About Dave Fellers,FASAE,CAE

Dave Fellers has over 30 years of association management experience.  This includes serving as CEO of three national medical societies, and two statewide oil marketing associations, as division director of a national professional healthcare organization and as President of a consulting company for associations and expositions.   

Fellers has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Kansas City Society of Association Executives and the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE).  

He received the Allied Member Award of Excellence from the Kansas City Society of Association Executives (KCSAE) in 2012, Key Award (highest honor given) from ASAE in 2008, the Samuel B. Shapiro Award for Leadership Excellence by a CEO from the Association Forum of Chicago in 2002, and the KCSAE Professional Achievement Award in 1991.   He has served on the International Association for Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Education Committee, the Center for Industry Research (CEIR) Research Committee, chaired the PCMA International Session Development Subcommittee,  and as chair of the KCSAE Membership Committee.  Fellers was instrumental in RSNA being named one of nine "remarkable" associations in the ASAE "Measures of Success" study and book.  The following background is provided on employment history, Education, Memberships and Awards:


Dave Fellers Consulting, LLC

2010 - Present

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President, ethnoMetrics, Inc

2008 – 2010

President of ethnoMetrics, Inc., a leading consulting firm that specialized in face-to-face marketing analysis by evaluating convention and exposition attendee and exhibitor behavior.  The company utilizes video technology to measure the effectiveness of traffic patterns, branding, signage and conducts timing studies, tracks attendees and provides exhibitor design and training programs.  The company is a subsidiary of GES with staff in Stevensville, Michigan and Las Vegas, Nevada.   

Fellers worked with the following organizations:   American Academy of Diebetes Educators (AADE), Academy of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Library Association (ALA),  American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO),  American Urological Association (AUA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), National Restaurant Association (NRA), Pittcon, Surf Expo, Western Veterinary Conference, and others.

Executive Director, Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)

2001 – 2008

Executive Director of the 45,000 member organization created to develop the highest standards of radiology and related sciences.  Members come from all corners of the world of radiology, including clinical, academic, and industry-based radiologists, residents and students from more than 50 countries.   The organization has a budget of $45 million and a staff of 170.  

RSNA holds the largest medical meeting in the world with more than 60,000 attendees, 700 exhibiting companies and 500,000 square feet of exhibit space in Chicago the week following Thanksgiving each year.  He established extensive international relationships to build the image and credibility of RSNA globally in order to expand foreign attendance at the Annual Meeting and increase awareness of and subscriptions to the RSNA Journals.   Grew international attendance at the annual meeting to one third of the attendees.

Publications include Radiology, one of the most respected clinical journals in the world;  RadioGraphics, a bimonthly journal that features the best peer-reviewed educational material, providing more than 16,000 CME category one credit hours per year, and the RSNA News, a monthly newsletter.  Fellers also served as Executive Director of the RSNA Research and Education Foundation with a $40 million endowment.  He increased net assets from $37 million to $88 million in eight years.   Membership promotion efforts resulted in a growth from 32,000 to over 45,000 members in 2008.  He implemented a process to update a comprehensive strategic plan that is utilized for development of all board agendas and business plans, and guided his association in the development of a five year vision for the organization.  Fellers developoed an in-house media relations department that has initiated numerous efforts to increase the public awareness about radiology.   

 Fellers conducted numerous leadership meetings with other medical specialty society organizations in order to develop cooperation and collaborative programs.  This included radiology, interventional radiology, academic radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, computer applications in radiology, technologists and neuroradiology.   He was instrumental in RSNA being named one of nine “remarkable” organizations in the country in a four year study by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in 2006.

Executive Director, American Association of Neurological Surgeons 


Chief of staff and CEO of the professional organization presenting 5,000 board certified neurological surgeons, nurses, physician assistants and neuroscientists.  Managed staff of 65 with a budget of $14 million.

Executive Director, American Society of Plastic Surgeons


Chief of staff and CEO of the professional organization representing 5,000 board certified plastic surgeons and its educational and research foundation.  Managed staff of 90 with a budget of $15 million. 

Division Director, American Nurses Association


Served as Director of the Division of Business and Professional Services.  He managed the Departments of Public Affairs, Communications, Marketing, Meeting Management, Credentialing Services, Insurance and Non-Dues Programs.   The organization had a staff of 200, budget of over $20 million and over 200,000 members.

Executive Vice President and CEO, Texas Oil Marketers Association


CEO of largest state association of oil marketing companies.  Built organization from 600 to over 1,000 independent companies that were wholesale distributors of petroleum products.  Developed convention into a Regional Trade Show that became the largest oil marketing meeting in the country.  Created self-insured group health insurance program and implemented an off shore captive insurance company for liability insurance when coverage became difficult to find.  Coordinated award winning government relations program, including state and federal legislative initiatives.

Executive Vice President and CEO, Oklahoma Oil Marketers Association


Fellers served as the first full-time CEO of the organization.  He was responsible for a substantial increase in membership, developing innovated membership services, and was heavily involved in government relations on both the state and national level.  

Vice President and Director of Account Services, Ray Scales Associates, Advertising and Public Relations


 Fellers managed a number of advertising and public relations accounts, including serving as editor and membership director for the Oklahoma Oil Marketers Association, and developed award winning advertising campaign for a number of clients in the banking, architectural and retail business.  


University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Journalism

University of Oklahoma, Norman Oklahoma

Graduate Study in Public Relations


American Society of Association Executives

Member, Committee Chair, Board of Directors 1997-2000, Vice Chairman of the Board 2000-2001, Founder and Chair of Healthcare Community of Interest, 2002-2004;  Key Professional Association Committee, Vice Chair 2004-05, Chair 2005-07;  Key Award, 2008

Certified Association Executive (CAE), Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives (FASAE)

American Association of Medical Society Executives

Member, Committee Chair, Board of Directors 1995-2000

American Medical Association

Member of American Medical Accreditation Program Federation Advisory Committee, 1998-1999

Member of Executive Vice President Advisory Committee, 1995-2000

Association Forum of Chicagoland

Member, Committee Member,  1991-2011,  2008 Honorary Chair of Association Week Black Tie Gala

Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau

Member, Board of Directors, 2001-2008;  Executive Committee, 2007-2008; Member Chicago Advisory Committee, 2003-2005

Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR)

Member, Research Committee, 2009-2011

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Member, Board of Directors, 2002-2008

International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)

Member, Education Committee, 2009-2011;  Member, Center for Exhibition Industry Research Committee, 2010-11

Kansas City Society of Association Executives (KCSAE)

Member, Board of Directors, 2011-2013;  Chair, Membership Committee, 2010-2011

Oklahoma Society of Association Executives

Member, Board of Directors, President 1977

Professional Convention Management Association

Chair, International Session Development Sub-Committee, 2011; Member, Board of Directors, 2007-08;  board liaison to Greater Midwest Chapter, 2007-2008;  board liaison to Industry Issues Committee;  Board representative to Heartland Chapter 2008 Annual Meeting; 

Texas Society of Association Executives

Member, Board of Directors, President 1986

Specialty Society Care Coalition

Member, 2000-2005;  Chair 2000 – 2002

The Village Presbyterian Church, Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Commissioned as a Stephen Minister, January, 2010

Deacon, 2011-13


American Society of Association Executives

Presented the ASAE Key Award in 2008, the top honor given by the organization;  Summit Award for Public Education of Breast Reconstruction; Associations Advance American recognition for Education on Stroke;  Gold Circle Award for Top Tabloid Newspaper;  Grand Award for Management Achievement; Management Achievement Award for Government Relations;  Gold Circle Award for State Legislative Newsletter;  Government Relations Section Award of Excellence for Federal-Legislative Initiatives; Charter Class of ASAE Fellows 1986;  Certified Association Executive designation, 1978. 

Association Forum of Chicagoland

Samuel B. Shapiro Award for Leadership Excellence by a CEO (Highest Award Given), 2002

Association Programming Award for Collaborative Efforts with the Food and Drug Administration, 1998

Kansas City Society of Association Executives

Allied Member Award of Excellence, 2012

Professional Excellence Award for outstanding leadership, 1991

American Association of Medical Society Executives

Numerous Pinnacle of Success Awards for Public Relations Campaign, Campaign to obtain insurance coverage for Breast Reconstruction, Campaign to obtain coverage for Children’s Deformities, collaborative efforts with other medical societies, Online initiatives, Campaign on Getting Smart about Cerebrovascular

Association Trends Publications Awards

Numerous awards for monthly newspaper, marketing materials, annual membership directory, website, public relations campaign

Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity

Leadership Award for Outstanding Personal Achievement, 1989

Alumnus of the Year Award, 1999


Dave Fellers,CAE is affiliated with Harrison Coerver and Associates and Transition Management Consulting.  


Contact Information: 

Dave Fellers, FASAE, CAE
Dave Fellers Consulting, LLC
4000 W 87th Street 
Prairie Village, Kansas 66207
Phone:  847-254-2700