WASHINGTON CEO Update, a magazine covering association and nonprofit executives, named the National Restaurant Association’s president and chief executive Dawn Sweeney as one of its Top CEOs.
The publication, which surveyed hundreds of CEOs, credited Sweeney with "molding a strategic advocacy team well positioned to target the issues of food safety, immigration and card check legislation."
In choosing its top leaders, the magazine said it considered such factors as legislative success, leadership ability, skill in raising a group's profile or managing a crisis, history of building coalitions and reaching consensus, and membership excellence in such areas as meetings, education and certification.
Sweeney, who joined the NRA in October 2007, previously had served as president and chief executive of AARP Services Inc., a subsidiary of the organization formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons. She was responsible for developing products and services for the 38-million-member organization.
"There are tens of thousands of associations," the magazine said. "Even with a fraction being major players nationally, it's easy to see how difficult it is to determine just a handful of top leaders."
Other Top CEOs on the list include Steve Anderson of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and former head of the NRA; Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Cal Dooley of the American Chemistry Council and a former congressman; Tracy Mullin of the National Retail Federation; Susan Neely of the American Beverage Association; and Matthew Shay of the International Franchise Association.