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A whole host of modern realities and trends loom over the traditional association business model, and experts acknowledge a potential existential threat.
May 11, 2018
Acott leaving NAPA
Executive recruiters place many association CEOs, but which leaders do they see have the most success?
CEO has led $21 million-revenue group for 15 years, will exit at year’s end to ensure a smooth transition.
Advocacy strategy shifts to more local events, more targeted fly-ins
American Investment Council CEO tapped as next head of $230 million-revenue oil industry group, succeeding Jack Gerard.
CEO led four associations before joining alcohol industry group. He will leave in June to rejoin the issues management firm Washington2 Advocates.
Tax returns show at least six trade groups spent more than $40 million on lobbying in 2016, the most recent data available.
Some associations are rethinking the value proposition of thier fly-ins or even ending the yearly tradition. The National Recreation and Parks Association held its last fly-in in 2014. "We did have some folks say they really enjoyed coming to D.C., but once we explained to them how and why we were doing this, they really took to it," said NRPA's Kevin O'Hara.