|2016 Annual Meeting Session Descriptions|
2016 ANNUAL MEETING BREAKOUT SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
This interactive workshop will provide attendees with insight into key areas of AMC operations management. The session will highlight best practices that will enable accredited AMCs to stay compliant with the newly revised standards which became effective January 1, 2015. The workshop also offers valuable information and helpful strategies for AMCs that are just starting the accreditation process. Core topics include staff training/professional development; social media and intellectual property policies; client performance reviews, and client contract disclosures. 3.0 CAE Credits
Speed Dating (Members Only)
Business development and marketing have always remained a fixture of your environment and in some cases, the drivers of corporate growth. These groups now work more closely with each other, bringing other members of their support systems (design, technology, ops, etc.) with them, to join in the effort to further expand the corporate narrative. During this session, we will examine the new meaning of marketing, business development and growth for your AMC! 1.5 CAE Credits
Our last succession planning session was so popular that we’re bringing it back for another round of interactive discussion. This year’s session will include fresh faces and new perspectives on this multifaceted and very important topic. Whether you have a plan in place or are just getting started, join a panel of your peers as they share their experiences, insights, lessons learned, and advice, to help you prepare yourself and the business for future ownership and leadership succession. Perhaps, business succession is a longer term issue for you, but it is never too early to get this process started! 1.5 CAE Credits
As more of our clients and prospects seek support to expand their footprint internationally, how can AMCs tap into these opportunities without compromising the integrity of our own business models? What are the key points to keep in mind when advising our clients on how to go about this? How and when should we bid to support work outside our own market/s? What are the pluses and minuses of AMC alliances and partnerships? What are the practicalities of making them work in practice? Does vertical integration work?
Based on consistent member feedback, we’ve designated this time to allow you to have open discussions and additional networking opportunity with your peers that face the same challenges you do on a day-to-day basis. Facilitators for each forum will get things started by asking, “What’s on Your Mind?” and the free-flowing exchange of information and ideas will begin. Get ready to share, learn and grow!
1.0 CAE Credits
AMCs Working with "Outside CEOs": Friend or Foe?
While AMCs continue to grow and the workforce shrinks, another developing trend is an increasing number of AMCs working with outside CEOs. Hear a panel of AMC owners share their experiences and what prompted their decision to work with outside employees or independent contractors. Some CEOs came with the client and are now employees, or remain independent. Other Boards wanted industry
perspective or wanted oversight of the AMC. Learn from others and share your experiences in this interactive breakout session. 1.25 CAE Credits
This identity theft session is not for everyone; just for those who want to protect against a growing trend of cybersecurity attacks. Data breaches are not just a problem for the Home Depots and JPMorgans of the world; protecting information is a challenge for our companies as well. Come and hear actionable identity theft prevention tips firsthand. Learn how we as business owners can educate ourselves on proper protocol for protecting valuable company data. As an AMC with an eye on the future, can you afford NOT to attend this interactive educational session? 1.25 CAE Credits
Ten Good Ways to Get Your Organization Sued By an Employee
Employee claims and lawsuits are not inevitable. You can get ahead of some common problems and minimize risk. This session will address common sources of employment liability such as misclassification of employees as independent contractors, misclassification of employees as exempt from overtime, managing leaves of absence and accommodation of disabled employees, background checks, trade secrets and unfair competition, and new theories of harassment and discrimination. The session will not just identify problems but will suggest solutions such as updated employee handbooks, job descriptions, arbitration agreements, confidentiality agreements and employment practices liability insurance. 1.25 CAE Credits
NEW - Associate Members Session (Associate Members Only)
The Buyer’s Viewpoint: What’s Important to AMC Staff When Making Purchasing Decisions