LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 18, 2018) — AMR recently announced that Nick Ruffin, CAE, has assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. The announcement is part of AMR’s multi-year succession planning that began in 2011 and recently culminated in former CEO John Ruffin’s retirement from the company on June 30, 2018. Nick has served as AMR’s President and Chief Operating Officer since 2011.
In conjunction with John’s retirement, ownership of AMR has been transferred to Nick Ruffin and Tracy Tucker. As part of the overall succession planning, Tucker has been elevated to the position of Executive Vice President. Additionally, DeLaine Bender, CAE, joins Ruffin and Tucker on the executive team, assuming the role of Vice President, Client Services.
“First, I’d like to thank John Ruffin not only for his over 20 years of success in building AMR to what it is today, but also his long-term vision of establishing this line of succession over several years,” Nick Ruffin shared. “AMR has been able to allow John to work toward retirement as the company planned this new leadership structure, allowing us to continue our high level of client service during this period of realignment, all while providing a seamless experience for our clients and team members.”
Tucker noted, “I have learned a great deal over the years under John Ruffin’s mentorship and am committed to carrying his vision forward. I’m grateful for this opportunity and will continue to focus efforts on leading AMR and helping our association partners fulfill their mission.”
“AMR is poised for growth, and the energy of the professional team is palpable,” noted Bender. “I look forward to working closely with Nick and Tracy to build upon the excellent structure, innovative culture and high standards that John helped institute in the company. This is an exciting time for AMR, and I’m proud to be part of it.”
About AMR Management Services AMR Management Services provides professional services to a variety of local, regional, national and international nonprofit trade associations, professional societies and foundations. Through our passion, people and principles, AMR turns vision into action to enable client success.
AMR’s core services include association management, conference and event management, marketing and creative services and technology management. More than 20 regional, national and international organizations rely on AMR for association management expertise. AMR is one of only 19 AMCs to receive the Charter Accredited designation by the AMC Institute and is active in the American Society of Association Executives.