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Phi Kappa Theta Shines at This Year's ISAE STAR Awards

Friday, December 12, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Indianapolis, IN -- When it comes to receiving STAR Awards from the Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE), Phi Kappa Theta has enjoyed quite the run in recent years, including 2014.

In three out of the last four years, a Brother of Phi Kappa Theta has taken home the most prestigious award, Association Executive of the Year:

isaeaward2014E22011: Brother Lane Velayo -- Executive Director, Indiana Music Educators Association

2013: Brother Robert Riggs -- Executive Vice President, Phi Kappa Theta (read about his 2013 win here)

2014: Brother Mark McSweeney -- Executive Director, Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA)

The three brothers are pictured right. Left: Robert Riggs, middle: Mark McSweeney, right: Lane Velayo.

The award-winning Brothers were recognized for dedication to their profession, association and fellow staff and volunteers.

isaeaward2014DThe Fraternity didn’t stop there! Phi Kappa Theta’s The Temple Magazine was chosen for the Award of Excellence for Outstanding Magazine. (pictured left)

The award honors a printed or electronic publication that generally incorporates color photographs, editorials and in depth articles and columns on industry and association issues and concerns.

Several entries were submitted this year and Phi Kappa Theta is honored to win.

Brother Keith Harshbarger (IUPUI, '06), Director of Communication and Marketing for Phi Kappa Theta, serves as Managing Editor on The Temple.

He said this about the win, "We're very excited to receive this award! So many brothers contribute to The Temple and put so much time and energy into making it the best it can be. It's an honor to be recognized by ISAE."

Phi Kappa Theta was also nominated for three other awards, including Outstanding Convention, Outstanding Association Website and Impactful Community Philanthropic Program.

Furthermore, the outgoing President of ISAE is Brother Lane Velayo, and the incoming President will be Brother Mark McSweeney.

Brother McSweeney served as Phi Kappa Theta's Executive Vice President from 1993-1998. (Find out more about his involvement in association management.)

In addition to the large presence Phi Kappa Theta had at this years ISAE Awards, Brother Nathan Rues (Missouri S&T, '02) created many of the table centerpieces via "Kaps for Kids". Brother Rues founded "Kaps for Kids", which is bottlecap artwork sold or auctioned for children’s charities.

Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity hopes to continue to put its best foot forward year after year, and plans on making 2015 a great one!

View more images from this event on the ISAE Facebook page.
View ISAE's Official Press Release.

isaeaward2014BLeft: On December 11, 2014, the Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE) held their 13th annual Star Awards. The night reaches over 250 executives and staff through one event. The event was held at the historic and beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis. The entire Phi Kappa Theta Executive Staff attended, with the addition of a couple Phi Kaps serving in the association industry. Those additional Brothers were Mark McSweeny (NIU, '88) and Lane Velayo (University of Cincinnati, 'A).

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