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Transition to AMR Association Management
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In 2016, APBP transitions from in-house administration to management by AMR Management Services. AMR's shared services model of association management leverages economies of scale to deliver improved service and more robust programs to APBP members. Expect both continuity and change as most operations move to AMR’s headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky. APBP's Board of Directors will continue to set policy and direct APBP operations, while current staff move into new roles.

AMR Management Services employs a shared services model of association management. This approach helps associations attain economies of scale in the delivery of services, resulting in more efficient use of resources, improved structure and greater satisfaction among members. It also empowers core staff to spend more of their scarce time on planning rather than administrative tasks so that association programs and services become more effective.The Board of Directors expect this to yield many exciting opportunities for APBP.

Melanie Bowzer and Lauren Mangnall are employees of AMR and now serve as APBP’s Executive Director and Program Manager.  They will work with the Board of Directors and staff members Kit Keller, Debra Goeks and Linda Tracy to transition administrative work to APBP's new headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky. APBP’s Board and staff have planned this move for more than a year, providing periodic updates to members along the way (see timeline for history and continuing updates on the transition).

Transition timeline

January 2016

First programs to transition to AMR are membership, list serve administration, and management of the APBP website. For the time being, APBP's website and list serve providers will not change.

December 2015

The 60-90 day transition process gathers momentum. APBP staff share essential information and documents related to APBP's mission, organization and internal procedures.

November 2015

The Board of Directors signs a contract with AMR on November 19. Matt Grayson re-joins AMR to function as APBP's Association Director. APBP's current staff begin to plan their transitions to new roles in 2016 as AMR takes over most administrative functions.

October 2015

After interviews and discussion, on October 2 the Board of Directors selects AMR Management Services and begins contract negotiations.

September 2015

Representatives from the association management companies submitting an RFP attend the Professional Development Seminar in St. Louis and participate in an in-person interview with the Board on October 1.

August 2015

The review team chooses five finalists from the group of 16 AMCs that submitted letters of interest. A robust conversation phase follows to discern any deal-breaker issues before moving to the Request for Proposal phase. On August 21, APBP invites RFPs from three of the five finalists.

July 2015
On July 2, the Board of Directors releases a call for Letters of Interest from tech savvy and culturally compatible association management companies. “An AMC can conduct much needed back-office administrative and technology work that currently presents a significant barrier to APBP’s growth,” comments Executive Director Kit Keller. 16 AMCs submit Letters of Interest by the July 24 deadline.

June 2015

At a special meeting of the Board on June 19, directors agree to seek smarter technology solutions--specifically the services of an association management company--to move APBP to the next level. APBP President Brett Hondorp advises members: “APBP will maintain its current program staff through this transition. The Board’s goal is to strengthen APBP’s position in the marketplace."

Winter and Spring 2015
The Board of Directors and Executive Director Kit Keller discuss the need for additional administrative and management support to enable APBP to grow. The Board decides to explore hiring an Association Management Company (AMC) to take over management of APBP under the oversight and direction of APBP's Board. In April, the Board and staff begin to draft a "wish list" for AMC candidates.

"APBP needs a bridge to the future. Within the next two years we're poised to double in membership. We need to engage state of the practice association management to help us do that,” declares APBP executive director Kit Keller. APBP grew from 525 members in 2006 to 1,300 members in 2014. However, continued membership growth and program development are hampered by limitations of small staff and technology.

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