updated 12/1/2010 9:15:50 PM ET 2010-12-02T02:15:50

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 1, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FSA Management Group, a full service association management company offering a complete suite of professional services to support associations and non-profits, announced that it has recently been awarded accreditation by AMC Institute, the global trade association representing the Association Management industry.

The Association Management industry moved to consolidate a single accreditation program through the AMC Institute. Under the guidance of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), AMC Institute launched a major initiative to upgrade recognition of the quality and competence of the AMC industry.

FSA achieved this important credential that effectively replaces the charter American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) accreditation, maintained by FSA for a number of years. 

Among 500-plus Association Management Companies (AMC) worldwide, fewer than 75 have achieved AMC Institute Accreditation, demonstrating the commitment and the ability to deliver the highest level of professional management services to association and not-for-profit clients. These AMCs are the recognized choice of association and not-for-profit organizations.

"We congratulate FSA Management Group for achieving AMC Institute Accreditation," stated AMC Institute Board President John Dee. "Theaccreditation evaluation is the most demanding and comprehensive in our industry. Clients of accredited AMCs should feel assured that this exclusive group operates with the highest level of professionalism and responsibility, and consistently meets or exceeds all industry requirements."

Measurable performance practices include contracts and service delivery; employee recruitment, training and professional development; and financial management and internal controls, among others. AMCs must earn re-accreditation every four years, demonstrating to an independent outside auditor that they continue to meet the standard. 

"Earning accreditation from the AMC Institute is a reflection of the dedication and hard work of everyone at FSA on behalf of all our clients," said Tony Butler, president of FSA Management Group.

Association Management Companies specialize in managing associations and not-for-profit organizations, providing leadership and professional management services through experienced staff, best practices and shared resources. Because AMCs manage multiple association and not-for-profit clients, their experience and knowledge base are broad and substantial, positioning AMCs as the preferred choice for full-service and specialized management services.

For more about AMC Institute accreditation, visit www.AMCInstitute.org/accreditation.

About FSA

Founded in 1969, FSA Management Group provides professional services to associations representing thousands of members worldwide. FSA also offers professional support for companies seeking services such as event planning and production, marketing, public relations, graphic design, sponsorship sales and site selection. FSA's mission is to offer creative management solutions to organizations seeking to grow, diversify, and thrive in an ever-changing global society. For more information visit www.aboutfsa.com .

CONTACT:  FSA Management Group
          Trish Dever
          502.574.9934
          tdever@hqtrs.com

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