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AMPED Association Management Welcomes Kat Lauer as Account Executive

Kat Luaer Jan 2020AMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Kat Lauer has joined the AMPED team in its Sacramento, California office to lead two women-centric organizations.

As Associate Executive Director of Leadership California, she will 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.

She will also serve as Executive Director of the Women In Trucking Foundation (WITF), supporting fundraising efforts that make scholarships available for women in the trucking industry.

“This is an exciting opportunity to lead and be a woman of change for these organizations, all while working for a woman-driven company,” said Lauer. “I have always strived for a seat at the table while seeking to impact the communities I serve. I see my work with AMPED as a perfect culmination of these passions.”

Lauer comes to AMPED with several years of association and fundraising experience, most recently as a Development Specialist with the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) where she oversaw day-to-day fundraising initiatives, and as a Director for the Bruin Varsity Club (BVC), UCLA’s Athletic Alumni Association, where she spearheaded athletic alumni fundraising initiatives, alumni relations and marketing, and event planning. She has also worked closely with donors and volunteers on major fundraising events for UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital, advancing initiatives for Children’s Health.

As a student at UCLA, Lauer was a member of the Women’s Rowing Team, where she competed in the Varsity 8 and achieved a career high of 7th place at NCAAs in 2012.

In her free time, she enjoys freelancing on various sports production crews, primarily with the Pac-12 Networks, where she was a part of the 2017 Emmy winning team for Live Sports Production.

 “We are thrilled to welcome Kat to our team and our newest office in Sacramento! She is smart and engaging and has some great ideas for moving WITF and Leadership California forward,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, President and Owner of AMPED. “She will make an excellent addition to the AMPED family.”

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Emily Petersen Promoted to AMPED’s Chief of Staff

 EP for web 2019AMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Emily Petersen has been promoted to serve as AMPED’s first Chief of Staff.

During Petersen’s tenure, as a direct result of her strategic vision, attention to detail and leadership, AMPED has experienced tremendous growth and success. As President and Owner, Lynda Patterson’s #2, Emily has helped implement new technologies and countless client and staff transitions, all while growing their teams true to the AMPED mission and team-oriented culture.

“Emily is always several steps ahead of the rest of us and is one of the most efficient, action-oriented businesspeople I have ever met,” said Patterson. “We joke that, thanks to her competing on a national level in Excel (yes, it is a thing), she keeps us organized and results-driven. She has a love for mission-driven non-profit management and is passionate about the AMC model. Like most of our team, Emily is truly like family to me!”

Beginning as an intern at AMPED while in college at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Petersen joined AMPED full time after a brief stint with Epic Systems in Madison. It was the culture and ability to do two jobs at once that attracted her back to AMPED. She uses her project management skills to help AMPED achieve AMCI accreditation — meeting and exceeding the standards — while educating staff about the policies and procedures that help maintain it. Over the years Petersen has acquired progressively responsible roles, most recently as AMPED’s Director of Administration, leading the membership and admin teams. Emily also works with Lynda on strategic HR and collaborates with all client execs on transitions and staffing models.

As Chief of Staff, Petersen will serve as strategic advisor and counselor to the President and Owner, and will focus her skills on creating and maintaining cross-departmental relationships to enable AMPED’s leaders to succeed and grow.

“During my ten plus years at AMPED, I have worked in every area of both the business and association management. By doing so, I have a deep understanding of all departments, clients, employees and the various needs of each party,” Petersen said. “I am excited to use this strategic position to better serve our clients, ensuring that our staff has the resources they need to be successful and matching their skill sets to the appropriate client teams.”

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AMPED Adds the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants to Client Portfolio

AMPED Association Management has been selected by the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA®) to manage their operations.

AAAA, the national organization dedicated to the ethical advancement of the Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA) profession, provides advocacy and promotion of the Anesthesia Care Team in order to achieve the highest level of excellence in patient care.

As its partner, AMPED will bring extensive association experience and provide full management services, including leadership, strategic planning, governance, advocacy, membership development, meeting planning, financial management, and communications.

AMPED’s Michael Battaglia will serve as AAAA’s Executive Director, based in Washington, D.C.

“We are thrilled to work with AAAA to better serve the profession and help tell a more compelling story about why anesthesiologist assistants are important members of the Anesthesia Care Team,” Battaglia said. “AMPED’s culture, technology and operational efficiency are strengths that we see as the perfect complement to this growing association. We look forward to working closely with AAAA members and volunteers to help CAAs realize their full professional potential.”

AAAA President Laura K. Knoblauch, CAA, MMHSc, MBA-HA, agrees.

“AAAA is extremely excited for our new partnership with AMPED,” she says. “By strongly assisting us in our future goals, AMPED will help us with opportunities for substantial organizational growth and increased legislative activity, all while exercising their expertise in medical association management. The Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant profession is on a steep trajectory of growth and it is an exciting time for the profession!“

AMPED will assume full-service association management on January 1, 2020.

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AMPED Selected to Manage Women in Government Relations

Emily Bardach AMPED Association Management has been selected by Women in Government Relations (WGR) to manage their operations.

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.

“As a woman-owned business, we are delighted to welcome such a vibrant organization with a mission and membership so close to my heart,” said Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE President and Owner of AMPED. “We are excited to welcome WGR’s current staff onto our team as we strive to constantly improve services for WGR’s members.”

WGR’s three dedicated full-time staff members, including Executive Director Emily Bardach, CAE, will join the AMPED team in the Washington, DC office.

Bardach, pictured at left, has 25 years of experience in association management and has built a successful career managing and transitioning multiple professional and trade organizations all under the AMC model.

“WGR's vision is to create generations of powerful female advocates and we are confident that a partnership with AMPED will provide us with the strategy, structure and resources we need to be successful,” Bardach said. “Relationship and community building is at the core of what we do. Our staff can't wait to join the dynamic team of association professionals at AMPED!”

AMPED will assume full-service association management on December 1, 2019.

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AMPED’s Tony Veroeven Honored with WSAE Visionary Award

Tony Veroeven headshot smallAMPED Association Management is proud to congratulate Tony Veroeven, recipient of the prestigious 2019 Visionary Award from the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE).

Veroeven, Marketing and Membership Manager at AMPED, embodies the spirit of the award, demonstrating “outstanding commitment to his association, profession or the association.”

Said Emily Petersen, AMPED Director of Administration, “It’s not unusual for Tony to jump into new projects without reservation—even those that are outside of his direct client mix within AMPED. He is always the first to volunteer and doesn’t step back until he sees it through.”

"Tony has a positive, can-do attitude; embraces new marketing technology; and is always eager to share what he's learned," said Jeanne Weiss, AMPED Communication and Marketing Director. "Plus he's just fun to be around! We are so lucky to have him on our team and congratulate him on this well-deserved honor."

"To be in the company of these association professionals, and see who has won the WSAE Visionary Award in the past, is humbling,” said Veroeven. “Thank you to my friend and nominator, Emily Petersen. I also appreciate the support of our president Lynda Patterson, FASAE, CAE, my team at AMPED Association Management, and my wife, Rhonda Veroeven. Congratulations to my fellow award winners for their hard work in supporting the Wisconsin association community.”

Outside of his work with AMPED, Veroeven gives his time as a Boy Scout leader and is the President-Elect of the Madison Area Marketing Association.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Edgewood College in Madison, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Veroeven and his fellow recipients will receive their awards during a luncheon at WSAE’s 2019 Summit at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee on October 28.

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