Maryland CPAs Group Partners With IBM to Make Members Future Ready

Associations Now

Through a partnership with IBM, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants is training CPAs on technology such as artificial intelligence and data science—and preparing them for a rapidly changing landscape.

Do Associations Really Get Technology?

Association Adviser

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.

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

AMR Management Services

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

The Perfect Storm

Spark Consulting

Maryland Association of CPAs. I’d like to share some sobering statistics about higher education and employment: In the United States, students graduate from college with an average debt load of nearly $29,000. Total student debt in the U.S. is $1.23 trillion and rising. 47% of college-educated workers under 25 work in jobs. that do not require a college degree. Worldwide, 73.3 million people under the age of 25 are unemployed, representing 36.7% of total global unemployment.

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

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 Should Associations Do to Bridge the Education to Employment Gap?

Spark Consulting

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).

Lead Your Way to a Social Organization

Jamie Notter

Maddie and I had the great privilege of presenting today at ASAE’s Technology Conference with Tom Hood, the CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs.

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?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.30.16

Reid All About it

Maryland Dept. The Maryland Internship Network. The future of learning has been on my mind lately.

Just Another Association

Potomac Core

Case Study: In December 2016, the Society for Vascular Ultrasound, in Lanham, Maryland utilized a Member Impact Survey to help its board and staff team identify the profession’s up at night challenges and opportunities. Strive to Be More Than Just Another Association .

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.23.16

Reid All About it

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.

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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.

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. Making sure that the disabled can enjoy your events should be a priority for many associations.

Why are CEOs Afraid of Going Social?


Tom Hood , CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs; Richard Davis , CEO of Avectra, and more.

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.

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

WBT Systems

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.

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.

#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.

#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.

Protech Associates Creates “Tier 1 Support on Steroids”

Higher Logic

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.

The Mission Driven Volunteer Rides Again!

Spark Consulting

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.

Scanning the Horizon on the Chesapeake Bay

Association Navigator

Early Morning on Lake Ogleton, near Annapolis, Maryland. Cruising from Annapolis to Crisfield, Maryland, you can see the water becoming more and more beautiful and pristine as you head south, away from large population areas and the more significant agricultural production.

Meetings and the Business of Inspiration

Associations Now

XDP will debut May 23-24, 2017, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

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.

How Associations Can Lead on Education

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Associations have the infrastructure to help remake the education industry, according to a new white paper. What’s lacking is the will to promote that fact. Associations are forever being scolded that they need to run more like a business. But what if they already are?

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

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.21.16

Reid All About it

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.

Conferences Are Providing Inferior Education Through Lectures

Velvet Chainsaw

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.

How Associations Can Transform Higher Education

Reid All About it

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.

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. That idea didn’t sit well with the group whose mission is to protect the tiny crustacean.

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Tuesday Buzz: Is Your Leadership Pipeline Clogged?

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The first ever Xperience Design Project kicks off today in National Harbor, Maryland. Why it may be time to reassess your organization’s leadership path. Also: Xperience Design Project premieres with innovative viewing formats. Is your leadership pipeline too rigid?

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.

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.

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.

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.

XDP Challenges Association Pros to Become Experience Designers

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Kicking off the inaugural edition of XDP at National Harbor, Maryland, host Lisa Kay Solomon invoked that infuriating moment when you wish you had a stick of dynamite to open up the plastic package encasing a lightbulb.



We are super excited to announce that we are establishing a joint venture with CommPartners , a long-established company in the association industry that focuses on online education programs, knowledge communities and multimedia events for associations.