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Fremont, CA April 21, 2017 Association Management Solutions (AMS) announced that it has recently been awarded re-accreditation by AMC Institute, the global trade association representing the Association Management industry.

Among 500-plus Association Management Companies (AMC) worldwide, only 81 have achieved AMC Institute Accreditation, demonstrating the commitment and the ability to deliver the highest level of professional management services to association and not-for-profit clients.   These AMCs are the recognized choice of association and not-for-profit organizations.

“We applaud AMS on this significant achievement,” AMCI Chair Fred Stringfellow said. “AMCI re-accreditation requires that association management firms demonstrate adherence to operational and ethical best practices, as outlined in the AMCI ANSI standard. Re-accreditation distinguishes AMS’s ongoing commitment to leadership in association management.”

Administered by AMC Institute, AMC Institute Accreditation is recognized and supported by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership and is based on the ANSI Standard of Good Practices for the AMC Industry.  ANSI requires that the standard be reviewed and updated regularly to remain an approved standard.  Measurable performance practices include contracts and service delivery; employee recruitment, training and professional development; and financial management and internal controls, among others.  AMCs must earn re-accreditation every four years, demonstrating to an independent outside auditor that they continue to meet the standard.  

AMS is committed to providing world class services to all of our current and future clients”, states Kirsten Machi, co-founder AMS.  “We want to insure that our company continues to exceed industry standards and best practices, which is demonstrated by our AMCI re-accreditation”.  

About AMS

Association Management Solutions (AMS) is industry leader in professional association management and related services for technical associations, providing exceptional customer service and high ethical standards to its clients. For more information, visit

Association Management Companies specialize in managing associations and not-for-profit organizations, providing leadership and professional management services through experienced staff, best practices and shared resources.  As AMCs manage multiple association and not-for-profit clients, their experience and knowledge base are broad and substantial, positioning AMCs as the preferred choice for full-service and specialized management services.

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AMS celebrates 20 years of successful association management


Fremont, CA. March 27, 2017 – Association Management Solutions (AMS) – an industry leader in professional association management – will reach a milestone anniversary in April as the company celebrates 20 years since its formation.


The company was founded in 1997 with just three clients: The DSL Forum, the Frame Relay Forum and the Enterprise Computer Telephony Forum. Since then, the California company has continued to grow and now manages 14 clients across a range of sectors, covering technologies such as virtual reality, broadband networking, gaming and ultra-high definition video.


Founding partners Karen Moreland, Kirsten Machi and Lisa Winkler attribute AMS’s continued success to a combination of high standards of services with a personalized, boutique feel, as well as a commitment to remaining with organisations through their entire life span.


The technology landscape has changed dramatically over the last two decades and AMS has remained at the leading edge of association management throughout this time,” said Machi “Our clients work in some of the most innovative technologies in the marketplace, providing leadership and developing standards for the rest of their industry to follow.”


The founders take pride in the fact that AMS now employs 40 people at its Fremont headquarters. Focusing on maintaining a strong, personal touch, Winkler says that AMS takes a soup-to-nuts approach to client management which has been key to its continued growth.


A big factor in our success has been the high standards of service and professionalism that we maintain, while still providing a personalized, boutique feel,” said Winkler. “We’re proud of what we have achieved since 1997 and of our solid client base which currently features both long-standing clients and new, exciting market associations just emerging on the marketplace. We are already looking forward to what the next twenty years will bring.”