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Mary Higham, CEM, Recognized as a “40 Under 40” Industry Leader by Connect Association Magazine


Alexandria, VA 2016-06-21

Mary Higham, CEM, manager of exhibits and sponsorships at ASIS International​, was recognized as an industry leader in Connect Association magazine’s “40 Under 40” feature in the spring 2016 issue. Connect Association is a national, B2B magazine that provides resources and ideas to meeting professionals and planners in the association and specialty meetings and events industry.

Peers in the association and specialty meetings world nominated Higham. Nominations were received from across the country, then reviewed and evaluated by the Connect Association editorial staff based on references, industry involvement and other resources. An annual feature in Connect Ass​ociation magazine, “40 Under 40” is neither driven by advertising nor is it connected with any promotional contest. It simply honors young leaders who have earned respect from industry professionals and media.

“The individuals represented in our annual ‘40 Under 40’ represent what’s new and next in the association and specialty meetings industry,” says Chris Collinson, president of Connect. “They are the ones elevating the profession and moving it forward. We are honored to be able to present them in ‘The Next List’ feature.”

These next-gen leaders will be recognized in front of their peers at Connect Marketplace in Grapevine, Texas, Aug. 25-27, 2016.

The entire list of recognized honorees and individual profiles can be found at

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ASIS International (ASIS) is the largest membership organization for security management professionals that crosses industry sectors, embracing every discipline along the security spectrum from operational to cybersecurity. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of security professionals at all levels.

Through hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS develops and delivers board certifications and industry standards, hosts networking opportunities, publishes the award-winning Security Management magazine, and offers educational programs, including the Annual Seminar and Exhibits—the security industry’s most influential event. Whether providing thought leadership through the CSO Center for the industry’s most senior executives or advocating before business, government, or the media, ASIS is focused on advancing the profession, and ensuring that the security community has access to intelligence, resources, and technology needed within the business enterprise.

Connect is a leader in the meetings, travel and tourism industry. Specializing in destination marketing, the company produces digital programs, online and mobile solutions, meetings business and travel magazines, trade shows and consumer events, travel guides for newspapers and leisure magazines, and destination information, which is distributed through broadcast and custom programs. More information about the company's brands and services is available at