Most people’s passion for association work doesn’t start in childhood—but that’s not the case for Mark Engle. His parents—Art and Dagny—started Association Management Center (AMC) nearly 50 years ago. Family vacations were replaced with association conferences where the entire family—including brothers Scott and Jeff—were expected to lend a helping hand. Later in life, Mark worked in government relations in DC before returning to AMC to serve as an executive director, consultant and principal. Today Mark engages association leaders in critical conversations related to board development, strategic thinking, decision making, and change initiatives. The evolution and process of moving from reactive to proactive is at the root of Mark’s experiences and wisdom. Mark’s insights about successful leadership, humility, and authenticity help listeners assess what really matters most when it comes to life and work. This inspirational conversation is a great listen and the perfect way to close out season one of “Conversations by Association.”
“There is nothing more rewarding than spending time with the people emerging in their careers.”
Mark is a principal with Association Management Center in Chicago, IL; headquarters to 28 associations with a staff of over 220 talented professionals. Engle received his Doctor of Management degree in 2011 from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH) with his study in nonprofit governance. Mark is continually striving to develop and share new research that leads to advancing the association management profession. He is a frequent author and speaker on governance and high performing organizations and is a faculty member of ASAE’s Exceptional Boards program. Engle serves on five Boards of Directors. In 2017 he was inducted into the Metal Construction Hall of Fame for his past service as chief staff executive of the Metal Construction Association. He was honored with the Samuel Shapiro Award – Outstanding CEO – Association Forum of Chicagoland and was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives and the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Leadership (Case Western Reserve University) and is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. Engle formerly served as a chief staff executive for trade associations and professional societies for 29 years. He has participated in over 300 Board meetings during his career.