Since 1949, SmithBucklin client organizations have benefited from growth-focused practices, best-in-class talent and an unmatched resource base of people, knowledge and infrastructure—as well as a culture that places earning trust, delivering uncompromised client stewardship and building long-term relationships above all else.
Through the years, our professionals have successfully managed hundreds of trade associations, professional societies and technology user groups delivering unparalleled knowledge and practice to drive value for each client organization. Our approach to full-service association management involves bringing together a team of management, operations and specialist talent skilled in all aspects of volunteer-governed organizations, then supporting it with a robust yet cost-effective headquarters infrastructure. The staff team is led by a SmithBucklin association executive, who serves as your chief staff executive with the support of a SmithBucklin senior director.
Experience Across Industry Practices
Our experience in managing and working with a large and diverse set of client organizations has also allowed us to develop industry-specific practices.
These practice areas—focusing on business trade, healthcare & scientific, and technology—offer client organizations significant expertise and understanding regarding the unique challenges and requirements of the industries they serve.
Tailored Service Arrangements to Client-specific Needs
Because we tailor each service arrangement to client-specific needs and because each client organization is served by its own multi-disciplined staff team, we can effectively serve groups of any size. Whatever the size, scope or level of requirements, SmithBucklin client organizations benefit from a unique convergence of talent, experience and resources to support and enhance every possible area of association activity.
We operate under the direction an association’s board of directors and other key volunteer leaders, always respecting the organization's independence and autonomy. The members of each client organization’s staff team work closely with the board and committees to plan and execute association initiatives, programs and member services based on the organization's overall mission, strategy and objectives. The association’s staff team is also responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership, as well as suggesting innovative ideas and new approaches. Throughout all of our work, we ensure that each and every client organization's identity—as defined by its customs, beliefs and values—is protected, nurtured and preserved. This principle is deeply embedded in The SmithBucklin Culture.
SmithBucklin client organizations also benefit from our worldwide capabilities, which include international expertise; an extensive worldwide network; our ability to create multi-cultural experiences, to develop and implement an international plan, organize events, manage chapters and deliver association management services worldwide.
Considerations for Standalone Associations
We understand how difficult it can be for standalone associations to decide to use an association management company. We have outlined some of the factors that have driven the decisions of other associations currently served by SmithBucklin. Click here to learn more.
Commitment to Your Organization
Driven by our constant commitment to listening carefully to our client organizations and understanding their current needs and future goals, we continuously work to ensure that our customized solutions are achieving goals, driving growth and building sustained competitiveness for our client organizations.
We invite you to learn more about how our talented people, unmatched resource base and unique culture can make a difference in your association’s vitality and long-term success.
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Please contact us to learn how our full-service association management capabilities can benefit your organization.