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Amanda Safa Earns Certified Meeting Professional Designation

safaThe Events Industry Council has announced that Amanda Safa, a meeting planner with AMPED Association Management, has earned the Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP) designation.

The CMP program is recognized around the world as a badge of excellence in the events industry.

Safa has 11 years’ experience in association and nonprofit meeting planning and has a passion for perfecting meeting and event logistics while strategically identifying areas to bring in new technology and innovation.

Her current AMPED clients are the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) and the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) for whom she recently managed the overall strategy and planning of their joint international medical meeting with over 8,200 participants. Her leadership helped transition the citywide meeting to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic and successfully guided the cancellation process of in-person components while exceeding the virtual meeting budget.

At AMPED, Safa has also led meetings for the Society of Wetland Scientists, the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives, the National Air Filtration Association, and the Fantasy Sports Gaming Association. Prior to joining AMPED, Safa planned meetings and events for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

“Earning the CMP designation has been an important professional goal of mine for quite some time, and, in this challenging and ever-changing time of meetings, it felt appropriate to achieve now,” said Safa. “Being part of a body of knowledge in the meeting management profession will only add to AMPED’s commitment to grow and perfect meeting operations, and I am honored to hold this badge of excellence in the events industry.”

More than 11,000 meeting professionals from 40 nations hold the CMP or CMP-HC designation.

“Attaining your CMP in one of the most turbulent, ever-changing and dynamic times in our industry is an exceptional achievement. Finding the time to dedicate to apply for the exam, and to dedicate to the preparation, is no easy task in this kind of once-in-a-lifetime environment,” said Events Industry Council CMP Governance Commission Chair Alisa Peters, CMP, CMM. “We send a special thanks and congratulations to the individuals who prioritized achieving this designation for their ongoing professional development, during a moment in time when they were being pulled in so many different directions at once. You are among some of our best and brightest and we welcome your dedication and tenacity into our CMP community.”

The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education and a rigorous exam.

 

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Christina McCoy will be new Executive Director of Association for the Advancement of Wound Care

CM for web 2019AMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Christina McCoy is taking on a new role as Executive Director of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC). AAWC transitioned to AMPED management on May 1, 2021.

McCoy will oversee operations of the organization, bringing essential tools to foster strategic governance and ensure association best practices to re-energize and perfect operations of the association. She will be supported by a team of six at AMPED who will focus on AAWC’s operations, finances, meetings, trade shows, communications, and overall growth.

McCoy has been a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) since 2012, and served as the Chair for ASAE’s Young Professionals Committee in 2017/18 term. Christina earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2017 and later that year was a recipient of the Forty Under 40® Award from Association Forum and USAE. An ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) NextGen Scholar, she was featured in Meetings and Conventions Magazine as one of 15 young professionals to watch. She has worked with associations, putting the LEAD in servant LEADership since 2008. McCoy is the proud mom of 3 kids under the age 6.

In addition to her role with the AAWC, McCoy will continue to serve as Executive Director of APTA Geriatrics and the Fantasy Sports and Gaming Association, both association clients of AMPED.

AAWC is the largest multidisciplinary wound care organization in the United States with over 1,100 members dedicated to providing its members with the best resources, ongoing education, and support network needed to assist them in delivering best practices to the diverse and growing numbers of patients with a wound.

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AMPED to manage Association for the Advancement of Wound Care

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AMPED Association Management has been selected by Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) to manage their operations.

AAWC is the largest multidisciplinary wound care organization in the United States with over 1,100 members dedicated to providing its members with the best resources, ongoing education, and support network needed to assist them in delivering best practices to the diverse and growing numbers of patients with a wound.

AMPED’s Christina McCoy, CAE will serve as Executive Director for AAWC, supported by Kris Ackley, who will serve as Associate Director. The team looks forward to working with the leadership in bringing essential tools to foster strategic governance and ensure association best practices to re-energize and perfect operations of the association.

“I’m thrilled to serve and lead our team in supporting our members to advance the care of patients with and at risk for wounds,” said McCoy. “We’re honored and eager to work with and earn the trust of the dedicated, passionate volunteer leaders of AAWC.”

AAWC President Ruth Bryant, PhD, MS, RN, CWOCN, FAAWC said she is excited to be working with AMPED. “AMPED brings a diverse, energetic, and experienced staff devoted to association management. Their expertise will help AAWC improve its efficiencies and its reach. We are looking forward to this change, our growth and a rewarding member experience.”

AMPED will assume full-service association management on May 1, 2021.

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Laura Ransone is New Women In Trucking Foundation Executive Director

Laura Ransone for webAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Laura Ransone, MBA has taken on a new role as Executive Director of the Women In Trucking Foundation. The Women In Trucking Foundation provides scholarships to ensure that women in the trucking industry have the support they need to grow their skills and themselves. Ransone oversees operations of the organization and works directly with the Board of Directors and sponsors working to grow the organization’s reach.

Ransone’s professional background includes expertise in project management, relationship building, program development, communications, event planning, and strategic planning. She was named a top Rising Star in the meetings industry by Meetings and Conventions; was honored as a 2019 Emerging Leader Awardee for In House Communications from Washington Women in PR; and selected to join American University’s leadership development program, WeLead. Ransone received a bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from George Mason University.

In addition to her role with the Women In Trucking Foundation, Ransone will continue to serve as Associate Director of Women in Government Relations (WGR), a professional association client of AMPED.

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Michelle Czosek will be new Tavern League of Wisconsin Executive Director

DSC 8681 CROP squareAMPED Association Management is pleased to announce that Michelle Czosek, CAE will take on a new role as Executive Director of the Tavern League of Wisconsin (TLW). The TLW is transitioning to AMPED management starting May 1, 2021.

Czosek will oversee operations of the organization and work directly with the Board of Directors on strategy and budget. She will be supported by a team of seven at AMPED who will focus on the TLW’s operations, finances, meetings, trade shows, communications, and overall growth.

Czosek has over 30 years of experience managing a variety of professional and trade associations with expertise in education, event planning, membership and governance.

In addition to her role with the TLW, Czosek will continue to serve as Executive Director of the National Air Filtration Association and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives, both association clients of AMPED.

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