Ralph Bloch, Founding Partner, is an entrepreneur, association executive, and a trusted advisor to nonprofit trade and professional associations. For the past 20 years Ralph and his associates have served various organizations as consultants and program managers.
Previously, Ralph founded The Access Group, an association management company with 28 employees managing 10 associations. Ralph served as executive director for several of the company’s clients. His earlier association career includes serving as marketing vice president for National Home Furnishings Association, executive vice president for Western Home Furnishings Association, and executive director for California Home Furnishings Council. As owner of a retail home furnishing business, he served as a volunteer leader on the board of directors and as president of the Western Home Furnishings Association.
Ralph is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and served as founding co-chair of the ASAE Association Management Company Section Council. As such, he served on the ASAE Board of Directors. Currently, his company is a member of the AMC Institute, the trade association for association management companies.
Ralph received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he pursued post-graduate studies in management, marketing, finance and information technology.
Michael Reed, Founding Partner, is an organizational development expert who has spent 25 years working with associations and their leaders. Early in his career, Michael developed leadership and chapter operation programs for two collegiate fraternal organizations and later started a technology company that offered back-office solutions for small and medium-sized nonprofits.
As an association executive, he led membership, certification, and human resources efforts for the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and for Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals. He has served in a variety of volunteer leadership roles and is currently on the research committee for the AMC Institute, the trade association for association management companies.
Michael’s passion for executive development and his insights regarding organizational culture help leaders drive change and provide greater value to stakeholders. He provides coaching and strategic guidance to executive and volunteer leaders of professional societies, trade associations, community nonprofits and colleges and universities.
Michael is a graduate of San Francisco State University and George Washington University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where his research interests focus on trust and leader development in nonprofit organizations.
Chris Brown, CAE, Senior Consultant, is a seasoned association professional with experience working with trade associations and other nonprofit organizations on issues ranging from government affairs, fundraising, association governance and board relations, project management, strategic planning and communications. He has broad experience in working with diverse industries and has worked successfully with organizations to overhaul their government affairs programs and increase the impact of organizations’ lobbying and legislative affairs operations.
Chris has written and spoken before large and small groups on issues important to associations and the nonprofit community. He has led several sessions at the annual meeting of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), including “Innovate to Motivate: The National Conference for Political Involvement Professionals” and the ASAE Government Relations Symposium.
Chris received a Bachelor of Arts in History from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, with a minor in political science and a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. In 2007, he earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from ASAE.
Bill MacMillan, CAE, Strategic Advisor,has been an association executive for almost fifty years. He founded the association management company Association Headquarters in 1978 with four employees in a one-bedroom rented apartment. When he retired in 2017 as chairman and sold his interest to his two partners, the company had almost 200 employees and was one of the five largest association management companies in the world.
During his career he has served on the board of directors of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), as president of the AMC Institute (the trade association for association management companies), and as chairman of the ASAE Association Management Company Section. He also served as founding member, treasurer and on the executive committee of Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S), a charity that gives children and teens impacted by poverty and tragedy kid-essential products that are vital to life and self-esteem.
Bill received his bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College. He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and earned an MBA from Florida Atlantic University.
Hunter Clemens, CAE, CMP, Senior Consultant, is a strategic association executive. He is former vice president of Meetings Management Group, a division of Interel (formerly Association Management Group), where he oversaw a team of meeting professionals that delivered over 100 successful meetings annually. As a member of the company’s executive leadership team, he served as management partner to four executive directors and consulted with clients on strategic initiatives.
Hunter offers more than 30 years of experience in the association community and the hospitality and meetings industry. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Meeting Professionals International, and the Association of Meeting Professionals. He is a past chair of the ASAE Meetings and Exposition Section Council and is a past member of the ASAE Association Management Company Section Council. He has served on the PCMA Board of Directors and is a past president of the Capital Chapter of PCMA.
Hunter holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Georgia.