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Meetings 101 – More Planning, Less Panic

Natasha Pedigo, CMP, AMR Conference & Events Manager

Being a Conferences & Events Manager comes with a laundry list of “To Dos” prior to conference However, there is one box that always strikes fear in the heart of every planner:


I started my event career on the facility side of the business working for a convention center. I was constantly amazed at the number of planners who would come to me wild-eyed and panicking when the storm sirens would sound. It was clear at that point that they were relying on me, the facility, to provide direction and organization for them and their attendees should a crisis situation evolve. While it is recommended that you work with your facility partners, as a planner, you need to have a well-rounded plan in place before ever leaving the comfort of your office.

4 Tips for Avoiding Volunteer Burnout

By Tracy Tucker Vice President of Client Services, AMR

As an association executive who has worked with many different associations, the question of how to avoid volunteer burnout often comes up. While I don't think there is a simple answer to this question and what works for one association may not work for another, here are a few things I've learned over the years.

How AMR is the Omelet Station of the Breakfast Buffet

By Sarah Razor, MPA, Senior Policy Analyst, National Association of State Procurement Officials

I am one of those annoying morning people who wakes up at 5:00 a.m. because I like it. I like the quiet and the jump start on the day, even more than an hour of sleep.  It’s ridiculous, I know.  The teenager-version of myself would hardly recognize me now. 

Protecting Tax Exempt Status

By Mattie Conkwright, CPA Controller, AMR

In order for nonprofit organizations recognized as tax exempt to maintain tax-exempt status and avoid penalties, there are certain activities that are prohibited, and certain filing and disclosures required:

Young Grower Scholarship Sponsor

By Rick Dungey, Executive Director, International Fruit Tree Association

The International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) Membership Committee was convinced the best path to membership growth was through engaging and communicating with next generation growers in the tree fruit industry.  They wanted to implement a program that supported and encouraged attendance at IFTA’s conferences and educational tours by the next generation of orchardists.  So AMR staff helped them implement a “scholarship” program for young growers.