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2018 ASAE Annual Meeting | Advance Your Association’s Interests

Tuesday, 07th August 2018

Come visit Interel at booth 1023 at the 2018 ASAE Annual Meeting August 18 - 21, in Chicago, IL! Learn about our robust suite of offerings tailored towards helping advance associations' interests. Chat one-on-one with Interel's leading association management experts about custom solutions for the unique needs and challenges of your organization. We can't wait to hear about your goals for success and how we can help you achieve powerful outcomes that affect greater change. Read more...

GRPA Series: Many Countries Provide Universal Health Care Coverage to Their Citizens. Why Doesn’t the U.S.?

Wednesday, 27th June 2018

Let’s start here: the global community agrees that health care is a basic human right. Seventy years ago this year the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations said it was so in November, 1948, stating that every human on the planet had “the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, which includes access to all medical services, sanitation, adequate food, decent housing, healthy working conditions, and a clean environment.” Fast forward to 2018, and at least 58 countries have made significant progress to achieve this ideal, enacting legislation mandating universal health care coverage of its’ citizens. The United States has not. Read more...

GRPA Series: U.S. Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Process Off to a Late Start

Friday, 27th April 2018

The United States government runs on a fiscal year that begins on October 1 and ends September 30 of the following year. That means that even though we are just half way through the government’s FY2018, legislators are already begun appropriations work for FY2019. The appropriations process usually starts even sooner but was delayed due to Congress not passing a final FY2018 appropriations bill until the end of March. Read more...

About U.S. Associations: How Interel Supports Associations in Advancing their Interests

Friday, 20th April 2018

In general, an association is a group of persons banded together for a specific common purpose. Associations are a means or method of bringing people and/or businesses together voluntarily to do for themselves collectively, the things they cannot do individually. In the report, "About U.S. Associations: How Interel Supports Associations in Advancing their Interests," Interel US Chairman, Bruce Wardle, CAE, discusses the roots of associations both internationally and in the U.S., and how association management companies like Interel can help advance association interests.
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Structuring Your Government Affairs Program

Monday, 16th April 2018

Many components comprise the framework of a government affairs program of an association. Ultimately, a strong formal structure will help ensure an organization is optimizing its resources as well as following association best practices. Here are the three essential areas you should focus on when structuring your government affairs program. Read more...

The Most Valuable Business Commodity: Trust

Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Interel's Ryan Wall, Vice President of Business Development, shares the secret to being a successful leader, and no it's not tact or talent (although you need those as well), the secret weapon of any great leader is trust. Trust should be prioritized in every leader's arsenal. Here Ryan shares how trust differentiates the good leaders from the great, and ten habits demonstrated by leaders who earn our trust. Read more...

Myth: People Read on the Web – How to Increase Your Engagement

Tuesday, 13th March 2018

The Creative Design studio of Interel, winner of two awards in Graphic Design USA’s 2017 American Graphic Design Awards competition, has this to say about verbose web content: "No one reads." Interel's Creative Design studio's multi-service capabilities provide clients with the value of impact — creating eye-catching work that engages the attention of audiences without inundating our shortening attention spans. Creative Director, Teresa Gutsick, explains why people are reading less web content, and how you can optimize your content for increased engagement.
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Term Limits for Board Members and Committee Chairs – Careful What You Wish For!

Thursday, 08th March 2018

About 10 years ago the American Ambulance Association (AAA) changed its Bylaws to implement term limits. There were a number of reasons for the change including little movement or change in leadership as well as a lack of candidates for AAA President (few were willing to go from committee member or Director to President-Elect). There are certain committees in our trade association that are quite powerful (government affairs and Medicare regulatory are two of them) and we had Chairs in place for over a decade. And while term limits did indeed mitigate those two problems, there were some unintended consequences. Read more...

GRPA Series: Business Beware of Regulation Through Litigation

Friday, 02nd March 2018

As President Trump continues to roll back government regulations, businesses large and small have sprung into full sprint, unshackled by excessive regulatory burdens that previously hampered investment and innovation. But danger lurks on a cliff high above, where a coyote is ready to drop an anvil on the path of economic growth. The anvil is not from Acme Corporation (Wile E. Coyote’s preferred source for products of mass destruction). It comes from a place called “Regulation Through Litigation.” Read more...

GRPA Series: President Trump Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Friday, 16th February 2018

On February 12, 2018, the Trump Administration released its proposed Budget plan for the federal government for the fiscal year 2019 which starts on October 1, 2018. The Budget outlines the spending priorities for the President for the next fiscal year. The release of the President’s proposal is step one of a long, deliberative process to create a framework outlining how federal dollars will be allocated. However, in a year when a single political party controls the White House and both chambers of Congress, the House and the Senate will develop their own budgets to reflect their respective priorities – as well as the initiatives and funding levels sought by the President. Read more...