Accepting: John Graham, CAE President & CEO and Rhonda Payne, CAE Chief Learning Officer

ASAE has a network of members that represent almost every sector of the economy with countless professions. ASAE members are association professionals and industry partners who lead, manage and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. Together, they create a vibrant community that makes the world smarter, safer, and better every day.
John Graham IV, FASAE, CAE became the President and Chief Executive Officer of ASAE in 2003. During the first year of his tenure, ASAE and GWSAE completed an historic merger resulting in a new, unified organization. Before ASAE, he served the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in Alexandria, Virginia for 24 years, the last thirteen as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO of ADA, the association quadrupled in size, from $50 million to $200 million in annual revenues and successfully moved from 53 independent, separately incorporated affiliate organizations to one nationwide organization with one staff, one budget and one plan. Graham He has a bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College and serves on the Association Committee of 100, US Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Better Business 
Bureau Mobile Giving Foundation Board of Directors; and the boards of directors of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and the National Capital Area Boy Scouts of America. 
Rhonda Payne, CAE, became the Chief Learning Officer in August and leads the development of all educational programming for ASAE, including face-to-face events and ASAE University. Payne has 20 years of experience in higher education, association, and nonprofit worlds. She comes to ASAE after five years with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). She has helped ICSC revamp its educational offerings and create new programs that have been successful financially, increased participation, and valued by members. Payne served on a strategic leadership team that created a new direction for the organization, and she established a quality improvement initiative and standards. Throughout her career, Payne has implemented successful online learning courses at Health Industry Distributors Association, ASID, and ICSC.Payne’s background includes healthcare, manufacturing, design, retailing, and retail real estate association experience. She is a graduate of University of Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Organizational/Educational Concentrations). She earned a graduate-level certificate in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University. She earned the Certified Association Executive credential in 2013.