Reimagining Associations for a Post Pandemic World – Part II – A Conversation Primer
Whether we want it or not, change is here to stay. We can fight it or embrace it, but be certain, returning to what we thought of as “normal” may be the least likely of all the scenarios.
With that as a backdrop, Fonteva is excited to welcome some of the most influential minds in the association industry to talk about the future and how associations can position themselves to thrive moving forward. As part of our Association Tech Experts Series we will be hosting expert panels in August and September of this year.
On September 15th, Fonteva will share the mic with Reggie Henry, CAE, KiKi L’Italien, Dave Martin, and Ben Muscolino to tackle some of the big questions facing associations as they look toward and plan for the future.
To jump start the conversation we asked each of our panelists to answer three questions that set the table for our conversation, which will be moderated by Fonteva Director of Marketing, Erin Lemons.
Please follow the link for each question to see the full responses from our panel.
- Describe the importance of organizational culture in the process of reimagining associations.
- What role does technology play in supporting the process of reimagining associations?
- Curiosity, creativity, experimentation, and failure. Touch on one or more of these terms and what they mean to reimagining associations.
Get to know our panelists
Reggie Henry, CAE
Chief Information & Engagement Officer
Reggie joined ASAE in November of 1994. His responsibilities are to implement “exemplary” systems at ASAE that can serve as a model to the rest of the association community and to “ratchet-up” the use and understanding of technology among ASAE members. He has been working with and/or for non-profit organizations since 1985.
Reggie speaks regularly on technology and strategy issues and was recently named one of the top 40 CIOs in DC-MD-VA area. He regularly serves on association Boards, most recently Educause and the National Association of Colleges and Employers. A graduate of Georgetown University, Reggie holds a B.S. in Economics and Computer Science, and when not working, enjoys cooking, drawing, pottery and golf.
Association Chat Community Host
Part strategist, part story-collector, part dot-connector, KiKi L’Italien helps organizations develop stronger ties between their mission and their members. KiKi is a senior consultant with Tecker International, CEO of Amplified Growth, and speaks about cultivating communities of trust. KiKi is the creator and host of Association Chat, an online community, blog, and podcast reaching 72k individuals every month.
KiKi honed her approach in and for organizations like the Optical Society, American Red Cross National Headquarters, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and QVC, as well as with hundreds of individual founders, academics, and thought leaders. When not helping association leaders, she enjoys gardening, philosophy, and is an active volunteer with the Woman’s Club of Wenonah.
Dave is the CMO at Blue Cypress where he helps purpose-driven leaders unlock growth. Before that, Dave was the Director of Marketing at the American College of Radiology. Dave is a digital marketing expert with a unique combination of association marketing experience and for-profit CMO experience – and a track record of delivering real results. Dave served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Aptify (an Association Management Software company) from 2015 to 2017 and before that he was the Vice President of Marketing & Content for the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA) from 2009-2015.
Earlier in his career, Dave worked in global telecommunications marketing, product management, and product development both in the United States and Europe. He spent two years in Sweden, one year in Belgium, and three years in Spain. Dave has a BA from the University at Buffalo, an MIA from Columbia University, and an MA from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium. Dave is fluent in Spanish and enjoys photography, Red Sox baseball, and drinking wine in his spare time.
President & CEO
Ben is the President & CEO of Breezio, the leading real-time engagement community platform for associations. Ben is also Founder and CEO of AssociationWire LLC, a Virginia holding company encompassing brands like AMS Geek, AMS Jobs, Data Sangria and TurfRepublic. As an association consultant, and seasoned tech executive in the space, he has founded and co-founded multiple companies over the past decade that provide technology-focused products and services to associations and non-profits and is an investor and advisor to others in the association tech market.
Based in Leesburg, VA, Ben is an active member, speaker and thought leader with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the Society for Information Management (SIM), the Rochester Ataxia Foundation and the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN) to name a few, and is the founding co-host of TheAssociationPodcast.com.