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SAE International Corporate Services Manager Honored With Staff Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Aug. 21, 2007 - Connie Eren is the winner of SAE International’s 2007 Joe Gilbert Award.

The Joe Gilbert Award honors the legacy of SAE’s former Executive Vice President and is presented by staff members to staff members who demonstrate Gilbert's positive professionalism in the workplace.  Gilbert was SAE International’s third Executive Vice President and served from 1960-1985. Gilbert died in 2006.

Eren is Manager of Corporate Services at SAE International.  She received the award during a staff meeting at the world headquarters in Warrendale, Pa.

"The Joe Gilbert Award is important because it recognizes employees who not only take pride in their work, but who also treat customers and co-workers with dignity and respect,” Raymond A. Morris, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of SAE International, said.  "Connie Eren exemplifies all of these traits. She is a true ambassador of SAE and I couldn’t be happier to present her with this honor.”

Eren began her career at SAE International 38 years ago, having worked for Gilbert for nearly half of that time. “Joe Gilbert was such an important and positive influence in my life; receiving this award means so much to me and I am truly honored and humbled,” Eren said.

Eren is a resident of Wexford, Pa., but is originally from Floral Park, Long Island, N.Y., and is a graduate of Floral Park Memorial High School . She is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and a Certified Meeting Manager (CMM), and completed seminars at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh . She is a member of the IAEE, ASAE and the Center, CMP Board of Convention Industry Council and served as president of the Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives (1995-96). Eren was named Outstanding Member of Year in 1994 by the Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives.

She currently sits on the Customer Advisory Board for the Seattle Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.


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