Association Strategies Recruits Association President

April 4, 2016 – Executive search firm Association Strategies has placed Matthew E. Croson as president of The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA). He is replacing Joe T. Franklin Jr., who is retiring in June after leading the organization for 25 years.

Mr. Croson has more than two decades of leadership and communications experience in manufacturing trade associations and most recently served as president and chief executive officer of the Adhesive and Sealant Council. Prior to that, he held communications leadership positions at the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute. He also worked at InteliData Technologies Corp. and Burson-Marsteller, where he specialized in relationship management and corporate communications.

He is an elected member of the board of directors at the National Association of Manufacturers’ Council of Manufacturing Associations and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Matthew Croson’s communications background and his experience bringing individuals, manufacturers and customers together will help AGMA meet the diverse needs of our members,” said Dean Burrows, chairman of the AGMA board of directors. “We are confident he will lead the organization’s wide range of high quality programs and services, and will continue to grow membership and participation.”

“I’m honored to help AGMA continue to grow and support its members and the gear industry as a whole,” said Mr. Croson. “I will be working closely with Joe Franklin and the team in the coming months to ensure that the transition of leadership is as seamless as possible.”


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AGMA was founded in 1916 by 19 manufacturers with a goal of helping improve the emerging gear market by developing technical standardization. It is a voluntary association of companies, consultants and academicians with a direct interest in the design, manufacture and application of gears, couplings and related power transmission components and equipment. Members include gear manufacturers from the U.S., Mexico and Canada, as well as gearing interests from more than 30 countries around the world.

Association Strategies provides executive search, organizational assessment and transition management services exclusively to non-profit organizations.The firm also offers succession planning, board advisory services and other services. Pamela Kaul, founder and president, offers nearly three decades of experience in executive search, transition management, and organization development.

Currently, the firm is leading the CEO search for the American College of Nurse Midwives as well as the executive director posts for Bethesda UP, Emergency Nurses Association, and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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