"He doesn't know what he's talking about," declares Michael S. Olson, CAE, president and CEO for the last two years of Washington, D.C.-based American Society of Association Executives. The "he" is Industry Standard reporter Greg Dalton, who in February wrote a column portraying trade associations as dinosaur institutions throwing party conventions, doomed for failure in the fast-moving, money-centered dot-com universe. "They lobby governments, issue newsletters, and, of course, provide an ...

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