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, 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 Services
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.”
Jen 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.”
Donté P. Shannon, FASAE, CAE, VP of Strategic Partnerships
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.