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Do Associations Really Get Technology?

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Features Technology 2016 AGC of America APCO International Blue Sky Blue Sky Broadcast California Association of Health Facilities Innovation Maryland Asoscition of CPAs naylor technology TimberlakeThere are two things you can count on this time of year: One, tech will be at the center of the last-minute holiday shopping blitz; and two, many of the latest tech tools and gadgets will be on the. For more about this topic, click on the headline.

A quick shoutout to some awesome volunteers!


Here’s a quick shout out to two of our association clients, Maryland Chapter of Public Relations Society of America and Maryland Recycling Network , both of whom just held their annual conferences. And what a success both had

5 Associations Rethink Volunteerism


Tom Hood, CEO, Maryland Association of CPAs , Debra BenAvram, CEO, A.S.P.E.N. Join a group of volunteer evangelists as we explore new solutions for association volunteering on an Association Trends. webinar series.

AMR Welcomes the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians as Client Partner

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January 5, 2016) — AMR is pleased to welcome the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (MD ACEP) as a new full-service client partner. LEXINGTON, Ky. AMR is excited about

From the Corner Office: Tom Hood, Maryland Association of CPAs

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based Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) , a leader in social media best practices for financial professionals. October 2010 2 -- Leadership This month’s Corner Office profile falls on Tom Hood, CPA, executive director of Towson, Md.-based By Association Adviser staff

What Should Associations Do to Bridge the Education to Employment Gap?

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Maryland Association of CPAs. If you’ve been persuaded by the information I’ve shared about The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm the past few days that we do have a large-scale problem that associations are uniquely equipped to address (and I hope you have), the next question is: where do we start? fourth post of The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm release week). Shelly and I have some advice to offer: Adopt a strategic approach (which is generally good advice for just about any problem). Clearly define career pathways. Consider certification.

Smaller-Scale Locales Score Big on Top Destinations List

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National Harbor, Maryland? The biggest surprises: Despite having a population of just 3,788 and a total of just six hotels, National Harbor, Maryland, a mixed-use development near Washington, DC, whose first phase was completed in 2008, ranked 26th on the list in its first appearance. (In In comparison, the much larger Maryland city of Baltimore came in 25th.) New York City.

Do I Still Belong In The Association Space?

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

I still remember moving to Bethesda, Maryland, from Joplin, Missouri, starting my first job in associations - working for the Parenteral Drug Association. What does the future hold in store for me? The picture isn''t clear. I never anticipated becoming an association executive. What was an association and how could I explain it to my family? Time passed. My role? I was excited. Exciting!

13 Hidden Conference Gems

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National Harbor, Maryland: You may not think that an area with a population of less than 4,000 could host a major association event, but National Harbor is full of surprises. Tired of the cities where you’ve hosted conferences so often? Consider these 13 relatively unsung meeting destinations as you plan your next event. A Few sneak peeks. Nathan Jones/Flickr. Prayitno/Flickr.

Consumer Technology Association Foundation Hops on Self-Driving Cars

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The Olli, which was first tested last year in National Harbor, Maryland, will be the basis of the new effort. Teaming with IBM and Local Motors, the association’s charitable foundation is working to find a mobility solution for seniors and those with disabilities—the two groups the foundation seeks to empower.

An AweSOME Evening for Those in Need

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David Tolson on a deer hunt in Maryland. Congratulations to SOME, (So Others Might Eat), the D.C. non-profit that helps the homeless, and low income seniors, “restoring hope and dignity one person at a time.” ” Fran and I attended their Annual Gala & Auction last night at the National Building Museum as the guest of my friend David Tolson. During the program William E.

Protech Associates Creates “Tier 1 Support on Steroids”

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Based in Columbia, Maryland, Protech Associates, Inc. provides cloud-based association management software powered by Microsoft Dynamics CRM. In early 2015, Protech Associates Director of Customer Care Matt Bruffey recognized the need to improve the customer support experience. Our support was really a communications black box,” said Bruffey. Implementing Higher Logic.

#Tech16: Not All Hackers Are Bad Guys

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These self-described “good guy” hackers delivered the closing keynote Wednesday at ASAE’s 2016 Technology Conference & Expo at National Harbor, Maryland. ASAE’s Technology Conference & Expo closed on Wednesday with keynoters Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, two well-known hackers who are exposing technology flaws to protect the public. Good Guys vs. Bad Guys.

#Tech16: Make Your Digital Stamp

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Part of the formula is understanding when using technology will be effective, and when it will not be, in leading organizations to success, according to author and technology expert Erik Qualman, kicking off ASAE’s 2016 Technology Conference & Expo Tuesday in National Harbor, Maryland. What does it take to be a leader in the digital era? Simplification. Try to get it down to zero.”.

Who Owns Social Media? Risk Management?


While speaking at the Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism and Maryland Council of Directors of Volunteer Services’ Power Up! I’ve explored the similarities between building community and risk management before on this blog. First, I penned Community, Social Media and Risk Perceptions and then Risk Management and Open Community: More Similar than You Think.

Is it time to clean up?


On the final day of May with one signature Maryland Governor Larry Hogan rescinded 72 executive orders issued by previous administrations over the last 46 years. My response was “say what?” so I kept reading

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.30.16

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Maryland Dept. The Maryland Internship Network. The future of learning has been on my mind lately. After reading Elizabeth Engel and Shelly Alcorn’s paper, The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm , I was inspired to write my own take on how associations could transform higher education. Why not dream big or dream differently—that’s how to design your own future. Onward!

Millennial-Friendly Benefits Worth Considering

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Associations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia could consider HUNGRY Catering. Not sure how to crack the code to attracting and retaining that millennial workforce you’re looking for? These three benefits might just be the way to go. Oftentimes, your job—or your first few jobs—may not come with the perfect salary. Student Debt Repayment. Here are some quick stats: There are 44.2 trillion.

Plan Ahead to Make Your Meetings More Accessible for the Disabled

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Organizations that don’t could invite legal challenges and public criticism like the University of Maryland (UMD) is facing. The issue came to a head this week after the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) sued the University of Maryland, College Park, over its lack of accessibility to the deaf and hearing-impaired during football games. Ask how you can help.

Why are CEOs Afraid of Going Social?


Tom Hood , CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs; Richard Davis , CEO of Avectra, and more. The blogosphere is abuzz with the results of a new survey which looked for social media accounts for all of the CEOs of the Fortune 500, and found that 70% of CEOs are not using social media. This is from a post by Adi Gaskell on Technorati : Does it matter if CEOs tweet?

The Mission Driven Volunteer Rides Again!

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PH: And read the Maryland CPA case study … they started with asking questions and then made changes slowly. Earlier this month, Mission Driven Volunteer co-author Peggy Hoffman and I had the opportunity to present about our research on this topic for Wild Apricot. As is often the case with webinars, we weren’t able to get to all the questions during the Q&A. Even better? EE: YES!

Meetings and the Business of Inspiration

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XDP will debut May 23-24, 2017, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Speaking at ASAE’s Springtime Expo, 360 Live Media founder and CEO Don Neal encouraged attendees to reconsider their roles, saying they are not just meeting planners—they’re experience designers. Meeting planning isn’t just about logistics. Yes, you are a planner.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.23.16

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Stefanie Reeves, MA, CAE, Executive Director, Maryland Psychological Association. The only way to thrive in our ever-changing world is by sharpening old skills, learning new ones, and deepening your knowledge. That’s why I provide this list every week—so it’s a little easier for you to do that. Change and fear go hand in hand. Do you ever think about fear? Your fear? Your staff’s fear?

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How Associations Can Lead on Education

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The HR Certification Institute, for instance, created a credential for newcomers in the industry but not necessarily HR professionals; state CPA societies in Maryland and Ohio emphasized training in soft skills and skills students needed; the National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses provides stepping stones for its members to climb the next rung in the nursing ladder.

CPA Group’s Recognition Program Introduces Students to Accounting

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Following the successful pilot in Florida, Maryland, New York, and North Carolina during the 2015-2016 school year, the program will expand nationwide to 209 schools starting in the fall. A new recognition program from the American Institute of CPAs and NAF aims to get more high schools students interested in an accounting career.

WBT Systems’ TopClass maintains position as #1 LMS for Associations

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WBT Systems will be exhibiting at the ASAE Technology Conference 2016 National Harbor, Maryland, December 13-14. For the second consecutive year, WBT Systems’ TopClass LMS has been named the #1 Learning Management System for Associations in the Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards. TopClass LMS had previously been named the Best Association LMS in 2015.

Does Your Membership Team Have Ninja-Like Reflexes?

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In working with boards and membership there are emotions, opinions, and ideas that could either work or fall flat on their face,” says Amy Hager, who was BBAV’s executive director until she recently transitioned to executive director of the Landscape Contractors Association of DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Here’s what membership teams can learn from the sport’s mind-body connection.

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Shell Shocked: Hermit Crab Association Reshapes Baseball Team’s Planned Giveaway

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The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs planned to give a free hermit crab to the first 1,000 fans to arrive at the minor league team’s Opening Day game. The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced last week that, at its Opening Day game on April 24, the first 1,000 fans to arrive would receive a free hermit crab and terrarium container. They are not in any way a short-lived pet.”.

Fire Fighter Group to Open First-of-its-Kind Treatment Center

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The facility, which will open in January 2017 in Prince George’s County, Maryland, will provide diagnosis, peer counseling, and treatment to IAFF members, as well as house a gym and running courses. PTSD and substance abuse are pandemic among fire fighters. Both groups have found that fire fighters are more likely to speak freely with their colleagues.

Five Things You Might Not Know About Halloween

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Sometimes safety is the last thing on the agenda when having fun,” said Joshua Matthew Abzug, a pediatric orthopaedic hand surgeon at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital and an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons spokesperson. Some frightful facts and trick-or-treating tips from the world of associations—just in time for Halloween. Do trick-or-treaters all like candy corn?

Conferences Are Providing Inferior Education Through Lectures

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Other universities followed including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, North Carolina State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Colorado at Boulder and Harvard. Conferences are providing inferior education if all they provide is didactic, presenter monologue lectures. Yes, that’s right. The speaker lecture is ineffective and inferior! Not so, says Weiman.

Making Augmented Reality a Reality for Membership

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Next Tuesday marks the start of ASAE’s Technology Conference & Expo at National Harbor, Maryland, and I’m looking forward to hearing from association leaders who will be talking about new and emerging technology trends. A technology expert explains how augmented reality apps can deepen the membership experience for associations. And, what’s it have to do with membership? history.

Columbia Idea Swap - KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

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Social Media Roundup: Learn From Martin O’Malley’s Reddit Misstep

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How the governor of Maryland got Reddit really, really wrong this week. O’Malley, the Democratic governor of Maryland who is widely considered to be possible presidential candidate in 2016, took a big risk on Monday when he introduced himself to the world of Reddit, and bombed—badly. Also: A social strategy can help take the pressure off when your site goes down.

Association Study: Libraries Help Close the Digital Gap

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Institute of Museum and Library Services, was conducted by the ALA Office for Research and Statistics, the University of Maryland’s Information Policy and Access Center, and the International City/County Management Association. If your local library doesn’t have working WiFi, it’s probably because the power’s out. percent), and homework help for students (96.5

ASAE Testifies on DC’s Proposed Paid Leave Act

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District residents who work for employers in Maryland, Virginia, or other nearby jurisdictions would also be forced to contribute to the paid leave fund at the same scaled percentage contribution rate. In its testimony, ASAE urged the DC Council to ease any undue burden on association employers and employees in the city. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE. “A

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.21.16

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Location: Maryland Psychological Association, Columbia, MD. If you’re looking for a way to contribute to the association community, I’ve got one for you. Please participate – the size or budget of your association doesn’t matter. Data from the survey will form the basis of a report Tagoras will release in the coming months. Here’s another link to the survey. More info/register. 1 CAE credit.

Sure I can help


When PRSA Maryland needed volunteers for a one-time task, many of our active volunteers raised their hands. But when they were still coming up short, a “sure I can help” came from a longtime yet relatively inactive volunteer. This volunteer, while still on the books, had settled into very much a behind-the-scenes, third-string position

Trading Spaces: Food Truck Association Unveils Exchange Tool for Vendors

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A new tech platform, provided by the DC, Maryland, and Virginia Food Truck Association, will allow members and nonmembers to trade city-assigned vending spaces. To help its members exchange assigned parking spaces, the DC, Maryland, and Virginia Food Truck Association (DMV FTA) will unveil a new, one-of-a-kind digital trading platform at its first annual convention this week.

How Associations Can Transform Higher Education

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In the paper, Tom Hood , CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs, said, “College programs are missing the success skills that are increasingly required earlier in young professionals’ careers”. Right now, today, in 2016 is the best time to start up. There has never been a better day in the whole history of the world to invent something. Right now, this minute. Let’s not blow our chance.