I recently moderated a webinar session for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and its Association Management Company Section Council. The session included three panelists, all who are association management company (AMC) owners. The goal of our session was to have an open discussion about the value an AMC brings to the associations it represents. It was an engaging session and one that I think can be continued through ongoing discussions as we consistently evolve as an industry and find new ways to improve our ability to service and impact associations. To kick-off a follow-up conversation on this topic, I had additional thoughts on the value of an AMC based on my personal experience within the industry and with Talley Management Group (TMG).
With the Certified Account Executive (CAE) Exam in just a few months (December 7 to be exact), Talley Management Group asked some of its CAEs to reflect on their decision to earn their CAE designation and how they prepared for the exam. TMG's Director of Association Management Services, Chuck Sapp, CPA, CAE, offered his insight into why he chose to earn it and how those taking it in December can prepare.
The ASAE 2017 Conference recently took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and it didn’t disappoint, providing attendees the usual ASAE can’t-miss experience. There was so much to take away, and, heading home from the event, I took a few mental notes of highlights that can hopefully inspire your next event.
At the recent Community Conference of the Association Management Company Institute held in conjunction with ASAE, we had a great session with James Kane. He offered some great insights for any of us working with customers.
I just returned from my annual trip to Kenya visiting friends and family in Nairobi and Nakuru. It was a fascinating time to be in the country with the Presidential election petition being presented and heard by the Kenyan Supreme Court (complete with references to the 2000 Bush/Gore Florida challenge in the US Supreme Court). The country was glued to the TV or gathered around radios on mopeds to hear the lawyers for both sides presenting their case.
There was an interesting dialogue at the recent ASAE Fellows Retreat among 75 seasoned execs on the evolution of Association Management. The consensus was that really none of the basics have changed but the environment in which we do our jobs has changed dramatically.