Dave Bergeson, PhD CAE

As vice president of client relations, Dave Bergeson, PhD CAE, provides strategic oversight and management of AMC’s corporate relationship with our clients. After almost 20 years as an executive director, Dave has a unique combination of listening skills, expertise, and thoughtfulness to ensure that AMC association partners grow, prosper, and are well-served. Through getting to know volunteer leaders, increasing the extent to which knowledge and best practices are shared among association partners, and facilitating collaboration, Dave works on behalf of AMC and with client Executive Directors to earn, grow, and deserve trust. As he puts it, “the key to success in association management—strong relationships—is also one of the benefits of success.”

Dave’s passion at AMC are the people he works with—volunteer leaders and AMC staff. He strongly believes in the unique strength that AMC’s culture brings to help managing and leading associations: “Howard Schultz from Starbucks said it well: ‘When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.’ I’ve seen ‘anything’ many times here at AMC.” Dave is known for being a servant leader through his open door policy, mentorship, and calm, confident, and clear communication with clients and staff.

While trained as a biological anthropologist, Dave rarely walks in jungles or observes monkeys anymore. Instead, Dave enjoys fishing, birdwatching and exploring wine—on really good days, all at the same time.