Some executives may think turning to an association management company could mean they'll soon be out of a job, but there are plenty of examples of AMCs taking on administrative functions while the CEO stays in place. “AMCs in the past have been threatening to smaller organization CEOs. They’ve felt that maybe they would lose their job," said John Dee, COO and CFO of Chicago-based Bostrom. “In the last 10 years we’re seeing a lot more openness to see the AMC as a partner.”
Association executives share do’s and dont’s on developing relationships and alliances. One of the key issues with any coalition is trying to determine a clear, agreed-upon agenda, which can be more complicated the bigger the coalition gets.
Get-out-the-vote efforts are key in midterm elections when fewer people vote and some races are too close to call. “You never tell an employee how to vote. You give them the information and let them make up their own mind,” BIPAC CEO Greg Casey said.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce and ASAE chiefs, along with Chamber's top lobbyist, accepted CEO Update's 2014 Association Leadership Awards. Some 450 executives and their guests gathered at JW Marriott hotel on Oct. 14 to honor award recipients.