During his farewell address, Eric Lanke, CAE, CEO of the National Fluid Power Association and 2013-2014 chair of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE) thanked Lynda Patterson and AMPED for their leadership and forward thinking.
"I want to thank Lynda Patterson and her team at AMPED. Lynda very much shares the vision our Board has for this organization. Indeed, she has led the charge in many ways we could not, acting with energy and passion in everything she does. I remember my first volunteer experience in WSAE—leading the task force that developed the evidence-based white paper on innovation for associations. We broke a lot of rules on that project. I came in wanting to do something different, something that I hadn’t had the opportunity to do before. I already knew the topic I wanted to learn more about, but I didn’t want to wait around for an old-fashioned association to figure that out and then try to develop the content I needed. Instead, I wanted leverage that association’s network and its resources to develop my own content, targeted on my own self-assessed educational needs, and then freely share what I learned with the rest of the membership. And that’s exactly what I did. It was an exciting and, in some ways, a career-changing experience, and it would not have been possible without Lynda’s forward-thinking and experimental vision for how associations can and should work. So, Lynda, thank you."