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Bob Doyle and Jean Jernigan, CAE, CMP, have been appointed to MSAE’s Board of Directors. The appointments, which were recommended to the Board of Directors at its December 1 meeting by the Leadership Identification Committee, received unanimous support. About Bob Doyle Doyle is President and Chief Executive Officer for the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) where he provides strategic leadership and support to MICPA’s team and its members. Prior to leading MICPA, Doyle served as Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Advocacy for the Association for Advancing Automation, Member of the Board of Directors for the South Oakland ...
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Crain's Detroit Business recently released its list of Michigan's most influential women in business, public policy, entrepreneurship, nonprofits, and higher education - we're thrilled to see association leaders and industry partners among them. Association leaders making Crain's list include Terry Barclay, President and CEO of Inforum; Fay Beydoun, Executive Director of the Arab American Chamber of Commerce; Charity Dean, President and CEO of the Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance; Julie Fream, President & CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association; and Donna Murray-Brown, President and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association. Get to ...
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What's in a legacy

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Two decades of working in Lansing provided me with a front-row seat to observe the career progression and decision-making of many association and industry leaders. I've always appreciated how valuable a learning experience their leadership was for me - seeing what worked and what didn't, learning about their decision-making, and observing how they interacted with those they served as well as one another. But one behavior above others has always left me wondering. In the September of their careers, many leaders start thinking and talking about legacy. They reflect on business accomplishments, legislative victories, and the like, assessing the ...
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A bill was introduced to the House Education Committee this week that would prohibit the use of public dollars for membership dues in associations. If the work of your association doesn't relate directly to education, you probably skimmed right by it when reading Gongwer or MIRS. I have to admit I did. But then I got to thinking about the central issue: Should organizations pay membership dues? Trade Associations and Professional Societies There are many different kinds of associations, but it makes sense to focus largely on trade associations and professional societies concerning this issue. Voluntary membership dues are a critical source of ...
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Image credit: A detail from the north wall of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry. Diego Rivera, 1932. Detroit Institute of Arts "Associations stand at the industry crossroads of the workforce as well as global, social and technological change." 1 As champions of the industries we serve, associations are uniquely positioned to help our members attract and retain talent amidst the most significant labor shortage the US has experienced in fifty years. Inspired by conversations with dozens of members in recent weeks and the critical work you're doing, this week's blog features tactics members are using to arm your industries for the war for talent. ...
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As Michigan's economic recovery begins, it is encouraging to see the association community forge ahead. Despite the challenges of learning to live (and lead) with COVID as a constant reality, it is clear that we are building a better future – together. It is impossible to look at the past 19 months (or the past 100 years, for that matter) and not appreciate the impactful role associations play in Michigan's economy, industry, and citizens' quality of life. MSAE's Board of Directors and I are committed to supporting you as you do this work that is so crucial. Even as we redouble our commitment to do more for you, we are painfully aware that recovery for Michigan's ...
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Ngage Management, a full-service association and event management company, and the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE), which serves more than 3,000 association executives, professionals, and industry partners in the state, are pleased to announce the selection of Ngage Management as MSAE’s association management service provider and partner following a rigorous RFP solicitation and vetting process. The partnership between the two key members of Michigan’s association community will expand MSAE’s capacity to serve its members as the state’s economic recovery progresses. "The Board of Directors and I are committed to supporting Michigan's association ...
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Corporate activism seemed to reach an all-time high in the last 24 months. Companies like Amazon, Netflix, Citigroup, Ford, Disney, Marriott, and Hallmark joined the ranks of long-time activists like Ben & Jerry's and Patagonia, throwing their money and brand power behind political and social causes in very public and consequential ways. Notably, experts assert that this was no fluke. Corporate activism was a long time in coming and is here to stay. In the wake of the storm, association leaders may find themselves wondering how we got here and what it may mean for their organizations. How We Got Here Generally considered to be a public stance ...
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It's all too easy to get caught up serving members and miss a financial update or guidance issued by the IRS. Here are three quick tax-related items that should be on your radar. Could Your Association Use $28,000 Per Employee in 2021? The Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) is a refundable payroll tax credit based on wages paid to employees at organizations that either (1) have been fully or partially shut down due to a government order OR (2) had gross receipts decline a certain percentage less than those in the same calendar quarter of 2019. The maximum credit for 2020 is up to $5,000 per employee, and for 2021 it is up to $7,000 ...
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Closing a Chapter

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Today is the day. After nearly 15 years and countless training sessions, brown bag lunches, and committee meetings, MSAE's former headquarters at 1350 Haslett Road stands empty. It was fun to visit with members over the last two weeks when they popped in to pick up items. But it was also bittersweet to hear the nostalgia and a little sadness in members' voices as they reminisced about their experiences. Change is difficult. Change may be even more difficult when it centers on a place where so many people experienced so much. Think about it. Lots of good things happened here - learning and laughter, new opportunities and inspired ideas, unlikely ...
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Due to overwhelming labor shortages and supply chain disruption, the production and delivery of promotional items for the meetings and events industry is being increasingly affected. As the Hospitality Industry reopens and more live meetings and events are taking place, it is putting a huge strain on production facilities and hindering their ability to deliver goods on time. The items most affected are bags ( totes and backpacks), neck wallets, drinkware, and journals. Marty Bear, President OF PMSI Promos suggests five strategies to help ensure that your products arrive at your meetings and conference on time: Order early- Give yourself double ...
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MSAE members are invited to stop by our (former) headquarters building located at 1350 Haslett Road in East Lansing September 21 and 22 between 10 am and 2 pm to add to your professional library or outfit your office space. Choose from a huge variety of books, office furniture, and supplies. Name Your Price - or Not Take what you need; pay if can. The building was sold in August and the new owners take occupancy on October 4. Local vendors are not interested in buying our office furniture and equipment because so many businesses have reduced or eliminated office space. Donations are appreciated but not expected. The Fine Print Small and portable ...
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Photo by Pixabay on Pexel What does 2022 and beyond look like for associations? Several well-respected entities in the industry recently published research, forecasts, and guidance that lays out their take on the future. Certain key themes were inherent in all of the publications, which means they're worthy of consideration as you chart your association's path for the future. One hard truth to embrace before you read on: these themes are premised on the belief that COVID-19 is likely to circulate in populations around the world permanently . Rethinking Economy of Scale In-person events were moneymakers for associations because we could recognize ...
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MSAE 2021-22 Chairman of Board Ara Topouzian receives the crystal gavel from outgoing Chairman Jared Burkhart, CAE A very special transition of leadership occurred at MSAE's Board of Directors meeting on August 25, 2021. The board elected the 2021-22 officers and recognized the service of directors who were retiring from the board. Ara Topouzian will serve as Chairman of the Board. Executive Director for the Michigan Venture Capital Association, Topouzian has spent his career in economic development and association management centered in communities in southeast Michigan. Previously, he was President/CEO of the Troy Chamber of Commerce, where he oversaw ...
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One hundred fifty association executives, professionals, and industry partners came together for MSAE's Annual Conference at the lovely Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest to learn, share, and connect with colleagues. Lots of great activities, conversations, and connections occurred, but here's a quick recap of nine items that stood out for me: Inspirational speaker Alex Sheen shared his compelling story and reminded conference attendees that our word is our promise and fulfilling those promises can change lives. When Alex first handed out promise cards as a tribute to his late father, who always kept his promises, he never dreamed it would set ...
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What do you know about chapters? Otherwise known as sections, states, clubs, locals, or affiliates, c hapters are components of associations that act as a critical presence and connection to members. Closer to members geographically, chapters - when effective - improve member satisfaction, expand revenue opportunities, and amplify an association's reach with regard to marketing and advocacy. If you lead a chapter, have chapters, or are considering chapters, you may wonder how they measure up. Your understanding of the trends, standard practices, and efficacy could make a significant difference. Mariner Management, Billhighway, and Whorton Marketing & ...
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A Screenshot from Naylor's 2021 Association Communications Benchmarking Report Naylor's new report on association communications confirms that associations' communication frequency reached a record level in 2021. However, the report also highlights the significant pain points related to those communications, which may be a portent of things to come. Communication Frequency The frequency of communication increased across all channels. If you're wondering how your association measures up, associations averaged 16.4 social media touches per month and 12.3 digital touches. The average number of touches via print publications was 1.7, and video ...
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Ann Arbor is well known for an amazing food scene with brews and spirits to match. In true Ann Arbor style, the Tuesday evening festivities for MSAE's Annual Conference are sure to make it a night to remember! Brews & Barbecue The Marriott Eagle Crest and Destination Ann Arbor invite you to join your MSAE colleagues for an evening of good food, live music, and great company. As the sun sets over the scenic Ford Lake and Eagle Crest Golf course, we’ll be among the very first to experience the brand-new Garden Marquee venue. Wander through delicious food stations, enjoying live music and connecting with friends (old and new) while sampling local beers, ...
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The Michigan Society of Association Executives is requesting proposals for association services. About the Opportunity This is a unique opportunity to take on a high-profile client and also be an essential partner in its turnaround. This search is prompted by the need to add/reinstate organizational capacity after having operated with minimal staffing throughout the COVID crisis. We anticipate a three-year arrangement that encompasses services for all aspects of the association with the exception of the role of the chief staff executive. We expect that our new partner will provide services while actively seeking new and innovative ways to improve the ...
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As association leaders grapple with what reopening looks like for their organizations, the MSAE Board of Directors took bold action at its June meeting, voting unanimously to auction the association's headquarters located at 1350 Haslett Road in East Lansing. The board's decision reflects a commitment to investing MSAE's resources in activities that will build value for the Society's membership. The Decision to Auction The motion to auction the building was prompted by a recommendation from MSAE President and CEO Donna Oser, CAE, after months of research. The property was originally listed for sale in 2019 and then again in 2020. Auctioning the property ...
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