FTBOA Named Association of the Year by Florida Society of Association Executives

Posted on: July 20, 2015

For immediate release. FTBOA Named Association of the Year by Florida Society of Association Executives July 19, 2015

St. Petersburg, Fla. – The Florida Society of Association Executives awarded Ocala-based Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association with its highest honor—naming it the inaugural Association of the Year during the closing awards luncheon of FSAE’s Annual Conference held here this year. The FSAE fosters collaboration among association management around Florida through networking and educational events, online communities, CEO roundtables and best-practice resources. FSAE helps members connect and learn while strengthening organizations and better serving their members and industries. Founded in April of 1959, FSAE began with a handful of association executives that decided to share ideas and network on a regular basis. Beginning with 32 members, FSAE has continued to grow and expand its reach to more than 950 members today including organizations and their CEOs and Executive Directors throughout the state. The award was designed to honor a Florida non-profit, trade and/or service membership association for outstanding service, programs, recognition and success in a multitude of areas including membership and community outreach, charity, advocating on behalf of their employee programs, industry and members avocation as well as engagement with FSAE. According to FSAE President and CEO Frank Rudd, the award was designed to recognize many aspects of excellence. “Our purpose in launching this award was to recognize that not just individuals, but associations too can dedicate themselves to the pursuit of excellence and achieve great things for their membership, industry and community,” Rudd said. “We were very pleased with our three nominated finalists for the award which also included the Florida Heath Care Association based in Tallahassee and the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association, also of Tallahassee. The FTBOA represents much of what our organizations’ membership strives to do—to take great strides in adapting and evolving during changing business environments. They place a great deal on reinventing and enhancing membership services and activities, employee programs, community outreach and proven industry leadership and governmental advocacy.” FTBOA CEO, Lonny Powell, who was present along with several other FTBOA executives to receive the award, was quick to give credit to those who contributed towards keeping the Association on track and moving forward. “First of all, I would like to thank the FSAE for this wonderful award and recognition,” Powell said. “I tip my hat to the other nominees for their commitment to service and excellence. “As far as FTBOA goes, so much of what we do is in an effort to improve the economics, communications and positive awareness within our membership, industry and community. Efforts like these don’t happen without a team of supportive members, super employees, engaged officers, attentive board along with solid relationships and support within our local, state, national and international communities and industries. They all make the pursuit of our many tasks, opportunities and challenges more doable and rewarding.” FTBOA president George Russell was also gratified to receive the award. “It is an absolute honor to see the FTBOA recognized by FSAE for its hard work and dedication to membership and community service as well as industry promotion and public relations,” Russell said. “On behalf of the entire FTBOA board and officer team, I would like to congratulate Lonny and his great staff for their dedication and commitment. It’s hard to believe Lonny has only been here three and-a-half years while facilitating so much positive change and leadership. We look forward to seeing our efforts continued.” The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association is a not-for-profit association with the mission of promoting the Florida thoroughbred. The FTBOA represents more than 1,300 thoroughbred breeders and owners internationally who breed, raise, sell, train and race horses born in the state of Florida. The FTBOA is located at 801 SW 60th Avenue in Ocala, Fla., the heart of one of the top breeding and general horsemanship regions worldwide. --30—

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