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Thursday, September 18, 2014

 MB&WWA president inducted into MI Society of Association Executives Hall of Fame

LANSING – Mike Lashbrook, president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association, was inducted Wednesday night into the Michigan Society of Association Executives’ Hall of Fame during its 13th annual Diamond Awards banquet.

“I am truly honored to be inducted into the MSAE Hall of Fame and join outstanding association leaders who have a real impact on their organizations and across the State of Michigan,” Lashbrook said. “Like them, I am humbled to be recognized for doing what I strongly believe in, and that’s serving the people our associations represent. I want to thank the MSAE for the terrific work that it does, as well as the family owned distributors and their employees whom I have thoroughly enjoyed working for and representing in the past 25 years as our association’s president.”

During his 25-year tenure as president with the MB&WWA, Lashbrook helped the MB&WWA become one of the most influential trade associations in Michigan and beyond, with a Political Action Committee consistently rated in the Top 10. The MB&WWA’s stature in Michigan’s capitol was further enhanced in 2003/2004, during which time an association capital fund campaign raised nearly $1.7 million for the completion of a new headquarters building in Lansing just two blocks from the state Capitol.

Lashbrook is a 25-year MSAE member. He served on the board of directors of the MSAE from 1992-1996. He was secretary in 1995 and vice chairman of the MSAE in 1996.

“Under Mike’s leadership at the beer and wine distributors, he has helped take a very good association and make it great,” said Jim Tyler, chairman of the MB&WWA. “We have better budgets, better planning, a stronger political action committee, a more energized membership and grass roots action. His induction into the MSAE Hall of Fame is a tribute to the great work he has done to help our association succeed, contribute to the economy and give back to our communities.”

As MB&WWA president, Mike played a leadership role in numerous successful legislative initiatives to improve the business climate for beer and wine distributors in Michigan, and no proposals detrimental to the licensed three-tier distribution system have been successful.

More recently, he led a statewide collaborative effort involving diverse groups to positively shape major reforms to Michigan’s alcohol system, including reforms designed to assist the dynamic growth of the craft beer industry in the Great Lakes State.

MSAE is a professional organization of more than 600 association executives throughout Michigan that works to advance knowledge in the association industry.

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