Since joining SME in 2004, Kanagy has been largely responsible for the Society’s success. Focusing on growth, innovation, and opportunity, SME has become the world’s largest mining-related organization. He is the recipient of two prestigious awards including the Colorado Society of Association Executives’ Professional of the Year award and the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America’s Gold Medal award. He has a B.S. degree in industrial education from the University of Maryland, a M.S. degree in technology education from Eastern Illinois University and is a certified association executive by the American Society of Association Executives.