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Markens Group Brings Association-management Services to Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — The Markens Group Inc. (TMG) recently became accredited under the AMC Institute’s standard, a strict set of best practices for outstanding association-management companies (AMCs). Among the 500-plus AMCs worldwide, only 79 have achieved AMC Institute accreditation. Founded in 1988, TMG is a business-consulting firm that specializes in managing industry trade associations.

In 2008, TMG President Ben Markens accepted an offer to manage the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC), a trade association for folding-carton companies and TMG’s first association client. TMG’s first initiative was to move PPC headquarters from the Washington, D.C. area to downtown Springfield. “We have very deep roots in Springfield, so relocating PPC headquarters was a no-brainer,” said Markens. “We wanted to do all we could to bring some revenue into the city.”

In the decades prior to hiring TMG and relocating to Springfield, PPC had suffered serious financial losses and shrinking membership. Yet, in less than a year after TMG came on board, PPC enjoyed an annual surplus and has continued to do so for six consecutive years. Membership has grown more than 50%, and participation in meetings and other programs has increased by almost 100%.

“Our singular goal is to provide our clients with the high-quality services they need to grow and achieve their strategic initiatives,” said Markens. “Becoming accredited will concrete our dedication to excellence in the eyes of present and future clients.”

Demonstrating its dedication to local business, TMG’s newest association client, the New England Paper Cluster, promotes the paper industry in New England and represents member companies such as paper mills, paper recyclers, printing companies, and other paper-related firms.

For more information, call (413) 686-9199 or visit www.markensamc.com.

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