AMC Model Benefits Clients During Conference Season

By: Shelly Joines

Being an Association Management Company (AMC) staff member and attending a client’s annual conference is like killing two birds with a single stone. It allows me to apply our best practices to benefit the client while learning from this event and sharing with our other client associations.

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of assisting with one of our client’s annual conferences in Orlando. I have in depth experience in the dental laboratory industry in my almost 9 years at PIAM and it’s exciting to carry knowledge and experience from this to one of its state component members. Continue reading “AMC Model Benefits Clients During Conference Season”

Under Creative and Overwhelmed

By: Shelly Joines

Earlier this year I was planning a wedding and wrote on how similar it can be to your next large meeting in terms of branding and marketing through social media. This blog shares those previous tips of unique and consistent ways to get started if you’re feeling under creative and overwhelmed.

But now that I have that massive event under my belt, I’m on the other side of the tunnel and looking back it doesn’t seem so hard. In fact, I’ve learned about several other ways to incorporate social media and how to keep guests connected during the event! As always, I’m sharing low cost solutions with non-profits in mind. Continue reading “Under Creative and Overwhelmed”

Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue…and Something for You:

By: Caroline Thomas

Have you heard this saying before? Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe. It remains one of the most well-known wedding traditions, stemming from an English rhyme. Many brides round up items for each of these categories for good luck on the biggest day of their life. If you can believe it, in an office staffed with approximately thirty people, four of us are getting married within two months of each other this coming spring.. I am learning so much throughout the process that I want to share how you can utilize these concepts at your next association event, whether you consider yourself to be superstitious or not! Continue reading “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue…and Something for You:”

5 Tips on Planning your First Meeting

By: Amanda Carey

Meeting planning can be stressful, even if you’re planning a small meeting.  Although assisting with other meetings can help prepare you, nothing can give you a better experience then jumping head first into planning YOUR first meeting.  When I was given the task to take the reins on my first meeting, I was excited but definitely nervous.  This is what my college degree and my experience had been working towards.  Here are 5 tips I found to help your first meeting function smoothly. Continue reading “5 Tips on Planning your First Meeting”

Sponsorships Got You In A Rut?

by: Danielle Jessup

Do you hold the same meetings year after year and roll out the same sponsorship packet?  If so,111 it may be time to do some updating, as many vendors are looking for more creative ways to get their company name out there.  Whether it is a small meeting for 35 people or a large conference for hundreds, sponsors want to see the ROI.  Standard sponsorship levels still have their place but it’s also time to start thinking outside the box.  Work with the vendors directly to ensure they get the most out of their sponsorship.

Here are a few tips to help you secure sponsorships. Continue reading “Sponsorships Got You In A Rut?”

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”

Meeting Toolbox Essentials

By: Lauren Asbell, CMP

One of my favorite parts of magazines is when they ask people “What’s in your bag?”.  You can gain great tips on beauty products, books, how to pack, etc.

We have a few meeting planners in our office and I always like to take a peek at what they have in their toolbox.  I’ve picked up some great tips from them.  Below are my essentials. Continue reading “Meeting Toolbox Essentials”

5 Contract Clauses to Never Overlook

By: Danielle Jessup

Contracts can be a scary task if you are not familiar with the different clauses and terminology used today. The APEX Contracts Accepted Practices is a great tool to keep on file and reference before signing any contract/agreement. Picture this, you sign a contract for a client’s meeting and didn’t review the function space in its entirety. You get onsite and the meeting room that you thought you had on a 24 hour hold is not available until that evening. So you, your staff and the conference materials now have to wait a full day to move into the “office space”. Something so small can set your meeting off to a bad start. Whether you are working on a large annual conference or a small board meeting contract, here are 5 clauses that you should never overlook. Continue reading “5 Contract Clauses to Never Overlook”

Once a Nole, Always a Nole: How to Retain Members

By: Shelly Sobol

Since I was a kid, I remember being dressed in Florida State University outfits/colors and would even ask for new FSU stuff for holidays and birthdays. Even thouFSU membershipgh I grew up seven hours south of Tallahassee, the Seminoles were always my favorite team.

Fast forward to 2003 and my freshman year at college. I went to every single home game… but it wasn’t always about the football. Yes, I loved the exciting plays and yelling about bad calls. But outside of that, the reasons I went every week, and the reason I have hardly missed a home game in the 11 years I’ve lived in Tallahassee is for 3 reasons (in no priority order). Continue reading “Once a Nole, Always a Nole: How to Retain Members”