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

Johnny Adams



Vice President

Jay Reed



Paul Pinyan
Past President
Liane Kelly

Jason Isbell, Alabama Bankers Association
Tom Layfield, Alabama Road Builders Association
Sean Strickler, Alabama Rural Electric Association
Ginny Campbell, CAE, American Cancer Society
David Cole, Alabama Farmers Federation
Greg Jones, The Jones Group, LLC
Virginia Banister, Alabama Beverage Association
Justin Bailey, CAE, Alabama Association for Justice
Jane Knight, Alabama Hospital Association

Past President’s Council
Richard Carson, Alabama State Society of Anesthesiologists

Associate Board Members
Joann Hargrove, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Carman Atchison, Sheraton & Westin Birmingham

Affiliate Board Member
Jere Beasley, Boosters