Dana M. Pless, CPA, CAE

Dana M. Pless, CPA, CAE
Chief Financial officer
SAE International

Dana Pless is SAE International's Chief Financial officer and is responsible for the organization's overall financial strategies and policies, accounting practices, and relationships with lending institutions and the financial community. He also provides oversight to SAE's pre-professional programs, the SAE Foundation, and centralized corporate administrative functions within the SAE Enterprise. He joined SAE International in 1998.

Pless has over twenty-five years of management experience in finance and administration and has worked in association management since 1994. He previously worked at a mining and energy company in a number of financial positions including internal audit, cost accounting, and finance systems. He began his professional career as an auditor with one of the major public accounting firms.

Pless serves as Past-President of the Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives (PSAE) and has served on the board of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE). He is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Pless holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from Indiana University School of Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Association Executive.