The Dr. Almon R. (Bud) Smith, RCE, AE Leadership Society recognizes those association executives (AEs), regardless of the length of their tenure, who have shown themselves to be leading contributors to the industry and the profession. Multiple honorees are selected annually. Much like a fellows program, members will play an active, ongoing role as innovators and mentors for the AE community. It is also conferred in recognition of the honoree’s ongoing commitment to the advancement of REALTOR® association management and anticipated future contributions.
Who Is Bud Smith
Bud Smith served as executive vice president of the National Association of REALTORS® from 1992-1997.
All full-time association executives employed at any level of the organization, regardless of the length of employment, are eligible for induction into the Dr. Almon R. (Bud) Smith, RCE, AE Leadership Society.
To achieve induction into the Dr. Almon R. (Bud) Smith, RCE, AE Leadership Society, it must be demonstrated that nominees have brought credit to the profession of association management through their personal involvement in advancing the purposes of the organization at the local, state, and national level; provided leadership in ways that have benefited the organization, the members, or other association executives; or made other significant contributions that have advanced their organization in meaningful ways. To recognize those who excel in the association management profession by demonstrating uncommon leadership, a willingness to help others, and acceptance of a responsibility to constantly improve themselves. Candidates must have a proven track record of identifying and sharing innovative ideas. Inductees will serve as role models for all association executives in these characteristics. In addition, the Recommendations and Recognition Subcommittee will place strong emphasis on candidates with the RCE and/or CAE designations.
Function of the Society
The society shall serve an active role in the ongoing activities of the AE community nationwide. In addition to serving as role models for innovation and collaboration, inductees shall serve as a pool of association leaders who may be called upon by the AEC leadership, at its discretion. Representative examples might include tasks such as mentoring fellow AEs and serving as an industry issues brainstorming group.
An induction ceremony shall be conducted each year at the Midyear Meetings Leadership Luncheon. Induction shall be accomplished by the reading of the names of the inductees, and the inductees will receive a plaque signifying their induction.
Number of Inductees
The number of inductees during the first two (2) years of this program shall be determined by the Recommendations and Recognition Subcommittee. Beginning with the third year (2000), the maximum number of inductees in any given year shall be six, not including the recipient of the William R. Magel Award of Excellence.
Submission of the Dr. Almon R. (Bud) Smith, RCE, AE Leadership Society nomination form is all that is necessary. Nominations must be submitted online. NAR staff will contact the association executive being nominated to submit the necessary documentation. Self-nominations are not accepted. The Recommendations and Recognition Subcommittee believes that "honor seeks the candidate," not the reverse. Therefore, politicking and campaigning are strongly discouraged.
Applications are due annually in February. Selections shall be made by the Recommendations and Recognition Subcommittee during the Association Executives Institute. The names of selected honorees shall be announced at the Association Executives Committee’s AE Institute Meeting.