Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Selects SmithBucklin for Association Management

December 18, 2018

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 18, 2018--The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) has selected SmithBucklin, the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other, to provide association management. Steven C. Kemp, CAE, serves as executive director, and its headquarters are located at 2025 M St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1957, HFES is the world’s largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals. HFES serves the needs of members and the public by promoting and advancing the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems, products, tools, and environments of all kinds. The society’s 4,500 members work in educational institutions, companies, government and military research centers, and independent consultancies in 58 countries. About 15 percent of members are students.

After the retirement of its longtime executive director, HFES’s Search Committee used a thorough and multistep process that resulted in the selection of SmithBucklin to provide association management. In making its determination, the Search Committee cited SmithBucklin’s proven capabilities as well as its values, culture, and vision for achieving growth.

“Steve Kemp and the SmithBucklin staff impressed me with their experience in working with volunteers and managing operations. They listened well and offered great ideas for the Executive Council to consider,” said Kermit Davis, HFES President-Elect and a member of the Search Committee. “We are excited to work with Steve and his team to achieve our goals.”

SmithBucklin will provide HFES with a complete management solution. In his role as executive director, Kemp will work with the HFES board of directors to establish strategic objectives. He leads a team of association professionals that are responsible for the association’s administration, including membership recruitment and retention, financial management, marketing and branding, communications and publications, education administration, government relations and advocacy, and technology.

“We feel very privileged to have the opportunity to serve HFES,” said David Schmahl, Executive Vice President & Chief Executive, SmithBucklin’s Healthcare + Scientific Industry Practice. “We’re energized by the caliber of volunteers and stakeholders engaged in serving HFES, and the expanded application of human factors and ergonomics in our society.”

Kemp, a 19-year veteran at SmithBucklin, has overseen all aspects of association management, including strategic planning, membership services, annual conference oversight, advocacy, and marketing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in journalism from the University of Maryland. In addition, he earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in June 2004, and he has served ASAE in a variety of volunteer roles.

About SmithBucklin

SmithBucklin is the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other. Our mission is to achieve the missions of the client organizations we serve. SmithBucklin serves trade associations, professional societies, technology communities, charitable organizations, and corporations. Founded in 1949, SmithBucklin has offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., Old Lyme, Conn., St. Louis, and San Ramon, Calif. The company is 100 percent employee-owned. For more information, please visit www.smithbucklin.com or call 1-800-539-9740.

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