October 01, 2003
Meetings & Conventions: Newsline

newsline.gif (8042 bytes)PLANNERS ARE DIVIDED ON MERITS OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONSShould You Belong?IMAGEHow valuable are meetings industry organizations? A recent online reader survey by M&C and NTM Research found mixed results.

Fully 59 percent of 372 respondents don’t belong to any of 11 major industry organizations; of those, 49 percent are considering joining one. Among members, 37 percent belong to Meeting Professionals International.

Of the 51 percent who are not considering joining an association, almost half (48 percent) don’t feel membership would add much to their professional development.

Interestingly, association members are active on both the local and national levels: 57 percent attend local meetings, while 48 percent go to national events.

What lures them? Continuing education (43 percent) and networking (43 percent) are cited as the two most valuable aspects of professional associations.

While education is a strong draw for members, it also is the area that needs the most work: 49 percent say education is where associations need to improve.

Only one-third believe meetings industry associations meet the needs of a diverse membership; 54 percent say the associations are “somewhat” successful in this effort.

For many, the price of participating comes from their own pockets. About two-thirds of respondents say their employers cover association dues; 3 percent split the cost. Similarly, 64 percent are reimbursed for travel to national meetings, while 4 percent pay a portion of their travel costs.

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By Art Pfenning, corporate research director for NORTHSTAR Travel Media, LLC, M&C’s parent company.

What Association Executives Earn The gender gap in earnings grows in relation to size of organization, according to a 2001 compensation survey. Male CEOs Female CEOs Trade association $136,775 $92,125 Individual membership association $139,241 $85,204 Total staff size: 2 or fewer $75,000 $60,000 3 to 5 $95,640 $77,000 6 to 10 $116,550 $108,000 11 to 20 $138,200 $126,000 21 to 50 $201,923 $159,280 51 to 100 $237,900 $145,518 More than 100 $287,600 $249,233 Total annual budget: $300,000 or less $67,600 $54,789 $300,001 to $500,000 $75,600 $68,579 $500,001 to $750,000 $90,000 $72,800 $750,001 to $1 million $102,000 $87,525 $1,000,001 to $2.5 million $118,800 $112,425 $2,500,001 to $5 million $170,000 $137,100 $5,000,001 to $10 million $227,750 $160,585 $10,000,001 to $15 million $225,994 $171,750 More than $15 million $285,000 $256,269 Source: American Society of Association Executives Back to NewslineM&C Home Page
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