Best in Business Awards 2018

Each year VMAE recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of our members and the work they do on behalf of their associations during our Annual Summer Conference. Awards are presented for the following categories:

  • Executive of the Year
  • Best in Business
  • Distinguished Service

The awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon Friday, July 13, 2018 in Denver, CO. The deadline for all nominations and supporting materials is Monday, June 11, 2018.

Executive of the Year

This award was developed in 1991 to recognize fellow members for their outstanding contributions to the association executive profession. It is the highest honor VMAE can give one of its members who are CEOs or staff executives of a state or allied association.

The award is presented to those whose accomplishments as association executives have been outstanding. They are respected leaders of their own associations and who so ably contribute to other voluntary membership organizations, serve VMAE, and find time to play an active role in civic and community affairs. They exemplify the very best in association management, continually bringing credit to the profession and to the entire association community.

Click here for the online nomination form

Eligibility

  1. The nominee must be the Chief Executive Officer or Staff Executive of a member association at the time of the nomination.
  2. The nominee must have been a regular voting member of VMAE for at least two (2) years.
  3. The nominee must have been employed in his/her present position for at least two (2) years.
  4. The nomination must be made by a member of VMAE or an elected official of the nominee’s organization.
  5. A member of VMAE may nominate only one person for the Executive of the Year Award in any one year.

Selection Process

  1. Nominations for the Executive of the Year Award can be submitted online. A letter of recommendation is required with all nominations and should be emailed to admin@vmae.org.
  2. Each nominee needs to complete a personal data form to become a candidate. VMAE will contact the nominee to complete this form.
  3. The Selection Committee shall be composed of the VMAE Awards Program Committee members.

Click here to see previous recipients of the Executive of the Year Award.

Best in Business

Veterinary medical associations are making positive impacts everyday to the veterinary medical industry with successful programs and projects. The aim of the VMAE Best in Business Award is to identify and increase the recognition of those programs/projects.

Award recipients of the Best in Business Award profit from benefits such as:

  • Recognition with the highest honor from your peers,
  • Send a positive message to your veterinary members on what your VMA is doing
  • Boost morale within your team and recognize their efforts for the work that has been done
  • Shows sponsors and supporters that you’re worth the investment

Examples of projects include but not limited to:

  • Non-dues revenue
  • Advocacy
  • Membership recruitment/retention
  • Public outreach
  • Education
  • Member services

The submission should describe the activity and be accompanied by any supporting materials. The successful outcome achieved, target audience, and the budget for the program should also be detailed.

Submission Procedures

  • Complete and print out Entry Form.
  • Prepare and include, on a separate sheet, the purpose of the activity, budget, what portion of the project is staff implemented or outsourced.
  • Send this information, along with any supporting materials to the Awards Committee by Monday, June 11, 2018.
  • You can email digital nominations (preferred method) to admin@vmae.org or mail a hard copy to
    VMAE
    PO Box 460
    Camas, WA 98607
Distinguished Service

This award was developed in 2004 to recognize exceptional service to VMAE. Recipients represent initiative, integrity, and commitment in serving the veterinary profession and association colleagues. The award is given to a VMAE member who has been selected by the VMAE President for notable or important contributions made to VMAE.

Click here to see a list of past recipients.

Entry Rules and Deadlines

The Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) Awards Program is open to all current members. The deadline to accept all nominations and supporting materials is Monday, June 11, 2018.

Select the category or categories you wish to enter and carefully read the application form and materials required for each category.

Executive of the Year

  • The nominee must be the Chief Executive Officer or Staff Executive of a member association at the time of the nomination.
  • The nominee must have been a regular voting member of VMAE for at least two (2) years.
  • The nominee must have been employed in his/her present position for at least two (2) years.
  • The nomination must be made by an elected official of the nominee’s organization or a regular member of VMAE.
  • At least one letter of recommendation must be received by the deadline at admin@vmae.org
  • Nominees must complete a personal data form by the deadline. VMAE will contact each nominee with instructions needed to complete the personal data form.

Best in Business

  • Submit each entry with a completed entry form and any supporting materials to admin@vmae.org or mail a hard copy to the address listed below. Digital entries are preferred.
  • For hard copies, publications should not be mounted or bound together. Multiple pieces may be placed in a notebook but must be easily accessible for judging.
  • All entries become property of VMAE. Associations who want their hard copy entries returned may pick them up after the VMAE Awards Program on Friday, July 13, 2018.
  • Entries must be received by VMAE no later than Monday, June 11, 2018. A representative from each association entering the awards program is encouraged to attend the awards presentation.

Where to send entries:
VMAE
PO Box 460
Camas, WA 98607
admin@vmae.org