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SSO’s Steve Roberts earns distinguished Certified Association Executive (CAE) Credential
Washington, DC, January 25, 2017 – Steve Roberts, Executive Director of State Services Organization (SSO), has earned The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) distinguished Certified Association Executive (CAE®) designation. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.
Roberts has served as Executive Director of SSO for the past nine years. This is not the first time Roberts has been recognized for his outstanding professional achievements. In 2012, the Washington Business Journal awarded Roberts "Best Real Estate Deal" in the Lease Renewal category for his involvement in SSO's lease renewal at Hall of the States. Roberts was also recognized in 2014 by BisNow as an Association and Non Profit Innovator.
Under Roberts' leadership, SSO has successfully provided hundreds of non-profits, associations, educational organizations and states with the essential resources, expertise and venue needed to accomplish their respective missions.
"Working towards the CAE credential was a phenomenal experience", said Roberts. "While challenging, it afforded me the opportunity to learn from many dedicated nonprofit experts and become a better professional in the world of nonprofits. I'm excited to apply the skills and knowledge gained during the credentialing process to benefit and improve the numerous organizations I'm fortunate to serve."
To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of three years' experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management. More than 4,200 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential. The CAE program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
"We applaud Steve for earning this highly-regarded credential," said SSO’s Board of Directors in a joint statement. "Steve has been a dedicated and valuable leader at SSO. We have no doubt the time and effort he put into obtaining his CAE credential will only enhance his ability to lead his team to greater success and better serve the SSO family."
As a non-profit organization, State Services Organization (SSO) provides over 100 non-profits, associations, educational organizations, and states with essential resources they need to accomplish their missions. Expertise includes: accounting, association management, communications, conference services, financial services, library services, mail/delivery, conference and event planning, office space, print/design, strategic planning, and technology services. SSO was founded in 1976 as a joint venture of the Council of State Governments, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Governors Association. For more information, please visit www.sso.org.
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies, and volunteer organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information, please visit www.asaecenter.org.