In 2015, I was honored to be selected by the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE) Awards Committee for the 2015 Sharon Hunt Emerging Leader Award. I am humbled by this great recognition from my peers. All credit to the Father who blessed me with my gifts and talents and who guided my path and placed me at the Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia (BOMA Georgia) and GSAE.
The awards ceremony is December 9, 2015 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. Here is an excerpt from the GSAE announcement:
The Sharon Hunt Emerging Leader Award is presented to an association executive with ten years or less of experience in associations who demonstrates leadership through service to GSAE, their own association and to their community. The award was named in 2014 to honor past president Sharon Hunt, CAE, who mentored a generation of association leaders during her career.
2015 Recipient: Jacob Wilder, Director of Communications and Technology, Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia
Jacob joined GSAE and quickly became engaged and influential in our Emerging Professionals community. From taping GSAE promos and participating in the Millennial Infusion event to Co-chairing the EP Shared Interest Group this year, Jacob’s contributions to GSAE have been numerous. He serves on the membership renewal campaign, on our Web Warriors Committee (assigned to Facebook), presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting, and has been a workshop panelist. He earned his Membership Management Certificate and Association Management Week certificate and completed the Florida Society of Association Executive’s (FSAE) Qualified Association Specialist (QAS) certificate program.
Jacob is a member of Cartersville First Baptist where he serves on the Church Men’s Ministry and the Audio-Visual Team. He is active in the church’s community missions, assisting in home repair, cleaning and moving. Since joining BOMA Georgia in 2010, Jacob has participated in the association’s Community Service Construction Project. He also has volunteered his time with BOMA Georgia’s chosen charity, Hillside, and participated in their annual Fleming’s Fundraiser and Holiday Party.
Jacob is being recognized for the depth and breadth of his contributions to GSAE, to BOMA Georgia, and to his community.
I also want to congratulate and thank my fellow class of 2015 award recipients for the many ways they contribute to GSAE and our profession.
- Stephen Styron Award – Spence Downs (MemberClicks) & Amy Kane, CAE (Rheumatology Research Foundation)
- Skelton-Massey Award – Natalie Nardone, CMP, CAE (Nardone Consulting Group)
- Chair’s Award – Mary J. Wheatley, IOM, CAE (Rheumatology Research Foundation)
- Peggy Seigler Corporate Member of the Year – Cheryl DB Talley (Hyatt Regency Savannah)
- Alan R. Johnson Award – Mike Pennington, CAE (Kellen)
- Clifford M. Clarke Award – Lori K Spear, CAE (Southern Association of Independent Schools)