Leaders of Global Associations Discuss Opportunities and Challenges for the Industry

WASHINGTON — ASAE launches Key Global Associations Committee

ASAE launches Key Global Associations Committee

WASHINGTON — With the U.S. association industry’s growing aspirations to expand its business abroad, leaders of some of the global associations based in the United States gathered to discuss opportunities and challenges facing the industry at a first-ever meeting of the Key Global Associations Committee (KGAC). Convened by ASAE, January 27-28, 15 association leaders attended the event to network, share their knowledge and discuss the state of their global outreach endeavors.

KGAC members discussed their global efforts, the goals for the committee, and how to tackle international topics like government rules and regulations, communicating the value of global outreach, and cultural issues. The meeting also featured a presentation by Eduardo Torres, director of the South Florida U.S. Export Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Commerce.

“This first meeting of ASAE’s newest committee comes at a critical juncture for the association community, as we look to expand globally and offer our resources to new and existing partners outside of the United States,” said KGAC Chair Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, FACHE, CPA, CAE, and CEO of APICS The Association for Operations Management. “Our discussion brought into sharper focus the fact that global associations share many similarities in our global outreach, and it’s only natural that we should work together to build on our past successes and aim for even higher goals in the future. We will also look to learn from our partners abroad.”

“One of the secrets to professional success lies in our ability and willingness to learn from others, to communicate effectively, and to take an active, involved role in shaping our profession. As U.S. associations continue their global operations and increase their presence around the world, learning from peers in the U.S. and abroad will be especially important in putting associations ahead of the curve,” added ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE.

Launched by ASAE at the 2011 Annual Meeting, KGAC facilitates the exchange of information among executives of key global associations and societies, and reviews the programs and activities of ASAE in terms of meeting the needs of these executives.

KGAC, as well as all ASAE committees, serves in an advisory capacity to the ASAE Board of Directors, which has final policy-making authority. Membership is open by invitation to leaders of global U.S.-based associations with revenue of at least $10 million, out of which at least 10% comes from international activities. KGAC members need to be ASAE members in good standing.

The Committee will meet twice each year to discuss international issues and how they impact global associations.

For more information about KGAC, contact Jakub M. Konysz at [email protected].

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, [email protected], 202-326-9505.

About ASAE
About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit www.asaecenter.org.