Anderson is only the third CEO to receive this award, which is presented by CEO Update magazine. Previous honorees were U.S. Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Thomas Donohue and Edison Electric Institute president Thomas Kuhn.
“This award is one of the highest honors that can be given to an association executive, since it has only been given to two other CEOs previously. Steve has a national reputation of building brand, clout and revenue at the three associations he has led, and that is surely the case at NACDS,” commented NACDS chairman Randy Edeker, who also serves as chairman, president and CEO of Hy-Vee Inc.
“However, Steve constantly gives recognition for the success of NACDS to the membership and staff. One of his many strengths is building incredibly member-centric and talented teams. This honor is in recognition of the success NACDS has had in the past and, more importantly, our positioning for success in the future.”
Criteria for CEO of the Year include effectiveness in presenting the industry or profession’s story; a reputation for accomplishing the association’s mission; proven leadership in and outside the group; successful financial results; and demonstrated social capital through volunteer contributions to association-related, charitable or civic groups.
Anderson has served as president and CEO of NACDS since 2007. Previously, he was president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association for eight years, and he held senior positions at the American Frozen Food Institute for 20 years, having served as president and CEO for 10 years.
Anderson served for six years on the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is the past chairman of the national board of trustees of the chamber’s Institute for Organization Management, and he is a current member of the chamber’s public affairs committee, its committee of 100 and its foundation advisory committee.