ACE 2019 PROGRAM
We are currently working on an exciting program for ACE 2019, revolving around the theme Upholding Tradition, Embracing The Future. To give an idea of the content and structure of AuSAE's Conference and Exhibition, please see the 2018 ACE Program below.
ACE 2019 Speakers
Sheri Jacobs, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO of Avenue M Group
As the founder of Avenue M Group, Sheri is a leader, innovator and visionary whose organization has helped more than 100 associations, small and large, tackle their most challenging issues by pivoting their value proposition and business model. A senior executive, best-selling author of Pivot Point: Reshaping Your Business When It Matters Most and association management veteran with nearly 20 years of experience, Sheri applied her experience in research, marketing, strategy and pricing projects to create a unique firm that helps associations achieve their goals.
Prior to opening Avenue M Group, Sheri served in staff leadership roles at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Bar Association and the Association Forum of Chicagoland. During her tenure at the Association Forum, she built award-winning campaigns that resulted in double-digit membership and meeting attendance growth.
Over the years, Sheri has served in numerous leadership, speaking and volunteer roles, including chair of the ASAE Foundation Development Committee, chair of the ASAE Membership Council and a member of the Marketing Council and Professional Development Committee. In 2018, she was selected to serve on the ASAE Board of Directors and ASAE Foundation Board of Directors. She is the author of The Art of Membership, co-editor and a contributor to ASAE’s best-selling membership book, Membership Essentials and author of the ASAE marketing book 199 Ideas: Powerful Marketing Tactics That Sell. She has been invited to speak as a keynote or present at more than 100 industry conferences and events. She is the 30th recipient of the ASAE Academy of Leaders Award.
Richard Yep, CAE, FASAE, CEO of American Counselling Association
Richard Yep, CAE, FASAE is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Counseling Association, the largest membership organization of professional counselors in the world. ACA sets the standards and ethics for the counseling profession and they produce ten scholarly journals, a monthly magazine, webinars, and books. He currently oversees a staff of 63 and a $14 million budget. ACA has more than 54,000 members. Rich has worked for ACA for 30 years, 20 of which as the Association’s CEO. He is also the President of the American Counseling Association Foundation.
Rich has presented on various issues impacting not-for-profit organizations relative to public policy, leadership development, ethics, membership retention, and product development.
Rich is his organization’s representative with the United Nations Non-Governmental Organizations. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the NGO/DPI.
His professional affiliations include the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) where he is a past Chair of the organization’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, completed a term on the ASAE Board of Directors in 2013, and was named an ASAE Fellow in 2012. In 2017, he received ASAE’s Key Award which honors an association CEO who demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership in his or her own association and displays a deep commitment to voluntary membership organizations as a whole. Currently, Rich is on the CAE Commission and is a member of the Key Professional Associations Committee.
For ten years Rich served on the Board of Trustees of Excelsior College, an institution based in Albany, New York that is dedicated to adult and post traditional learners. His support of Excelsior is rooted in his personal experience in working with individuals facing personal and professional challenges, but who are dedicated to improving their lives through education. Rich is a Chair Emeriti of the board. During the July 2018 Commencement, Rich was recognized with an honorary doctoral degree from the College.
Rich holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Gus Balbontin, Entrepreneur and Former Executive Director & CTO, Lonely Planet
Born and bred in wild Patagonia, Gus Balbontin never allowed his small town and humble beginnings get in the way of his big dreams. A healthy disrespect for authority and a severe case of fomo (fear of missing out) landed him in Australia at the young age of 17.
By the age of 22 he had dropped out of uni, hitchhiked South America, set up his first business and landed his dream job at Lonely Planet. Fast forward a few more years and he was leading the company globally, working with companies such as Google X, Nokia and Amazon on the latest technology, creative cultures and high performing teams.
Seeking a change from corporate life, he hung up his boots as the Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet and decided to move back to his entrepreneurial roots, becoming an investor, founder and mentor across the start-up ecosystem in Melbourne. He loves sharing a story, he loves even more, knowing those stories make a difference to people, helping them in their own business and life.
Over the last 3 years Gus has presented to audiences of 10 across regional Australia and New Zealand, to audiences of 10,000 across North America, Europe, South America and Asia. To him there’s no difference. Small, large, private, public, board room to mail room, his lessons hit a chord, his simplicity disarms you, his energy infects you and his counter-intuitive way of looking at the world will motivate you to do things different.
Often thought as futurist, not because he predicts the future, but instead because he helps you focus on what you can control to deal with any future. Still want to talk trends? Sure! He loves as much as the next person trying to imagine a world run by AI, but he warns that getting too distracted with future guesses will only take time away from you and your company to actually do something about the future.
Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, Founders of Orange Sky Laundry
At the age of 20, best mates Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett built a free mobile laundry in their old van to help the homeless. Orange Sky Laundry began in October 2014 and since then, the world first idea has rapidly expanded to 11 vans in Brisbane, Melbourne, SE Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Perth, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Wollongong.
Run by more than 600 volunteers across the country, the custom-fitted vans with two commercial washing machines and two dryers service 73 locations and wash more than 7,000 kgs of laundry every week. A catalyst for conversation, Orange Sky Laundry facilitates over 1300 hours of volunteering and conversation each week. The organisation has also responded to natural disasters, helping cyclone-affected communities in North Queensland, residents of the Great Ocean Road Bushfires, and more recently, Adelaide flood victims. Orange Sky Laundry to date has washed over 300,000 kgs of free laundry, but most importantly, fostered over 80,000 hours of positive, genuine and non-judgemental conversation.
In January 2016, Nic and Lucas were honoured as the first ever dual recipients of the Young Australian of the Year Award.
They have also been named QLD Young Achievers of the Year, and been finalists for the Telstra Business Awards, AIM Leadership Excellence Awards and Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. They are currently nominated for the Professional Speakers Australia Breakthrough Speaker of the Year Award.
Lucas and Nic present their story of innovation, fast growth, social entrepreneurship, the impact of social media and how simple ideas can have an enormous impact. They speak at schools, corporates and conferences globally, and continue to inspire, motivate and do things differently!
As they continue to expand Orange Sky Laundry Australia wide, they aim to positively connect the community and improve the lives of others.
The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)