Congratulations Matthew J. Wales

After 16 years of service to the association (for which we are extremely grateful!), Matthew J. Wales will depart AACTE at the end of this month. While at AACTE, Matt engaged with many members through his leadership in Annual Meetings, Leadership Academies, and Washington Weeks, as well as innumerable member engagement activities.

Matt joined the AACTE staff in 2006 as the coordinator for state relations, overseeing state chapter management. In October 2007, he transitioned to the associations’ Meetings and Events team. When promoted to Vice President of Member Services & Events in 2018, Matt provided program management, business development, constituent services and event coordination and implementation expertise to the association’s Membership, Marketing and Communications, and Events team.

During his time at AACTE, Matt earned his Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation from the Events Industry Council in 2010 and his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society for Association Executives in 2021.

Given Matt’s years of experience at AACTE, he is well-poised for the next step in his career. Matt is joining a large trade association as Vice President of Event Services, allowing him to concentrate on an area of focus for which he has great passion. We thank Matt for his leadership and long-standing commitment to AACTE. Please join us in wishing Matt a well-deserved congratulations!


Lynn M. Gangone

President and CEO, AACTE

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