ESA Executive Director David Gammel Named Fellow of American Society of Association Executives

Honor recognizes accomplishments and contributions to the association sector

C. David Gammel, CAE

Annapolis, MD; April 10, 2018—The Entomological Society of America congratulates C. David Gammel, CAE, ESA executive director, who has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives. Gammel is one of five association professionals bestowed with the honor in 2018, joining just 260 others to receive the designation since 1986.

"It truly is an honor to be named a Fellow of ASAE, especially when I consider the caliber of the other members of the 2018 class," Gammel says. "I was lucky to have stumbled upon association management as a career early in my life, and it has been such a rewarding experience over the past 25 years. I look forward to embracing the call to service as a Fellow of ASAE, paying it forward for all those who have helped me throughout my career."

ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership is a membership organization of more than 40,000 association executives who manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies, and voluntary organizations around the world. The ASAE Fellows program recognizes individual accomplishments and contributions to ASAE and the association sector, and it is a call to service for the profession.

Gammel and his colleagues in the 2018 class of ASAE Fellows "embody the diversity and strength of the association profession, and I know they will continue to influence our profession and heed the call to service that is a hallmark of the Fellows," says Jeff Morgan, FASAE, CAE, CEO of the Club Managers Association of America and chair of ASAE's Fellows Selection Committee. 

Gammel has served as at the helm of the ESA professional staff since 2011, and in that time he has facilitated the Society's continued growth, financial stability, and service to the entomological profession. Highlights include the Society's hosting of a record-setting International Congress of Entomology in 2016, the establishment of a new presence for the Society in government relations and science advocacy, and steady increases in membership.

Gammel currently serves on the board of directors of ASAE and the ASAE Foundation, as well as the board of directors of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives.

Prior to joining ESA, Gammel worked for associations such as the Employee Relocation Council and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as his own successful consulting business. He earned an MA degree in International Communication from American University in Washington, DC, and a BA degree in International Studies from Miami University of Ohio. In 2002, he earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from ASAE.

According to ASAE, the Fellows selection process includes: endorsement by a peer; an in-depth application describing the individual's innovation, leadership, and commitment to the profession; an interview with two members of the selection committee; and selection from among a group of highly-qualified candidates. Gammel and the other 2018 ASAE Fellows will be formally honored at the ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo, August 18-21, in Chicago.

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