AMC Principal to Serve as Faculty for ASAE’s Exceptional Boards 2017


Throughout 2017, Mark Engle, DM FASAE CAE, along with author and association consultant, Mary Byers, CAE, will lead several sessions of ASAE’s Exceptional Boards: Strengthening the Governance Team.

markengle faculty asaeWith events planned in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Scottsdale, AZ, and Charleston, SC, Engle and Byers will facilitate intensive two-day workshops for chief staff executives and their elected officers to strengthen leader relationships and enhance the board’s performance. The workshops cover

  • strategies for building a cohesive board
  • roles and responsibilities of the chief staff officer and the board
  • marybyers faculty asaecreating an effective chief staff executive/board chair relationship
  • developing a leadership team action plan.

Many AMC clients encourage their leadership to experience this valuable learning opportunity. Hear more from recent attendee, Sarah Peters, President of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association:

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Visit ASAE’s website to register for the 2017 Exceptional Boards program today!

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AMC to Host August Governance Event


Board Performance: Practice Meets Strategy

Join us at the second session of AMC’s three-part Governance series for nonprofit staff executives, where two key strategists will share corporate lessons learned and how their experience translates into organizational performance in the association community. Panelists from the corporate and association worlds will contribute to a robust and engaging discussion.

When: Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 3–5:00 pm, reception 5:00–6:00 pm

Where: Association Management Center (8735 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60631)

Who should attend: Association CEOs, COOs, and Directors of Governance

Register today by clicking here.

There is no registration fee to attend, though a donation to the Association Forum of Chicagoland Foundation is encouraged.


Carrie Shea, Managing Partner, Phoenix Strategic Advisors
Mark Miller, Partner, Performance Improvement Consulting, Ernst & Young, LLP

Linda Caradine-Pointsett, PhD MBA MJ, Account Executive, Association Management Center, and Executive Director, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

Mitchell Feiger, CEO and President, MB Financial, Inc.

Mark Engle, DM FASAE (Principal, Association Management Center)

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AMC Hires Vish Kalambur as New Chief Information Officer


Association Management Center is excited to announce the hiring of Vish Kalambur as the company’s new Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining AMC, Kalambur served for 12 years as the Senior Director of Application Development at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Vish KalamburWhile at HIMSS, he managed several application portfolios including ecommerce, integrations, mobile apps & customer/member portals. Previously, he served in management and technical architect roles for several organizations – both in the nonprofit/association and for-profit spaces – since 1998.

According to AMC principal Scott Engle, “We are extremely excited to hire someone with a background as impressive as Vish’s. Based on his track record, he is someone who we know will continue to develop a top-notch infrastructure for our client partners while also helping them achieve their growth objectives in the coming years through a focus on their business goals. Overall, we couldn’t be more pleased with his hire.”

Kalambur is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, a Motorola-certified Six Sigma Black Belt, a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master, and holds a Microsoft certification in web technology.

He received a bachelor of science from Loyola College at the University of Madras (India) and two Master of Science degrees from IIT Madras (India) and Northern Arizona University. All of these degrees were in mathematics.

He began in his role in early January.


Joan Kram Named to Nursing Organizations Alliance Coordinating Team

By Bruce Hammond, Senior Manager, Corporate Marketing & Communications

At the Annual 2015 Fall Summit of the Nursing Organizations Alliance (also known as NOA or The Alliance), Joan Kram, FACHE, CAE was elected to serve on the NOA Coordinating Team for a three year term.

Joan Kram smallThe Coordinating Team manages the property, business and affairs of the alliance, and serves in a similar capacity to an organization’s Board of Directors.

The Alliance was formed in 2001 to provide a forum for identification, education and collaboration building on issues of common interest to advance the nursing profession. Membership in the Alliance is open to any nursing organization whose focus is to address current and emerging nursing and health care issues.

AMC Principal Jeff Engle said, “We’re extremely pleased when our company’s leaders can share their expertise with leading organizations in the association industry. Joan is an excellent example of our leaders doing just that, and we are proud of her for being elected to serve in this role.”

In addition to the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, Kram’s association, three other nursing organizations managed by Association Management Center are also members of The Alliance. They include the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses, and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.

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Five AMC Staff Members on 2015 Forty Under 40 List

By Bruce Hammond, Senior Manager, Corporate Marketing & Communications

An impressive FIVE Association Management Center staff members were named to the association industry’s 2015 Forty Under 40 list, sponsored by Association Forum of Chicagoland and USAE News.

The Forty Under 40® Awards recognizes 40 up-and-coming association or nonprofit professionals who are under the age of 40, demonstrate high potential for success in leadership roles and exhibit a strong commitment to the association management profession.

This year’s AMC recipients include:

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Amanda Belknap, senior manager, marketing & membership development (client: American Pain Society)


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Liz Giannini, senior operations manager (client: Awards and Personalization Association)


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Stephanie Mercado, account executive (client: National Association for Healthcare Quality)


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Emily Muse, communities and programs manager (client: American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine)


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Jordan Wildermuth, health policy and advocacy manager (clients: Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association)


According to AMC principal Mark Engle, DM FASAE, “Here at AMC, our staff members are our biggest assets, so when they are recognized for their efforts we are extremely proud. These five emerging industry leaders are very deserving of the honor they will be receiving, and on behalf of AMC’s more than 220 other staff members, I’d like to congratulate them on this outstanding recognition.”

This year’s Forty Under 40 class will be honored with profiles in an upcoming issue of USAE’s weekly newspaper and during the Association Forum of Chicagoland’s Holiday Showcase to be held in Chicago this December.

Including this year’s group, eight AMC staffers have now been named to the list in its first three years.

AMC to Host November Governance Event: Board Performance–Practice Meets Theory


Join us, in conjunction with our partners the Association Forum of Chicagoland, MB Financial Bank, and the governance section of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), for an exciting educational session on November 18.

Three of the country’s foremost nonprofit governance researchers will each share details of their latest research and engage in a lively panel discussion with association executives.

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 2–5:30 pm, reception 5:30–6:30 pm

Where: Association Management Center (8735 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60631)

Who should attend: Association CEOs, COOs, and Directors of Governance

 Register today by clicking here.

There is no registration fee to attend, though a donation to the Association Forum of Chicagoland Foundation is encouraged.


Will Brown, PhD (Texas A&M University)

David Renz, PhD (University of Missouri-Kansas City)

Judy Millesen, PhD (Ohio University)


Moderator - Mark Engle, DM FASAE (Principal, Association Management Center)

Arlene Pietranton, PhD CAE (CEO, American Speech-Language Hearing Association)

Thom Freyer, FACHE, CAE (Sr. Vice President of Regional Services, American College of Healthcare Executives)

Steve Smith, MS CAE (Executive Director/CEO, American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine)

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Director of Meetings and Conventions Receives the John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award


For the 3rd consecutive year, an AMC staff member was honored with the John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award from the Association Forum of Chicagoland. The award is presented for exceptional, long-term, volunteer service to the Association Forum, primarily through committee service or similar contributions.

Director of Meetings and Conventions, Kay V. Granath, CMP CAE, is the 2015 recipient. She follows AMC account executive Steve Smith who received the award in 2014 and director of marketing and business development, Marilyn Jansen, who was the 2013 recipient.

“Giving back to the association and meetings industries is something that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed throughout my career,” Granath said. “To receive this award is quite humbling, and I look forward to continuing in service to the industry in the years ahead.”

For more than 20 years Granath has advanced the association and meetings professions through dedicated service to the Association Forum. During her career she has served on the Forum’s Board of Directors, as chair of the Honors Gala committee, Annual Meeting committee, and the Meetings Shared Interest Group, and as a member of the Education and Holiday Showcase committees. She has also been a frequent Associations 101 speaker and served as a CAE Facilitator in 2006.

In addition to her Forum work, she served as a board member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), as president of MPI’s Chicago Area Chapter, and was named Meeting Planner of the Year and to the chapter’s Hall of Fame in 2001. She serves on the customer advisory councils for the Monterey (California) and St. Louis Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

According to AMC principal Jeff Engle, “Our staff is extremely proud of the fact that Kay is receiving the John C. Thiel Award from Association Forum. Her continued hard work and dedication to the association industry are admirable, and we appreciate the vast knowledge and expertise she brings from her years in the industry. She is a great leader and committed volunteer, and we are proud she is being recognized by Forum.”

Granath received her award with 22 AMC staff cheering her on at the Association Forum Honors Gala, which was held Thursday, June 18 at Navy Pier in Chicago.

Three AMC Employees Receive Certification as Association Executives


Three AMC staff members have earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Senior Account Manager Mary Beth Benner, Account Executive Joan Kram, and Account Manager Emily Muse each achieved the certification during the May exam window.

Mary Beth Benner serves as the senior operations manager for AMC client the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. She has been with AMC for 14 years.

Joan Kram, MBA BSN has been with AMC for 5 years, and serves as the executive director of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing, and the International Transplant Nurses Society.

Emily Muse serves as the manager of communities and programs for the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, and has been at AMC for 5 years.

According to AMC principal Jeff Engle, “Earning the CAE is a tremendous accomplishment that takes a great deal of hard work and dedication. We are proud of our three outstanding employees for receiving this certification, and are very excited about their continued great work on behalf of AMC clients.”

To achieve the CAE, applicants must complete 100 hours of broad based professional development training and sit for an exam based on nine knowledge domains that assess a potential candidate’s knowledge in 156 competencies of effectively managing an association.

By passing the exam, Benner, Kram, and Muse join 13 other AMC staff members who have achieved the CAE designation:

Dave Bergeson, PhD CAE

Anne Cordes, MBA CAE

Laura Davis, CAE

Mark Engle, DM FASAE

Kay Granath, CMP CAE

Jeff Henry, MBA CAE

Stephanie Mercado, CAE

Karen Nason, CAE

Louise Ristau, CAE

Steve Smith, MS CAE

Catherine Underwood, MBA CAE

Sally Weir, CAE

Dionne Wilson, CAE


By Bruce Hammond

It’s an exciting time for AMC—we’ve launched our redesigned website!

The site’s redesign was the result of an amazing collaboration between departments at AMC, and it would not have been possible without the work of our Creative Media Services and Information Technology teams.

How is the site different than our previous one? We made significant changes to better the user experience. In fact, the site now features

  • responsive design which makes content easily accessible on all devices. We’ve seen a major uptick in traffic from mobile devices on our site so this was a necessity
  • images of AMC staff members doing the work of our client associations
  • Web-optimized content to allow users to more easily digest our messaging in bite-sized chunks
  • a Thought Leadership blog providing engaging information for the industry created by AMC staff leaders
  • case studies that showcase the successes we help our client partners accomplish
  • an expanded Careers section providing prospective employees with a sense of what it’s like to work at AMC.

We are excited that you’re here and welcome any This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. you have. The site will be change regularly, so we hope to see you back soon!

AMC Named One of the Best Place to Work in Illinois for 2015


For the fourth time since 2010, AMC has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois.

As it was in 2010, 2011, and 2014, AMC has been included in the 2015 list of medium-sized companies (101–499 U.S. employees) named in the statewide awards program, which honors the state’s best employers benefiting Illinois’ economy, workforce, and businesses.

“It’s an honor to earn this recognition,” said AMC Principal Jeff Engle. “We are fortunate to have an incredibly talented and passionate team of employees who effectively serve our association partners. And, just as we have been since our founding in 1974, we are committed to providing an excellent culture so our employees continue to find value in having a career at AMC.”

AMC will be recognized at the Best Places to Work in Illinois awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 6, and will be profiled in a special publication by The Daily Herald Business Ledger on June 22.

The awards program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, the Workforce Boards of Metropolitan Chicago, MRA –The Management Association and the Oak Brook, IL, Chamber of Commerce.

AMC to Manage the American Academy of Home Care Medicine

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The American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM) has selected AMC to provide full-service management. The management arrangement begins September 1.

Formerly a self-managed association, AAHCM was founded in 1984 as the American Academy of Home Care Physicians, and was renamed in 2014 to better reflect the diversification of its membership base. Since its founding, the Academy has served the needs of thousands of physicians and related professionals and agencies interested in improving care of patients in the home.

According to AMC principal Mark Engle, DM FASAE, “We are incredibly pleased that AAHCM’s Board of Directors has chosen AMC to help move the Academy to the next level. We are confident that our strategic leadership and operational efficiencies will help AAHCM grow, and we’re very much looking forward to partnering with the Board and members to help achieve the Academy’s goals.”

The AAHCM account team will be led by Executive Director Suzanne Simons, MS, who brings significant experience in healthcare and association leadership to the role. She is supported by a group of staff who will provide operational support to the Academy as it works to continue its leadership role in its industry.

AAHCM President Tom Cornwell, MD, said, “We’re pleased to have found a partner in AMC that is interested in investing the effort in helping our industry succeed into the future. I’m convinced that with the evident synergies between our association and other AMC client partners, this relationship will take AAHCM to the next level of success.”

With this new relationship, AAHCM becomes AMC’s 32nd current full-service client partner.