Carter Keithley Named Outstanding Association Non-Profit Executive by NYSAE

April 20, 2015 | The Toy Industry Association (TIA) and its members congratulate Carter Keithley for being named Outstanding Association Non-Profit Executive by the New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE). Keithley, who will retire as President & CEO of TIA at the end of the month, received the award at NYSAE’s annual Synergy Awards Luncheon, held April 15, 2015 in New York City.

The annual NYSAE Awards Program recognizes people and organizations for their outstanding practices and fine work that significantly contributes to making New York City’s association and non-profit community thrive. The recognition bestowed upon Keithley recognizes his contributions to “the advancement of the association management profession” and honors his “outstanding achievement in advancing the mission” of TIA to support the growth and health of the North American toy industry and bring children around the world joy and learning through play.

Keithley will retire on April 30, 2015 following a 40-year career as an association executive and nearly a decade of leadership at the Toy Industry Association. His tenure at TIA has been characterized by a commitment to tackling regulatory and legislative issues and his work to implement practices that serve the interests of both consumers and industry. 

With Keithley at its helm, the annual budget of the Association grew from less than $14 million to nearly $18 million, and the membership base skyrocketed from 470 members to more than 750 companies, including manufacturers, retailers, sales reps, licensors, toy inventors and more. An office in Washington, DC was also established to accommodate a robust external affairs team comprised of nine industry advocates and technical / safety specialists.

“On behalf of the TIA Board of Directors and staff, I’d like to congratulate Carter on his well-deserved award and thank him for his decade of work at the Association,” said John Gessert, Chairman of the TIA Board and President of American Plastic Toys. “We send him our very best wishes for a happy and restful retirement!”

Stephen Pasierb, former President & CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, will succeed Keithley at the end of April.