IMI Account Manager Earns Certified Association Executive Credential

MORRISVILLE, N.C. - Feb. 1, 2016 - PRLog -- ASAE has announced that Whitney Thweatt, account manager at IMI Association Executives, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) designation. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.

“My journey towards earning the CAE designation has provided me a wealth of knowledge about association management and best practices. I’m proud to be part of this elite group that is dedicated to excellence and professionalism in our industry,” said Thweatt.

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of three years of experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management. More than 4,000 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential. The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

“We are extremely proud of Thweatt in reaching this extraordinary achievement. Not only has she demonstrated a personal commitment to self-improvement, she has also demonstrated skill in leadership and expertise in association management,” said Linda Owens, CAE, President of IMI Association Executives. “We are excited to add another CAE designation to IMI’s staff of account managers. Professionals who earn CAE credentials maximize the value provided to our association clients.”

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support for the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit

In addition to Thweatt’s CAE designation, other recent milestones for IMI include Linda Owens, owner and president of IMI, earning her CAE designation and the second anniversary of Owens taking ownership of IMI.

About IMI Association Executives

Since 1986, IMI Association Executives Inc. has been helping associations meet their members’ needs with a turnkey package of administrative, meeting and event planning services provided by a staff of experienced association management professionals. Located just minutes from Research Triangle Park in Morrisville, N.C., IMI Association Executives is the management choice for non-profit trade and professional associations that are local, state, regional, national and international in scope. For more information or to request a proposal, please call 919.459.2070 or visit

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