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Oil Change Group Opts For Association Management Firm

The Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) has engaged the association management company SmithBucklin Corp. As a result, SmithBucklin now manages the day-to-day operations of AOCA, and the association’s previous staff in Richardson, TX is out, having been replaced by a dedicated group of staff members in SmithBucklin’s Chicago office.

In a statement posted on the AOCA website, the board of directors said the staff in Richardson served the association well and provided a solid foundation on which it can build. “We wish them the best in their future endeavors, and greatly appreciate the professional support and leadership they are providing us throughout this transition,” the statement reads.

The move was both financial and strategic. From a financial perspective, the management fees charged by SmithBucklin are lower than AOCA’s previous cost of operation — this according to information posted on the association’s website. From a strategic standpoint, the move is intended to make the association more efficient and its staff more productive, to better position AOCA for future growth, and to provide improved benefits and services to its members.

“As AOCA and the industry we represent continue to grow, our resource needs are changing. We must focus on improved efficiencies, staff productivity, customer satisfaction and membership growth,” the aforementioned statement reads. “To accomplish this, we need an increased depth of staff knowledge and skills in all areas of association management, including operational oversight, membership services, meeting management, marketing and branding, web services, publishing, education and programs, and financial management. We believe that this wide range of services can most cost effectively and best be provided by an association management company.”

SmithBucklin serves more than 320 client organizations and specializes in a wide range of association activities, including those noted above. It should be noted that, while SmithBucklin will handle the day-to-day operations of AOCA, it will not have a seat on the association board of directors.

AOCA’s 2012 annual membership meeting will be held Oct. 29 at the Monte Carlo Hotel in Las Vegas in conjunction with the AAPEX and SEMA shows.

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