How many tricks can your pony do?

Pony kicking its heels up.

The world of association management is multi-faceted. At Association Acumen we take pride in cross-pollinating our teams to leverage experience, education and expertise. We know a one-trick pony is unlikely to maximize the potential of a member-driven organization. And so, we turn to those who are best suited to author blog posts – – the talented people that make up Association Acumen who enthusiastically juggle a variety of association management skills every day, be it governance, financials, marketing, public relations, membership, meeting planning, technology, electronic communications and websites.

Around here, we move nimbly from complexity to simplicity, and we are never bored. You could be drafting a financial reserves policy intended to guide an organization’s stability into the future one minute, and the next you might be alpha-sorting a member list for a time-sensitive mailing. We rely on know-how, board-staff synergy, strategic vision and data-driven association management decisions to enable us to move swiftly and make decisions that keep our organizations moving forward day in and day out.

Welcome to Association Acumen’s blog, where you’ll find a plethora of valuable association management insights. No matter if you are flying high at 10,000 feet or have your ear closer to the ground in the pony’s corral, you’re sure to find insights here that will make you kick up your heels~



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