CHICAGO, (May 15, 2019) – Association for Corporate Growth® (ACG), a global organization focused on driving middle-market growth, continued its annual recognition of its exemplary chapters and executives.
ACG applauded three of its chapters, and additionally awarded Bobby Blumenfeld, Executive Director of ACG New York, the President’s Award for Excellence at its annual conference, InterGrowth®.
The Chapter of the Year Award recognizes overall achievement and excellence among ACG chapters and is based on scoring in three areas: self-assessment, benchmark data and ACG member engagement.
“We’re proud of our chapters, especially ACG Tennessee, ACG Western Michigan and ACG Philadelphia, for their steadfast commitment to delivering valuable programming and energetic networking opportunities,” said Angela MacPhee, chair, ACG Global Board of Directors, and partner, Baker Tilly.
The awards are presented in three categories based on a chapter’s membership size, which include: small chapter up to 150, mid-size chapter of 151 to 399; and large chapter of 400 or more members.
The ACG’s President’s Award for Excellence is presented annually to a chapter executive. It is the highest honor that ACG presents to a chapter executive and was established to recognize an executive’s long-term dedication to the association, coupled with outstanding performance as an association professional.
In accepting the award Blumenfeld said, “The magic of ACG is in its diverse membership that represents the middle market so well. It is through the valuable relationships created here that deals are sourced and closed.”
MacPhee presented all four awards at the ACG Chapter Leadership meeting May 6, 2019 during InterGrowth at the Waldorf Astoria & Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida.
(pictured from left to right: Angie MacPhee, Jay Campbell, Kolin Holladay and John O'Loughlin)
ACG Tennessee was last awarded Chapter of the Year in 2012, just two years after it relaunched as a statewide chapter with a presence in Nashville, Memphis and Chattanooga. That expansion tripled its membership. The chapter alternates monthly meetings between Nashville and Memphis to ensure regular member engagement. It also holds an annual meeting in Chattanooga. ACG Tennessee has the highest retention rate of small chapters and recently launched an initiative for its young professional members.
(pictured from left to right: Angie MacPhee, Jon Siebers and John O'Loughlin)
ACG Western Michigan
For the third consecutive year, ACG Western Michigan won the Chapter of the Year award for medium-sized chapters. ACG Western Michigan has the second highest membership retention rate of all chapters and the sixth highest membership growth rate. More than half of ACG Western Michigan’s members actively participate in chapter committees. Recognized for its commitment to innovation, it pioneered a young professional program and launched a Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
(pictured from left to right: Angie MacPhee, Bruce Fenton, Robert Jaffe, Joseph Kadlec, Stephanie McAlaine, Christopher Miller, Ellen Purdy and John O'Loughlin)
ACG Philadelphia is a shining example of collegiality. Of ACG’s large chapters, it has the highest retention rate and second highest growth rate. More than 30% of its 600 plus members serve on a committee. ACG Philadelphia is a model chapter for its adherence to association best practices, as well as its willingness to collaborate with other ACG chapters.