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Association mergers: Lessons from experience

Three CEOs of merged groups tell how they handled concerns

Carpenter, Hamm, MacKieCarpernter, left, Hamm and MacKie

July 28, 2017
By Walt Williams

Barry Carpenter was planning to retire as CEO of the North American Meat Association when the group began talks with the American Meat Institute about a possible merger. His members were willing to agree to the deal on one condition: He needed to stay on for at least another three years as CEO of the merged organization.