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Associations North Through the Years

Associations North (formerly the Midwest Society of Association Executives or MSAE) has been around since 1956. See how our association has evolved over the years!

2017

Angela Kisskeys and Sarah Ruzek appointed Co-Directors, replacing long time President, Kathy Johnson, CAE, who retired after 28 years of serving the organization.

 

2016

Celebrates 60 years! Launches rebrand for continued relevance, including new name Associations North, logo and tagline Moving Professionals Forward.
 

2014

Adds fourth full-time staff person. Transitions to a website and database to bring community features and increased customization for members. Education, advertising and membership strong.
 

2012

Introduces Leadership Academy and on-demand education. Continues to grow sponsorship program and develops the first app for the Annual Meeting & Expo.
 

2011

Develops Year Long Sponsor Program to provide additional opportunities and benefits to partners.

 

2009

Expands member benefits to include social media sites. Creates official MSAE blog for members to follow MSAE. The economy is down, but MSAE remains strong.

 

2007

Moves headquarters to Roseville Office Plaza at1970 Oakcrest Avenue, Roseville, MN.

 

2006

Marks 50 years with more than 900 members and a full schedule of monthly educational events, including symposiums, peer-to-peer networking luncheons and webcasts.

 

2005

Introduces job shadowing and internship programs to raise awareness of association management as a career.
 

2004

The ASAE annual meeting is held in Minneapolis. Holds two golf tournaments and launches an electronic newsletter.

 

2000

Becomes the Midwest Society of Association Executives to better reflect its geographic reach.

 

1993

The ASAE annual meeting is held in Minneapolis. Conducts industry salary survey. Starts MSAE pension plan.

 

1992

Moves into first headquarters at Iris Park Place Building, 1885 University Avenue, Saint Paul, MN. Added a charitable event to Holiday Party. 

 

1990

Member benefits proliferate with the launch of several award programs, a monthly newsletter and an annual trade show.
 

1988

Expands membership to businesses that supply associations with products, services and meeting facilities. Kathy Johnson hired as the first full-time staff member. She leads the organization for 28 years.
 

1976

Ruth Lunde of the Minnesota Nurses Association becomes the first woman to serve as Chair of the board.

 

1963

Roger Toussaint, Executive Director of the St. Paul Convention & Visitors Bureau, volunteers to serve as MSAE's executive secretary. He remains on the job for 25 years.

 

1960

Renames to the Minnesota Society of Association Executives. Organization is run completely by volunteers.

1956

A small group of executives form the Association of Trade Executives. 25 members, who are predominantly male, each pay $5 in annual dues.