CANBERRA: Andrew Hiebl, AACB CEO has been selected as one of 13 Association Influencers in 2020, an inaugural program hosted by the Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)highlighting the outstanding contributions of individuals in the association community across Australia and New Zealand.
An independent judging panel of experienced and passionate association leaders selected the Association Influencers based on how they demonstrated influence, exemplary leadership, unrivalled guidance, strength in resilience and service to the sector over the last 12 months.
The judges called Andrew’s nomination inspiring and said that it set the benchmark for the year that was 2020. In receiving the news Andrew said he was extremely honoured to be listed as one of AuSAE's top Association Influencers in Australia and New Zealand for 2020.
In supporting Andrew’s nomination, AACB President Michael Matthews said “Andrew is a collaborator and known for his strategic insights that cut through to core issues that present in association businesses such as strategy, membership, advocacy, constitutional management and governance, government relations and stakeholder engagement”.
“Andrew’s focus and tenacity has enabled our representative body to make great inroads in gaining recognition for the value of business events, both financially and also the important platform business events play in knowledge sharing, investment, trade, innovation and also attracting talent to our shores” said Matthews.
Dr Vanessa Findlay, Chair of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) also congratulated Andrew on his achievement. “On behalf of BECA and the business events industry, I thank you for your tireless work for the business events industry. This recognition from AuSAE is very well deserved”.
AuSAE took the opportunity to launch the inaugural Association Influencers Program in 2020, to recognise individuals in Australia and New Zealand’s Association sector as they stood front and centre - supporting, protecting and advocating for their members as the once in a generation global crisis unfolded. Lyn McMorran, AuSAE President and Judging Panelist described the high calibre of the nominees in this first year of the program.
“It has been our privilege to acknowledge each and every one of the nominated individuals; their tireless efforts to making a significant and lasting impact within the Association industry and setting the benchmark for their fellow professionals into the future.
“We thank all our nominees for their continued support and commitment to our community over the last 12 months and congratulate all our Association Influencers of 2020,” said Lyn McMorran.