Human Resources Management Association of Chicago Selects SmithBucklin for Management

November 26, 2017

The Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC) has selected SmithBucklin, an association management and services company, to provide full-service association management. Elizabeth Summy, CAE, serves as HRMAC’s chief executive officer, and its headquarters is at 330 N. Wabash, Chicago.

Founded in 1915, HRMAC is Chicagoland's premier resource for advancing workplace strategy and leadership. HRMAC’s membership is composed of nearly 750 Chicago-area organizations with a network of over 7,000 HR professionals from every business sector, representing small private companies to multi-national public corporations.

“The HRMAC Board is excited to work with SmithBucklin as we strongly believe it will assist us in accelerating our strategic plan,” said Vicki Slomka, HRMAC Chair. “Through SmithBucklin, HRMAC will have access to specialists to help us with marketing, technology and event management, and the team will deliver leading practices in serving our members.”

After a three-month competitive search HRMAC’s Executive Committee selected Summy to lead the organization, citing her comprehensive record of accomplishments as well as her ability to move forward organizational goals.

Summy most recently was the executive vice president/CEO of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Previously, she served as vice president of the Personal Membership Groups of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and xecutive director of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.

Prior to joining the AHA, Summy served as deputy chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C.

Summy holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Des Moines University, Iowa, and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 2006.

She is an active member of Association Forum and a mentor at MATTER, a community of healthcare innovators, entrepreneurs and start-ups.

“HRMAC plays a critical role in leading the dialogue on workplace strategy in the Chicagoland human resources community, and I am honored to help this organization advance its mission and vision,” Summy said.

She added, “I am excited about the members’ passion, and I look forward to serving them and working with the Executive Committee and the staff.”

“It is a privilege to welcome HRMAC and Liz into our community of business and trade associations,” said Jim McNeil, executive vice president and CEO, Business + Trade Industry Practice, SmithBucklin. “Liz’s impressive experience in the association world makes her a perfect fit for our SmithBucklin team. Together, we are committed to helping HRMAC achieve the growth that the board envisions.”

SmithBucklin will provide HRMAC with a complete management solution. In Summy’s role as CEO, she will work with the HRMAC Board of Directors to establish strategic objectives, while being accountable for developing and executing plans that achieve results.

She also will lead a team of professionals who will be responsible for all aspects of the association’s operations, membership recruitment and engagement, financial management, marketing and branding, communications and publications, technology, and event management.

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