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Kim Schardin, MBA, CAE joins AMPED as Executive Director of the Society for Research on Adolescence

Kim Schardin SQUAREAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Kim Schardin, MBA, CAE has joined the AMPED family as the Executive Director of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA).

Schardin has nearly 20 years of experience working with associations and nonprofits in the areas of meetings, membership, programming and executive leadership. She has served such diverse organizations as the Functional Neurological Disorder Society, Growing Spine Foundation, American Association of Medical Society Executives, American College of Mohs Surgery and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

“Throughout my career, I have enjoyed working with experts who make a difference in their field,” said Schardin, “and now I am honored to support SRA in their mission to enhance the wellbeing of youth in a globalized world by addressing issues such as racism, violence, depression, and inclusion.”

Schardin has served her community and her profession as a board member of the Vascular Access Certification Corporation, board member of the Alverno College Alumnae Association, advisory panelist for Meeting Planners International, contributing writer for Associations Now, and a member of the ASAE CAE Exam Committee. She has also earned a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate and practices Spanish, French, and American sign language.

In her role with SRA, Schardin will plan, organize and direct the day-to-day operations of the organization, including the strategic management of the SRA Executive Council. She will also provide program oversight for SRA's Annual Meeting including the invited educational program.

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Suzanne C. Berry, MBA, CAE joins AMPED as Interim Executive Director

Suzanne Berry SQUAREAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Suzanne C. Berry, MBA, CAE will be serving as interim Executive Director for both the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA) and the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC). Suzanne’s role includes the management of the day-to-day operations of AAAA and AAWC including advocacy efforts, governance support and fiscal management.

“I am thrilled to be back in the AMC community working as a consultant to AMPED Association Management. After owning and working in my own AMC for over 30 years, I had missed the fast-paced and innovative environment. I am so impressed by the team that AMPED President and Owner Lynda Patterson, FASAE, CAE has assembled in her company,” said Berry.

Suzanne brings years of successful executive leadership as an association CEO and a past co-founder and owner of an association management company, Association Resources, Inc. Since departing Association Resources, Suzanne has worked with a number of associations in C-Suite roles. Berry is currently a Strategic Advisor with BlochReed (BR) Association Advisors. BR’s mission is to help leaders create opportunities that result in effective associations.

Berry holds an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1995. She is a Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors.

“We are delighted to have Suzanne join our company to support AAAA and AAWC in this interim Executive Director role,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, AMPED’s President and Owner. “I have great respect and admiration for Suzanne and her expertise in the non-profit sector. We have continued to stay connected even after the sale of Association Resources, Inc. in 2007, which she co-owned with Peter Berry, CAE. I knew that Suzanne would be a great fit with AMPED’s culture and our team of professionals.”

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Michael Battaglia is New CEO of AEMP and WMIA

Michael Battaglia 2019 squareAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Michael Battaglia, CAE, CNAP, MBA has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) and the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA). Michael’s role as CEO will include management of the day-to-day operations of AEMP and WMIA, as well as leading strategic planning and growth efforts.

“I’m very excited to take on these new roles with AEMP and WMIA and build upon the success of the current teams. From my initial conversations, it’s clear that both associations have great people involved and I see a lot of opportunity over the next few years to grow each organization,” said Battaglia.

“One of my main goals is to build trust through a steady, business-minded approach to association management,” he continues. “I look forward to working with the volunteer leadership to clearly define our metrics of success, and to build a collaborative and innovative team that drives results.”

Michael has 14 years of association management experience and has been with AMPED since 2017. He currently holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Certified Non-Profit Accounting Professional (CNAP) credential, and an MBA from The George Washington University. He also serves as the Vice President of Client Services at AMPED.

Formed in 1982, AEMP advances heavy duty and off-road equipment management as a career. The organization represents fleet management professionals who work in construction, government, utilities, energy, mining and all other related industries. AEMP helps industry professionals attain the contacts, knowledge, career development and personal growth needed for success.

The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association represents importers and distributors of woodworking machinery and ancillary equipment in North America. WMIA is the recognized voice of importers and distributors and serves as a vital communications link between suppliers and manufacturers of wood products in North America.

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AMPED Welcomes Dana J. Murn, CAE as Associate Director and Program Manager

Dana Murn 2022 SquareAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Dana J. Murn, CAE has been appointed Associate Director and Program Manager for the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA) where she will provide program oversight and strategic direction of educational programming to drive growth in membership, certification and revenue.

“My work over the past decade has given me great broad-based knowledge of the overall workings of associations,” said Murn. “I couldn’t be happier to have joined the AMPED team!"

Murn has more than 10 years of experience working for associations in both financial and health fields. She possesses expertise in board communication, membership, online education strategy and strategic planning. In 2020, Dana earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

NDTA is a not-for-profit association consisting of therapists, consumers and other professionals dedicated to the use and advancement of a Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) approach to multi-disciplinary treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction. The purpose of the Association is to improve treatment and outcomes for clients with neuromuscular dysfunction by providing advanced therapist education that improves skills in assessment, evaluation and salient, functional treatment.

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McCoy named President/CEO of Wisconsin Society of Association Executives

DSC 9328 CROP2 squareAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Christina McCoy, CAE has taken on a new role as President/CEO of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE).

"I'm excited that my passion and day-to-day work has aligned, allowing me to support WSAE as their new President/CEO,” said McCoy. “I look forward to bringing new energy and enthusiasm to our association community as we envision and build for a new future, together."

McCoy has worked with associations since 2008 and earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2017.  She has been recognized as a recipient of the Forty Under 40® Award from Association Forum and USAE and was named an American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) NextGen Scholar.  She is currently a member of the CAE Professional Conduct Committee of ASAE.      

In addition to her role with WSAE, McCoy will continue to serve as Executive Director of APTA Geriatrics: An Academy of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA).

WSAE has over 500 members dedicated to the profession of association management.  Its mission is creating meaningful connections and enhancing competencies of association professionals.

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DELP Recipient Bree Villarreal, CAE Joins AMPED

Bree Villarreal cropped squareAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Brenda “Bree” Villarreal, CAE has been appointed Associate Director and Program Manager for both Leadership California and the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA).

“Having worked for mostly trade associations, I am ecstatic about the opportunity to work with other types of associations while discovering new industries,” said Villarreal. “As an enthusiastic, lifelong learner, I am always looking for growth opportunities to become a better association management professional. AMPED provides excellent opportunities to gain knowledge about the AMC model, reaffirm best practices in association management, and access to colleagues specializing in a wide range of associations management skills."

Villareal has more than 15 years of non-profit management experience, specializing in leadership, governance, professional development, operations, and event planning. She was a 2018 recipient of the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) awarded by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). DELP is a prestigious two-year scholarship program awarded to under-represented identity groups to assist them in advancing into the ranks of leadership in the association and non-profit management profession. In 2020, Bree earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from ASAE.

For Leadership California, Villareal will develop programming and educational offerings to 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.

In her role with SRA, she will collaborate with committee leadership to develop live and virtual professional development offerings for undergraduate, international, and emerging scholars. She will support SRA’s community of researchers whose goal is to advance understanding of adolescence and enhance the wellbeing of youth in a globalized world.

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Joers joins AMPED as Associate Director and Program Manager

Alex Joers pic squareAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Alex Joers has been appointed as the Associate Director and Program Manager for both the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) and APTA Geriatrics. In this role, Alex will oversee day-to-day operations, while assisting with governance and education development for both associations.

"I feel a great connection to AMPED and the organizations that I will be working with,” said Joers. “It is inspiring to assist in the development of exceptional educational opportunities and programs that these clients have built over the years. I look forward to collaborating with a team of dedicated professionals as we look to the future."

A native of Madison, Wisc., Joers earned a dual degree in political science and public administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He previously worked in the Wisconsin State Legislature for six years focusing on constituent outreach, media relations and policy development. Alex began serving as a local elected official when he joined the Dane County Board of Supervisors in 2020. He and his wife, Katie, have a one-year-old son.

SRA is a community of researchers with goals to advance understanding of adolescence and enhance the wellbeing of youth in a globalized world. 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.

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Emily Viles-Monari Promoted to AMPED Senior Education Manager

EV for web 2019 squareAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Emily Viles-Monari, CAE is taking on a new role as AMPED’s Senior Education Manager.

In this position, Viles-Monari will work with AMPED employees and the Executive Team to develop internal education and training resources while assisting AMPED clients in areas of program strategy, development and management.

Viles-Monari started her career in association management when she joined the AMPED team in 2014. Since then, she has gained expertise in meetings technology, program development and governance to advance the growth and mission of several AMPED client associations. Currently, Viles-Monari works with the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, the North American Imaging in Multiple Sclerosis Cooperative, the International Multiple Sclerosis Visual System Consortium, International Women in Multiple Sclerosis and the Society for Research on Adolescence.

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Jen Brydges is New Executive Director of Women in Government Relations

Brydges 3384 2016 HeadshotAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Jen Brydges, CAE has taken on a new role as Executive Director of Women in Government Relations (WGR).

Brydges has eight years’ experience as an association executive and leads several AMPED association clients. She is the Managing Director of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, Executive Director of the Society for Research on Adolescence, and the Executive Director of Leadership California.

“Having spent six years working in the Wisconsin State Senate, I know how important government relations are, and how important it is to provide women an opportunity to network, share their unique experiences, and further their personal and professional development,” said Brydges. “I’m thrilled to bring a unique perspective along with tools for the WGR Board to enhance their strategic leadership of the organization.”

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.

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AMPED Congratulates Florek and Hogendorn for Earning QAS Certification

Florek and HogendornAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that team members Nathan Florek and Suzanna Hogendorn have both completed and passed the exam for the Florida Society of Association Executives Qualified Association Specialists (QAS) Program.

QAS is a comprehensive overview of association management – from the legal and financial “business model” of associations’ unique governance/volunteer structure, to understanding the key principles of membership, communications, events, non-dues revenue programs, public policy and more. The program strengthens knowledge and skills in association management and helps professionals master the fundamentals needed for career advancement.

Florek is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and has been lending his marketing expertise to the following AMPED clients: The Tavern League of Wisconsin, the Association of Equipment Management Professionals, and the National Air Filtration Association.

My thanks to AMPED Association Management for sponsoring this opportunity to learn and grow,” said Florek. “I’m excited to continue to learn about and experience the world of associations.”

Hogendorn is the Membership Director for the following AMPED clients: Wisconsin Society of Association Executives and Association for the Advancement of Wound Care.

“I enjoyed learning the best practice of association management in areas I was not familiar with,” said Hogendorn, “and I appreciate AMPED’s commitment to my professional development.”

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Kris Ackley is New Executive Director for Both Fantasy Sports and Gaming Association and Women in Trucking Foundation

Kris Ackley headshot squareAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Kris Ackley has taken on new roles as Executive Director of both the Fantasy Sports and Gaming Association (FSGA) and Women in Trucking Foundation (WITF).

Ackley has 25 years’ experience in non-profit management, specifically in fundraising, event management, membership, and volunteer engagement. In addition to her roles with FSGA and WITF, she is also the Associate Director for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC).

“I’m excited to take on these new opportunities,” said Ackley. “I’ve always been passionate about sports and I’m excited to use my degree in Sports Management to help lead FSGA forward. And I’m proud to use my leadership experience to help support women advance their careers in the trucking industry.”

“There are immense growth opportunities for both of these organizations,” she continues. “I look forward to working with their Boards to accomplish the goals set forth in their strategic plans and lead the staff teams to achieve them.”

The Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association is the only national organization representing the interests of fantasy sports and gaming companies. It is the voice for 60 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 industry. Members are sports and gaming enthusiasts, with companies that range from small startups to large media corporations. Their mission is to provide members with essential research and data, networking opportunities, and collective action to help them reach their potential.

The Women in Trucking Foundation provides scholarships to ensure that women in the trucking industry have the support they need to grow their skills and themselves. Ackley oversees operations of the organization and works directly with the Board of Directors and corporate sponsors working to grow the organization’s reach.

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Bardach is New Executive Director of National Air Filtration Association

Emily Bardach headshot squareAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Emily Bardach, CAE has taken on a new role as Executive Director of the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA).

Bardach has over 25 years’ experience in non-profit management, specifically in marketing and communications, event management, and membership and volunteer engagement. In addition to her role as Executive Director of NAFA, she also serves as the Executive Director for the American Wire Producers Association (AWPA).

“Emily will be a great asset to NAFA, and I’m pleased to welcome her on board as the new NAFA Executive Director to help lead us forward,” said Roberta MacGillivray, NAFA President.

“I’m excited to take on this new opportunity,” said Bardach. “NAFA has seen an increase in interest in air filtration since the beginning of the pandemic and we’ll continue to capitalize on that interest especially in the area of membership and certification. I’ll be working with the Board to set goals for growth, and I look forward to helping lead our team to achieve them.”

NAFA is a dynamic, non-profit trade association comprised of individuals and companies engaged in the sale, service and manufacture of the air filtration products. NAFA’s 900 members include air filter and component manufacturers, sales and service companies, and HVAC and indoor air quality professionals across the United States and in several foreign countries.

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Veroeven Earns Certified Association Executive Credential

Tony Veroeven headshot small squareThe American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has announced that Tony Veroeven, CAE, the Director of Marketing and Sales at AMPED Association Management, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) designation. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.

After nearly nine years at Omnipress, Veroeven started his career in association management when he joined the AMPED team in 2015. Since then, he has leveraged his previous career in sales and marketing to association membership growth, marketing and sponsorship development. Currently, Veroeven works with the Association for Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP), the Tavern League of Wisconsin (TLW) and the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA).

“Being able to add "CAE" at the end of my name is a significant milestone for me personally and professionally," said Veroeven. "I attended my first ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership conference in 2009 and was inspired by those who walked the stage during the CAE ceremony. I understood what it meant and how much of an accomplishment it was. As I walk across the stage at the 2022 ASAE Annual Meeting, I hope there will be other association professionals in the crowd who will think, "Hey, I want to do that, too."

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of five 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 4,700 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 48,000 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 Research 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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AMPED Welcomes Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association; Christina McCoy to be Executive Director

NDTA for webAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that it will be managing operations for the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA).

With a dedicated staff and proven processes, AMPED brings a wealth of professional association experience to NDTA. AMPED will provide full management services, including leadership, strategic planning, governance, policy, membership development, meeting planning, industry relations, financial management, and communications.

Christina McCoy, CAE will serve as Executive Director of NDTA, overseeing operations of the organization and working directly with the Board of Directors, volunteer leaders and members. She will be supported by Associate Director Michelle Czosek, CAE and a team of staff who will focus on NDTA operations, finance, partnerships, education, meetings, communications and growth.

“It’s clear that NDTA is a community of talented leaders and members who are passionate about the organization,” said McCoy. “Our goal is to give NDTA confidence that management and operations are in experienced hands so that leadership can focus on the big picture stuff. We look forward to introducing association best practices that will enhance professionalism and transparency within NDTA, all while advancing the organization’s mission.”

According to NDTA President Robbi L. Farrow, OTR/L, C/NDT, “AMPED offered a depth of services and resources that impressed NDTA Board members. Enthusiasm and energy were evident when speaking with members of the AMPED team. We look forward to new ideas and innovation as we develop our partnership and grow the services offered to our NDTA members.” 

NDTA is a not-for-profit association consisting of therapists, consumers and other professionals dedicated to the use and advancement of Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) approach to multi-disciplinary treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction. The purpose of the Association is to improve treatment and outcomes for clients with neuromuscular dysfunction by providing advanced therapist education that improves skills in assessment, evaluation and salient, functional treatment.

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AMPED Selected to Manage American Wire Producers Association: Emily Bardach to be Executive Director

Emily Bardach headshot squareAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce it has been selected by American Wire Producers Association (AWPA) to manage their operations.

AMPED will serve as the headquarters for the AWPA providing administrative, finance, membership, communications and meeting services, as well as board governance, government relations and strategic oversight.

AMPED’s Emily Bardach, CAE, who served as AWPA’s Director of Meetings and Membership from 1998 – 2011, will serve as AWPA Executive Director. “I am thrilled to once again be working with the AWPA after so many years,” says Bardach. “I am excited to reengage in a new role as the Executive Director. There are still so many familiar faces!”

Bardach has spent 25 years working with various professional societies and trade associations within the AMC model including Women in Government Relations which she has managed for over 20 years.
“AMPED is dedicated to helping clients find creative solutions for growth,” says Bardach. “Our focus for AWPA will be efficient internal systems, increased member engagement, and creation of strategic goals for short and long-term planning.”

AWPA President Brian E. Burr says the organization is excited to be looking ahead and working with AMPED. “Their systems and breadth of experienced staff with trade industry knowledge, as well as presence in the DC area will allow the AWPA to provide value more effectively to our membership”

The AWPA is the leading voice of the ferrous wire and wire products industry in North America. AWPA members include wire producers located in the United States, Canada and Mexico, manufacturers and distributors of wire rod, and suppliers of machinery, dies, and equipment to the wire industry.

AMPED assumed full-service association management on September 1, 2021.

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AMPED Continues Growth with the Development of Executive Team

As part of an innovative strategy to deliver leadership and resources to its team of 50 staff members across the U.S., AMPED Association Management introduces a new governance structure that includes the appointment of an Executive Team. The team will help drive the strategic plan and culture of AMPED while encouraging collaboration and career growth for all staff.

“I'm excited about the Executive Team and what they will bring, collectively. I see the team as an extension of myself and part of the evolution of AMPED,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, President and Owner of AMPED. “Each Executive Team member has unique perspectives, backgrounds and management styles that will help us grow the company, establish best practices and support the needs of our clients on a day-to-day basis. Most importantly, it is my vision that the Executive Team will connect all AMPED staff and give them the resources they need to do their jobs effectively and develop as individuals.”

Since AMPED opened its doors in Madison, WI in 2008, the full-service association management company has grown and evolved. With offices in Madison, WI, Washington, DC, and Sacramento, CA, AMPED has distinguished itself as a leader in the industry nationally, helping associations achieve their highest potential and create a fun, collaborative environment for its staff. AMPED provides association leadership, strategic planning, meeting planning, communications, and financial management to a variety of national and global trade and professional associations.

“The growth of our company has really happened organically,” continued Patterson. “As our teams have grown, we’ve encouraged them to look within the company for new opportunities and have given them the space to explore new roles and acquire new skills. Essentially, they can change jobs without changing employers. And that’s pretty cool!”

Joining Patterson on the AMPED Executive Team . . .

Emily Petersen for web 2020Emily Petersen, Chief of Staff

Petersen will continue to spearhead business development, lead new client transitions, and assist with the implementation of new technology. Having been with AMPED for over 10 years, she has a keen understanding of who the team is and how their strengths and passions match up with a client’s needs.

“We really are accountable to help our clients thrive and grow,” said Petersen. “And if we, as a staff, are thriving and growing as individuals, our clients are going to experience that too.”

 Michael Battaglia, CAE, CNAP, VP of Client ServicesBattaglia headshot 2017
Client executive: American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants; NIBA - The Belting Association

Battaglia excels at relationship management and providing structure to client teams. He will take program and operational successes and turn them into repeatable, disciplined, and efficient processes across all organizations. Fostering a more strategic approach to account management will help clients innovate and grow.

“I think our team is really good at identifying innovative ways to do things differently and that's what I really enjoy about AMPED and the associations that we work with,” said Battaglia. “We sell ourselves on continuously improving, doing things better, trying new things and solving problems. I will work to ensure we are delivering on those promises.”

Brydges 3376 2016 HeadshotJen Brydges, CAE, VP of Resource Development and DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
Client executive: Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis; Leadership California; Society for Research on Adolescence

Brydges is a master at team development and has demonstrated great success putting it to work for both clients and staff. She also has a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion and is excited about infusing it into the AMPED culture while she pursues DEI certification.

“I believe so strongly in creating a welcoming environment, developing people on a personal and professional level and ensuring that all voices are heard,” said Brydges. “I love coaching and mentoring and creating a true culture of growth mindset and feedback.  I'm thrilled to be focusing on building relationships within our client and staff communities and working with them on their DEI journeys.”

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Client executive: Association of Equipment Management Professionals; Woodworking Machinery Industry Association

Shannon is an expert in organizational strategic planning and brings enthusiasm to the process for all his clients. He is also highly engaged in the association community through industry leadership, volunteer work and speaking engagements and is dedicated to supporting staff in advancing their association management careers.

“I love association management,” says Shannon. “That's why I do so much in the association community and why I encourage AMPED staff to do the same. You learn so much from volunteering and sitting on committees with other association professionals. It's how I've been able to accelerate my career growth. And that, of course, feeds into the passion and enthusiasm I have for the industry.”

AMPED has also established a Leadership Team to address staffing and office needs, as well as Resource Groups for staff to share ideas within specific areas of interest.

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Lynda Patterson to Serve Association Industry as Secretary-Treasurer on the ASAE Board of Directors

LP for web 2019AMPED Association Management is proud to announce that Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, President and Owner of AMPED will serve as Secretary-Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) beginning Sept. 1, 2021.

Recognized as an industry leader nationally, Lynda has served as a Director At Large for ASAE, the ASAE Foundation and the ASAE Business Services Board. She has also served on both the ASAE Strategic Planning Task Force and CEO Search Committee. In 2010 Patterson was selected to receive the ASAE Fellow designation. These roles, coupled with her influence in the industry, prepare her to help lead changes and transitions with ASAE while strengthening key strategies in public policy, education, and networking.

Patterson started AMPED Association Management in 2008 and has guided it to its standing as an AMC Institute Accredited company and a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. With nearly 30 years’ experience in association management and consulting, Lynda brings knowledge of a variety of organizational models and cultures, having served organizations in the CEO capacity as well as business development, marketing, and communications roles. Her visible presence in the association and hospitality community creates opportunities for her to continually learn from and share with other CEOs.

“As ASAE inspires change through DEI, CEO engagement and leadership development in our community, I am honored to bring the AMC perspective to the ASAE officer ranks for only the third time in its 100-year history. I am also proud to represent the Midwest association community that is so strong and vibrant,” said Patterson. “I am excited to get to know the other Board members and to work closely with Michelle Mason as she transitions into her new role as ASAE President and CEO. The timing for me is perfect as my newly appointed executive team at AMPED carries forth our mission and team development internally, allowing me to direct more focus toward ASAE.”

Also nominated to the ASAE officer roles are:

  • Chair of the ASAE Board - Steven C. Anderson, FASAE, IOM, CAE, President and CEO, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Arlington, VA
  • Chair-Elect and Chair of the ASAE Research Foundation Board - Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, President and CEO, National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington, DC
  • Past Chair of the ASAE Board – Steve Caldeira, President & CEO, Household & Commercial Products Association

Patterson and the new officer and directors at large will be officially installed and join the remaining board members at the 2021 ASAE Annual Meeting, August 16–18.

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 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 Research 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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For Brydges, CAE Credential Solidifies Commitment to Associations

brydgesThe American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has announced that Jen Brydges, CAE, an Account Executive at AMPED Association Management, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) designation. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.

Brydges has seven years’ experience as an association executive and leads several AMPED association clients. She is the Managing Director of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, Executive Director of the Society for Research on Adolescence, and the Executive Director of Leadership California.

“Receiving the CAE credential is a huge milestone in both my personal and professional growth,” said Brydges. “As a life-long learner, the credential will hold me to a higher standard to continue seeking out information and remaining on top of best practices. The CAE truly solidifies my commitment to the association industry and is an indicator to my clients that I will work diligently to further their successes and growth.”

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of five 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 4,700 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 48,000 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 Research 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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Viles-Monari Realizes Goal of Earning CAE Credential

EV for web 2019The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has announced that Emily Viles-Monari, CAE, an Association Manager at AMPED Association Management, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) designation. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.

Viles-Monari started her career in association management when she joined the AMPED team in 2014. Since then, she has gained expertise in meetings technology, program development and governance to advance the growth and mission of several AMPED client associations. Currently, Viles-Monari works with the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, the North American Imaging in Multiple Sclerosis Cooperative, the International Multiple Sclerosis Visual System Consortium, International Women in Multiple Sclerosis and the Society for Research on Adolescence.

“It has been a goal of mine for several years now to receive the CAE credential,” said Viles-Monari. “Achieving the CAE gave me the opportunity to build on my experiences and learn more about being a great association leader, which allows me to better serve and grow my clients at AMPED.”

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of five 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 4,700 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 48,000 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 Research 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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Amanda Safa Earns CMP Designation

safaThe Events Industry Council has announced that Amanda Safa, a meeting planner with AMPED Association Management, has earned the Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP) designation.

The CMP program is recognized around the world as a badge of excellence in the events industry.

Safa has 11 years’ experience in association and nonprofit meeting planning and has a passion for perfecting meeting and event logistics while strategically identifying areas to bring in new technology and innovation.

Her current AMPED clients are the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) and the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) for whom she recently managed the overall strategy and planning of their joint international medical meeting with over 8,200 participants. Her leadership helped transition the citywide meeting to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic and successfully guided the cancellation process of in-person components while exceeding the virtual meeting budget.

At AMPED, Safa has also led meetings for the Society of Wetland Scientists, the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives, the National Air Filtration Association, and the Fantasy Sports Gaming Association. Prior to joining AMPED, Safa planned meetings and events for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

“Earning the CMP designation has been an important professional goal of mine for quite some time, and, in this challenging and ever-changing time of meetings, it felt appropriate to achieve now,” said Safa. “Being part of a body of knowledge in the meeting management profession will only add to AMPED’s commitment to grow and perfect meeting operations, and I am honored to hold this badge of excellence in the events industry.”

More than 11,000 meeting professionals from 40 nations hold the CMP or CMP-HC designation.

“Attaining your CMP in one of the most turbulent, ever-changing and dynamic times in our industry is an exceptional achievement. Finding the time to dedicate to apply for the exam, and to dedicate to the preparation, is no easy task in this kind of once-in-a-lifetime environment,” said Events Industry Council CMP Governance Commission Chair Alisa Peters, CMP, CMM. “We send a special thanks and congratulations to the individuals who prioritized achieving this designation for their ongoing professional development, during a moment in time when they were being pulled in so many different directions at once. You are among some of our best and brightest and we welcome your dedication and tenacity into our CMP community.”

The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education and a rigorous exam.

 

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