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(Raleigh, NC, March 1) – FirstPoint Management Resources announced that it has recently been awarded accreditation by AMC Institute, the global trade association representing the Association Management industry.

Among 500-plus Association Management Companies (AMC) worldwide, only 82 have achieved AMC Institute Accreditation, demonstrating the commitment and the ability to deliver the highest level of professional management services to association and not-for-profit clients. These AMCs are the recognized choice of association and not-for-profit organizations.

“We applaud FirstPoint on this significant achievement,” AMCI Chair Greg Schultz said. “AMCI accreditation requires that association management firms demonstrate adherence to operational and ethical best practices, as outlined in the AMCI ANSI standard. Accreditation distinguishes FirstPoint’s ongoing commitment to leadership in association management.”

Administered by AMC Institute, AMC Institute Accreditation is recognized and supported by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership and is based on the ANSI Standard of Good Practices for the AMC Industry. ANSI requires that the standard be reviewed and updated regularly to remain an approved standard. Measurable performance practices include contracts and service delivery; employee recruitment, training and professional development; and financial management and internal controls, among others. Once accredited, AMCs must earn re-accreditation every four years, demonstrating to an independent outside auditor that they continue to meet the standard.


FirstPoint’s President and CEO Mark Prince marked this achievement by recognizing the many staff involved in the accreditation process. “This accreditation recognizes FirstPoint’s commitment to quality and client service. I want to thank the many FirstPoint employees who contributed their time and talents to helping us achieve this milestone.”

FirstPoint Management Resources (FPMR) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Guilford Merchants Association, (GMA), a 105-year-old non-profit corporation providing education, networking and member services to businesses and organizations in Guilford County, North Carolina.

Association Management Companies specialize in managing associations and not-for-profit organizations, providing leadership and professional management services through experienced staff, best practices and shared resources. As AMCs manage multiple association and not-forprofit clients, their experience and knowledge base are broad and substantial, positioning AMCs as the preferred choice for full-service and specialized management services.

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