Looking for answers? Ask SmithBucklin. The association management firm launched a new program called Ask SmithBucklin, which is a free consultation service designed for volunteer leaders, executive directors, and others in senior leadership positions. The no-cost service, which can be accessed by calling (800) 539-9750, is designed to provide callers with guidance on challenges and opportunities facing their organizations.
“We want to demonstrate our industry leadership by being able to give back to the community and help the community grow and prosper,” says Henry Givray, chief executive officer at SmithBucklin. It is believed to be the first program of its kind in the industry, says Givray. Callers are not required to make any commitment to SmithBucklin’s services in order to use the 800 number.
Ask SmithBucklin leverages the expertise of the company’s professionals as well as its other resources. Counsel will be customized to each organization, and questions on any related topic are welcome. A high percentage of the question will be answered on the spot, says Givray. In some cases, however, depending on the complexity of the topic, questions will be answered within 24 to 48 hours.
Later this year, SmithBucklin will unveil a second new initiative, the William E. Smith Institute for Association Research. The center, named after the firm’s founder, will underwrite and deliver “practice-based research” to the association community, says Givray. The idea is to provide leading-edge information and insight on topics and trends that are vital to industry, adds Givray. Research will be commissioned to a variety of independent sources. A spring launch is expected.