Maria Bianchi, CAE, Vice President of Client Service and Best Practice, Interel + AMG; Executive Vice President, American Ambulance Association (AAA)
About 10 years ago the American Ambulance Association (AAA) changed its Bylaws to implement term limits. There were a number of reasons for the change including little movement or change in leadership as well as a lack of candidates for AAA President (few were willing to go from committee member or Director to President-Elect). » Read More
By Maria Bianchi, CAE, Executive Vice President, American Ambulance Association, AMG Executive
Does your association currently produce an awards or recognition program? If so, when was the last time your award criteria were reviewed, added to or eliminated? Many times, Associations’ awards programs become perfunctory, stale and joyless.
Association leaders and members spend much of their time responding to challenges and visioning needs for the future. » Read More
By Maria Bianchi, CAE, American Ambulance Association, AMG Vice President of Association Practices and EVP
Recently the American Ambulance Association (AAA) embarked on a journey related to innovation with the purpose being the creation of new member benefits and revenue streams.
In years past, the AAA’s primary focus was Medicare and Regulatory issues as they relate to the industry, and while successful in achieving many of our goals, the number of actual member companies declined. » Read More
By Maria Bianchi, CAE, Executive VP, American Ambulance Association and AMG Vice President, Client Services
Board meetings usually get a bad rap. Volunteer leaders complain about the lack of discussion, the amount of “paper,” the presentations and reports presented are boring and take up too much time. Volunteers have less time to spend on their leadership role, making it even more important for the meetings to be structured so that those participating leave with a sense that their time was spent wisely. » Read More
By Maria Bianchi, CAE, AMG Vice President of Association Practices
Gone are the days when white haired, retired men sat around a Board table discussing ways to help the profession, trade, industry that gave to them so much. While a number of seats on Boards may be occupied by these leaders from days gone by, you are more likely to see women, minorities, and generation X, Y, and millennial, putting their collective heads together for the greater good of their respective profession, trade or industry. » Read More
By Maria Bianchi, CAE, AMG Vice President for Association Practices and EVP, American Ambulance Association
After practicing association management for 25 years, I thought I had many of the answers that plagued younger colleagues of mine regarding the retention of an association’s members, workforce and leadership. I was wrong.
During the past five years, much of what I thought I knew was no longer working. » Read More
by Maria Bianchi, CAE, Vice President, AMG and Executive VP, American Ambulance Association
In more than 25 years in association management, working with nonprofit organizations, my transformation from believing that governance rules and procedures are obstacles to getting things done to my current thought that they are the chalice which holds an association’s values and defines its culture is complete. While many leaders and staff still struggle with the day- to -day trials of the inherent rules of engagement, the intention of insuring that the principles of good governance are integrated into the daily work of all who touch the association can be quite easy….once you understand the need for rules and procedures. » Read More