Core Pillars Drive Association Growth. For an Association to grow membership 600% in 8 years means data driven strategies, establishing core connections and member engagement are all part of the equation. For the Technology Association of Georgia, www.tagonline.org, it starts with annual member research, a strong Board of Directors and it’s culture of always looking for something new to support its members. Arriving on the scene in 2004, CEO Tino Mantella brought his growth packed track record from the YMCA of Chicago and the National Arthritis Foundation. Leveraging vast growth experience and a potent Board of Directors, Mantella launched TAG on a consistent evolution of new programs and powerful ROI.
Identifying Technology as Georgia’s growth engine became Mantella’s focal point. He pitched the state’s top Technology and Business leaders to serve on TAG’s Board. The overriding strategy was effective as the Board grew from just five executives to 65 today. The Board provides strategic direction and the staff develops and executes a plethora of activity.
Two Prong Focus to Achieve Growth
Although TAG is a not for profit Association, Mantella says “the more you can run like a business, the more you can impact the nonprofit world.” He engaged his board in a two pronged approach to involve companies and grow the Association. Once successful, TAG would have the resources necessary to support Economic Development in the State of Georgia.
Alignment Delivers Growth
TAG’s Value proposition is clear. Members can influence policy, promote Georgia’s Technology Leadership, and engage in C Level roundtables. Throughout his tenure, Mantella utilizes data to track service delivery, member participation and growth. Behind the data is alignment of the Association’s Strategic plan, operating plan and employee performance objectives.
Core Pillars Drive Association Growth
Having grown to a staff size of 25 professionals, what’s clear is Tino Mantella and TAG are not done innovating and providing new platforms to help their members. The Association works passionately to remain relevant. In my next post, I’ll share how the Technology Association of Georgia utilizes Data to Connect to pain points and deliver consistent member value.
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