Grigsby Earns Certified Association Executive Credential

Cassie Grigsby, CAE

American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has announced that Cassie Grigsby, Senior Vice President of Operations and Development, of Kentucky Retail Federation and President of Kentucky Retail Institute, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) designation.

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management. More than 4,300 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential. The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

“We are incredibly proud of Cassie and the countless hours she’s put in to prepare,” said Tod Griffin, KRF President. “This achievement not only strengthens the Kentucky Retail Federation through Cassie’s role as SVP of Operations and Development but elevates our efforts in workforce development and industry awareness as she leads the Kentucky Retail Institute.”

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 44,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Its members lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. Together, they create a vibrant community that makes the world smarter, safer, and better every day. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. Visit ASAE at

The Kentucky Retail Institute (KRI) is a statewide entity created by the Kentucky Retail Federation. KRI’s mission is to carry on educational, research, promotional and charitable purposes and industry awareness, promoting the education of students interested in entering the field of retail or students connected to the field of retail; developing and supporting education, research and charitable initiatives for the benefit of the public served by the retail industry. The Institute’s primary focus is workforce development by exploring opportunities within K12, college and career readiness, and postsecondary education.

Sarah Rowlette