Association For Creative Industries Selects SmithBucklin for Association Management

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Association
For Creative Industries
(AFCI) has selected SmithBucklin,
the association management and services company more organizations turn
to than any other, to provide association management. Its headquarters
will be located at 330 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, beginning April 1.

Founded in 2004 as the Craft Hobby Association, AFCI is the premier
trade association for the global creative arts products industries. AFCI
strives to deliver innovative, high-value services to support members
who provide products and services to educate, entertain, and inspire
creative consumers. Members include the manufacturers, retailers,
distributors, designers, educators, digital content providers,
professional makers and DIYers, and other creative professionals that
comprise the $36 billion+ creative arts industries around the globe.

In choosing SmithBucklin to provide association management, the AFCI
Board of Directors concluded that the company’s experience, knowledge,
and skills will move AFCI forward while building upon the association’s
successes to date. Those have included its annual Creativation event,
its robust member services, and its charitable support of the Kids in
Need Foundation.

“SmithBucklin brings deep experience in supporting business trade
associations – including some that complement and have synergies within
the creative industry,” said Jim Thielen, Chairman of AFCI Board of
Directors. “We are dedicated to maximizing the value of AFCI membership
and working with the SmithBucklin team to further strengthen our member
value proposition and shape the future strategy for AFCI to ensure our
long-term success.”

SmithBucklin will provide AFCI with a complete management solution. It
will work with AFCI’s board of directors to establish a strategic
framework, and be accountable for developing and executing plans that
achieve results. In addition, a team of SmithBucklin professionals will
be responsible for the association’s administration, including
membership recruitment and retention, financial management, event
management, tradeshow and sponsorship sales management, marketing and
branding, communications and publications, education administration, and
technology.

“We are honored by this opportunity to serve AFCI,” said Jim McNeil,
Executive Vice President Chief Executive, SmithBucklin’s Business +
Trade Industry Practice. “We respect and embrace the organization’s
commitment to creating a healthy, vibrant, and innovative community that
enriches people’s lives. We look forward to working with the board to
realize its vision and ensure AFCI’s relevance and longevity.”

SmithBucklin’s Business
+ Trade Industry Practice
helps a wide range of trade and
professional associations achieve their missions, create value for their
stakeholders, and advance their industry professions. The practice’s
unmatched team of association professionals applies leading practices
across a wide spectrum of association management services.

About SmithBucklin

SmithBucklin is the association
management
and services company more organizations turn to than any
other. Our mission is to achieve the missions of the client
organizations we serve. SmithBucklin serves trade associations,
professional societies, technology communities, charitable
organizations, and corporations. Founded in 1949, SmithBucklin has
offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., Old Lyme, Conn., St. Louis, and San
Ramon, Calif. The company is 100 percent employee-owned. For more
information, please visit www.smithbucklin.com
or call 1-800-539-9740.