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AMC Newsletter Q1 2019 // January - February - March

Welcome to 2019! This year is going to be a good one - I can feel it in my bones. Here at AMC we are making a few changes, one of which includes this new quarterly newsletter that we will be sending out to you and your fellow board members. We want to keep you informed of what is going on in our world, as well as provide key reminders, tools for success and current trends in the association industry. In conjunction with the newsletter, we have started a blog that will provide tips, tricks and answers to many of the questions that keep you up at night. Some of these posts will be linked in the newsletter and all can be found on the Blog page of our newly revamped website. Make sure to check it out!

Let's make 2019 a year to remember!

It is AMC's goal to make your association run smoothly with less stress and worry and to add fun back into your experience as a chapter leader. - Lori

Q4 2018: By The Numbers

Our Big Events Spotlight

  • HANP 8th Annual Conference: another successful conference for our nurse practitioners. We had 140 members & guests in attendance to listen to eight industry experts and network with leading companies in the exhibitor hall.
  • CREW Annual Signature Luncheon: this important event was attended by 465 people related to the real estate industry and 28 iconic sponsor companies.
  • ULI Emerging Trends Luncheon: for one of four distinguished luncheons, a panel of three professional spoke to a room of 355 attendees.
  • CoreNet Golf Tournament: after being rained out on the original scheduled date, over 150 players on 38 teams showed up to network and play a round of golf with their peers and 25 sponsors.
What is AMC?

AMC - Association Management Consultants, LLC is an association management company that brings its knowledge and experience to more than 40 organizations, most of which are based in the Houston area. Lori Wilkins, owner and visionary, started working for the Houston Chapter of the Appraisal Institute back in the 80s after college. As she tells it, she walked in the door on her first day and was instantly given the checkbook to reconcile, thus setting her on the path for a career in associations. By 2002, Lori and her husband Dale realized there was a gap in the market – a need for association management services in the area. They decided to start their own company and hired their first employees, Molly and Shelby, who happened to be their dogs! (They played pivotal roles as the chief mail sorter and greeter!) More than 30 years later, AMC is going strong with over 10 account managers and two support staff members; Lori still works with AI Houston along with several other associations - helping to monitor and grow their checkbooks; and we have many more dogs that are a part of our growing family.

By tracking the open rates of emails, we can customize a send schedule for email communications in order to guarantee the most engagement from the targeted audience. Say the word and we can start the analysis on your association today!

Try Somewhere New!

We are constantly looking for new venues for our meetings to keep things fresh. Here are some of our new favorite finds.

  • Hotel Granduca
  • Hotel ZaZa Memorial City
  • Omni Galleria (newly reopened and refurbished after Hurricane Harvey)
  • The General Public
The AMC Advantage

Many local or regional associations look to find part time employees that can help to manage their nonprofit association; but associations are unique – they require expertise in many facets of management including membership engagement and recruitment, meeting/special event planning and management for their board, finances, website, sponsorship, social media and communications…the list goes on and on and that’s a tall order for one person to deliver on a part time basis! Volunteers within the association also often lend their time to help with management tasks as a way to give back to their profession, but not to figure out how to work the complicated website platform!

Because of this, many associations turn to Association Management Companies (AMCs). The AMC model can help to bring expertise, organization and structure to an association. Since 2002, AMC – Association Management Consultants, LLC has worked with clients to ease the burden of running their associations. One long-time AMC client likes to reminisce when new board members take office, telling them "taking on help was a scary commitment for us. At the time, we were borrowing next year's sponsorship money to pay for the current year's holiday party! How could we afford to bring on a partner like AMC?" The story goes on to reveal it was one of their best investments, not only in efficiency, but in cost savings too!

Crawfish Boils

Several of our associations like to host a crawfish boil in the spring. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful spring weather and to network with members in a fun, relaxed environment. Talk to your account manager today about adding this to your meeting lineup!

"Great things in business are never done by one person. They are done by a team of people." - Steve Jobs

Let's Celebrate!

Remember to congratulate these lucky individuals!

February 2: Ginger's Work Anniversary

March 2: Amy's Work Anniversary

March 26: Sara's Birthday

Mark Your Calendars

Important Dates to Remember

January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Federal Holiday)

February 14: Valentine's Day

February 18: Presidents' Day (Federal Holiday)

March 9: Daylight Savings Begins

Thanks for choosing AMC!
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