ASAE Member Spotlights

Archived Member Spotlights

Executive Member Spotlight:  Joe Quinn

Tell us who you are, where you work and what your title is.My Name is Joe Quinn. I am the Executive Director of the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation

What does effective leadership look like to you?

I think it matters a lot to judge the work you are doing for your organization by how visible the association is. Visibility means people know what you stand for and why it matters. If you go to your membership in January and ask them to to pay annual dues, and they have to wonder what you have done since last January, that is not really where you want your association or stakeholder group to be. Leadership is also about knowing what you are good at and maximizing those skills to better serve your clients or organization.

How long have you been a member of ASAE?

2 years

What is the most memorable ASAE Event you hosted or attended?

In the middle of the pandemic ASAE put together a great event at the governors mansion to give out the annual communication awards. Good Roads was excited to get an award for what we have done with our magazine. It was a very nicely done event, and it was executed within the complex confines of pulling people together in the midst of the pandemic.

What would you tell others about ASAE?

The association management world is a small world and it helps you to be involved and see what others are doing.

What is the most effective daily habit you possess?

I think I am pretty organized. You have to be organized if you are going to be a fundraiser, a policy thought leader, a communicator, and a magazine editor all rolled into one job. I also try on an ongoing basis to think of new techniques and ideas to make Good Roads a better stakeholder group, without my executive board having to ask me to try new things. Be creative and be proactive about bringing ideas to the board.

Anything special or unique you'd like membership to know about you?

I do a lot of hand written thank you notes to the members who donate to the organization. This is an old school thing that makes a difference. This is advice that your mom probably taught you, but in an e mail and text focused world, there is still great value in adding a personal touch to saying thank you.