SmithInstitute was established by SmithBucklin to help associations develop competencies in effective governance, strategic thinking and action taking, innovation, leadership development and change management. SmithInstitute provides the latest industry insight to association leaders on issues and trends that they can utilize to help grow their organizations and deliver value to their members.

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Company Facts

SmithBucklin is the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other. Founded in 1949, the company’s mission is to drive growth for its client organizations and provide uncompromised stewardship for their long-term prosperity. SmithBucklin provides full-service management and high-impact specialized services to trade associations, professional societies, technology user groups, corporations, government institutes/agencies and other nonprofit organizations. SmithBucklin’s offices are located in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Old Lyme, Conn., St. Louis, St. Paul, Minn. and San Ramon, Calif., and the SmithBucklin MCI Worldwide Partnership provides client organizations with seamless association and event management services from more than 40 offices throughout the world. The company is 100 percent employee-owned.

Quick Facts

  • 98 full-service client organizations
  • 451 client organizations 
  • 64 years of experience
  • $300 million in annual client budgets
  • Business volume
    • 85% full-service management
    • 15% outsourcing services

Annual Stats

  • 176,000 conventions, events and meeting attendees
  • 10,000 speakers engaged
  • $16 million total food and beverage expenditures
  • 235,000 sleeping room nights booked
  • $77 million client exhibit booths and sponsorships sold
  • 9,000 exhibiting companies
  • 1,500 client webcasts and virtual meetings
  • 50,000 webcast participants
  • 450 e-Learning courses and modules
  • 11,000 e-Learning participants

Client Organizations by Type

Client Organizations by Industry


Client Organization Tenure (Average = 15 Years)

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Our Client Organizations

SmithBucklin provides full-service management and outsourcing services to 451 trade associations, professional societies, technology user groups, corporations, government institutes/agencies and other non-profit organizations.

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Management Team

SmithBucklin's Management Team is dedicated to enabling and supporting SmithBucklin employees to deliver exemplary service and create value for our client organizations.

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