President's Message

President’s Message

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to lead this organization for the next year.

My parents were in the association management business.  They managed a number of organizations associated with the construction trades for over 40 years.  I grew up helping out at meetings and conferences and worked in the family business for a few years after college.

One thing I learned was that professional associations, are filled with people who care about what they do and want to become better at it.  They want to advance their industry and elevate their profession.

So I know that NACCED members care about what they do and want to get better at it.  But what makes NACCED different from the roofing and sheet metal contractor groups that I was around as I grew up, is that NACCED is filled with people who have dedicated their careers to making their communities better, more livable, and more sustainable.

NACCED members are people who want to not only elevate their profession, but elevate the people in their communities who are seeking greater opportunities or need additional supports to fully participate in society.  So it’s the work that we all do that sets us apart, and I am proud to be a part of it.

This past summer, Laura and I had an opportunity to attend a summit for for leaders of a wide variety of professional associations.  One of the speakers said there are 3 things that drive people to become involved in an association, and those are connection, growth, and significance.

Connection being the chance to bond over shared experiences.
Growth meaning opportunities to learn.
And significance meaning the desire to feel part of something important.

So over the next year, I hope you’ll join me in making sure NACCED is providing opportunities for connection, growth, and significance.

Through face-to-face conferences, webinars, committee calls, podcasts, social media posts posts, blogs, and newsletters, I want to be sure that everything we do helps us share experiences, trade great ideas, and celebrate not just the importance of our work, but the people who perform it. 


Mary Keating
Director of Community Services, DuPage County, IL
NACCED Board President