Ask Scott Engle what he likes best about his career in association management and he’ll immediately say his relationships with our clients and staff. “AMC started in 1974 with only a handful of both. Today our employees serve many more full-service clients as well as various other clients. That time span represents countless interactions and relationships.”
Scott, oldest of the three Engle brothers, possesses a particular trait that helps foster such connections. "I'm told I’m a good listener," he says. "When you participate in hundreds of board meetings, you learn to rely on trust and experience to deal with good and bad circumstances in association management. If you can do both, you’re in great shape."
Good listening skills also help Scott with another keen interest—helping fix things. "It's a trait I learned from my maternal grandfather—who worked with his hands and could fix anything," he says. "When I started working at AMC, we were barely surviving. Our comptroller had resigned, and my parents asked for my assistance. Because I had a degree in accounting and an interest in computers, I knew I could apply those talents to help them."
Scott views both his parents as role models. "My mother, Dagny, taught me about the importance of caring and concern for others. My dad, Art, had an entrepreneurial drive and was never afraid of a challenge. His philosophy was 'always hire people smarter than you, then give them the tools to do what they are good at.' That was my challenge when I started at AMC and something we’ve always asked of the people who work here."
At AMC, staff sharing and collaboration are the company’s greatest strengths—and opportunity, Scott says. "Our goal is to create a work environment in which talented people share skills and information across account teams. Many companies don't have that—the ability for staff to interact and share their work experiences and expertise in established areas like publishing and also new types of communication like social media.
"Sharing starts it all—and the result is a distinct advantage for our clients," Scott says. "That’s our challenge—to learn about newer and even better ways for our employees to collaborate."