On this episode of the CEOnly Podcast, Michelle Mason, CAE,
FASAE, talks with Henry Givray. Givray is the former CEO and current chairman
of the board of directors of SmithBucklin about his leadership philosophy and
how association executives can be effective and trusted leaders.
Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE
President and CEO, Association Forum
Michelle Mason is the President and CEO of Association Forum. Association Forum is the “association of associations” in Chicago. Founded in 1916, it has nearly 4,000 members. Prior to Association Forum, Michelle served as a managing director at the American Society for Quality (ASQ). In this role, she concentrated on business development, membership, component relations, innovation, advocacy, social responsibility, and process improvement efforts. Prior to she was Vice President of Strategic and Future Focused Research at the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE).
Henry S. Givray
Henry S. Givray is Chairman and former CEO of SmithBucklin,
the association management and services company more organizations turn to than
any other. The company offers full-service management and outsourced services
to trade and professional associations, technology user communities, industry
consortia, charitable organizations, corporations and government institutes.
Henry served as SmithBucklin President & CEO from August 2002 through December
2015. He previously worked for the company between 1983 and 1996, having served
as chief staff executive for multiple client associations in addition to
handling other corporate responsibilities.
During Henry’s 13 years as CEO, SmithBucklin achieved unprecedented
success in its 60-plus year history including client satisfaction and
retention, employee engagement, company growth and financial performance.
Fulfilling his vision and dream to make SmithBucklin a
100-percent-employee-owned company, Henry led the transfer of the company’s
ownership from its financial investors to its more than 700 employees in 2005.
The SmithBucklin Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) allows every employee,
regardless of position, tenure or compensation, an equal opportunity to acquire
ownership in the company.
Henry is a dedicated, ongoing student of leadership,
committed to speaking and writing as a way to serve others. His insights and
ideas on leadership have been prominently featured in business books and top
national news media. One of Henry’s most enduring achievements has been his
creation of intensive, high-impact leadership learning programs. The
programming has evolved to include two offerings. The SmithBucklin Leadership
Institute is for board member from client associations. Leadership’s Calling®
is for the business and professional communities at-large and includes a
selected few top-performing SmithBucklin employees. Henry regularly is invited
to speak at association conferences, corporate meetings and educational forums.
Henry was selected as one of the 18 Best Bosses for 2006 by
Winning Workplaces, a national non-profit with the mission of helping leaders
of small and midsize organizations create great workplaces. Also in 2006, the
Destination Marketing Association International Foundation honored Henry and
SmithBucklin with the prestigious Spirit of Hospitality Award, which is widely
regarded as one of the highest honors in the hospitality industry. In addition,
Henry was honored with the 2008 Samuel B. Shapiro Award by the Association
Forum of Chicagoland. The award is the Forum’s highest honor and is presented
each year to a chief executive officer for his or her outstanding service and
accomplishments. In 2013, Henry was named the TSNN Industry Icon Award honoree
by Trade Show News Network. Tradeshow Week named Henry as one of the 100 most
influential people in the tradeshow business in its October 2, 2006 edition. In
2018, Henry was selected by the Events Industry Council for its prestigious
Hall of Leaders.
Prior to rejoining SmithBucklin as CEO, Henry served as
chairman, president and CEO of CourtLink Corporation, an online service for
retrieving court records and electronically filing legal documents to and from
our nation’s courts. He also earlier served as president and COO of Giga
Information Group, an IT services company founded by Gideon Gartner, founder
and former chairman of The Gartner Group. Henry holds an M.B.A. from the
University of Chicago and both a B.S. and M.E. in operations research from Cornell