Sam KlemetPresident/CEO, MAB, and Executive Director, MAPB
Sam Klemet is MAB’s President/CEO, succeeding retiring President/CEO Karol L. White in January, 2022.
Mr. Klemet rose out of 38 applicants to be the number one choice of the MAB Transition committee for the position. Mr. Klemet has a unique combination of skills coming from a broadcasting background working in radio, television and public radio as well as serving five years with the Indiana Broadcasters Association. He has worked in both commercial and public broadcasting and association management.
Mr. Klemet joined the MAB as CEO/President-elect in 2021 from his role at Director of Member Services for the Indiana Broadcasters Association. A Michigan native, he graduated from Michigan State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in Broadcast Journalism.
Karole L. WhiteRetired President/CEO, MAB/Executive Director, MAPB
Karole L. White
When Karole L. White arrived at the MAB more than 25 years ago, the organization had a part time executive director, a few boxes of files, about $150,000 dollars in the bank and membership was only at about 50 percent of its potential. With the help of very positive board members, Ms. White grew the MAB to become one of the most respected trade associations in the state and among the best state broadcaster associations in the nation. MAB now has a membership penetration of 89 percent.
Prior to joining the MAB, Ms. White was the Executive Vice President Director for the Michigan Floral Association, the Executive Director of the MFA Health Insurance Trust, the managing director of MFA Federal Credit Union and President, Executive Director MAB Floral Service Inc. She has been in Association Management in the Greater Lansing area for over 30 years. She has served in executive positions with the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, United States Cheerleaders Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association and was a partner in BKM Advertising and Display Company.
Ms. White received her broadcasting back ground through advertising as Marketing Director for Forbes Cohen Properties in Lansing and as Telethon Manager for MDA. She has been honored with numerous awards, including most recently induction into the Michigan Society of Association Executives Hall of Fame and the Citizen’s Medal of Honor from the National Guard. A life time learner, Ms. White attended Lansing Business University, Lansing Community College and Michigan State University. Ms. White announced her retirement effective January, 2022.
Jennifer ClarkMAB Director of Finance
Jennifer Clark is a veteran of finance having served as Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer at the Michigan United Conservation Clubs and most recently as Deputy Director and Chief Operations Officer for the Michigan Oil and Gas Association. Clark joined the MAB in December, 2021.
Ann WaltersOffice Manager/MAPB Coordinator
Ann began at the MAB in 1999 as the Executive Assistant to President Karole White. As well as her executive assistant duties she now also manages the MAB office and oversees all its properties, assists with membership and serves as the coordinator for the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters Board of Directors. She also manages the MAB alternative broadcast inspection program. Ann received her Associates Degree from Yuba College in California in business management. Her interests include gardening, attending Detroit Tigers baseball games and baking with her three adorable grandchildren