Conni Gardner has been awarded the 2014 Earl Beagle Award for Staff Excellence

I am very excited to announce that Conni Gardner has been awarded the American Heart Association’s highest staff honor, the 2014 Earl Beagle Award for Staff Excellence.  This award signifies outstanding staff leadership and achievement.  It is a performance-based award named for Earl B. Beagle, who began his career with the American Heart Association as a field representative in 1957.  Beagle held several positions in his 26-year career and was greatly respected for his loyalty and strong leadership.  Nominees are ranked on their leadership, results, planning skills, ability to manage individuals and groups, significant impact on the American Heart Association and consistent superior performance over time.  Conni will be recognized with the award by AHA CEO Nancy Brown at the June Gold Heart Awards Banquet in Dallas. 

Conni started her AHA career in 1996 in the Charleston, SC. Market.  She was quickly promoted to VP over the Coastal SC team and in 2002 became the SVP for the state.  The following year she added North Carolina and SW Virginia.  In her current role, Conni heads up Customer Relations and Development Operations half time for the MAA and is a National Center SVP consultant the other half.  In this new combined role, Conni is already making an immense impact. 

Conni’s numbers are extremely impressive.  In the last 18 years she has hit goal 10 times and 11 out of 18 years she had more than a 10% increase.  Four of those years she had 1M+ in new dollars.  In 2011, she was recognized as the number one development SVP in the nation for multi-year growth.  Below I have included some growth stats that are just amazing: 

  • 10 year growth 76% increase
  • 10 year growth MSA Markets 51-100 100%

 Conni would be the first one to tell you that her success is the result of the amazing teams she has had the pleasure to lead over the years.  Her teams have had amazing success and many individuals from Conni’s team have been recognized nationally with Rome Betts awards:

  • She has had 12 Rome Betts winners in the last 8 years:
    • 5 Heart Walk winners
    • 4 Heart Ball winners
    • 2 GRFW winners
    • 1 WPG winner

Conni’s team also has held more benchmarks than any other SVP team in the country.  Below are the benchmarks from just the last six years:


I am extremely proud of the work Conni has accomplished over the last 18 years and know she will continue to make a tremendous impact in her new role for the MAA and the AHA nationally.  Please join me in celebrating this career milestone for Conni. 

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