Theresa Engler, executive director of Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), was named Outstanding Association Executive by the New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE). The award was presented at the NYSAE Synergy Awards Luncheon on April 17 in New York City.

“Under Theresa’s leadership, DFI is recognized worldwide for actively promoting the advancement of the deep foundations industry,” says DFI President Matthew Janes, M.B.A., P.Eng., of Isherwood Associates. “Working in collaboration with the DFI board, Theresa has spearheaded significant growth at the organization including strategic increases in members, technical committees, educational events, publications and regional chapters.”

The award honors a current executive who has contributed significantly to the advancement of the association management profession. The group looks for leaders in philanthropic, professional or trade organizations who demonstrate outstanding achievement in advancing the mission of their organization.

Engler has served the DFI for 25 years and has been the group’s executive director since 2006. She also serves as the executive director of the DFI Educational Trust, the charitable arm of DFI. She is actively involved in the deep foundations industry, serving on the Academy of Geo-Professionals Board of Trustees and as a member of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and The Moles, a fraternal organization of the heavy construction industry. She is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives as well as its New Jersey and New York Chapters.

The DFI is an international association of contractors, engineers, academics and suppliers in the deep foundations industry with more than 3,300 members worldwide. For more information about the Deep Foundations Institute, visit