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Sep 27, 2022

"As a mostly learn-by-doing career, the experience and training of the association CEO is routinely idiosyncratic—moving up through the ranks in associations of varying sizes, types and cultures. And for the mid-career executive, thrust fresh and new into the world of associations at the CEO level, a holistic look at the association CEO position can be even more crucial." []

Join KiKi L'Italien as she interviews the author of The Association CEO Handbook Paul Belford about the role of the association CEO in today's environment.

Outside of his client work in executive search, Paul is the author of Planning Your Career in Association Management, published in 2002 by the American Society of Association Executives, and has spoken about career-development at ASAE meetings and those of its Allied Societies.

He has also served on the CEO Advisory Council of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, as well as on three of their compensation survey councils.

He also authored The Association CEO Handbook, the second edition of which was released in 2019. Much of the content and direction of the second edition was sourced from 10 sessions of the Association CEO Masters Seminar launched in 2016 and for which he serves as Director.

Prior to his career in executive search, Paul spent 11 years with PhRMA, a major Washington, D.C-based trade association, where he was responsible for international issues management.

He has also worked for the U.S. government, including six years as an International Economist in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the Treasury Department. An Accounting graduate of Boston College, Paul has an M.A. in Economics from Fordham University.