PEMA's national headquarters is Washington-based and staffed with long-term
professionals having more than 200 years combined experience in management and
development of associations. Since 1984, the professional staff has provided PEMA
with expert financial administration, meeting planning, membership services and
recruiting, communications support, organizational continuity, and leadership.
Susan A. Denston
Susan Denston is Executive Director for the Process Equipment Manufacturers'
Association. Her background suits a variety of tasks, including meetings management,
print production management and quality control, and membership and meetings promotion.
She also is skilled in serving the administrative needs of Boards and committees. She
is a graduate of George Mason University with a B.B.A. in Marketing. Sue is President
of the Corporate Services Division of Association and Society Management International,
Inc. In addition, she serves several additional associations: Executive Vice President
of American Textile Machinery Association, Meetings Manager for the International
Association of Emergency Managers and Meetings and Exhibit Manager for the National
Association of State EMS Directors.
Harry W. Buzzerd, Jr., CAE
Harry (Buzz) W. Buzzerd, Jr., CAE, serves as Management Counsel for the Process Equipment
Manufacturers' Association. He began his association management career in 1964 and holds
a CAE (Certified Association Executive). He earned a B.A. from Gettysburg College, along
with extensive graduate and professional education. In addition to his work with PEMA,
Buzz is the Management Counsel to the American Paper Machinery Association and the
American Textile Machinery Association. He is Chairman of Association and Society
Management International, Inc., the firm that manages PEMA.
Michelle Savoie is responsible for all functions of conventions and meetings management.
Prior to employment with ASMI, Michelle worked for the State Department (Refugee Affairs
Advisor), USAID (Program Manager), Boston University, several non-profits, and operated
a catering firm for 13 years, as well as serving as a pastry chef at a Ritz Carlton Hotel.
She has a B.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Arizona and has
completed graduate studies in Social Anthropology at Boston University. Michelle's
experience extends to managing meetings and events for several other ASMI client
Dawn M. Shiley-Danzeisen
Dawn M. Shiley-Danzeisen, M.A., Marketing & Communications Manager. Dawn is the editor of PEMA's newsletter and
also provides graphic support (brochures and booth design). She has more than 19 years experience
in association management. Prior to this position, she was with the Synthetic Organic Chemical
Manufacturers Association (SOCMA), where she held numerous positions during her 15-year tenure.
Dawn earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and M.A. from the George Washington University
School for Public and International Affairs. Working at Association and Society Management
International, Inc., Dawn is the editor for six newsletters and provides marketing and
communications services to more than 10 clients.