development program in meeting the learning needs of its members.

PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN 
This category recognizes innovative campaigns to increase awareness of an organization among the general public, media and/or other external audiences. 

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN 
This category rewards the most successful use of social media as part of an overall marketing or communications campaign. 

VOLUNTEER SERVICE 
This category showcases how associations benefit a local community, region or the entire state of Michigan through volunteerism, social responsibility, or research and problem solving.

WEBSITE 
This category rewards websites that effectively communicate information and exhibit creativity and style.

Judging Criteria

Each program category will be scored by panels of experts in the specific award category. The judges will evaluate and score each entry independently according to official criteria outlined in the program award category descriptions. Entries are scored individually to ensure objective evaluation. MSAE staff takes no part in the selection process and all scores are confidential and undisclosed. The Diamond Awards Task Force will review all of the award categories, and their decision is final.

Diamond Awards are given to organizations that meet or exceed the threshold for the program category. Submissions that do not meet the threshold for the Diamond Award may receive a Gold, Silver, Honorable Mention certificate.

View the judging criteria for each program category below:

E-NewsletterDiversified Revenue Program | Government Relations ProjectInnovative Collaboration | Magazine | Member Engagement | Meetings And ExpositionsMembership Development | Professional Development | Public Relations CampaignSocial Media Campaign | Volunteer Service | Website

E-NEWSLETTER 
Judging criteria: Achievement of objectives, laconic, timeliness of content, effectiveness of writing, format, graphic design, use of hyperlinks, and overall appearance.

DIVERSIFIED REVENUE PROGRAM 
Judging criteria: achievement of program objectives, efforts of membership recruitment/retention, percentage of member utilization and market penetration.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS PROJECT 
Judging criteria: achievement of program objectives, efficiency of program organization and management, incorporation of policy position, and degree to which results were achieved. 

INNOVATIVE COLLABORATION 
Judging criteria: memorandum of understanding or partnership agreement that outlines the purpose, strategic goals and roles and responsibilities of each organization; promotional material created as a result of the collaboration; criteria and measurements used to evaluate the collaboration.

MAGAZINE PUBLISHING 
Judging criteria: achievement of objectives, comprehensiveness and clarity of content, effectiveness of writing, variety of content, format, graphic design, and overall appearance.

MEMBER ENGAGEMENT 
Judging criteria: achievement of objectives, how diversity was incorporated into the member engagement plan, description and results of each outreach method used to target members, percentage of membership volunteering for the association, participating in education and/or attending events.

MEETINGS & EXPOSITIONS 
Judging criteria: clearly defined achievement of objectives, effectiveness of marketing strategies, attendance and revenue goal objectives, and overall success of the event.

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 
Judging criteria: creativity of strategies employed, how diversity (age, race, sex, sexual orientation, etc.) was incorporated, effectiveness of utilized tools, and overall results as compared to program objectives. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 
Judging criteria: promotional material used to market educational offerings, diversity of learning opportunities in relationship to membership categories, summary evaluation of professional development program from participants, various ways education is being delivered, tips given to speakers/presenters to maximize the learning experience for members, and how the principles of adult learning are incorporated into the professional program.

PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN 
Judging criteria: creativity and effectiveness of program design, achievement of program objectives, clarity of message(s), use of multiple media channels, use of graphic elements, and overall originality.

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN 
Judging criteria: achievement of measurable campaign objectives, creative use of social media platforms, effectiveness of marketing and how social media contributed to the overall success of the campaign.

VOLUNTEER SERVICE 
Judging criteria: description of the challenge and steps taken to address it, promotional material used to entice members to get involved, measurable impact on the targeted population, member participation in the project, marketing materials to attract targeted population to obtain assistance, and media coverage of the effort.

WEBSITE 
Judging criteria: effectiveness of targeting members and the public, the achievement of objectives, quality, creativity, usability and navigation and organization of website content.

Individual Award Categories

EMERGING NEW LEADER
This award represents the highest honor for a new association staff leader. The Emerging New Leader award symbolizes exceptional contributions to the association industry and the promise of future accomplishments within the association management profession. The award also signifies distinguished service to MSAE and other professional organizations as well as the pursuit of continued professional development, and participation in community and civic affairs.

Eligibility
The nominee must be a member of MSAE and previously recognized as a Rising Leader.

STRATEGIC ASSOCIATION LEADER
This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated the ability and commitment to going beyond the expected standards of service and professionalism. The award reflects outstanding leadership and achievement in association management. Strategic association leaders serve MSAE and encourage their staff to participate in the association community; contribute to other voluntary membership organizations; and participate in various civic and community affairs.

Eligibility
The nominee for this award must have been employed as full-time paid staff of an association for a minimum of three years at the time of nomination. The nominee must be a member of MSAE.

SUPPLIER PARTNER AWARD
This award will be presented to a supplier partner in recognition of the individual’s exemplary service and support to the association/not-for-profit profession and to MSAE.

Eligibility
The nominee for this award must be an allied member of MSAE for a minimum of three years.

INDIVIDUAL AWARD REQUIREMENTS
1.   A copy of the nominee’s resume or vitae with cover letter summarizing why the nominee should receive this recognition as well as the nominee’s leadership and accomplishments in the association management profession. 
2.   Supporting materials describing:

a.   Service to MSAE.
b.   Outstanding career leadership and achievements in current and/or past association or organization.
c.   Contributions to other voluntary membership organizations.
d.   Participation in civic and community affairs.

3.   A high-resolution (300dpi) photo taken within the past three years, at least 3 inches wide and submitted on a CD or flash drive in .TIF, .EPS or .JPG format.
4.   One or more letters of recommendation.

 

Hall of Fame

Michigan Association Hall of Fame

This award honors individuals who have excelled in the association management profession. Association Hall of Fame inductees inspire individuals and students to consider careers in the association management profession and bring honor and recognition to the association industry. Individuals selected to be part of the Michigan Association Hall of Fame will join a distinguished group who exemplify the very best in association management. 

Eligibility
The nominee for this award must have been employed as full-time paid staff of an association for a minimum of five years at the time of nomination. The nominee must be a member of MSAE, unless retired or deceased. Retired and/or deceased persons are eligible for nomination.


INDIVIDUAL AWARD REQUIREMENTS
1.   A copy of the nominee’s resume or vitae with cover letter summarizing why the nominee should receive this recognition as well as the nominee’s leadership and accomplishments in the association management profession. 
2.   Supporting materials describing:

a.   Service to MSAE.
b.   Outstanding career leadership and achievements in current and/or past association or organization.
c.   Contributions to other voluntary membership organizations.
d.   Participation in civic and community affairs.

3.   A high-resolution (300dpi) photo taken within the past three years, at least 3 inches wide and submitted on a CD or flash drive in .TIF, .EPS or .JPG format.
4.   One or more letters of recommendation


PAST HALL OF FAME RECIPIENTS
Jim Ballard, CAE, Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals Class: 2009 Retired
Robert Barba, CMP, Association Management Resources Class: 2010 Retired
James Barrett, CCE, Michigan Chamber of Commerce Class: 2009 Retired
Diane Kay Bollman, Michigan College of Emergency Physicians Class: 2014 Retired
James Carney, CAE, National Truck Equipment Association Class: 2011 Retired
Chick Chandler, Professional Insurance Agents of Michigan Class: 2005 Deceased
Gerri Cherney, CAE, Michigan Dental Association Class: 2002 Retired
William Dansby, CAE, Michigan Optometric Association Class: 2002 Retired
Timothy DeWitt, CAE, Michigan Manufactured Housing & RV Class: 2013 Retired
 and Campgrounds Association and Self-Storage
Diane Dufek, CAE, AMR Class: 2015
Rae Dumke, Hon., AIA, American Institute of Architects Michigan Class: 2009 Retired
Peggy Dzierzawski, CAE, Michigan Association of CPAs Class: 2006
Curtis E. Hacias, Construction Association of Michigan Class: 2005 Deceased
Kathy Hayes, CAE, Michigan Manufacturers Association Class: 2016 Retired
Spencer Johnson, Michigan Health and Hospital Association Class: 2011 Retired
Kevin A. Kelly, Michigan State Medical Society Class: 2009 Deceased
Justin King, CAE, Michigan Association of School Boards Class: 2006 Retired
Larry Kish, CAE, Life Insurance Association of Michigan Class: 2005 Retired
Robert LaBrant, CCE, Michigan Chamber of Commerce (formerly) Class: 2002
Michael Lashbrook, Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association Class: 2014 Retired
William E.Madigan, Michigan State Medical Society Class: 2005 Retired
Larry Merrill, CAE, Michigan Townships Association Class: 2016
Larry Meyer, CAE, Michigan Retailers Association Class: 2007 Retired
Barry McGuire, Michigan Automobile Dealers Association (formerly) Class: 2013 Deceased
Dorothy I. Mitstifer, Ph.D., Kappa Omicron Nu Class: 2013 Deceased
Louis R. Monticello, Michigan Manufacturers Association Class: 2007 Deceased
Frank L. Mortl, MBA, Michigan Oil & Gas Association Class: 2012 Retired
Robert Pierce, CAE, Michigan Association of Insurance Agents (formerly) Class: 2015 Retired
Jerry L. Preston, CAE, Flint Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (formerly) Class: 2012
John E. Roberts, Michigan High School Athletic Association Class: 2014
Joseph D. Sarafa, Associated Food & Petroleum Dealers (formerly) Class: 2005
Douglas Small, CTA, Experience Grand Rapids Class: 2016
Van W. Snider Jr., CAE, Michigan Boating Industries Association Class: 2010 Retired
Tom Storey, CAE, The Mechanical Contractors Association of Detroit, Inc. Class: 2012
Andrew Such, CAE, Michigan Manufacturers Association Class: 2015
Stephen M. Wagner, CAE, ACEC/Michigan Class: 2010 Retired
Donald F. Wall, Michigan League of Savings Institutions Class: 2007 Retired
Karole White, Michigan Association of Broadcasters Class: 2004
Gary M. Woodbury, CAE, Small Business Association of Michigan (formerly) Class: 2006
Harvey Zuckerberg, Michigan Home Health Association Class: 2011 Retired

Sponsors

(As of 8/10/17)

Platinum

The Henry, An Autograph Collection


Diamond

Detroit Metro CVB


Reception

Experience Grand Rapids


Theme

Blue Cross Blue Shield


Registration

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions


Gold

AHC+ Hospitality


Silver

Greater Lansing CVB

 

Suburban Collection Showplace


Call for Entries Brochure

BRD Printing

 


Bronze

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