In a year of deepening recession, the average salary increase for top executives of Washington trade associations was almost twice that of the average worker and 10 times more than that for major labor contracts settled in the past year.
The highest-paid executives for area trade associations are taking home 9.2 percent more this year than in 1982, averaging $67,737, according to a survey published by the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives.
The average salary for American workers, however, rose by only 5.4 percent from March 1982 to March 1983, said Judy Finger of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The average raise for workers covered by major labor contracts settled between June 1982 and June 1983 was just 0.9 percent, according to a Labor Department report. Under past contracts, workers received average increases of 6.7 percent each year of the contract and 8.4 percent increases for the first year.
Chief executive officers of Washington-area trade associations also received larger raises than their counterparts across the country, who earn an average of $55,600 and whose salaries rose by 16 percent since 1981, according to a study by the American Society for Association Executives.
Salary increases for the highest-paid Washington association officers from 1981 to 1982 averaged 11.2 percent, Carey said.
"Association salaries have been creeping up above overall national average salaries in other fields for at least the last 11 years," said Elissa Myers, director of member services at ASAE. "Association executives seem called upon to fulfill increasing responsiblities," she said, and the raises reflect "increased recognition of the responsiblity being carried by the executives."
Associations themselves have prospered during the recession, she said. "Overall, memberships are up slightly," Myers said. "When your business is on the rocks, your association becomes critical to you" although "the average association has done well" in the past few years.
Salaries for the area trade association executives rose with the size of the organization's budget. For example, the 1983 mean salary for the highest paid executive working for organizations with budgets of less than $250,000 was $33,629, compared with an average of $107,221 for the chief executives working for associations with budgets of $5 million or more.
The survey also include salaries for 15 management positions, ranging from $27,918 for editors to $56,511 for the Washington head of an association headquartered outside of the Washington area. The average salary increase for these two categories was 9.5 percent and 8.6 percent respectively.
Marriott Corp. group vice president Richard G. Marriott has been named to the board of directors of the National Restaurant Association.
As group vice president-corporate of the Washington-based restaurant and food service corporation, Marriott is responsible for management and development of 475 company-owned restaurants, 1,000 franchised units and two theme parks.
Marriott joined the family business full-time in 1965 after having held part-time positions since the age of 14.
He is also a director of Riggs National Bank and Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries.
The National Restaurant Association, established in 1919, has 10,000 dues-paying members representing 100,000 food service operations. In 1982, the industry grossed $133 billion in food and drink sales. An association spokeswoman said the industry is expected to gross $144 billion in sales in 1983.
Thomas L. Thomas has been named vice president of the American Financial Services Association. He is also the association's treasurer and director of member services. Thomas was director of administration of the old American Industrial Bankers Association until 1972, when AIBA merged with AFSA.
Gerald F. Hunter has been elected president of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. Hunter was formerly president-elect and vice president of finance and membership of the chamber. He is a partner in the Washington office of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.
Eugene F. Murphy has been reelected chairman of the board of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Murphy is a group vice president of RCA Corp., and chairman and chief executive officer of RCA Communications Inc.
Wayne E. Swegle has been appointed vice president of the National Planning Association.
Peter M. Kopke has been named legislative counsel of the Amusement Game Manufacturers Association. Kopke was formerly assistant finance director of the Michigan Republican State Committee.
Mary Kay Illy has been elected vice president of the District of Columbia chapter of the American Society of Women Accountants. Illy is an accounting supervisor of Kaufman, Davis, Ruebelmann, Posner & Kurtz in Washington.
Mita Schaffer has been elected president of Women in Advertising & Marketing. Schaffer is vice president for client services of West and Brady Inc. Bobbie Cascio was named vice president. Cascio is an account executive of Cascio-Wolf Inc.
Peter C. Valli has been elected president and chairman of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, headquartered in Washington. Valli is a vice president of Borg-Warner Corp. and president of its energy equipment group in Los Angeles.
A. George Cook has been named to the board of directors of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. Cook is president of Colonial Parking Inc.
Samuel Cascio has been elected to the board of directors of the Washington Printing Guild, an educational organization for the graphic arts industry. Cascio is president of Cascio-Wolf Inc.