About Thomas Associates
The mission of Thomas Associates is to provide our association clients with intelligent, respectful counsel, building long‐term relationships with the leadership of each association to further the strategic interests of the industry. We do this by developing and rewarding a team of professionals who deliver these services better than any other association management firm in North America.
Our Top Competitive Strengths
1. Long-Term Relationships.
Most of our trade association clients have been with us for decades. That’s because we constantly work to build the confidence and trust that is required to make associations successful.
We get things done. We focus on long-term relationships and the needs of our clients, not on short-term gain for ourselves.
2. Cost-Effective Services.
We closely monitor all vendor relationships to control their charges. Knowing how hotel fees can be exorbitant, we drive hard to control those expenses. And 100% of any commissions that might arise are returned to the client association.
The association leadership sets our budget at the beginning of the year, and we stick to it. We know that our success is directly dependent on your financial success.
3. Stable Staff.
Thomas experiences very little turnover. While some staff change is inevitable, we have created a positive work environment for our employees.
Thus, our professional staff have developed long and stable careers with Thomas Associates. For you, this generates trust, reliability, continuity, and easy communications.
4. Specialty Sector: Manufacturing.
We provide full management services for all types of trade associations, but industrial trade associations in the manufacturing sector are our specialty. For several decades, most of our associations have been involved in manufacturing.
Our expertise in managing manufacturing associations stems from our daily immersion in codes, standards, regulatory, and legislative activity, working with groups such as ANSI, ASHRAE, ASME, ASTM, CPSC, DOE, NFPA, NFRC, UL, major building code organizations, etc.
5. Thomas is Technical.
Our staff of four full-time engineers is led by a Professional Engineer with a Ph.D. All specialize in codes, standards, research and testing, certification, and regulatory services, including expertise in LEED and green issues.
Most association management firms routinely handle association meetings, trade shows, and publications. But our extensive technical expertise is rarely seen in the association management industry.