Todd Wurschmidt: Certified Association Executive

Todd Wurschmidt served for one year as a volunteer mentor to the Georgian Farmers Association, a newly established organization formed to develop a network of agricultural stakeholders in the country of Georgia. Georgia is an independent nation in Southwestern Asia that was a part of the former Soviet Union.

As Todd Wurschmidt knows, the GFA serves as an umbrella organization for Georgian farmers. The Center for International Private Enterprise, in Washington, DC, sponsors a program called “KnowHow Mentorship” linking experienced association executives in the United States, like Todd Wurschmidt, with emerging associations in countries such as Georgia, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Romania, and Greece.

Todd Wurschmidt is also a Certified Association Executive, having earned the professional designation from the American Society of Association Executives. As Todd Wurschmidt knows, the Certified Association Executive designation is a valuable addition to his resume. The purpose of the CAE is to elevate professional standards, enhance the performance of individual association executives, and identify those association professionals who show they possess the knowledge essential to the practice of association management. The CAE program, Todd Wurschmidt says, has become a mark of excellence, and evolved to reflect what it takes to manage an association.

Todd Wurschmidt has, for many years, been a Fellow of ASAE, the second highest honor bestowed by the American Society of Association Executives. ASAE Fellows are referred to as the “leading doers and thinkers in the association profession.” ASAE is composed of more than 21,000 association executives and industry leaders representing more than 10,000 organizations around the world.

He is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, which is considered the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising. Todd Wurschmidt has been involved in fundraising for many years. Among his many accomplishments in this field is helping the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and Law Enforcement Foundation increase gross revenues from half a million dollars per year to up to ten million dollars.

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