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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

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