Next Normal Thought Leaders


Gabriel Eckert, FASAE, CAE

Gabriel Eckert, FASAE, CAE, serves as chief executive officer of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Georgia and BOMA Georgia Foundation. He is also an ASAE Fellow, a past chair of the CAE Commission, and a past chair of the Georgia Society of Association Executives Foundation. He has been named one of the Top 40 Under 40 in Metro Atlanta, and as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in Association Management by USAE and the Association Forum of Chicagoland. Gabriel is also a nationally recognized strategic planning facilitator, consultant, speaker and executive coach. He is a co-author of two books published by ASAE: “From Insight to Action: 6 New Ways to Think, Lead and Achieve” and “Strategic Integration: Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Move Beyond Strategic Planning and Transform Your Organization.”

Christopher Hamade

Christopher Hamade is a serial entrepreneur motivated by ideas that contradict the status quo, compete with conventional wisdom, and favor the counterintuitive. In 2017, Christopher launched a passion project called The Entrepreneur, nominated as a finalist for Best Conference (National) at the 2020 Canadian Event Industry Awards. He subsequently launched the Venue Series, an innovative micro-trade show concept. As a result of his ongoing curiosity and appetite for innovation, Christopher launched Alchemy Agency – a business design firm that blends lateral and design thinking aimed at improving financial performance and stakeholder engagement of client organizations.

Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and spent over 20 years on active duty in intelligence and logistics. She retired from the Navy as a commander. She has masters’ degrees in history and economics, and a PhD in economics.

With over 20 years combined teaching experience at both the Naval Academy and at Hawaii Pacific University, she taught economics, finance, history and management. She has extensive experience in business coaching, management, economics, finance, banking, insurance, real estate, government, organizational leadership, communication, business growth, teamwork, strategic planning, human resources, customer service, time management, and project development.

Dot Miller, CAE

Dot Miller has been a fixture in the Colorado business community for over a decade, and in that time she has demonstrated unparalleled passion and commitment for her work and her community. Dot is the CEO of The Solution, co-Founder of the National Credentialing Institute and serves as the Mayor Pro Tem on the Arvada City Council.

At the helm of The Solution, an association management company that will maximize the value and potential of member organizations while stimulating growth & engagement, Dot is fiercely loyal to her clients. Prior to starting her company, Dot was the CEO of the Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado and before that the President of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. Dot was a business owner herself for years before getting involved in the Chamber and Association worlds. She is extremely passionate about helping businesses and membership organizations thrive. She spends a great portion of her time working with Executive Directors, and Boards of Directors, across the country.

Her work with new Executive Directors is what led her to team up with friends Keith and Adrienne Segundo to create the National Credentialing Institute. New executives are busy, as are aspiring executives. Dot wanted to help teach executives how to be successful in micro-burst learning increments. Quick and easy to learn with tangible take-aways that execs could implement in their new role. Webinars, books and resources available on demand, when a busy exec can make time for them.

After owning a business that employed 30 teenagers, Dot founded a non-profit organization called the Jefferson County Business Education Alliance to help students become workforce ready; for this, she was Jefferson County Schools CTE Program's Business Person of the Year as well as Channel 7’s Everyday Hero award.

She co-founded the Arvada Vitality Alliance, a non-profit organization which seeks to raise funds from private entities to benefit the many non-profits that serve Arvada. Dot currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Blues & BBQ for Better Housing Foundation.

Dot’s hard work and dedication have not gone unrecognized in the community—in the past few years, she has been honored with the Denver Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award and the Arvada Young Professionals Leadership Award. The Denver Post named her one of Tomorrow’s Most Influential Women in Colorado. The Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI) awarded her the CEO of the Year.

Dot lives in Arvada, Colorado, with her husband Ranger and her dog Diesel. Dot and Ranger were recently presented with the Image Award in Arvada for all they do for their community.