DC's Top Association CEOs - Part 1

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Trending 40 Association CEOs! — Part 1

Kicking off today, the DCA is profiling some of the DC region's leading Association CEOs. Check them out here and then come meet their leaders and team members at a special Trending 40 event next Thursday, December 1 at 1776 in Crystal City, VA. Sign up here!

Ronald Regan

Ronald J. Regan, Executive Director, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Favorite things to do outside the office: Reading, running, and bicycling

What do you wish you knew when you were 20? The importance of memory in shaping a future.

When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: Strong communication and interpersonal relationship skills coupled with a well-defined world view.

Deb Hawkinson, President, Forest Resources Association

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Favorite things to do outside the office: Spending time with family and friends. Outdoor activities – hiking, kayaking.

What do you wish you knew when you were 20? Everyday you get is a blessing - approach it that way.

When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: Integrity, good communication skills, team player and strong background in skill set needed for the position.

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Debra Salob BenAvram, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Hometown: Severna Park, MD

Favorite things to do outside the office: Cook, travel, karaoke, and go to my son’s fencing matches

What do you wish you knew when you were 20? That I would actually use algebra almost every day

When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: A silo-smashing challenge tackler

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Robb MacKie, Chief Executive Officer, American Bakers

Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland

Favorite things to do outside the office: Hiking, fishing, sailing

What do you wish you knew when you were 20? The importance of patience and that asking for help is a sign of strength and not weakness. Everything is not equally important. There are a wealth of resources to draw upon to make you stronger.

When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: The spark of intellectual curiosity, a drive to improve, a willingness to put it in the hard work, and desire to be part of a purposeful team.

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Al Avina, Executive Director, Blinded Veterans Association

Hometown: Livingston, CA

Favorite things to do outside the office: White water kayaking and attending live concerts.

What do you wish you knew when you were 20? That it is perfectly fine to say no.

When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: Initiative, confidence and energy.

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