Respected Association Professional Appointed To Lead National Engineering Society

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Mark J. Golden, CAE, FASAEThe National Society of Professional Engineers is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark J. Golden, CAE, FASAE, as the Society's new executive director and corporate secretary effective January 31, 2013. Golden brings over 30 years of leadership experience in both trade and professional societies and is a respected voice in the association management community.

"NSPE has a proud tradition of serving and advocating for its members and the entire engineering profession, and I'm looking forward to building on that history," said Golden. "Professional engineers play a vital role in our nation's future and are key players in solving some of the world's most challenging problems."

Golden most recently served as the executive director and chief executive officer of the National Court Reporters Association, where he also served as the vice president of the International Federation for Information and Communication Processing, Brussels, representing the U.S. within this international federation. Before joining NCRA in 1998, Golden spent eight years with the Personal Communications Industry Association. He directed PCIA's legislative, regulatory, and industry development activities, and he was deeply involved with the Federal Communications Commission, within international standards bodies, and before Congress to help create the favorable environment for introducing affordable wireless telephone and texting services in the U.S. Golden also spent 12 years with the Association of Telemessaging Services International, where he created government relations programs focused on enhanced communication services.

Long active in the association community, Golden is a past vice chairman of the board of directors of the American Society of Association Executives and past chairman of the ASAE Foundation.  He has served in numerous other capacities within those organizations. He has contributed to many association-related strategic research studies and publications, including the best-selling "Seven Measures of Success: What Remarkable Associations Do That Others Don't," and he is a frequent speaker and author on issues of not-for-profit organizational management, strategic planning, advocacy, and organizational development.

In 1995, Golden was inducted into ASAE's Fellows program, one of only six association executives nationwide to be so honored that year and an honor bestowed upon less than one percent of ASAE's 21,000 members. In 2011, he was again honored as the recipient of ASAE's highest honor, the Key Award, given in recognition of an association CEO who "demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership in his or her own association, and displays a deep commitment to voluntary membership organizations as a whole."

"It is this deep commitment and obvious expertise that made Mark an excellent choice to lead NSPE, and we are thrilled to bring someone of his caliber on board," said NSPE President Dan Wittliff, P.E., DEE, F.NSPE. "His in-depth knowledge and experience in associations will not only be a huge benefit to our organization, but to the licensed professional engineers we serve and the engineering profession as a whole."

An honors graduate of the University of Virginia, Golden holds degrees in English and theater. He and his wife, Annette, reside in Clifton, Virginia, and have one son, John Alexander.

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