3 Leadership Tips from the North Pole

By: Shelly Joines

Santa has a BIG job. Millions of children around the globe look forward to one night (or morning) depending on your traditions, to see what Santa has in store for them. Year in and year out, Santa seems to get it right. Do you ever remember reading the news after the holiday season, that Santa had a bad outing? Nope, didn’t think so!

How does he pull that off so consistently? Santa is one person… there must be more to the story. Maybe he has a team of people involved! Continue reading “3 Leadership Tips from the North Pole”

Why You Should Attend Events for your Organization

By: Lindsey Allbritton

My alarm goes off at 5:30am on Friday, May 8th and I jump out of bed – both nervously and with excitement – and get ready to head south toward Orlando to attend my very first Southern States Symposium & Expo. This is the largest dental laboratory industry meeting in the country run by a nonprofit association and one of our clients, the Florida Dental Laboratory Association (FDLA).

To provide a little bit of background, Partners in Association Management has been providing management services to state, regional, and national associations of all sizes since 1998. We currently manage 19 clients and I work directly with 3 of those: the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL), the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC), and the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (FDLT). Although these 3 are different organizations, they work hand-in-hand to advance the dental laboratory industry. Imagine a tripod – what’s a tripod without the third leg? Continue reading “Why You Should Attend Events for your Organization”

Precision Policies Can Protect Your Association/Non-Profit

By Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

Let’s face it – if I say policies and procedures, most people will stop reading this blog, another group will yawn or shudder and a few (albeit very few) people get excited.

If you are one of those people who likes details, organization and I heart policyfacts, then this blog is for you.  If you are one of those people that prefers the big picture and doesn’t fancy structure, then this blog is a must read. Below are some things that are extremely important to ensuring that your association has crucial policies in place that will guide your leadership and staff and may help prevent issues with the IRS or other government agencies. Continue reading “Precision Policies Can Protect Your Association/Non-Profit”

Love, Exhibitor Style: Starring Meeting Planners & Vendors

By Christina Welty, MA

I’ve worked with exhibitors for over a decade and there’s no doubt that they are the lifeblood of most associations.  Without the support of the associate/industry members through exhibits and sponsorships, most associations could not continue having Annual Conventions each year.

So why is it that some meeting planners seem to focus little energy enhancing the experiences of the exhibitors?  Most likely, this lack of energy is probably not deliberate.  Hosting and managing an Annual Convention is a LOT of work and depending on the amount of staff, you may not have time to focus on everything.  In this blog, I’ll share some strategies I’ve practiced and some tactics I’ve seen exhibitors use that have been successful.  Some take quite a bit of time and money, but others do not and can make a BIG difference. Continue reading “Love, Exhibitor Style: Starring Meeting Planners & Vendors”

THE OLD BALL AND CHAIN: Tips for a Healthy Marriage or Association

By: Rachel Luoma

In April, my husband, Erik and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary.  It has been a wonderful seven years! I have a lovely home, two beautiful children and at least 30 extra pounds to show for it!  As I think back on our years of wedded bliss, it makes me think of the parallels between association management and marriage.

My wonderful husband Erik Continue reading “THE OLD BALL AND CHAIN: Tips for a Healthy Marriage or Association”

Maximizing Volunteer Effectiveness

By: Bennett Napier, CAE


Outside of having a strong membership base which is the life blood of any nonprofit, having an effective elected volunteer leadership team is crucial to the long term success of an organization.

In today’s association management environment, it is more common for volunteer board members to seek leadership opportunities that require less time for “ladder progression” to officer positions. In addition, volunteer leaders generally speaking, want to serve on a board where meetings are run efficiently (whether it be in person meetings or virtual – web and teleconference). Time is at a premium in today’s society, and association’s that have a format that does not respect or address the time expectations of leadership candidate’s risks losing potential talent. Continue reading “Maximizing Volunteer Effectiveness”