Author: Karen M. Smith

After leaving association management in 2015, Karen M. Smith embarked upon a new career as a freelance writer and editor. Working in southwest Ohio, she has produced and edited fiction and nonfiction content spanning diverse topics and genres for clients around the world, including newsletters for the SAVE International, Wallcovering Installers Association, North American Power Sweeping Association, and World Library Foundation. Karen has published over 20 books under the pseudonym Holly Bargo. Review her services and portfolio and contact her via her website at


When to give your AMC the boot

If your association uses the service of a for-profit association management company (AMC), then the AMC will have assigned a staff person as a primary point of contact to act as the association’s manager. That places the manager in the difficult position of serving two masters: the client association and the company that signs the […]