About Us

The Alabama Council of Association Executives is an individual membership organization consisting of more than 425 association management professionals, hotel and motel representatives, convention and visitors’ bureau representatives and numerous venders and suppliers. Currently, we have 140 separate associations that are represented in ACAE. Our goal is to enhance the professionalism of the association management field. We sponsor regular educational seminars and offer numerous training opportunities for our membership.

Board of Directors

Jay Reed

Sean Strickler


Paul Pinyan


Johnny Adams


Virginia Banister, Alabama Beverage Association
Ginny Campbell, CAE, American Cancer Society
Leigha Cauthen, Alabama Agribusiness Council
David Cole, Alabama Farmers Federation
Rosemary Elebash, National Federation of Independent Business
Jon Hand, Electric Cities of Alabama
Jason Isbell, Alabama Bankers Association  
Greg Jones, The Jones Group, LLC  
Tom Layfield, Alabama Road Builders Association  


Past President's Council
Alison Hosp, CAE, Alabama Retail Association


Associate Board Members
Joann Hargrove, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Jerry Bousard, Visit Mobile   

Affiliate Board Member
Jere Beasley, Boosters