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Patterson Urges Congress to Aid Associations and Non-profits Impacted by Coronavirus

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AMPED President and Owner, Lynda J. Patterson sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional leaders Sunday asking that they include associations, nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations in any federal aid packages or supplemental measures.

"Many have and will be harmed by event cancellations and reduced meeting attendance as a result of COVID-19," she wrote, noting that in the last week, six of her company's client association meetings were canceled and more are expected to come.

According to the Events Industry Council’s 2018 Economic Significant Study conducted by Oxford Economics, more than 1.9 million meetings occur in the United States each year – with more than 250 million attendees. These meetings contribute more than $446 billion to U.S. gross domestic product and directly support 5.9 million jobs nationwide.

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Madison Magazine includes Lynda Patterson in their list of Exceptional Women for 2020

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AMPED Association Management Welcomes Kat Lauer as Account Executive

Kat Luaer Jan 2020AMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Kat Lauer has joined the AMPED team in its Sacramento, California office to lead two women-centric organizations.

As Associate Executive Director of Leadership California, she will support a network of more than 1,700 women leaders and more than 3,000 advocates dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women in California.

She will also serve as Executive Director of the Women In Trucking Foundation (WITF), supporting fundraising efforts that make scholarships available for women in the trucking industry.

“This is an exciting opportunity to lead and be a woman of change for these organizations, all while working for a woman-driven company,” said Lauer. “I have always strived for a seat at the table while seeking to impact the communities I serve. I see my work with AMPED as a perfect culmination of these passions.”

Lauer comes to AMPED with several years of association and fundraising experience, most recently as a Development Specialist with the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) where she oversaw day-to-day fundraising initiatives, and as a Director for the Bruin Varsity Club (BVC), UCLA’s Athletic Alumni Association, where she spearheaded athletic alumni fundraising initiatives, alumni relations and marketing, and event planning. She has also worked closely with donors and volunteers on major fundraising events for UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital, advancing initiatives for Children’s Health.

As a student at UCLA, Lauer was a member of the Women’s Rowing Team, where she competed in the Varsity 8 and achieved a career high of 7th place at NCAAs in 2012.

In her free time, she enjoys freelancing on various sports production crews, primarily with the Pac-12 Networks, where she was a part of the 2017 Emmy winning team for Live Sports Production.

 “We are thrilled to welcome Kat to our team and our newest office in Sacramento! She is smart and engaging and has some great ideas for moving WITF and Leadership California forward,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, President and Owner of AMPED. “She will make an excellent addition to the AMPED family.”

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Emily Petersen Promoted to AMPED’s Chief of Staff

 EP for web 2019AMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Emily Petersen has been promoted to serve as AMPED’s first Chief of Staff.

During Petersen’s tenure, as a direct result of her strategic vision, attention to detail and leadership, AMPED has experienced tremendous growth and success. As President and Owner, Lynda Patterson’s #2, Emily has helped implement new technologies and countless client and staff transitions, all while growing their teams true to the AMPED mission and team-oriented culture.

“Emily is always several steps ahead of the rest of us and is one of the most efficient, action-oriented businesspeople I have ever met,” said Patterson. “We joke that, thanks to her competing on a national level in Excel (yes, it is a thing), she keeps us organized and results-driven. She has a love for mission-driven non-profit management and is passionate about the AMC model. Like most of our team, Emily is truly like family to me!”

Beginning as an intern at AMPED while in college at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Petersen joined AMPED full time after a brief stint with Epic Systems in Madison. It was the culture and ability to do two jobs at once that attracted her back to AMPED. She uses her project management skills to help AMPED achieve AMCI accreditation — meeting and exceeding the standards — while educating staff about the policies and procedures that help maintain it. Over the years Petersen has acquired progressively responsible roles, most recently as AMPED’s Director of Administration, leading the membership and admin teams. Emily also works with Lynda on strategic HR and collaborates with all client execs on transitions and staffing models.

As Chief of Staff, Petersen will serve as strategic advisor and counselor to the President and Owner, and will focus her skills on creating and maintaining cross-departmental relationships to enable AMPED’s leaders to succeed and grow.

“During my ten plus years at AMPED, I have worked in every area of both the business and association management. By doing so, I have a deep understanding of all departments, clients, employees and the various needs of each party,” Petersen said. “I am excited to use this strategic position to better serve our clients, ensuring that our staff has the resources they need to be successful and matching their skill sets to the appropriate client teams.”
 

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AMPED Adds the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants to Client Portfolio

AMPED Association Management has been selected by the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA®) to manage their operations.

AAAA, the national organization dedicated to the ethical advancement of the Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA) profession, provides advocacy and promotion of the Anesthesia Care Team in order to achieve the highest level of excellence in patient care.

As its partner, AMPED will bring extensive association experience and provide full management services, including leadership, strategic planning, governance, advocacy, membership development, meeting planning, financial management, and communications.

AMPED’s Michael Battaglia will serve as AAAA’s Executive Director, based in Washington, D.C.

“We are thrilled to work with AAAA to better serve the profession and help tell a more compelling story about why anesthesiologist assistants are important members of the Anesthesia Care Team,” Battaglia said. “AMPED’s culture, technology and operational efficiency are strengths that we see as the perfect complement to this growing association. We look forward to working closely with AAAA members and volunteers to help CAAs realize their full professional potential.”

AAAA President Laura K. Knoblauch, CAA, MMHSc, MBA-HA, agrees.

“AAAA is extremely excited for our new partnership with AMPED,” she says. “By strongly assisting us in our future goals, AMPED will help us with opportunities for substantial organizational growth and increased legislative activity, all while exercising their expertise in medical association management. The Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant profession is on a steep trajectory of growth and it is an exciting time for the profession!“

AMPED will assume full-service association management on January 1, 2020.

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AMPED Selected to Manage Women in Government Relations

Emily Bardach AMPED Association Management has been selected by Women in Government Relations (WGR) to manage their operations.

WGR is the premier, non-partisan professional society for those who have responsibilities and interests in the field of government relations and/or public affairs. With more than 1,200 members at every career level of government relations, WGR’s membership represents a wide array of private, non-profit and public sector organizations.

“As a woman-owned business, we are delighted to welcome such a vibrant organization with a mission and membership so close to my heart,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE President and Owner of AMPED. “We are excited to welcome WGR’s current staff onto our team as we strive to constantly improve services for WGR’s members.”

WGR’s three dedicated full-time staff members, including Executive Director Emily Bardach, CAE, will join the AMPED team in the Washington, DC office.

Bardach, pictured at left, has 25 years of experience in association management and has built a successful career managing and transitioning multiple professional and trade organizations all under the AMC model.

“WGR's vision is to create generations of powerful female advocates and we are confident that a partnership with AMPED will provide us with the strategy, structure and resources we need to be successful,” Bardach said. “Relationship and community building is at the core of what we do. Our staff can't wait to join the dynamic team of association professionals at AMPED!”

AMPED will assume full-service association management on December 1, 2019.

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AMPED’s Tony Veroeven Honored with WSAE Visionary Award

Tony Veroeven headshot smallAMPED Association Management is proud to congratulate Tony Veroeven, recipient of the prestigious 2019 Visionary Award from the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE).

Veroeven, Marketing and Membership Manager at AMPED, embodies the spirit of the award, demonstrating “outstanding commitment to his association, profession or the association.”

Said Emily Petersen, AMPED Director of Administration, “It’s not unusual for Tony to jump into new projects without reservation—even those that are outside of his direct client mix within AMPED. He is always the first to volunteer and doesn’t step back until he sees it through.”

"Tony has a positive, can-do attitude; embraces new marketing technology; and is always eager to share what he's learned," said Jeanne Weiss, AMPED Communication and Marketing Director. "Plus he's just fun to be around! We are so lucky to have him on our team and congratulate him on this well-deserved honor."

"To be in the company of these association professionals, and see who has won the WSAE Visionary Award in the past, is humbling,” said Veroeven. “Thank you to my friend and nominator, Emily Petersen. I also appreciate the support of our president Lynda Patterson, FASAE, CAE, my team at AMPED Association Management, and my wife, Rhonda Veroeven. Congratulations to my fellow award winners for their hard work in supporting the Wisconsin association community.”

Outside of his work with AMPED, Veroeven gives his time as a Boy Scout leader and is the President-Elect of the Madison Area Marketing Association.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Edgewood College in Madison, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Veroeven and his fellow recipients will receive their awards during a luncheon at WSAE’s 2019 Summit at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee on October 28.

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AMPED Partners With the State Government Affairs Council to Provide Financial Management

AMPED Association Management is pleased to announce its new relationship with The State Government Affairs Council (SGAC) to provide leadership in finance-related matters.

The SGAC is the premier national association for multi-state government affairs professionals, providing opportunities for networking and professional development. The organization champions professional and ethical standards in government relations.

"SGAC is known for our exceptional membership services,” said SGAC Executive Director Beth Loudy. “We look forward to working with AMPED's team of professionals and advanced technological solutions."

“We’re excited to work with the SGAC in this integrated capacity,” said AMPED President and Owner Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE. “Our extensive experience and client-first mindset means that we’re ready and able to jump in to help in whatever form our clients need.”

AMPED’s Finance Manager Gina M. Staskal, CNAP, will work closely with SGAC to assist with the organization’s finance-related needs.

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AMPED Association Management Makes New HQ in Downtown Middleton

 

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AMPED Association Management celebrated its move to Middleton, Wisconsin with an open house and ribbon cutting on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Over 100 guests enjoyed tours of the modern, natural light-filled, 9,200 sq. ft. space in Middleton Center on Parmenter St. The mix of private offices, semi-private workstations, a tech-ready conference room, and a large, well-equipped kitchen are an extension of AMPED’s culture which fosters innovation, collaboration and fun! AMPED also showcased additional office space it has available for subleasing.

In August, the full-service association management company moved its headquarters from Madison’s Capitol Square — where the company was launched 11 years ago — to its new office space in downtown Middleton.

“We took a long time to find a location that would support our growth while providing a space where our employees would love to come to work,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, owner and president of AMPED. “Since we opened for business in 2008, the support of our clients, employees, family, and friends, has fueled our growth. It’s so rewarding now to show off our new space and have them all share in this celebration. And as we continue to grow, we expect our dynamic space and location will help attract and retain the best in our profession.”

AMPED Association Management is a full-service association management firm, with proven success handling all aspects of association operations, including CEO transitions, conference planning, financial management, membership, and communications and marketing. AMPED also offers consulting services in strategic planning, communications and podcasting. The headquarters for 14 national trade and professional associations, AMPED is a woman-owned company with 40 creative and talented employees working out of AMPED offices in Middleton; Washington, DC; and Colorado; and remotely across the U.S.

 

 

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AMPED Selected to Manage Leadership California

AMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Leadership California to manage their operations.

Leadership California, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization, boasts a network of more than 1,700 women leaders and more than 3,000 supporters dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women in California.

“As a company owned and managed primarily by women, we are excited for this opportunity to utilize our extensive experience and past success in support of other women leaders,” said AMPED President and Owner Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE. “With three AMPED offices and staff around the country, we have consistently proven our ability to manage clients regardless of where our talented team members are physically located.”

“We’re excited to work alongside Dr. Margie Wheeler to help Leadership California meet and exceed its mission of increasing the representation and influence of diverse women leaders across California and beyond,” Patterson added.

Leadership California President Dr. Margie Wheeler agreed that AMPED is ideally positioned to help her organization grow. “AMPED will help Leadership California expand its support, programming, and influence on behalf of our impressive network of women leaders,” she said.

The search for a part-time, California-based individual to serve as Leadership California’s Executive Director is currently underway.

AMPED will assume full-service association management on January 1, 2020.

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AMPED Selected to Manage APTA Geriatrics

AMPED Association Management, an accredited full-service association management company with offices in Middleton, WI; Metro Washington, DC; and Glenwood Springs, CO, has been selected by APTA Geriatrics to manage their operations.

APTA Geriatrics is one of the largest sections of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), with over 5,500 members dedicated to the field of geriatric therapy and the empowerment of adults to move, engage and live well.

AMPED’s Christina McCoy, CAE will serve as Executive Director for APTA Geriatrics. The team looks forward to supporting the geriatric component of the APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) and many of the geriatric educational programs including the popular exercise certification series for physical therapists.

“I’m thrilled to serve and lead our team in supporting the organization in advancing the profession,” said McCoy. “We’re honored and eager to work with the dedicated, passionate volunteer leaders of APTA Geriatrics.”

APTA Geriatrics President Greg Hartley, PT, DPT said he is excited to be working with AMPED. “AMPED brings a diverse, energetic and experienced staff devoted to association management. Their expertise will help APTA Geriatrics improve its efficiencies and its reach. We are looking forward to this change, our growth and a rewarding member experience.”

AMPED will assume full-service association management on October 1, 2019.

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AMPED Association Management Achieves Second AMC Institute Re-accreditation

AMPED Association Management, a full-service association management company with headquarters in Middleton, WI and offices in Metro Washington, DC and Glenwood Springs, CO, has once again been awarded accreditation by AMC Institute, the global trade association representing the association management industry.

The firm has been AMCI accredited since 2011.

Among 500-plus Association Management Companies (AMC) worldwide, only 81 have achieved AMC Institute Accreditation, demonstrating the commitment and the ability to deliver the highest level of professional management services to association and not-for-profit clients. These AMCs are the recognized choice of association and not-for-profit organizations.

“We applaud AMPED on this significant achievement,” AMCI Chair Jeanne Sheehy said. “AMCI accreditation requires that association management firms demonstrate adherence to operational and ethical best practices, as outlined in the AMCI standard. Accreditation distinguishes AMPED’s ongoing commitment to leadership in association management.”

Administered by AMC Institute, AMC Institute Accreditation is recognized and supported by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership and is based on the ANSI Standard of Good Practices for the AMC Industry. ANSI requires that the standard be reviewed and updated regularly to remain an approved standard. Measurable performance practices include contracts and service delivery; employee recruitment, training and professional development; and financial management and internal controls, among others. AMCs must earn re-accreditation every four years, demonstrating to an independent outside auditor that they continue to meet the standard.

“AMPED is proud to distinguish itself as one of a select group of firms that have achieved the prestigious AMC Institute accreditation,” said AMPED Owner and President Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE. “Our team demonstrates, every day, the highest level of professionalism and responsibility, while consistently meeting and exceeding all industry standards, yet infusing innovation and new ideas regularly.”

AMPED Association Management (www.manageassociations.com) uses the knowledge gained from working with multiple organizations to help associations achieve their highest potential. AMPED provides association leadership, interim leadership, transition management, strategic planning, meeting planning and management, member communications, financial management, and public relations services to a variety of national and global trade and professional associations. AMPED is proud of its team of nearly 40 full- and part-time staff, which includes CAE (Certified Association Executive), CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) and FASAE (Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives) designates.

For more about AMC Institute accreditation, visit www.AMCInstitute.org/accreditation.

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Jen Brydges Named One of Forty Under 40

Brydges 3376 2016 HeadshotAMPED Association Management is proud to congratulate Jen Brydges, recipient of the prestigious 2019 Forty Under 40 Award from Association Forum of Chicago and USAE Weekly Newspaper.

“I’m humbled and honored to be selected as a Forty Under 40 recipient,” said Brydges. “Receiving this award will allow me to continue my growth, both as an association professional and on a personal level. Most importantly, receiving this award recognizes my team and those who have helped shape my career to date. My accomplishments are not achieved by me alone, they are truly a team effort and I am so grateful to be surrounded by people who embrace innovation and teamwork."

Brydges is the managing director for the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS), associate managing director for the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) and executive director of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Additionally, she leads consulting and strategic planning sessions for a variety of associations and organizations.

Additionally, Brydges serves on the boards of the Junior League of Madison and the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society. She is also a former elected official for the Rock County Board of Supervisors.

Her volunteer service extends throughout the community: the Junior League of Madison’s All Dressed Up program; Cherokee Middle School Partnership Program; Ronald McDonald House dinner program; Youth Leadership programming; MADSS: World Down Syndrome Day programming; Parent Mentor for the Down Syndrome Awareness Walk committee; Parent Advocate for the National Down Syndrome Society; and a contributing writer to Madison Mom's Blog. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Greater Madison civic leadership program.

She is a graduate of UW Green Bay with BS degrees in politics and public administration. She received her master's degree in political science from Cal State LA.

 “I am so proud of Jen for this recognition,” said AMPED President and Owner Lynda J. Patterson, CAE, FASAE. “Jen exemplifies the core values of our company and our industry. She creates a welcoming, innovative environment for all of her colleagues and volunteers, greeting them with her warm personality and pursuit of excellence! No doubt, her future in our profession is bright and I can’t wait to see what comes next for her! Many thanks to Association Forum and USAE for recognizing the best in our industry!”

The Forty Under 40 Award is given to 40 accomplished association or non-profit professionals who are under the age of 40, demonstrate high potential for continued success in leadership roles and exhibit a strong passion for - and commitment to - the association management and nonprofit industries.

Brydges and her fellow recipients will receive their awards at a private ceremony in Chicago on December 16, 2019. Learn more about the Forty Under 40 Awards at https://www.associationforum.org/aboutaf/fortyunder40.

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AMPED Headquarters Office Moving to Middleton, Wisconsin

AMPED Association Management, a full-service association management company is pleased to announce that on August 1, they will move to brand new office space in downtown Middleton, about 10 miles down the road from the company’s current location on Madison, Wisconsin’s Capitol Square.

AMPED’s new location is in the heart of Middleton’s growing urban district, near trendy restaurants, boutiques, hotels and night life. With a high-tech conference room and a large communal kitchen, the new office is modern, comfortable and ideally located for attracting and retaining the best staff possible.

“We are so thrilled to be joining the Middleton business community,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, owner and president of AMPED. “Since we opened for business in 2008, the support of our clients, family, and friends, has fueled our growth, making our move inevitable and necessary. We can’t wait to share our new space with everyone!”

Please note AMPED’s new address:
AMPED Association Management
1818 Parmenter St, Ste 300
Middleton, WI 53562

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AMPED Adds Multiple Sclerosis Research Groups NAIMS and IMSVISUAL to Client Mix

AMPED Association Management, an accredited full-service association management company with offices in Madison, WI; Metro Washington, DC; and Glenwood Springs, CO, has been selected to manage two multiple sclerosis research groups (MS), North American Imaging in Multiple Sclerosis (NAIMS) and International Multiple Sclerosis Visual System Consortium (IMSVISUAL). AMPED will provide full-service management, including meeting planning, marketing, web management, financial management and governance.

AMPED’s Emily Viles-Monari will serve as the Association Manager for both organizations.

“While these organizations are different in how they are structured, who they serve, and what they focus on, they share a vision for improving MS care,” said Viles-Monari. “I’m thrilled to be in the unique position to help them tackle that together through their specific lenses.”

“Because of our long-standing, successful partnership with the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS), NAIMS and IMSVisual are a natural fit for AMPED,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, President and Owner of AMPED and CEO of ACTRIMS. “We will use what we’ve learned from ACTRIMS and our relationships with thought leaders in MS to manage and grow these MS research groups and keep them in the MS family.”

ACTRIMS provides leadership in the field of multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases. Over the last ten years, AMPED has supported ACTRIMS and its international triennial meeting, as well as launched its own annual meeting with over 1,200 attendees and 250 abstracts.

The North American Imaging in Multiple Sclerosis (NAIMS) Cooperative represents a network of 30 academic centers focused on accelerating the pace of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research in MS through idea exchange and collaboration.

The goal of IMSVISUAL is to improve care, research and education in multiple sclerosis and other neuroinflammatory disorders by advancing our understanding of the visual system in MS.

Both groups hold an annual symposium during the ACTRIMS annual Forum.

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AMPED Chosen to Manage Women in Trucking (WIT) Foundation

AMPED Association Management, an accredited full-service association management company with offices in Madison, WI; Metro Washington, DC; and Glenwood Springs, CO, has been selected by the Women in Trucking Foundation (WITF), to manage their operations. The WIT Foundation funds scholarships for women in the trucking industry and strives to turn jobs into careers through education and training.

AMPED’s Christina McCoy, CAE will serve as Executive Director for the WIT Foundation.

“The Women In Trucking Scholarship Foundation has awarded tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships already, but we know there is a need for funding for training and our search to find the right team to take the foundation to the next level ended when we partnered with AMPED,” said Ellen Voie, CAE, President and CEO of the Women in Trucking Association.

 “As a company owned and managed primarily by women, AMPED is uniquely positioned to address the challenges and opportunities facing the Women in Trucking Foundation,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE President and Owner of AMPED. “We’re excited to work alongside Ellen Voie – whom I admire greatly -  to champion, encourage, and support the many talented women in this industry.”

Founded in 2010, The Women in Trucking Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports ambitious students, drivers, and professionals in the trucking industry who seek to grow their skills through classroom and vocational training. Through scholarships, the WIT Foundation strives to ensure that women in the trucking industry have the support they need to grow their skills and themselves. In turn, the trucking industry benefits from a diverse and well-trained workforce that has continuous opportunities for development.

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AMPED Association Management Welcomes Donté P. Shannon, CAE

Donte Shannon square LRAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Donté P. Shannon, CAE, has joined the AMPED team in its Washington, DC office, and will lead the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) as its Chief Executive Officer.

“I’m excited to join the AMPED team as the CEO of AEMP. I welcome the opportunity to learn and grow from other top-notch association professionals,” Shannon said. 

Shannon comes to AMPED with more than 12 years of association management experience, most recently as Executive Director of the Specialty Advertising Association of California. He is also the 2018-2019 Chair-elect of the ASAE Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission, the independent and certifying governing body of the CAE credential.

“We are thrilled to welcome Donté to our team! He is smart, strategic, and well-connected. He will make an excellent addition to the AMPED family,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, President and Owner of AMPED.

Shannon’s career accomplishments also include selection as a 2015 Forty Under 40® Award recipient by Association Forum of Chicagoland, and recognition as a 2011-2013 Diversity Education Leadership Program (DELP) Scholar by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Formed in 1980, the Association of Equipment Management Professionals represents fleet professionals working in construction, government, utilities, energy, mining, and more. AEMP maintains relationships among manufacturers, users, governmental agencies, educational institutions and others involved in the design and management of heavy equipment.

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AMPED Association Management is Growing! Selected to Manage AEMP and AMCI

AMPED Association Management, an accredited full-service association management company with offices in Madison, Wisconsin; Metro Washington, DC; and Glenwood Springs, CO, has been selected to provide full-service management to two new clients: The Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) and the AMC Institute (AMCI).

AMPED brings a customized approach to each of their client engagements, utilizing the best staff, technology and approach to meet the culture and operational needs of each group.

“AMPED is excited about both partnerships, bringing on existing and new client staff for each group and helping them be even more effective in delivering services to their members.  AEMP and AMCI are in growth mode which makes them a great match for us,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE President and Owner of AMPED.

Formed in 1980, the Association of Equipment Management Professionals represents fleet professionals working in construction, government, utilities, energy, mining, and more. AEMP maintains relationships among manufacturers, users, governmental agencies, educational institutions, and others involved in the design and management of heavy equipment. They hold two conferences per year, as well as a leadership summit. In 2020, the AEMP Management Conference and Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the CONEXPO-CON/AGG, a trade show of 300,000 in Las Vegas, NV.

The AMC Institute comes to AMPED with three dedicated full-time staff and will integrate into AMPED systems for management of HR, IT and finances. They will join the expanding team in the Washington, DC office. AMCI represents over 195 association management companies, including AMPED, that manage over 1,800 associations. The total budget for associations managed by AMC Institute members is more than $1.5 billion.

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Viles-Monari Named One of Forty Under 40

Viles 1928 2016 HeadshotAMPED Association Management is proud to announce that Emily Viles-Monari has earned the prestigious 2018 Forty Under 40 Award from Association Forum of Chicago and USAE Weekly Newspaper.

“It is an honor to have been selected for the 2018 Forty Under 40 award, and I am thrilled to be able to share this experience with so many talented industry professionals, including many of those in my ASAE 2017 NextGen class,” she said. “I know that my success is a reflection of the great mentors, colleagues and peers I have the pleasure of working and growing with. They have impacted both my career and life in ways I could never thank them enough for.”

Viles-Monari is the Meeting Technology Manager at AMPED and a 2014 graduate of the University of Wisconsin. While she initially began working at AMPED to earn experience before heading to law school, after four years, she’s discovered she has a passion for association work.

“It has been so gratifying watching Emily grow professionally at AMPED,” said AMPED President and Owner Lynda J. Patterson, CAE, FASAE. “Emily has created her own role as she got more experience and found her true passion. We are all so proud of her for being recognized this way. It’s wonderful to see that others in our industry have noticed too!”

The Forty Under 40 Award is given to 40 accomplished association or non-profit professionals who are under the age of 40, demonstrate high potential for continued success in leadership roles and exhibit a strong passion for - and commitment to - the association management and nonprofit industries.

Viles-Monari and her fellow recipients received their awards at a private ceremony in Chicago on December 12, 2018.

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AMPED Association Management Acquires NonProfit Resources, Inc.

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NonProfit Resources, Inc. (NPR), an association management company (AMC) located in Glenwood Springs, CO announced today the sale of its client accounts to AMPED Association Management, an AMCI-accredited company headquartered in Madison, WI with offices in Washington, DC. The sale comes after an announcement earlier this year that the owners, Stan Orr, FASAE, CAE, and Cindy Challis Orr, plan to retire at the end of 2019 after more than 70 years of combined service to the association management profession, including 24 years at the helm of NPR, the company they founded in 1995.

When they started thinking about closing their doors, Stan sought advice from many in the industry, including several ASAE Fellows, of which he has been a member since 1994. Among these was Lynda Patterson, FASAE, CAE, owner of AMPED.

“As our discussions became more frequent, I realized that Lynda’s management approach mirrored our own,” said Stan. “the cultures were a perfect match.”  

“We complement each other well,” says Patterson. “After talking with Stan and Cindy and learning more about their AMC and clients, it became clear just how similar we were in both our business philosophy and the culture we had each grown within our companies. Integrating NPR means more than strengthening our client mix; it also means expanding our geographic location and benefitting from the unique talents of the NPR staff.”

Cindy added, “We feel extremely fortunate to have found AMPED and see them as a perfect fit for the culture of our staff. We recognize how critically important culture is for a successful sale, not only of staff but the culture that exists within our clients. The biggest difference is that AMPED is a larger company than ours. While some might fear our clients will be swallowed up, we see within Lynda’s organization a passionate, professional staff that will take our clients and grow them to new heights.”  

The Orrs had been warned that the sale of their company could take a year or more to accomplish.  The hard part wasn’t selling the company, it was the transition period needed to successfully pass on their clients to a new AMC.

According to Stan, “That is the difficult part. The devil is in the details if you want your clients to transition as smoothly as possible. But honestly, we have felt comfortable from the start knowing Lynda and her team place the same level of importance on culture that we do. That is proving to be a key to success.”

Orr went on to say that he is unsure how difficult it is for an organization to leave one AMC for another, because, according to him, “Lynda’s approach is total transparency, and she deploys a wonderful stop gap to ensure a seamless move through a process AMPED calls Integrated Management. Overnight, our staff bandwidth increased significantly even though the passing of the baton is still six months away.”

His advice? Culture comes first. Engage your clients at a strategic level. Make sure the volunteer leaders understand how important culture is, and make sure you bring a new AMC to them with a proven track record. “And cross your fingers that you find an AMC like AMPED.”

While they are stepping away from the day-to-day activities of managing organizations, Stan says he will “continue to be active in the profession through other endeavors.”

“We plan to travel, spend time with grandkids, and, interestingly enough, get reacquainted with each other,” he said.

AMPED will maintain the office and staff team in Glenwood Springs, CO and has already begun the process of integrating NPR operations with AMPED’s in Madison, WI, Washington, DC and other remote offices.

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