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Jen Brydges Named One of Forty Under 40

Brydges 3376 2016 HeadshotAMPED Association Management is proud to congratulate Jen Brydges, recipient of the prestigious 2019 Forty Under 40 Award from Association Forum of Chicago and USAE Weekly Newspaper.

“I’m humbled and honored to be selected as a Forty Under 40 recipient,” said Brydges. “Receiving this award will allow me to continue my growth, both as an association professional and on a personal level. Most importantly, receiving this award recognizes my team and those who have helped shape my career to date. My accomplishments are not achieved by me alone, they are truly a team effort and I am so grateful to be surrounded by people who embrace innovation and teamwork."

Brydges is the managing director for the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS), associate managing director for the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) and executive director of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Additionally, she leads consulting and strategic planning sessions for a variety of associations and organizations.

Additionally, Brydges serves on the boards of the Junior League of Madison and the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society. She is also a former elected official for the Rock County Board of Supervisors.

Her volunteer service extends throughout the community: the Junior League of Madison’s All Dressed Up program; Cherokee Middle School Partnership Program; Ronald McDonald House dinner program; Youth Leadership programming; MADSS: World Down Syndrome Day programming; Parent Mentor for the Down Syndrome Awareness Walk committee; Parent Advocate for the National Down Syndrome Society; and a contributing writer to Madison Mom's Blog. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Greater Madison civic leadership program.

She is a graduate of UW Green Bay with BS degrees in politics and public administration. She received her master's degree in political science from Cal State LA.

 “I am so proud of Jen for this recognition,” said AMPED President and Owner Lynda J. Patterson, CAE, FASAE. “Jen exemplifies the core values of our company and our industry. She creates a welcoming, innovative environment for all of her colleagues and volunteers, greeting them with her warm personality and pursuit of excellence! No doubt, her future in our profession is bright and I can’t wait to see what comes next for her! Many thanks to Association Forum and USAE for recognizing the best in our industry!”

The Forty Under 40 Award is given to 40 accomplished association or non-profit professionals who are under the age of 40, demonstrate high potential for continued success in leadership roles and exhibit a strong passion for - and commitment to - the association management and nonprofit industries.

Brydges and her fellow recipients will receive their awards at a private ceremony in Chicago on December 16, 2019. Learn more about the Forty Under 40 Awards at

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AMPED Headquarters Office Moving to Middleton, Wisconsin

AMPED Association Management, a full-service association management company is pleased to announce that on August 1, they will move to brand new office space in downtown Middleton, about 10 miles down the road from the company’s current location on Madison, Wisconsin’s Capitol Square.

AMPED’s new location is in the heart of Middleton’s growing urban district, near trendy restaurants, boutiques, hotels and night life. With a high-tech conference room and a large communal kitchen, the new office is modern, comfortable and ideally located for attracting and retaining the best staff possible.

“We are so thrilled to be joining the Middleton business community,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, owner and president of AMPED. “Since we opened for business in 2008, the support of our clients, family, and friends, has fueled our growth, making our move inevitable and necessary. We can’t wait to share our new space with everyone!”

Please note AMPED’s new address:
AMPED Association Management
1818 Parmenter St, Ste 300
Middleton, WI 53562

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AMPED Adds Multiple Sclerosis Research Groups NAIMS and IMSVISUAL to Client Mix

AMPED Association Management, an accredited full-service association management company with offices in Madison, WI; Metro Washington, DC; and Glenwood Springs, CO, has been selected to manage two multiple sclerosis research groups (MS), North American Imaging in Multiple Sclerosis (NAIMS) and International Multiple Sclerosis Visual System Consortium (IMSVISUAL). AMPED will provide full-service management, including meeting planning, marketing, web management, financial management and governance.

AMPED’s Emily Viles-Monari will serve as the Association Manager for both organizations.

“While these organizations are different in how they are structured, who they serve, and what they focus on, they share a vision for improving MS care,” said Viles-Monari. “I’m thrilled to be in the unique position to help them tackle that together through their specific lenses.”

“Because of our long-standing, successful partnership with the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS), NAIMS and IMSVisual are a natural fit for AMPED,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, President and Owner of AMPED and CEO of ACTRIMS. “We will use what we’ve learned from ACTRIMS and our relationships with thought leaders in MS to manage and grow these MS research groups and keep them in the MS family.”

ACTRIMS provides leadership in the field of multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases. Over the last ten years, AMPED has supported ACTRIMS and its international triennial meeting, as well as launched its own annual meeting with over 1,200 attendees and 250 abstracts.

The North American Imaging in Multiple Sclerosis (NAIMS) Cooperative represents a network of 30 academic centers focused on accelerating the pace of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research in MS through idea exchange and collaboration.

The goal of IMSVISUAL is to improve care, research and education in multiple sclerosis and other neuroinflammatory disorders by advancing our understanding of the visual system in MS.

Both groups hold an annual symposium during the ACTRIMS annual Forum.

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AMPED Chosen to Manage Women in Trucking (WIT) Foundation

AMPED Association Management, an accredited full-service association management company with offices in Madison, WI; Metro Washington, DC; and Glenwood Springs, CO, has been selected by the Women in Trucking Foundation (WITF), to manage their operations. The WIT Foundation funds scholarships for women in the trucking industry and strives to turn jobs into careers through education and training.

AMPED’s Christina McCoy, CAE will serve as Executive Director for the WIT Foundation.

“The Women In Trucking Scholarship Foundation has awarded tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships already, but we know there is a need for funding for training and our search to find the right team to take the foundation to the next level ended when we partnered with AMPED,” said Ellen Voie, CAE, President and CEO of the Women in Trucking Association.

 “As a company owned and managed primarily by women, AMPED is uniquely positioned to address the challenges and opportunities facing the Women in Trucking Foundation,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE President and Owner of AMPED. “We’re excited to work alongside Ellen Voie – whom I admire greatly -  to champion, encourage, and support the many talented women in this industry.”

Founded in 2010, The Women in Trucking Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports ambitious students, drivers, and professionals in the trucking industry who seek to grow their skills through classroom and vocational training. Through scholarships, the WIT Foundation strives to ensure that women in the trucking industry have the support they need to grow their skills and themselves. In turn, the trucking industry benefits from a diverse and well-trained workforce that has continuous opportunities for development.

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AMPED Association Management Welcomes Donté P. Shannon, CAE

Donte Shannon square LRAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Donté P. Shannon, CAE, has joined the AMPED team in its Washington, DC office, and will lead the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) as its Chief Executive Officer.

“I’m excited to join the AMPED team as the CEO of AEMP. I welcome the opportunity to learn and grow from other top-notch association professionals,” Shannon said. 

Shannon comes to AMPED with more than 12 years of association management experience, most recently as Executive Director of the Specialty Advertising Association of California. He is also the 2018-2019 Chair-elect of the ASAE Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission, the independent and certifying governing body of the CAE credential.

“We are thrilled to welcome Donté to our team! He is smart, strategic, and well-connected. He will make an excellent addition to the AMPED family,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, President and Owner of AMPED.

Shannon’s career accomplishments also include selection as a 2015 Forty Under 40® Award recipient by Association Forum of Chicagoland, and recognition as a 2011-2013 Diversity Education Leadership Program (DELP) Scholar by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Formed in 1980, the Association of Equipment Management Professionals represents fleet professionals working in construction, government, utilities, energy, mining, and more. AEMP maintains relationships among manufacturers, users, governmental agencies, educational institutions and others involved in the design and management of heavy equipment.

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