Christy Classi, an employee of Allen Press, Lawrence, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives.
CAE is considered the highest professional credential in the association industry.
About 3,400 association professionals - fewer than 5 percent of those in the profession - now have the credential.
To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management.
The society is an individual membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing nearly 11,000 trade and nonprofit organizations worldwide.