Hannes Combest was named as Chief Executive Officer for the National Auctioneers Association beginning in June of 2008. Prior to her work at NAA, she served members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America for more than 12 years in various capacities. Prior to that she was the Assistant to the President at Haskell Indian Nations University, the only inter-tribal university in the United States and taught journalism there. She has a master’s degree from Baker University and is a Certified Association Executive. In 2014, she was awarded the NAA President’s Award of Distinction. Hannes is active in the American Society of Association Executives as the Chair of the Research Committee and is past-president of the Kansas City Society of Association Executives, which in 2005 awarded her the Professional Excellence Award and in 2010 awarded her the Distinguished Association Executive award. She has four children and ten grandchildren AND one great-grandchild.