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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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A thousand miles away has never felt closer: How to make remote employees feel like part of the team

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As technology rapidly changes and makes working from anywhere easier, more people work remotely than ever before. Working remotely can be a challenge. Trust me, I know this from experience, having worked almost 13 years from home in a previous association management life.

When AMPED recently transitioned in a new client, the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA), we were fortunate to add NAFA's long-time staff person, Terry, to our team. Terry happens to live in another state, over 1,000 miles away. In addition to everything associated with bringing on NAFA, we wanted to be sure that Terry felt like a part of the AMPED team right from the start, regardless of the fact that we didn't share office space.

How can you make a new, remote employee feel welcome? Here are a few tips:

Convo
Terry was included on our staff instant messaging system, Convo, right away. This allows us to quickly and easily communicate. It’s faster than email and means we don’t have to pick up the phone every time we need to share a bit of information.

Skype
No one looks good on the web cam, which is why I was hesitant when it came to making the leap from phone to Skype. But once we started holding our weekly check-in meetings via camera, I quickly realized the value of seeing the person on the other end. That one once-a-week, “in person” catch-up helps us feel more connected and strengthens our relationship.

The Cloud
Our cloud-based server through Egnyte allows Terry to access all of the NAFA files the same way we do in the office. We’ve moved to the cloud and already see the benefits. There’s no need to email files back and forth.

Meet the Team
It was important for Terry to see the new NAFA headquarters and meet her co-workers, so we invited her to Madison for an onboarding visit. We took advantage of the few days she was here by holding our annual AMPED photo shoot and rescheduling our weekly staff meeting so Terry could hear about all of the things the staff was working on. We also spent meal time with her, included her in our "$2 Latte Tuesday" tradition and got to know each other on a personal level – a big part of the AMPED culture.

In the end, the benefits of having a remote worker who is passionate about the organization far outweigh the challenges. Technology allows us to communicate just as effectively as if we were in the same office. As long as we remember the importance of incorporating the relationship building and the human touch into our daily routine, we can make the most distant worker feel like a part of the team.

Do you allow employees to work remotely? I’d love to hear how you’ve made them feel like a part of the team.

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