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FAAST congratulates the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association on receiving the Association of the year from the Florida Society of Association Executives.

Tallahassee, FL (July 28, 2019) — The Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE) presented its most prestigious leadership awards at its recent Annual Conference held at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, including individual and organizational awards. Our Association of the Year and Supporting Associate Organization of the Year awards honor organizations that demonstrate outstanding efforts, excellence, and innovation.

The organizational award winners for 2019 are:

  • Association of the Year: Florida Disabled Outdoors Association, Tallahassee – The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) enriches lives through accessible inclusive recreation. FDOA was formed in 1990 to help people of all abilities benefit from physical activity. Educating over 100 organizations and 18,000 members on accessible inclusive recreation, FDOA serves people of all ages and all abilities throughout Florida and beyond.
  • Supporting Associate Organization of the Year: Hyatt Hotels in Florida – Hyatt Hotels in Florida was founded in 1984 as a collaborative effort for various Hyatts in Florida to work specifically for the state Association Market for professional development and Community Support. This includes donating over $150,000 in grant and scholarship funds to FSAE members as well as coordinating numerous community service projects throughout Florida.

“There is no greater honor than being recognized by your peers for being the best of the best,” said FSAE Board Chair Jim Ayotte, CAE. “These individuals and companies set the standard for professional excellence and exemplary leadership in the association community. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor.”

Each year FSAE recognizes individuals for their leadership, dedication, and professionalism both within FSAE as well as their own organizations. Each recipient is nominated by their peers and selected by committee-review according to strict criteria of excellence and achievement. Award recipients’ professionalism and leadership are evident in both services to the association management profession and to the local community.

The Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE) fosters collaboration of association management professionals through networking and educational events, online communities and best-practice resources. With over 1,100 members, FSAE has been serving the association industry throughout Florida for 60 years. To learn more, visit