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Young Leader Profile

Name
Brandi Gerew, CAE
Organization
Capitol Hill Management
Services (CHMS), an
Association Management
Company
Title
CHMS
Senior Account Executive
APTi:
Executive Director
CETA
Executive Director
SCAN
Deputy Executive Director
Working With
Associations Since
2010
Contact Information
bgerew@caphill.com
919.792.6338

"If you listen to
your volunteer
Board and your
valued association
members, you are
much more likely
to hear what they
need and to be a
better staff person
through this gained
knowledge."
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What My Associations Do:
APTi: The Association for Psychological
Type International, is an international
membership organization open to any
individual interested in personality type.
Members seek to extend the development,
research, applications and ethical use of
type theory.
CETA: The Controlled Environment
Testing Association was developed to
promote quality assurance in the industry
through the exchange and dissemination
of information on certification issues
internationally. Controlled Environments
include cleanrooms, laminar flow devices,
sterile ovens, tunnels, dryers, biological
safety cabinets, fume hoods, containment
suites, and other similar environments that
require precision testing and certification.
SCAN: Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness
Nutrition is the largest dietetic practice
group of the Academy of Nutrition and
Dietetics. Members are registered dietitians
with expertise in the areas of sports,
physical activity, cardiovascular health,
wellness, and the prevention and treatment
of disordered eating and eating disorders.
Number of Members:
APTi 500; CETA 550; and SCAN 7000
Staff Size:
Working for an AMC is excellent because
you can approach many staff members for
assistance but each association does not
employ staff, rather they retain the AMC.
What I Do:
I wear a lot of hats in my role so my job is
never boring! I handle board governance
and structure, event and tradeshow
planning, membership communication
and development, marketing and public

relations as well as making sure my
associations are strategically planning for
the future.
My Biggest Challenge:
My biggest challenge is juggling three
associations. I always wish I had more time
in my week to devote to each one but that
is the environment of an AMC - timeshare
staff.
What I Like About My Job:
I am overly organized. My mentor/
coworker, Jim Thompson, IOM, CAE once
compared his virtual calendar to a Tetris
board - and I completely relate. I enjoy
adding tasks/reminders stacking up in my
calendar and accomplishing/checking them
off in a timely/meticulous manner. This is
a good profession for me as an association
management professional's job is never
done.
My Proudest Work/Life Moment:
Becoming a Certified Association Executive
(CAE) in 2016. Go for it! AENC offered
an amazing study group with fantastic
facilitators. I believe that was a determining
factor in my passing the exam.
One Piece of Advice for Someone New to
the Association World:
Listen. Listen. Listen. At a conference, I
once picked up the following acronym:
"W.A.I.T" which stands for "Why Am I
Talking?" If you listen to your volunteer
Board and your valued association
members, you are much more likely to hear
what they need and to be a better staff
person through this gained knowledge.
Association members are passionate, which
is one of the reasons associations exist, and
to truly listen and help them achieve their
goals is a wonderful thing. z



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Success By Association - March/April 2017

President’s Message
Event Calendar
Change, One Person at a Time
What I Learned as an Employment Attorney: Non-Legal Advice to Get You Out of Legal Hot Water
Is Your Hiring Filter in the Way?
Freedom Comes From Rules
Cost/Benefit of an Organization Retreat
Polish Up Your Confict-of-Interest Policy
Legislative Reception a Success!
Getting the Leadership Basics Right
Member Updates
Should They Stay or Should They Go? (With Apologies to the Clash)
Young Leader Profile
Advertiser Index
Buyers’ Guide
Advertiser Showcase
Executive Director’s Message
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - cover1
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - cover2
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 3
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - President’s Message
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Event Calendar
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 6
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Change, One Person at a Time
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - What I Learned as an Employment Attorney: Non-Legal Advice to Get You Out of Legal Hot Water
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 9
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Is Your Hiring Filter in the Way?
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Freedom Comes From Rules
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Cost/Benefit of an Organization Retreat
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 13
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Polish Up Your Confict-of-Interest Policy
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 15
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Legislative Reception a Success!
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 17
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 18
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 19
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Getting the Leadership Basics Right
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 21
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Member Updates
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 23
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Should They Stay or Should They Go? (With Apologies to the Clash)
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - 25
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Young Leader Profile
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Advertiser Index
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Buyers’ Guide
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Advertiser Showcase
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - Executive Director’s Message
Success By Association - March/April 2017 - cover3
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