MAC’s Executive Director Inducted to ASAE Fellows

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The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) recently selected Mark Nelson, Executive Director for MAC, to join the 2021 ASAE Fellows program. Dr. Nelson joins 273 association industry professionals who have received this designation since the program’s inception in 1986. As one of the highest honors in association leadership, less than 0.02% percent of ASAE's membership are selected as Fellows each year.

The Fellows program bestows an honorary recognition upon exceptional association leaders making noteworthy and sustained contributions of leadership to their organizations, ASAE and the association management profession. Those who are named ASAE Fellows are committed to contributing continued leadership and service to the association community. 

“ASAE Fellows serve to inspire and develop extraordinary future leaders. We champion associations’ impact and leadership on industries, disciplines and the professions. In collaboration with and in support of ASAE, we help to create solutions to the most critical issues affecting the association management profession.” said Scott Wiley, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO, Ohio Society of CPAs and Chair of the Fellows.

“Like my peers, I am deeply honored and excited to be joining ASAE’s 2021 Fellows class,” said Dr. Nelson. “It’s an additional pleasure to receive this honor while serving as MAC’s Executive Director. It is thrilling to be able to collaborate with leaders from two different organizations who care equally about the future of their industries and how they positively impact the world.”

A complete list of the 2021 Class of ASAE Fellows and more information about the ASAE Fellows program is available via the ASAE press release.


About MAC

The Merchant Acquirers' Committee (MAC) is an association representing approximately 400 organizations and more than 1,400 payments professionals dedicated to protecting the integrity of the payment ecosystem through ongoing education, communication, and collaboration among its members. MAC is widely recognized as the premier educational organization for risk, underwriting, and compliance in payment processing. Visit MAC at

About ASAE

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. With the support of the ASAE Research 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