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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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An intern’s perspective: First impressions of AMPED

Adam Graves June 2018 for webby Adam Graves, AMPED financial intern.  

At some point we’ve all been the outsider who has had to adapt to new people and a new environment. Whether you’re moving from one city to another, switching teams, shifting workplaces, or something completely different, there is always a degree of anxious excitement associated with the change. Having made the jump from my past, laid-back jobs in family entertainment and retail to being an intern at AMPED, there was an expectation that there would be major changes from what I had previously become accustomed to. Knowing what I know now, after all of three weeks, there are a few things I have picked up on about my co-workers and the general culture of the workplace we share.

Things are different… but a lot of things are quite similar to my past jobs. The smaller staff size is something that I’m used to and starting my internship right after Memorial Day where a lot of staff were out of town, on vacation, at conferences, etc. allowed me to get settled in a low-pressure environment and meet my co-workers in waves instead of all at once. Everyone was incredibly friendly, and the staff meeting on my first day allowed me to get a small idea of what each of my co-workers do for the clients AMPED serves. The group is very tight-knit as the workspace is physically small and the success of AMPED and the associations depend of everyone working efficiently and working together. The office culture is far more relaxed than I would have imagined for a more professional environment; almost everyone has their music playing when I walk into my co-workers’ offices and the attire ranges from casual to professional depending on what is happening on any given day. These were welcome sights on my first day as an intern with no prior office experience.

My co-workers work for AMPED, but don’t. Everyone is super invested in the associations they represent. Shirts, buttons, drinking receptacles, and other trinkets for the various associations can be seen at every turn. People are genuinely interested and have gathered tons of knowledge on the many associations they serve. Given that we work in such close coordination with the different associations, it makes sense that there a lot of pride associated with providing the best possible service to them.

What’s in the kitchen? Seriously, what is in the kitchen? It’s always interesting to see what tasty treat someone has brought in on any given day. It seems like a lot of times when something is brought in there is a significant event in someone’s life that prompts the purchase or creation of these delicious delights so the food allows you to gain a bit of insight about the person who brings it in. Other times it’s as simple as passing on some leftovers from family meals to our work family. Regardless, this cornerstone is something that brings everyone in the office together.

Other thoughts. AMPED has been so welcoming that I’ve been introduced at our Monday meeting for three weeks straight. If I’m lucky next week will make four.

AMPED provides a very unique work experience due to the friendly, hardworking people who allow it to provide a diverse variety of services to its clients. The qualities that make AMPED so welcoming to me as a new employee also make it attractive to its present and future clients. The laid-back environment and the hardworking people undeniably make AMPED feel like home from day one whether you’re a new employee or a new association looking to be managed.

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NIBA – The Belting Association promotes Michael Battaglia to Executive Director

Battaglia headshot 2017AMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Michael Battaglia has been promoted to Executive Director of AMPED client NIBA – The Belting Association. Battaglia had previously worked with NIBA as their Associate Executive Director. He replaces Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE who served as Executive Director during NIBA’s first year under AMPED management.

“Michael has been a part of the NIBA team for over a year now and has helped lead the growth of the association,” said Bill Hornsby, NIBA president. “He’s a great colleague and I’m pleased to welcome him on board as the new NIBA Executive Director to help lead us forward”

“I’m excited to take on this new opportunity,” said Battaglia. “NIBA has seen several advancements in the last year and there’s so much more to come! The Board is planning some new initiatives and has set aggressive goals for growth. I look forward to helping lead our team to achieve them.”

Battaglia has over ten years’ experience in non-profit management, specifically in marketing, communications, event management, membership engagement and information technology. In addition to his role as Executive Director of NIBA, he also serves as the Director of Marketing and Communications for AMPED client the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), an association for construction-building industry professionals.

Founded in 1927, NIBA is dedicated to promoting the interaction between value added distributors and manufacturers of conveyor belt components. The association currently has over 260-member companies, including distributor/fabricators, manufacturers, and affiliates from around the world.

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AMPED Association Management Selected to Manage Society for Research in Adolescence

sra logoAMPED Association Management, an accredited full-service association management company with offices in Madison, Wisconsin and Metro Washington, DC, has been selected to manage the Society for Research in Adolescence (SRA).

As a partner with SRA, AMPED brings a wealth of scientific association experience and provides full management services, including leadership/best practices, strategic planning, governance, policy, membership development, meeting planning, financial management, and communications.

“AMPED is thrilled to be working with SRA,” said Jen Brydges, SRA’s new executive director. “SRA is such an important organization, bringing together researchers focusing on understanding adolescence and enhancing the wellbeing of youth in today’s globalized world. We are excited to work diligently to grow the organization and promote the groundbreaking work that is being done in this area of social science.”

 “SRA couldn’t be in better hands,” said SRA President Robert Crosnoe.  “Any major transition can seem scary, but not this one because we know that AMPED is going to make it seamless. The people at AMPED get what we do and are committed to helping SRA achieve its missions of promoting research to make the world a better place for young people. What a partnership this will be!”

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AMPED to facilitate integrated management for American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

AMPED Association Management, an accredited full-service association management company with offices in Madison, Wisconsin and Metro Washington, DC, has been selected as an integrated management partner of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).

Jeanette May, PhD, MPH will serve as Director of Health Policy, Practice Management and Research for ACFAS. She has over two decades of experience supporting health-related associations in health care research and policy experience. Dr. May will be supported by Diana Peterson and other professionals at AMPED.

As a partner with ACFAS, AMPED will bring a wealth of professional association experience and provide management services to complement ACFAS’s existing structure.

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) is a professional society of more than 7,400 foot and ankle surgeons. Founded in 1942, ACFAS seeks to promote the art and science of foot, ankle and related lower extremity surgery; address the concerns of foot and ankle surgeons; ensure superb patient care; and advance and improve standards of education and surgical skill. More detailed information on the College can be found by visiting ACFAS.org.

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, 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 25 full and part-time staff, which includes CAE (Certified Association Executive) and FASAE (Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives) designates. Of the more than 500 association management companies worldwide, AMPED is one of only 70 firms that have achieved the prestigious AMC Institute accreditation, demonstrating the highest level of professionalism and responsibility, while consistently meeting and exceeding all industry standards.

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CSI partners with AMPED to enhance marketing and communications strategy

AMPED Association Management, an accredited full-service association management company with offices in Madison, Wis., and Washington, DC, announced its new relationship with the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), a national association dedicated to improving the communication of construction information, to provide operational leadership in marketing and communications strategy.

“The unique structure of this relationship presents an exciting new opportunity for us,” said Lynda Patterson, Owner and President of AMPED. “In today’s global business environment, staffing needs and team composition are always changing. We’re excited to work with the management team at CSI to ensure accurate, consistent messaging in the organization’s marketing initiatives, and to work with other partner organizations to accomplish our goals.”

In support of CSI, AMPED will bring a wealth of trade association experience and provide association management services that focus on marketing strategy, membership, administrative support, event planning, design, chapter relations, websites and analytics.

AMPED will also work with Hiebing, an integrated marketing company based in Madison, to deliver a full scope of services to CSI. Hiebing has expertise in brand strategy, insight research, marketing planning, advertising, design, public relations, digital content and social media.

“The partnership with AMPED and Hiebing will increase our capacity to deliver a more compelling, professional experience for our members,” said Mark N. Dorsey, FASAE, CAE, CSI’s CEO. “Both organizations bring a complementary skillset to advance our mission. We place the highest priority on providing our members with an environment in which they are able to realize their full professional potential.”

Based in Washington, DC, AMPED’s Michael Battaglia will serve as CSI’s account executive, working closely with Kim Thompson, AMPED managing director in the DC-area office. Battaglia and Thompson will be supported by the AMPED team in Madison, including Aaron Manogue, marketing manager; Jeanne Rosen, director of communications and design; and Emily Petersen, director of administration.

“We’re excited about what CSI has done in the past and the possibilities that are on the horizon for this brand and the strong role it could play in the targets’ lives,” said Paul Thompson, Director of Account Management and Partner at Hiebing. “We’re well versed in developing smart marketing strategy, creating a powerful and sustainable brand story and then functioning as an extension of our client’s teams (whether internal or external) for execution, configuring ourselves as needed to bring the right resources to bear. We look forward to working together to build CSI into an even stronger tomorrow!”

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Viles selected to attend NextGen Association Summit

Viles 1928 2016 HeadshotThe American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has selected Emily Viles, meeting technology coordinator for AMPED Association Management, to attend the 2017 ASAE NextGen Association Summit in Reno-Tahoe, Nevada, Sept. 25-27. The NextGen Association Summit is an annual meeting designed for young professionals who are dedicated to association leadership.

Viles is one of 25 association professionals who will attend this competitive two-day workshop whose purpose is to foster relationships between the future generation of association leaders. Throughout the program, participants will partake in meaningful discussions about association management and roles for young professionals. Viles is enthusiastic about what this experience means for her professional growth.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with fellow young association professionals in an intimate learning environment and I look forward to gaining a national perspective of the industry topics and issues,” she said. “I plan to bring back what I learn to my local SAE, the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE), where I am co-chair of the Young Professionals Task Force.”

Applicants to this prestigious summit are required to submit an essay describing their ideas for discussion topics at the Summit, as well as a formal letter of recommendation.

Viles is the second AMPED staff member to represent the organization at this distinguished convention for highly motivated young professionals.

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McCoy honored as one of Forty Under 40 in association management

McCoy 2016 croppedThe Association Forum and USAE have selected AMPED Associate Director Christina McCoy, CAE as a Forty Under 40 Award recipient.

The Forty Under 40 recogntion is presented to outstanding association and non-profit professionals for their professional accomplishments, commitment to the industry, leadership skills and continued potential.

Association Forum President Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE said in her letter to McCoy, “Your application and supporting documents clearly demonstrated a wealth of meaningful accomplishments along with compelling evidence to demonstrate your potential for continued success in leadership roles and your commitment to the profession.”

As the managing director of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, McCoy amplifies the voice of an industry of nearly 60 million fantasy sports players in North America, as well as companies that provide programs, products and services to a fast growing $7 billion industry. An ASAE NextGen Scholar, she was recently featured in Meetings and Conventions Magazine as one of 15 young professionals to watch. McCoy also serves as chair of ASAE’s Young Professionals Committee.

McCoy will be honored at a reception on Dec. 13, in conjunction with the Association Forum Holiday Showcase in Chicago.

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Christina McCoy earns Certified Association Executive credential

McCoy 2016 croppedThe American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has announced that Christina McCoy, a managing director and meeting planner with AMPED Association Management, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) designation. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.

As the managing director of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, she amplifies the voice of an industry of nearly 60 million fantasy sports players in North America, as well as companies that provide programs, products and services to a fast growing $7 billion industry. An ASAE NextGen Scholar, she was recently featured in Meetings and Conventions Magazine as one of 15 young professionals to watch. McCoy also serves as chair of ASAE’s Young Professionals Committee.

“I’m energized by leading and inspiring others,” said McCoy, “and I strive for high impact boards and effective volunteer governance. Earning my CAE provides me with confidence in my knowledge and gives me the tools to be a successful association executive.”

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of three years’ experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management. More than 4,200 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential. The CAE program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 35,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit asaecenter.org.

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Patterson Nominated to American Society of Association Executives' Board of Directors

Patterson 2210 2016AMPED Association Management is thrilled to announce that President and Owner Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE has been nominated to serve as a Director at Large on the ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) Board of Directors.

Patterson will serve ASAE and the ASAE Foundation Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning September 1, 2017, along with association executives from a wide range of trade and professional organizations.

“It’s an honor to serve the profession I love,” said Patterson. “I’m especially excited about bringing my business/AMC experience and Midwest perspective to the table.”

“Change is constant in association management and I thrive on the diversity of our clients and staff perspectives. It’s necessary and one of the things I like most about what I do,” said Patterson. “Serving on the ASAE Board of Directors will challenge me and give me further opportunities to learn from other leaders in our industry and, by extension, benefit the associations we serve.”

This new role with ASAE is particularly timely as it coincides with the recent opening of AMPED’s DC office, giving Patterson the opportunity to participate on the ASAE Board, while also working locally with the DC staff.

AMPED extends its congratulations to all of the nominees for the ASAE and ASAE Foundation Board of Directors.

Patterson and the new board will be officially installed and join the remaining board members at the 2017 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 12–15, in Toronto, Canada.

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AMPED welcomes Christina McCoy

McCoy 2016 croppedAs part of its ongoing strategy to further grow services for partner clients, AMPED Association Management is pleased to announce the appointment of Christina McCoy as a managing director and meeting planner for one of AMPED’s newest association clients, the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA).

The FSTA is the voice for over 57 million fantasy sports players in the United States and Canada, and for the companies that provide services, news, information and competition to support this growing, $11 billion industry.

McCoy comes to AMPED as an association leader, most notably as vice chair for ASAE’s Young Professionals Committee. An ASAE NextGen Scholar, McCoy was recently featured in Meetings and Conventions Magazine as one of 15 young professionals to watch. McCoy has diverse experience with the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions. She brings a unique skillset in association management including budgeting, conference management, hotel contract negotiations, sponsor relationships, accounting, committee management, online community development, and government and public policy. 

“I'm honored for the privilege to support the AMPED team,” says McCoy. “The collective brainpower of new ideas here is incredibly energizing. I'm especially looking forward to Lynda Patterson's mentorship, which will be an invaluable asset on my path as an association executive.”

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AMPED selected to manage the Fantasy Sports Trade Association

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AMPED Association Management, an accredited full-service association management company with offices in Madison, Wisconsin and Metro Washington, DC, has been selected to manage the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA).

As a partner with FSTA, AMPED brings a wealth of trade association experience and provides full management services, including leadership/best practices, strategic planning, governance, policy, membership development, meeting planning, financial management, and communications.

“AMPED is very excited to be working with FSTA,” said Christina McCoy, FSTA’s new managing director. “We look forward to communicating the value of FSTA and working in partnership with the volunteer leaders so that they can focus on advancing FSTA and its mission with confidence, knowing that management and operations are in experienced hands.”

“AMPED brings dozens of skilled association professionals to our membership,” said FSTA President Paul Charchian. “AMPED was chosen after a lengthy search determined that AMPED provided an ideal fit for our needs. Over time, our member companies will see myriad changes and improvements, and we're excited to grow with AMPED.”

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AMPED Association Management Welcomes Michael Battaglia

Battaglia headshot 2017AMPED Association Management is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Battaglia as DC executive, leading AMPED’s Metro Washington, DC office. Battaglia will also serve as the associate executive director for one of AMPED’s newest trade association clients, NIBA – The Belting Association. NIBA is a trade association promoting the common business interests of distributor/fabricators and manufacturers of conveyor and flat power transmission belting and material that enhances and changes belt.

Battaglia comes to AMPED with over nine years’ experience in non-profit management and publishing. As the senior vice president for operations of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Battaglia was directly responsible for growing its operations budget and membership globally. His diverse association management skillset includes marketing, communications, event management, membership engagement, and web and webinar management.

“I’m very excited to join AMPED Association Management as an account executive in the new Washington DC office. For the last nine years, I’ve worked with an association in the region to advance small business and entrepreneurial issues. I look forward to bringing this experience to AMPED to help build their portfolio of clients and contacts. The DC office will be an extension of the headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin with innovative ideas, core competency, and honest engagement at the heart of everything we do."

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AMPED welcomes Aaron Manogue to the team

Aaron Manogue croppedAs part of its ongoing strategy to further grow services for partner clients, AMPED Association Management is pleased to announce the appointment of Aaron Manogue as its marketing manager. Manogue brings a wealth of strategic and data-driven marketing experience to AMPED, having spent nearly five years as a marketing manager and SEO specialist at Omnipress in Madison, Wisconsin.

Manogue will drive results through inbound, digital and content marketing, as well as tracking and analysis to help AMPED’s association clients achieve their strategic goals.

“I'm extremely excited for the opportunity to join the AMPED team,” says Manogue. “Helping associations maximize their marketing efforts is a true passion of mine and the relationships that AMPED has with its clients make the possibilities endless.”

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AMPED selected to manage NIBA – The Belting Association

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AMPED Association Management, an accredited full-service association management company with offices in Madison, Wisconsin and Metro Washington, DC, has been selected to manage NIBA - The Belting Association.

As a partner with NIBA, AMPED will bring a wealth of trade association experience and provide full management services, including leadership, strategic planning, governance, policy, membership development, meeting planning, financial management, and communications.

Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, owner and president of AMPED, will serve initially as NIBA’s executive director. Michael Battaglia will be NIBA’s associate executive director, based in Washington, D.C.

“The process of interviewing and searching for strong, talented and dynamic management for NIBA was no easy task. Among the many companies we interviewed, AMPED was the clear standout,” said John Green, chair of the management search task force and vice president of Green Rubber-Kennedy Ag. “With strong leadership and enthusiasm from the top down, we knew immediately that Lynda Patterson and her staff were exactly what NIBA needed to lead us into the future. With AMPED, we will have the strength in technology, creativity, and focused management that will ensure NIBA’s value and relevance for years to come. I’m honored to have been part of the search, and very excited to now see some very positive changes that will greatly benefit our entire membership.”

In a prepared statement, the NIBA Executive Team said, “We are grateful to the Search Task Force for bringing several excellent association management companies to the table for consideration and making the final decision difficult. In the end, we unanimously selected AMPED because of the progressive style, fresh ideas and well-rounded and talented staff. Our selection was fully supported by the Board, and together, we are very excited to partner with Lynda and her team to take NIBA to new heights and build on the great foundation that has been established in the past.”

NIBA—The Belting Association is focused on promoting the common business interests of all distributor/fabricators and manufacturers of conveyor and flat power transmission belting and materials. Founded in 1927, NIBA is a trade association representing 145 distributor/fabricator companies and over 125 additional manufacturing-based companies, that produce belting and components and supply the conveyor belting industry.

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Patterson recognized as an Association Innovator

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Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE was honored this week by DCA Live as one of a list of "Trending 40" Association Innovators. The recognition is presented to association and non-profit professionals who are driving growth and change in the Washington, DC area.

Patterson is the president and owner of AMPED Association Management which opened a second office in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia earlier this year. The Metro DC office is an extension of AMPED’s headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin and benefits AMPED association clients with staff support, meetings, and advocacy interests in and around the DC area.

The DCA Live award was presented on March 22 at the 1776-Crystal City. For more information, see DCA Live.

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AMPED is growing! Announces addition of DC office

AMPED Association Management is pleased to announce the official opening of its metro Washington, DC office in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

The DC office is an extension of AMPED’s headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin and will serve to benefit AMPED association clients with staff support, meetings, and advocacy interests in and around the DC area. Much of the planning for a 2020 DC city-wide convention will also take place from the new office.

Like AMPED’s downtown Madison, Wisconsin office, the remodeled DC office is located in a charming, historic building close to water and surrounded by unique and vibrant businesses, bars and restaurants – the perfect environment for walking meetings, client meetings and thinking “outside the office.”

“Our strength is in our culture and we have been very deliberate in extending that culture to our DC office, fully integrating our staff in both locations into all of our systems and providing the same amenities such as standing desks” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE owner and president. “Everyone is totally plugged in. All of our systems are already cloud-based and work very well with several of our staff members who work remotely across the country.”

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Watch this 8-minute video to learn more about AMPED’s culture.

Patterson and her team see great value in growing a presence in the Nation’s Capital and the opportunities that that presents within the association profession. “Through the process of establishing the DC office, it has been fun to immerse ourselves even more in the association community there,” she says.

“Washington DC is the home of thousands of national and global trade and professional associations, so it’s only natural that we expand there. We’re excited to be able to tap into all our DC connections, identifying staff who fit our culture and who can serve our current and future client needs. Our growth in the region will be talent-driven, not client-specific.”

Kim Thompson, the AMPED DC office managing director, has over 20 years’ experience in event planning and corporate employee engagement. She was instrumental in identifying office options in the metro DC area and has worked enthusiastically to develop the space to fit the AMPED culture. She will continue to manage operations, network locally, and assist with new staff recruitment.

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Watch a brief video showcasing the AMPED DC location.

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Czosek appointed to board of Association Societies Alliance

Czosek 2016 headshotMichelle Czosek, CAE, an account executive at AMPED Association Management, has been appointed secretary on the Executive Committee of the Association Societies Alliance (ASA), a national federation of societies of association executives. Czosek serves as President/CEO of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE).

As secretary of ASA, Czosek will represent the Alliance on issues of common interest to associations and guide the organization’s strategic initiatives.

“I’m pleased to be able serve in this position and give back to an organization that provides me with an opportunity to network with and learn from my peers. My participation enhances my ability to lead and grow WSAE,” says Czosek.

ASA provides opportunities for liaison and cooperation between association society executives for the purpose of sharing information, learning from the experience of others and improving the management quality provided to association executive organizations.

AMPED provides full-service association management services to a variety of national and international trade and professional associations from its offices in Washington, DC and Madison, Wis. More information is available on the AMPED website.

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AMPED behind the scenes (video)

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In a recent interview for the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA), AMPED President and Owner Lynda Patterson explained her role as president of CSIA and AMPED's involvement behind the scenes.

"My role as president of CSIA, is to head the staff team behind it all. Everything from membership, marketing, public relations, financial management, meetings management, working with the board of directors — everything it takes to run a successful association.

AMPED is the management arm and face of the operation. We work at a very high level to help articulate the strategic plan of the organization. We work closely with the board of directors and all the committees and volunteers from a governance and leadership perspective. We also work on more tactical things like financial statements and budgeting, webinars, answering the phones, helping people register for the conference, and working with our sponsors.

At AMPED, we help communicate the value of CSIA and why members should be a part of it!"

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Czosek Named Managing Director of Society of Wetland Scientists

Czosek 2014 2 headshotThe Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) is pleased to announce that Michelle Czosek, CAE has been appointed as its new managing director.

Czosek, who has been an associate director of SWS since 2013, succeeds Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, president and owner of AMPED-Association Management Partners & Executive Directors, a full-service association management company that manages SWS. Patterson will continue supporting SWS in an advisory role.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to take on a leadership role and further my involvement with SWS,” said Czosek. “Being entrusted to work at a high level to advance an organization of this stature is a true honor.”

Czosek has nearly 25 years of experience managing a variety of professional and trade associations, including the North American Building Material Distribution Association, International Association for Human Resource Information Management, Information User Association, International Women in Boating, and The Harmonie Group.

She earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE®) credential from the American Society of Association Executives CAE Commission in spring, 2015. Czosek holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois.

In addition to her role with SWS, Czosek is the president/CEO of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives, a regional association with over 500 members dedicated to the profession of association management. Czosek also represents the National Air Filtration Association as its executive director.

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About SWS: The Society of Wetland Scientists is an international organization of nearly 3,300 members dedicated to fostering sound wetland science, education and management. From its inception in 1980, the society has provided a forum for academic scientists, government employees and private consultants to meet and work together.

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