Schedule at a Glance  |  September 15-16 2016

AMS Fest is now two fully loaded days of networking and all the AMS chat that one can possibly handle. Though a few changes have been made to the format, the first day of AMS Fest will still be jam-packed. You’ll be enlightened and entertained by Thought Leader Sessions, Panels and a few brief hellos from the AMS Companies attending. The second day is where we’ll roll up our sleeves and get in the real dirt on AMS selections, implementations, integrations, data hygiene, APIs, and more. Additionally, the second day will offer you the chance to see the AMS platforms in action with live demos from each of the attending AMS companies.




Thursday, September 15 

8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome

9:15 – 9:45 Thought Leader Session with Rene Shonerd, Managing Director, Technology Initiatives at American Industrial Hygiene Association

9:50 – 10:50 Panel: Facilitated by Maddie Grant, Work XO “Ask the Implementation Team”

10:55 – 11:15 Meet the AMS Company – Five Slides in Five Minutes

11:20 – 12:35 Panel: Facilitated by Dave Will “Beneath the Surface: Investors Discover Association Tech & What it Means for You”

12:35 – 1:45 Networking Lunch

1:50 – 2:15 Meet the AMS Company – Five Slides in Five Minutes

2:20 – 2:50 Crowdsourced Session (you pick!)

2:55 – 3:55 Panel: Facilitated by Kiki L’Italien “API and SSO? What you need to know.”

4 – 4:30 Crowdsourced Session (you pick!)

4:30 – 6 Wrap Up, Key Takeaway Sharing and Happy Hour



Friday, September 16

7:30 – 8:30 Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome

8:50 – 9:40 Deep Dive (two options):

THIS is What Actually Happens During Implementation, Facilitated by Wes Trochlil, Effective Database Management

It’s Time to Upgrade Your Workplace, Facilitated by Jamie Notter, Work XO

9:45 – 10:35 AMS Live (Demos with NimbleAMS and Impexium)

10:35 – 10:55 Break

10:55 – 11:45 AMS Live (Demos with MemberNation and iMIS)

11:45 – 12:50 Lunch

12:50 – 1:40 Deep Dive (two options)

Avoid a Million Dollar Mistake and Make Your Selection Like a Pro, Facilitated by Joanne Rang, ITAG

Tug of War or Row Team Harmony: Striking the Balance between Local Chapter Autonomy and National Control, Facilitated by Ryan Felps, StarChapter

1:45 – 2:35 AMS Live (Demos with MatrixMaxx and AXIS)

2:35 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 3:50 Deep Dive (two options):

Chapters vs Tech Changes. How to Exit the Ring With a Win, Facilitated by Kyle Bazzy from Billhighway

Is your AMS out of shape? Learn how your current or new system can achieve beach body status! Facilitated by Gretchen Steenstra, DelCor

3:55 – 4:45 AMS Live (Demos with Altai Systems and Aptify)

4:45 – 6 Wrap Up and Happy Hour





Thought Leader Sessions

Industry thought leaders have stepped up to share their association’s experiences on how they’ve overcome an AMS challenge or implemented an innovative idea around their AMS. Be prepared! They will present you with all the meatiest insights on the topic in just 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes of Q/A).

What’s especially cool? These are people just like you. They were in the process not that long ago and passionate about what they do.


We admit that we’ve been refining the content delivery of AMS Fest. Golly, it’s been a true work in progress. The crowdsourced sessions of past have been a hit (and a few a miss) but overall what we’re hearing is that attendees have lots of burning questions regarding so many of the facets of AMS selection, implementation, integration, etc. Panels are a great way to have an open conversation with some of the smartest and in-the-know association professionals you can find.

What’s especially cool? We’re working on bringing in panelists that are CEOs from the AMS companies, best in the business consultants and of course association professionals that are actually doing this stuff. These experts that will be at your disposal for any and every question around the subject matter. I dare you to stump them!

Meet the AMS Company – Five Slides in Five Minutes

During AMS Fest (Day 1) you’ll get to see each of the AMS Companies present Five Slides in Five Minutes. Companies that are present will have five minutes to share their DNA: Who They Are; Who They Serve (size, industry, membership type, budget); and Why They Do What They Do.

What’s especially cool? This will be beneficial for attendees looking to identify with who could be a potential fit and eliminate those that aren’t a good fit. This will also help you identify what AMS company demos you should participate in on Day 2.

Deep Dive

The last AMS Fest survey results are in and there’s no question that attendees are looking to dig deeper. There simply isn’t enough time in one day to do more than cut the surface so that’s why we’re rolling up our sleeves and going to bring it for Day 2. Deep Dive sessions will be in roundtable formats with experts facilitating the conversation and sharing best practices and resources. You’ll get to be elbow-to-elbow with those that are in the same position as you and looking for detailed answers to complex questions. Everything you are still pondering from Day 1, we’ll conquer on Day 2.

What’s especially cool? You’ll get to be elbow-to-elbow with those that are in the same position as you and looking for detailed answers to complex questions. Everything you are still pondering from Day 1, we’ll conquer on Day 2.

AMS Live (Demos)

Alright, alright. We get it. Attendees want to see, touch, and experience the platforms. Better yet? They want to talk with existing clients that are using that platform. Here’s the plan: You’ll get to see the AMS Companies in action for their 5 minute time on Day 1. Based on their DNA (Who They Are, Who They Serve, and Why They Do What They Do) you’ll determine what AMS companies you would like to see demo during AMS Live on Day 2. AMS Companies will demo for 45 minutes with 15 minutes of Q/A.

What’s especially cool? AMS Companies will be inviting their clients to attend alongside their demo and you can ask questions of them as well. Where else can you experience that?

Crowdsourced Sessions

All attendees have an opportunity to submit a title + brief description of a session on anything related to AMS or technology — yes, seriously anything. During the event, attendees will real-time vote on what topics they think should be discussed during the afternoon’s time slots. The three sessions with the most votes will determine the crowdsourced sessions. It’s 20 minutes of content and 10 minutes of Q/A. So it’s quick and to the point.

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