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Association CEO's and Executives Praise IMN Solutions
Friday, July 15 2011Several prominent association CEOs and senior staff recently spoke about the strong value they receive from IMN Solutions, a leading meeting management company and strategic consulting partner in association and foundation management.
"Our working partnership with IMN Solutions has enabled AMSUS to do more for less," says George K. Anderson, MD, MPH, Major General, USAF, MC (retired) and Executive Director, AMSUS – The Society of the Federal Health Agencies. "IMN Solutions thoroughly researches, evaluates, and recommends ideal destinations for our annual meetings based on our specific needs. Their expertise has saved us time and allows us to focus our energy on meeting member needs."
IMN Solutions President & CEO Jack Sammis explains that IMN clients represent more than $100 million in annual buying power in the meetings industry. "We call it the 'Power of the Network,'" he says. "It allows us to build strong relationships with destinations and meeting venues and get the best value for our association clients."
"IMN Solutions gives us tremendous negotiating power," says Bill Hudson, President and CEO of the Global Cold Chain Alliance. "No matter what size association you are, to have a company that represents a huge volume of business can mean so much in saving on meeting costs. IMN Solutions has managed our contract negotiations with hotels around the world and has stayed with us through the implementation of the contracts."
Steve Doyle, Executive Vice President of the Central Station Alarm Association, adds, "We have worked with IMN Solutions for over 20 years. During that time we have done meetings all over the world from Europe, Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Asia, etc. At every turn IMN was able to work out highly complex negotiations with very diverse venues allowing us to come to favorable terms on contractual issues. They have also placed us with the right DMC companies for local events. I view IMN Solutions like the proverbial American Express card: 'I don't do a meeting without them!'"
Even larger associations such as the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) find strong value. "While we hold a number of larger meetings, we were not gaining the negotiating leverage we have now attained through IMN Solutions," says ABC Chief Operating Officer Todd S. Mann, CAE. "The result is significant savings for our members."
Zipporah Miller, Associate Executive Director, Professional Programs at the National Science Teachers Association, also spoke highly of the range of services IMN Solutions provides.
"IMN is much more than a service provider and meetings management company," Milles says. "Their staff is personable, efficient, highly responsive, effective, and skilled in strategic conference planning, negotiating and contracting. As a result of this long-term partnership, IMN has a keen understanding of NSTA as a 'non-profit business' and the professional needs of our members. IMN's volume-buying power provides a protective insurance that far exceeds what NSTA could secure on its own. The leverage to manage and minimize our Association's financial and attrition risks is immeasurable."