Crystal Ruiz Earns Certified Association Executive Credential

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Crystal Ruiz, AOS Director of Operations and Administration, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of three years experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management. More than 4,300 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential. The CAE Program is accredited but he National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Crystal was hired by AOS in February 2015. “We are absolutely thrilled for Crystal,” says AOS Executive Director Melinda Pruett-Jones. “The CAE certification signifies her commitment to provide the highest quality service in all dimensions of the society’s management. Crystal is a consummate professional whose training and advancement will permit her to contribute to AOS in broad, strategic ways in the years to come.”

ASAE is a membership organization for more than 44,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Its members lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. Together, they create a vibrant community that makes the world smarter, safer and better every day. With support for the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. Visit ASAE at

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