"To be involved with ASAE at this stage is a phenomenal opportunity," said Michael S. Olson, CAE, during a press conference where it was announced that he was the new president and CEO of the American Society of Association Executives in Washington, D.C. "Association management is ingrained in my body and soul. This is the ultimate step for me."
He's not exaggerating his commitment to association management. A 30-year veteran of the industry, Olson began his career with the Carolinas Association of Professional Insurance Agents, Inc., in Raleigh, N.C., where he was appointed executive vice president when he was only 23 years old. Since 1974, Olson has been president and CEO of Olson Management Group, Inc., an association management company, also in Raleigh, that handles 30 state, national, and international associations.
Olson also brings to his presidency an insider's understanding of ASAE. He served as chairman of the board of the 1985/1986 term, served two terms as secretary-treasurer, and was a board member from 1978 to 1987.
Olson, who will officially start his presidency following ASAE's annual meeting in Nashville this August, replaces R. William
Taylor, CAE, who is retiring after serving 17 years as ASAE president and CEO.