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Matt Miller

CEO, Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB)

Matt Miller is an association executive with 19 years of experience in managing and leading mission-driven organizations and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB). At CLARB, Matt manages and collaborates with the staff team in its execution of the annual scope of work approved and funded by the Board of Directors. Matt also serves as a spokesperson for CLARB and as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors. 

Previously, Matt’s role as Executive Director & CEO at the American Welding Society (AWS) required the management of a $40M annual revenue budget, diverse programs, staff development, board relations, and volunteer engagement. 

Prior to his position at AWS, Matt served as the Chief Operating Officer for NACE International where he had product and operations responsibility for education, conferences, membership, market analytics, project management, IT, finance, and the NACE Foundation. Additionally, Matt worked as the Director of the SAE Foundation and Pre-Professional Programs at SAE International where he was responsible for directing the operations and fundraising activities of the SAE Foundation and setting the strategic direction of SAE’s Pre-Professional Education Programs including the award-winning A World in Motion program, SAE’s Collegiate Design Series, and numerous awards and scholarships.  

Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1997, a Master of Science in Instructional Technology from Duquesne University in 2000, and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Robert Morris University in 2010. 

Matt is also a proud veteran of the U.S. Army (1989 – 1992) with service in Operation Desert Storm (1990 – 1991). 


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Nicole Boston, CAE

President and CEO, Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals

Nicole Testa Boston, CAE has served as CEO of SFPE (Society of Fire Protection Engineers) and has overseen the SFPE Foundation since 2013. In 2020, under her leadership, SFPE launched a new legal entity, SFPE Europe, in Belgium which she also serves on its Board of Directors.

During her tenure, Boston has initiated and implemented a dramatic transformation of the engineering Society.  Driven by a deep commitment to SFPE's vision and mission around life safety, she has led the Society through tremendous strategic and institutional changes, including the creation of a new governance model; a chapter restructuring resulting in global chapter growth from 73 to 112; multiple strategic planning cycles; an office relocation that included a new build; development of many new technical standards and guides; defined core competencies for the profession; a comprehensive digital transformation; the creation of a legal entity in Europe; overhaul of the Society's Foundation and research initiatives; and successful financial management and operational growth through the 2020 global pandemic.

Boston has 25 years of experience in the engineering industry, having previously served 11 years as deputy director of Fiatech, an industry-led consortium in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin focused on deploying new technologies to improve capital projects. Before that, she served as executive director of the Building Futures Council as well as held senior management positions at the Civil Engineering Research Foundation at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Boston is a certified association executive (CAE) through the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE). She received her bachelor's degree in international studies from American University’s School of International Service and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. 

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