To:           All MPA Members

From:      Governing Council

Date:       August 1, 2017

Re:          Change in Association Management Company

Beginning on September 1, 2017, MPA will be receiving operations and management support from The Harrington Company. For the past 5 years MPA has been supported by IntrinXec. Our decision to make this change is based on our strategic planning process with specific attention to having a person in the Executive Director role. Our relationship with IntrinXec has been excellent and they assisted us when we were in a very difficult financial place at the turn of this decade. We thank all at IntrinXec for working so closely and professionally with MPA members and leadership during this period of time. In particular, we thank Rhea Sullivan who has worked closely and diligently with our members and our leadership.

We are delighted to develop a partnership with The Harrington Company, which was founded in 1977 and is one of the most respected association management companies in the field. Harrington is accredited by the AMC Institute. Harrington has a proven track record of effective support for various types of professional associations. We chose Harrington after a thorough review of both local and national organizations and we are pleased that we will be partnering with one of the most respected associations management companies in the country.

We welcome Michelle Herr as our Executive Director. Michelle has eleven years of association management experience and has been with Harrington since 2014. In her role at The Harrington Company, Michelle has held a number of leadership positions with local and national organizations. Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in family studies from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and a masters degree in counseling and psychological services from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is both experienced in association management and also understands what we do on a daily basis. Michelle will be in this role begining September 1.

What happens now? For the next month IntrinXec will continue to work with us as they have. For members, nothing will be different during the month of August. Rhea will continue to do what she has been doing and will assist with renewals and registrations as she has in the past. The phone number remains the same and Rhea and the other staff will support us as they have been doing.

Harrington and IntrinXec staff are working together to ensure that the transition will be as seamless as possible. Michelle is working closely with Rhea and others at IntrinXec to make sure that all functions are effectively operational with Harrington on September 1st. We are impressed and pleased with the professional way that staff in both organizations are conducting this work.

MPA will have a new phone number and address which will be communicated as we approach the transition date - for now use the same number that you have been. We will continue to use the same website during the transition period and after.

Bruce Bobbitt, President-Elect and Susan McPherson, Treasurer are leading the effort on behalf of MPA and are the points of contact for this process. They will be providing periodic updates to all of you as the transition process moves forward. Please feel free to contact either one of them if you have questions.