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Upcoming Leadership Events

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1/26/2015 - ACG Chapter Leader Meeting

1/27/2015 - Middle Market Public Policy Summit

1/27/2015 - Partnership Meeting

1/28/2015 - ACG Board of Directors Meeting

4/13/2015 to 4/15/2015 -
ACG InterGrowth

6/25/2015 - 2015 Chapter Executive Conference

Online Groups
Online groups on the ACG wesbite have been orgranized to share ideas and help chapter leaders connect. There are over 100 templates and resources available within these groups. Please request to join these online groups through the links below.

Chapter Presidents

Chapter Leaders- Programs

Chapter Leaders- Marketing/PR

Chapter Leaders- Membership 

ACG Europe Chapter Leaders
Chapter Innovation Fund (CIF)
Leadership Page
ACG Leadership Week 2015

Each year, ACG brings together top middle-market leaders in Washington, D.C. for two days of advocacy briefings, networking, strategic planning and Hill visits at ACG's Leadership Week. ACG Board of Directors, Chapter Leaders and Partner firms participate in this important program. 

Chapter Leadership Meeting-Monday January 26th:
ACG Chapter Leaders from across the globe participate in this annual meeting to gain new knowledge and skills to increase membership, strengthen programming and gain visibility for their chapter. In addition, this year attendees will participate in a Global strategic planning exercise. This is your chance to shape the direction of ACG for the future. Don’t miss this opportunity! 

Schedule (As of October 1st):
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Opening remarks
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Jeff DeCagna: 
ACG and The Amazon Test: How Will We Think and Act Beyond Orthodoxy?
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch   (with ACG Global Board of Directors)
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Strategic Planning
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Breakout sessions

Other Information:
*ACG covers one night of housing for up to 2 chapter leaders per chapter. 
Additional attendees welcome at their own expense.
*Chapter Leaders should arrive in Washington, D.C. by 10 a.m. on Monday, January 26
*Chapter Leaders can decide which night to stay – Sunday or Monday night. ACG will cover only one night, however all Leaders are encouraged to stay over for the ACG Fundraising Reception and Public Policy Summit.
*Tickets must be purchased to attend the ACG Fundraising Reception. Tickets are $150
*Housing cut-off is Friday, December 12  

Chapter Leader Policy & Procedure:

ACG will cover the cost of one (1) night’s stay at the Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. for up to two (2) members from each ACG Chapter who attend the 2015 ACG Chapter Leaders Conference. 
Additional attendees are welcome but expenses are not covered by ACG Global. 
a.Chapter Leaders should make their own reservation with their desired travel dates using their own credit card. ACG covered expenses will be deducted at checkout. Please make reservations using the dedicated  Chapter Leaders Housing Website.

Contact Kerry Lennon ( with questions.

For more information about the rest of the week's activities please visit

netForum AMS Updates
This section will provide regular updates on the progress of the implementation of ACG’s new association management system (AMS), known as netForum.

Click Here for the netForum Terms of Use. This is a policy to be followed while using netForum. 

AMS training webinars have been hosted by ACG Global staff members and they have been recorded, you can download these webinars: here, here, here, here, and here!  We will add more links as we conduct more webinars.

Avectra's netForum offers a wide range of benefits including:
*ACG data is now all in one site. Prior to netForum Chapter Executives had to go to multiple sources to get a picture of member activity.
*More functions for Chapters to manage their members – password resets, dues renewal  payments, communication preferences and change member demographics.
*Chapters have more flexibility of  membership packages and promotional campaigns. For example, chapters have set-up Young Memberships in netForum which used to have to be managed manually.  
*Can track all correspondence the member has received.
*Tracking of prospect members. Now a completed picture of a non-members activity with ACG is available. 
*Improvement of membership join and renewal applications
*Robust query tool – chapters can pick from many types of custom report or build their own queries to track all sorts of member and event data points. 
*Event price attributes/options based on member qualifications. For example, can charge     PEGs a different event registration fee than advisors. 
*Event revenue summary reports

About Avectra:

Since 1995, Avectra has been translating the business needs of member-based organizations into market-leading association management software (AMS) - and innovating the industry along the way. Avectra's vision for innovative membership software stands for itself: netFORUM has been chosen by more associations than any other membership management solution since 2008. Avectra was the first AMS provider to design a completely Web-based membership management solution for the association industry, and the first to provide software exclusively for small to mid-size organizations. Their membership management tools integrate data, business processes and member services to engage members, increase non-dues revenue, make smarter business decisions - and get more done. Check out their website
here for more information!
ACG News And Announcements
All New Middle Market Growth Website Launched
ACG is proud to annouce the launch of a completely revamped  This new highly interactive site is more news forward and includes all of the content from the digital publication, plus multimedia features, additional advertising opportunities and introduces original content focused squarely on the issues that face the middle market as they occur.  Readers can still rely on MMG as their go-to for in-depth analysis of industry trends and growth stories, but now they can also check for real-time content and commentary on important issues.  Take a moment to check out the new today and promote this great complimentary benefit to your membership.  It's just another way ACG is further establishing itself as "The Voice of the Middle Market."  VISIT MMG's NEW SITE >

ACG Chapters of the Year Announced
The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the global organization focused on driving middle-market growth, announced the winners of the annual "Chapter of the Year" honors. Awards are presented in three categories based on a chapter’s membership size. This year’s winners are:
  • ACG Indiana
  • ACG Los Angeles
  • ACG Wisconsin
"These chapters represent the best of the best in the past year," said Pam Hendrickson, COO, The Riverside Company and ACG chairman of the board. "But it’s not just about solid business performance, but also innovation, mentoring and supporting ACG’s mission of Driving Middle-Market Growth®."
President’s Award for Excellence and Achievement as a Chapter Executive

2014's winner is Christy Dancause of ACG Boston. Christy will be recognized at the Chapter Leaders Reception at InterGrowth in Las Vegas on the afternoon of Monday, April 28. She will also be recognized at the annual meeting of Chapter Executives in June in Chicago. 

Past recipients of the President’s Award for Excellence and Achievement are:

•    2010 – Joan McCarthy, ACG Cleveland
•    2011 – Stephanie McAlaine, ACG Philadelphia
•    2012 – Debra Michie, ACG Raleigh Durham
•    2013 – Lou Halstead, ACG New York

2014 InterGrowth Chapter Challenge Winners
The InterGrowth Chapter Challenge 2014 Winners were: 1st Place: ACG NY, 2nd Place: ACG Chicago, and 3rd Place: ACG Connecticut. We thank all the participating chapters who helped to promote this year's InterGrowth!

InterGrowth 2014 Leadership Workshop
Notes from the leadership workshop that was held at this year's InterGrowth can be found here.  The survey results from the meeting can be viewed here

Chapter Innovation Fund (CIF)
The goal of the Chapter Innovation Fund is to spur innovation, spark creativity and strengthen capacity to benefit all members of ACG. One-time grants of up to $10,000 per chapter will be awarded annually to seed or support new chapter-based initiatives. Grant applications will be reviewed twice a year: January and June.  

Chapter Collateral Store
ACG Global is proud to announce the opening of the ACG Chapter Collateral Store. Via this store, all chapter executives will have the opportunity to purchase and print personalized versions of the following: ACG membership brochure, ACG membership brochure envelopes, ACG business cards, ACG letterhead, ACG envelopes (#10), Thank You Cards and envelopes. To access the ACG Chapter Store, click here. Chapter executives were issued their usernames and passwords in an e-mail on February 22nd. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask! Contact Kerry Lennon:
Chapter Staff Development Matching Grant

ACG recognizes the importance of professional development. ACG will offer matching funds of up to $750 per year, per applicant to support professional development for chapter executives and staff. Development funds are limited to CAE prep, association management education and membership in ASAE or association management allied society. Total funding for this effort is $15,000 for fiscal year 2013 and will be provided on a first come, first serve basis until the fund is used.

A great way to utilize the Professional Development Fund is by sitting for the CAE exam. A link to the exam content can be found here.

Consulting Services
A consulting service gives chapters the opportunity to utilize the experience and expertise of the staff on a complimentary basis. Services include board training, membership recruitment planning, strategic planning and financial systems review. 


The ACG Cup is a case study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs across the country real world experience and invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. Click here for information on the ACG Cup Program.

Chapter Innovation Fund
In the fall of 2011, the Association for Corporate Growth announced the launch of the ACG Chapter Innovation Fund. The Chapter Innovation Fund (CIF) was created to distribute one-time grants of up to $10,000 to ACG chapters to seed or support innovative new chapter-based initiatives.

Since 2012 ACG Global has received 50 grant applications of which 18 were awarded with funding totals of $125,500. Congratulations to all the chapters that received funding! ACG Global will continue to track their progress and provide updates to all chapters.

In 2015 the Chapter Innovation Fund will give priority to applications that reinforce and support the ACG Strategic Plan within these two focus areas:

o Membership recruitment and retention

o Public Policy

The first round of grant applications are due on Friday, January 9th.

Click here for an application. 

CIF Updates
The CIF funded ACG LA video is now live. To view, click here:
Leadership Call Replay Info
Latest Call:
The leadership call that took place on Wednesday December 17th on the topic of CIF was recorded. If you missed the call or wish to listen again you may do so by dialing 888-203-1112 OR (719) 457-0820. The replay passcode is 423405416.

Past Calls:

The leadership call that took place on Tuesday December 9th on the topic of Private Equity Programs was recorded. If you missed the call or wish to listen again you may do so by dialing 888-203-1112 OR (719) 457-0820. The replay passcode is 457454236.

Click Here for the slides from the Chapter Board Member Orientation call that took place on Thursday, November 13th. To listen to a replay of the call, dial: 1-888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820. The passcode is: 404431176.

Upcoming Leadership Calls

All Calls Take Place at 10am Central

January 13, 2015- Public Policy
February 10, 2015- New BOD Orientation
February 25, 2015-Women’s Programs
March 10, 2015-Membership
March 25, 2015- ACG Capital Connections

Click Here to See The Full Schedule

*All Calls Are Recorded*

Dial In Number: 1-866-228-9900
International: 719-359-4032

Public Policy News
Members of Congress Create Bi-Partisan Congressional Caucus for Middle Market Growth
The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the global organization focused on driving middle-market growth, commends Members of Congress for forming the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Middle Market Growth. Under the leadership of Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH-15), Jared Polis (D-CO-2), Tom Rice (R-SC-7) and Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) the recently formed Caucus will educate policy makers and leaders on economic impact of the middle market and how it serves as a powerful engine for job and economic growth. According to the National Center for the Middle Market, a collaboration between The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and GE Capital, the middle market includes companies with $10 million to $1 billion in annual revenues. The Caucus will address issues relevant to this critical segment, which employs more than 44 million people in the United States.

ACG Western Michigan Meets with Local Rep
On November 6, 2013 ACG Western Michigan board members met with local Rep. Bill Huizenga to showcase the importance of middle-market companies in his district. Thanks to ADAC Automotive for hosting the meeting. Check out the MLive article

ACG Releases First Ever "Middle-Market Growth Policy Agenda"
ACG has released its first ever "Middle-Market Growth Policy Agenda," a statement of the organization’s official position on relevant policy topics directly affecting its members. ACG members include professionals from private equity firms, corporations and lenders that invest in middle-market companies, as well as from law, accounting, investment banking and other firms that provide advisory services. To download a full copy of the agenda, click here.
Driving Growth: The Impact of Private Capital on the U.S. Economy
At ACG’s Middle-Market Growth Public Policy Summit, held in Washington, D.C., ACG unveiled Driving Growth: The Impact of Private Capital on the U.S. Economy, a book that graphically depicts data from for each congressional district. The data included in Driving Growth are available for all chapters to use at their events, in their communications to members and in external media outreach. For creative files or personalized local data, please reach out to the ACG marketing team at Proper attribution must be included for all usage.  To download a copy of the PDF, click hereTo download a copy of the press release, click here.  For a localized copy of the press release, email
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