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 associations.
Sue Pine, FASAE, CAE, Strategic Advisor – is an association visionary and international speaker. Sue has worked closely with a variety of associations and professional societies managed by association management companies during her 40-year career.
Sue is a frequent speaker at ASAE, AMC Institute, and a variety of ASAE State Society meetings. Sue is an ASAE trained facilitator of the ASAE Certificate in Association Management. She is a subject matter expert on Environmental Scanning, Trends Monitoring, & AMC Accreditation.
Sue is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives. Sue has served on the Board and then as the Executive Director of AMC Institute, the trade association for association management companies. Sue is a Past President of the Delaware Valley Society of Association Executives, and current member of the AMC Institute Accreditation & Standard Committee.
As a Past Chair of the ASAE Research Committee (2008), Sue was actively involved in the “Designing Your Future” trends project. Sue continues to serve on the ASAE ForesightWorks Advisory Team. Sue is a huge fan of the ASAE Research Committee and strong advocate for the need to incorporate trends-watching as a critical skill required by both key leaders of association staff teams and volunteer leaders. Sue furthered her training by attending the University of Houston Certificate in Strategic Foresight program.
Most recently, Sue was inducted into the 2019 Class of ASAE Fellows. The ASAE Fellows program bestows an honorary recognition on less than 1 percent of ASAE’s membership. Sue has received the 2009 AMC Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2008 Leadership Award from the ASAE-AMC Section Council, and the 2015 MASAE Distinguished Service Award.
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.
Jaime Nolan, CAE, CGT, Strategic Advisor is an advocate, inspiration and respected thought leader in the association community. Jaime founded and served as CEO of IntrinXec Management Inc. a leading association management company. While under Jaime’s leadership, IntrinXec was named a Top 100 Best Places to Work by Minnesota Business Magazine for six years in a row. In 2019, Jaime successfully led the sale and transition of IntrinXec in order to pursue her passion for impacting organizational culture and developing leaders.
Jaime works with organizations on strategic planning, governance, team development, leadership training, and culture. Jaime has been a Certified Association Executive since 2005, and a Certified Governance Trainer since 2016. In early 2019, Jaime became an authorized partner for EverythingDiSC and 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team.
Over the years, Jaime has been named to the “Real Power 50” list by Minnesota Business Magazine, a “Woman on the Way” and “Innovation in Finance, Business Owner of the Year” by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, a “Woman to Watch” by the Twin Cities Business Journal, and a “Young & Aspiring Association Professional” by Association Trends publication.
Jaime received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of the EO Global/MIT Enterprise Forum Entrepreneurial Master’s Program. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in I/O Psychology. She served as the President of the AMC Institute from 2012 – 2013 and was a member of the Board from 2005 – 2014. Jaime also served on the Board of the Preeclampsia Foundation from 2016-2018.
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.