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Markens Group Brings Governance Lawyers Association to Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — The Markens Group Inc. (TMG), an association-management and consulting firm, announced its newest full-service client, the American College of Governance Counsel (ACGC). Under this arrangement, TMG will manage ACGC’s day-to-day operations, and the association’s headquarters will be re-established in downtown Springfield.

Founded in 2015, ACGC is the association for corporate governance lawyers in the U.S. and Canada. It promotes high standards within the profession and advocates for broader adoption of best governance practices within business organizations. Through programs like its annual Colloquium, ACGC addresses today’s major corporate governance issues, including challenges to traditional models of governance, risk management, shareholder engagement, and an increasingly complex regulatory and enforcement environment.

“Top North American governance lawyers formed ACGC to foster a better understanding of the role that sound governance plays in successful strategic decision making,” said Frank Placenti, founding president of ACGC and leader of the governance practice at the global law firm Squire Patton Boggs, LLP. “Having been embraced by both the legal profession and the governance community, the college is ready to optimize our operations and accelerate our success. We believe TMG can help with that.”

Added Ben Markens, president and founder of TMG, “we’re thrilled to partner with ACGC. Over the years, we’ve developed methodologies and frameworks for driving operational efficiency and growth, and we’ve already begun to implement those for ACGC. Plus, we’re proud to bring national connections and unique industry ties to our own backyard here in Springfield.”

The only association-management company in Western Massachusetts — and one of only 80 companies worldwide to be accredited under the Association Management Company Institute’s standard for management best practices — TMG has helped associations and other nonprofit organizations to grow and achieve their goals for more than two decades. Other national association clients include the Paperboard Packaging Council, the Flexographic Pre-Press Platemakers Assoc., and the American Assoc. of Homeopathic Pharmacists.

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