Close is being recognized for her role as an advocate working to eliminate the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.
Erica Farber replaces Jeff Haley, who is leaving to pursue a new opportunity.
The two-year terms of the board members begin in June 2012.
Daniel Pane previously worked for Technicolor New York and CFI-Hollywood.
Most recently, John Lackness was in charge of the Southwest region for SCMS.
Kerry Cozad was previously senior vice president of broadcast engineering at SPX Communication Technology.
Smith has nearly 20 years of broadcast engineering experience, having also worked for Greater Media, Metro Networks, Nassau Broadcasting and Sirius Satellite Radio.
The new senior executives come from Google, Clear Channel and Yahoo.
Starling is executive director of the Technology Research Center and NPR Labs, and a founder of the Association of Public Radio Engineers.
The extended contract keeps the executive at the NAB through 2016.
Most recently, Mary Ann Seidler was vice president of North American sales for Tieline Technology.
David E. Gale and Michael E. Winsky are the new honorees.
Kevin Parker held previous positions with Fryette Amplification, Guitar Center and Mesa Boogie.
Buckley was a respected broadcaster who passed away suddenly in July 2011 from a brain embolism.
Jonathon Pusey joined Hosa in 2006 as an inside sales representative.
Nautel will enhance support efforts in Middle East and North America.
James Tunnicliffe joins the Harman companies after 10 years with Euphonix.
Cooley's presentation, "Top Ten Technology Countdown," will include insights into consumer technology trends and the opportunities they present for broadcasters.
John Hogan has served as president and CEO of Clear Channel Radio since 2002.
Carl Davis, CPBE, was previously assistant general manager at the University of North Carolina Center for Public Television and has sales experience with the Harris Broadcast Division.
Ted Sarandos and Gerhard Zeiler will participate in a Content Theater Q&A sessions on the exhibit floor.
Jerry Otto will head sales for the Crenlo's enclosure products.
James Hall replaces Adam Adamou, who stepped down from the position Feb. 10, 2012.
Jim Ripp joins the equipment dealer after working in sales and education at other music dealers and stores.
The process to leave the company he cofounded in 1998 began in 2009.
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