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                                                                                                                                                                  January 2015

In this issue...

  1. President's Message
  2. A Warm Welcome from Cold Minnesota
  3. Notable News
  4. Thank You for Your AAMSE Membership Renewal
  5. MGMA Survey
  6. AAMSE SIGs: Making Your Life Easier
  7. AAMSE Welcomes Its Newest Members


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Contact AAMSE:
1000 Westgate Drive
Suite 252
St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 288-3432

A Message from AAMSE's President

AAMSE's New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a chance to recharge your personal and professional batteries, and you are embracing the start of 2015 in a refreshed and refocused way.

Did you make New Year’s resolutions? Do yours include to live your life in a more balanced way, to spend more quality time with family, to get more physically fit, and/or to stop sweating the small stuff (and it’s all small stuff)? As you may have guessed, those are some of mine…and I have one more: I resolve to not use any more Auburn football analogies in my President’s Messages.

I am very excited about AAMSE’s opportunities in 2015! Your AAMSE Board is recharging our association’s batteries and embracing our opportunities to serve your professional needs and enhance the value you experience as a member of AAMSE.

With the new management relationship with Ewald Consulting, and with Darrin Hubbard, our new Executive Director at the helm, we are excited for what the future holds for AAMSE.

Much has been going on behind the scenes to ensure a successful transition. Other important transition efforts are much more visible to all of us. As you would expect, AAMSE has a new phone number ((651) 288-3432) and headquarters address. We encourage you to update this information in your virtual rolodexes, and reach out to the membership service staff if you have a question or need support in any way. They are ready to serve you!

A Warm Welcome from Cold Minnesota

Darrin Hubbard, CAE
AAMSE, Executive Director

As I write this message, most of the country is feeling the effects of a Siberian jet stream that is causing temperatures to be anywhere from 20-50 degrees colder than normal for this time of year. For those of us in St. Paul, that means forecasting a high temperature of -5 degrees later this week. However, the frigid weather has not stopped many AAMSE members from warm welcome messages and calls to our staff. Thank you for your kind words as we begin this partnership – we are looking forward to working with you!

Who are we?

Ewald Consulting was founded in 1982 and is one of only 14 association management companies that are charter accredited by the AMC Institute and charter certified by the ASAE. We are headquartered in St. Paul and also have an office in Chicago (Rosemont). Between our two offices, there are more than 60 employees; 12 of which have earned the CAE or CMP designation and several with advanced degrees. We provide an array of management services to more than 40 state, regional, national and international non-profit organizations in industries ranging from medical to theatre.

2015 will mark my 10 year anniversary with Ewald Consulting. Internally, I serve as the Director of the Association Management Department overseeing the group of account executives who are lead staff for our clients. My background is in project management, membership strategy and organizational communications. Away from the office my wife and I welcomed our son Evan to our lives 18 months ago. Back when I had more free time, I enjoyed playing baseball, golf, hunting with our Vizsla and cabin weekends. Now my free time is consumed with bath time, cleaning goldfish out of our car and runny noses! It has been a wonderful experience for us!

Ewald Consulting is organized in a departmental model so we can leverage the experience and resources of our entire staff. We have staff assigned from each of our departments (finance, events, communications, member services, etc.) onto client specific team to serve AAMSE. Many people will have a hand in serving AAMSE’s membership. I want to introduce two staff members who will play key roles for AAMSE:

Joe Flannigan, Communication Specialist
P: (651) 290-7497

Read Joe’s bio here.

Kelly Feekes, Meeting Planner
P: (651) 265-7856

Read Kelly’s bio here.

What to Expect?

Our staff takes a great deal of pride in the work we do. We strive to get results for our clients and make the experience creative, effective and fun. Those words are displayed prominently on the wall when you walk into our office.

In terms of the transition, we are currently in the process of moving the physical and electronic materials to our office and getting our staff up to speed on AAMSE operations. During this process we will also be upgrading the website platform and refreshing the look of the website. You will receive an email with more information as we move closer to February. I will have more to report on the transition in February.

I speak for our entire staff when I say that we are excited for this opportunity to partner with AAMSE and look forward to meeting you this year. Feel free to reach out to me with any feedback or questions.

Darrin Hubbard, CAE
Executive Director, AAMSE
P: (651) 290-7463 | E:


Notable News

Celebration of Life for Dr. Susan B. Waters, CAE
Former AAMSE President
Saturday, February 7, 2015, 3 pm
At the J.W. Marriott, Jr. – ASAE Conference Center in Washington, D.C.

A celebration of the life of Dr. Susan B. Waters, CAE will take place on Saturday, February 7th, at 3 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott, Jr. – ASAE Conference Center in Washington, D.C.  Susan passed away on December 16th, and is remembered by her family and the many friends and business associates she connected with over a distinguished and varied career as an association executive.  Her leadership spanned a broad range of organizations and professions, as a leader of physicians, attorneys, accountants, and insurance and investment advisors, and as an individual consultant.  She was an avid volunteer in her own professional organizations throughout the association executive community as well as in the communities in which she lived.

The celebration will take place at the J.W. Marriott, Jr. – ASAE Conference Center, 1575 I Street, NW (Lobby Level), Washington, DC 20005.  If you plan to attend please rsvp to Jennifer Corcoran at the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, at


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Thank You for Your 2015 AAMSE Membership Renewal!

Thank you to the following organizations who have already renewed their AAMSE membership for 2015! (This list was compiled as of January 7, 2015.)

Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati
Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio
Ada County Medical Society
Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
Allegheny County Medical Society
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
American Academy of Audiology
American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
American Academy of Neurology
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
American Academy of Pediatrics, Georgia Chapter
American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
American Board of Obesity Medicine
American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
American College of Cardiology
American College of Cardiology, Florida Chapter
American College of Emergency Physicians
American College of Emergency Physicians, California Chapter
American College of Emergency Physicians, Ohio Chapter
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
American College of Osteopathic Internists
American College of Osteopathic OBGYNs
American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
American College of Physicians - New York Chapter
American College of Physicians, Oregon Chapter
American College of Prosthodontics
American College of Psychiatrists
American College of Rheumatology
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District XII
American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
American Epilepsy Society
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
American Medical Association
American Medical Directors Association
American Medical Group Association
American Orthopaedic Association
American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
American Osteopathic Association
American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
American Society of Cytopathology
American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
American Society of Transplant Surgeons
American Thyroid Association
American Urological Association
American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery
Arizona Medical Association
Arkansas Medical Society
Association of Academic Physiatrists
Broome, Delaware, Otsego and Tompkins County Medical Societies
California Academy of Family Physicians
Capital Medical Society
Charleston County Medical Society
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society
Clark County Medical Society
Clear Creek Valley Medical Society
Cobbe Consulting & Management
Collier County Medical Society
Columbus Medical Association
Compass Management and Consulting
Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians
Connecticut State Medical Society
Council of Medical Specialty Societies
Dallas County Medical Society
DuPage County Medical Society
Emergency Medicine Learning & Resource Center
Escambia County Medical Society
Florida Academy of Family Physicians
Florida Orthopaedic Society
Florida Society of Ophthalmology
Greater Albuquerque Medical Association
Greater Louisville Medical Society
Harris County Medical Society
Hartford County & New Haven County Medical Association
Hillsborough County Medical Association
Illinois State Medical Society
Indiana Academy of Family Physicians
Indiana State Medical Association
Indianapolis Medical Society
Ingham County Medical Society
Iowa Medical Society
Jefferson County Medical Society
Jefferson Parish Medical Society
Kansas Medical Society
Kentucky Medical Association
King County Medical Society
Lancaster County Medical Society
Lee County Medical Society
Lexington Medical Society
Lorain County Medical Society
Louisiana State Medical Society
Madison County Medical Society
Malachite Management Inc
Manatee County Medical Society
Maricopa County Medical Society
Marion-Polk County Medical Society
Massachusetts Medical Society
Mecklenburg County Medical Society
Medical Association of Atlanta
Medical Oncology Association of Southern California, Inc.
Medical Society of Delaware
Medical Society of the County of Albany
Medical Society of the District of Columbia
Memphis Medical Society
Metropolitan Omaha Medical Society
Michigan State Medical Society
Minnesota Medical Association
Mississippi State Medical Association
Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists
Missouri Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
Missouri State Medical Association
Monroe County Medical Society
Monroe Owen County Medical Society
Montgomery County Medical Society
Montgomery County Medical Society-OH
Nashville Academy of Medicine
National Lipid Association
Nebraska Medical Association
Nevada State Medical Association
New York County Medical Society
New York State Society of Anesthesiologists
New York State Society of Orthopedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society
North Carolina Medical Society
North Dakota Medical Association
Nueces County Medical Society
Oakland County Medical Society
Ohio Academy of Family Physicians
Ohio State Medical Association
Oklahoma County Medical Society
Onondaga County Medical Society
Oregon Academy of Family Physicians
Oregon Medical Association
Ouachita Medical Society
Palm Beach County Medical Society
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Peoria Medical Society
Philadelphia County Medical Society
Physicians' Institute
Premier Choice Association Management
Pulaski County Medical Society
Quad City Medical Society
Radiological Society of North America
Renal Physicians Association
Richmond Academy of Medicine
Riverside County Medical Association
San Bernardino County Medical Society
San Mateo County Medical Association
Sangamon County Medical Society
Santa Clara County Medical Association
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
Smith County Medical Society
Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
Society for Vascular Surgery
Society for Vascular Ultrasound
Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists
Society of Critical Care Medicine
Society of Gynecologic Oncology
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
South Carolina Medical Association
South Dakota State Medical Association
Spokane County Medical Society
Stanislaus Medical Society
Stark County Medical Society
St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society
Texas Medical Association
Texas Osteopathic Medical Association
The Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County
Travis County Medical Society
Tuscaloosa County Medical Society
Twin Cities Medical Society
Utah Academy of Family Physicians
Utah Medical Association
Vanderburgh County Medical Society
Volusia County Medical Society
Westchester County Medical Society
Western Carolina Medical Society
Westmoreland County Medical Society
Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians

Your continuing support of AAMSE makes it possible for us to serve your organization's staff's professional development needs.  If you have any questions about your organization's invoice throughout January, please contact (414) 221-3349.


MGMA Compensation and Production Survey

Save the dates! The MGMA Compensation and Production Survey opens for participation on January 26, 2015. The MGMA Cost Survey will open February 23, 2015.

Participate at and receive the data results for free.

Get a head start! Visit the Participation Toolkit for further information on how to participate.

Questions? Talk to a live MGMA Data Solutions representative today! Call toll-free at (877) 275-6462 ext. 1895 or email


AAMSE SIGs: Making Your Life Easier

AAMSE Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are a benefit of membership and make your life as a medical society professional easier by helping you:

  • Connect with professionals from other medical societies across North America who share your job functions and interests
  • Exchange resources (such as policies, articles and templates) to help you do your job more effectively
  • Conduct surveys of your peers to find out what other medical societies are doing
  • Swap stories of success or failure to avoid "reinventing the wheel" or making the same mistakes twice— saving you time and money

9 areas of interest to choose from

  • Advocacy
  • Association Management
  • CEO Groups
  • Communications
  • Knowledge of Medicine
  • Leadership
  • Membership
  • Education
  • Technology

Join the conversation

Recent SIG discussions include...

Time-saving communication tools • Meeting evaluation templates • Webinar providers • Social media tactics • Vendor relations •
Membership dashboards

Learn more about AAMSE SIGs and how to join at


Welcome the Newest Members of the AAMSE Community
Chelsey Gordon
American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Andrea King
American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Olga Katon
American Osteopathic Association
Steven Reames
Ada County Medical Society
Brad Repsold
North American Spine Society
Shweta Trivedi
North American Spine Society
Jennifer Krsanac
North American Spine Society
Janell Martin
American College of Rheumatology
Karen Arvin
Lexington Medical Society
Linda Caradine-Poinsett
Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists
Kate Casas
Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists
David Berry
Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists
Rodenikka Scott
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
James C. Denney, III, MD
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Mike Robey
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Janet Glaittli
Nevada State Medical Association
Robin Reedy
Nevada State Medical Association
Sam Lin, MD, PhD, MBA
American Medical Group Association
Cheryl Gross, MA, CAE
American Osteopathic Association
Valerie Brennan, CAE
American College of Osteopathic OBGYNs
Wendy Alfaro
Medical Oncology Association of Southern California, Inc.
Wendy-Jo Toyama
American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
Megan Hare
Western Carolina Medical Society
Massachusetts Medical Society
Robyn Alie
Massachusetts Medical Society
Adam Reshan
American College of Prosthodontics
Angela Guerrieri
American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
J.C. Nicholson
South Carolina Medical Association
Kemi Ani
American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Sherry Stanley
Mississippi State Medical Ass oca it ion
Cathey Wise
American College of Emergency Physicians
Leslie Moore, JD
American College of Emergency Physicians
Sharon Frezza
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
Marcelle Smith
Utah Medical Association
Paige De Mille
Utah Medical Association



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