Week #50 - Association Professional

Executive HandshakeThis week I am in Austin, Texas working with the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE) as an Association Professional. What exactly is an Association Professional? That's a good question.

When President/CEO Beth Brooks first contacted me about coming to Texas to work with TSAE, I had a difficult time wrapping my head around what they do.

"So, you are an association?" I asked. Beth replied, "Well yes, though we are the association of associations."

While I was intrigued simply by the fact this actually existed, I didn't give it much thought and put it on the back burner.

Over the past year of job offers, Beth was probably one of the most persistent people. She made a great case to come to Austin.

There are 24,000 associations in the US, 1,600 of which are in Texas. TSAE is the association of associations - meaning they provide educational training for the professionals who work for all the associations in Texas.

The land of associations sounds like a unique world in itself - I am looking forward to discovering it.