The life of an association CEO has more than its fair share of struggles, challenges and the occasional glorious success. Asked recently about a “not expecting it” experience in my career, it took a millisecond to remember this one. True story. Many, many years back, the first day of my new CEO position began at the Association’s Annual Convention. Following a full day of speeches, introductions and business activities, a welcome dinner with the entire Board was held that evening. After more than a few drinks, the Chairman of the Board looked over at me and said, “You know I preferred the other guy (meaning the other CEO candidate). I guess we’ll see how it works out.” Battle stations. Welcome to CEO life.