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Lynda Patterson to Serve as Badgers United Executive Director

Badgers United for webAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce a new partnership with Badgers United that includes Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, President and Owner of AMPED, serving as the Badgers United Executive Director.

Badgers United is a 501c3 organization founded by Wisconsin residents who recognize the University of Wisconsin - Madison as one of the largest economic engines in the state, providing over $15 billion in economic impact to all 72 counties. Badgers United is data-driven, focusing on key issues to ensure that Wisconsin’s flagship university remains healthy and continues to grow.

Prior to joining AMPED, Badgers United was supported by a single staff person and outside services. The transition to AMPED and the association management company model means that Badgers United will now have access to a full team of association experts, bringing additional value and support to the organization.

Patterson shares her excitement to work with the organization.

“As a graduate of UW-Madison and a parent of two “baby Badgers,” I take great pride in the University and have a strong personal connection to Badgers United’s mission of minding the future of our land-grant institution,” said Patterson. “I am thrilled to be helping Badgers United further that mission and educate Wisconsin citizens, legislators and other stakeholders on the incredible economic impact UW-Madison delivers to our state.”

AMPED’s Kim Striebel and Sarah Peterson, both UW-Madison alumnae, will manage the finances and day-to-day operations of the organization. The team will also manage Badger Advocates, the lobbying arm of Badgers United.

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AMPED Adds Sarah Peterson as Executive Assistant

AMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Sarah Peterson is joining the team as the Executive Assistant to President and Owner Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE.

Peterson is no stranger to AMPED. She joined AMPED last summer as a college intern, assisting with communications, social media, podcast editing, and design. She worked so well with the team, that she was a natural choice when the Executive Assistant position was created.

Peterson graduates from UW-Madison in spring 2020 with a degree in Communication Arts and an Entrepreneurship certificate. Among her accomplishments, while a student, was supporting the expansion of the mobile app, LUM (Live Undiscovered Music), a project she helped develop with her brother and one that received the 2018 Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce award for Most Innovative Startup Company. Her experience with this and other startups in the Madison area has given her a leg-up in providing effective customer relations and innovative thinking.

Her role will be to support the President/Owner of AMPED and personally extend the culture, professionalism and welcoming environment that AMPED is known for out to clients, volunteer leaders and into the community.

“We are very excited to welcome Sarah back to AMPED in this new role,” said Patterson. “She brings a can-do attitude that will be evident in everything she touches. I’m looking forward to working with her to  implement new ideas that will perfect operations and accelerate growth for AMPED and our clients.”

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AMPED’s Donté Shannon Selected for ASAE 2020 Class of Fellows

Donte Shannon square LRAMPED Association Management is excited to share that Donté P. Shannon, CAE is one of five association professionals selected for the ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) 2020 Class of Fellows.

Shannon is an account executive with AMPED and serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Association of Equipment Management Professionals.

The ASAE Fellows program bestows this honorary recognition on fewer than 1 percent of ASAE's membership. Those who are named ASAE Fellows are called to continued service to the community—as authors, mentors, conference facilitators, and leaders.

“I am thrilled that ASAE has recognized Donté as a Fellow and I’m so proud to have him on the AMPED leadership team,” said AMPED President and Owner Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE. “Donté has a remarkable passion and vision for association management that shows with every interaction — whether with staff or association leaders and members. He is truly one of a kind!”

“It is such an honor to be selected as a 2020 ASAE Fellow,” said Shannon, “representing the enormous amount of talent at AMPED, and following in the footsteps of the company's esteemed founder, Lynda Patterson. I look forward to continuing my contributions to the association management profession and the associations we serve at AMPED.”

The Fellows program recognizes individual accomplishments and contributions to ASAE and The Center and the association community. The goals of the Fellows are:

  • To represent a diverse community of thought leaders who contribute knowledge and insight into the strategic issues of the profession and industry.
  • To identify and develop future association leaders, including by mentoring Diversity Executive Leadership Program scholars and Future Leaders Conference participants.
  • To take an active role in identifying future association trends and issues.
  • To serve through their active leadership and support of ASAE and Fellows activities and programs.

The Fellows selection process includes nomination by a peer; an in-depth application describing the individual's innovation, leadership and commitment to the profession; an interview with a member of the selection committee; and ultimately selection from among a group of highly-qualified candidates.  

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AMPED Announces Partnership with the United Motorcoach Association

uma logoAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce a new partnership with the United Motorcoach Association (UMA). AMPED, an accredited full-service association management company (AMC), will provide both strategic and financial management, as well as lead the group in planning their first virtual Sales Summit.

UMA serves the informational, legislative, regulatory and business needs of its member companies. Members range from those with one and two vehicles to those with many hundreds of coaches; from small tour-specific companies to those performing intercity route service, charter and tour operations on a coast-to-coast scale.

"UMA is at a pivotal point in our journey, shifting our focus to meet the needs of our members as the motorcoach industry changes drastically due to the impact of COVID-19,” said UMA President and CEO Larry Killingsworth. “We are excited to have AMPED in our corner as we evolve our systems, processes, events and future plans."

“Our partnership with UMA is a true story of integrated management and the ability of AMCs to ‘flex up’ and shift support of changing organizations,” said AMPED President and Owner Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE. “The relationship began when they had an immediate need for leadership in financial management and has evolved to guide them through a strategic operational assessment and plan for how UMA supports its members in a post-COVID world.”

AMPED’s Finance Manager Kim Striebel, MBA, will work closely with UMA to manage finance-related matters, while Patterson and a team of experienced association executives within AMPED take UMA through a 90-day strategic planning process, developing a success plan for the organization’s future. Michael Battaglia, an aspiring Certified Association Executive (CAE) will lead the strategy and development of UMA’s 2020 Virtual Sales Summit.

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Patterson Urges Congress to Aid Associations and Non-profits Impacted by Coronavirus

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AMPED President and Owner, Lynda J. Patterson sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional leaders Sunday asking that they include associations, nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations in any federal aid packages or supplemental measures.

"Many have and will be harmed by event cancellations and reduced meeting attendance as a result of COVID-19," she wrote, noting that in the last week, six of her company's client association meetings were canceled and more are expected to come.

According to the Events Industry Council’s 2018 Economic Significant Study conducted by Oxford Economics, more than 1.9 million meetings occur in the United States each year – with more than 250 million attendees. These meetings contribute more than $446 billion to U.S. gross domestic product and directly support 5.9 million jobs nationwide.

Read the full letter.

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