Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is an organization with over 50 chapters and approximately 13,000 members. Doing business is at the heart of the ACG membership experience, which brings dealmakers together to help them achieve their business and professional goals.
ACG Atlanta is an award-winning chapter leader in the ACG network. The ACG Atlanta mission is to be the premier network in the Southeast for experts and decision-making professionals focused on strategies for increasing stakeholder value. The Atlanta National Chapter brings together every segment of the growth community and includes over 500 dealmaking members in Atlanta alone, and ~2,000 members in the South Region. Private equity professionals, investment bankers & intermediaries, attorneys, auditors & accountants, lenders, corporate development officers, company leaders and others focused on the middle-market know that ACG is the ultimate resource for professionals in mergers and acquisitions.
In addition to monthly dinner programs and breakfast meetings, ACG Atlanta hosts signature events that include: The M&A South Conference (over 1,000 attendees), the premier private equity networking and educational event in the Southeast; Georgia Fast 40 Awards Dinner and Gala (over 400 attendees), honoring the top 40-fastest-growing, Georgia-based middle-market companies. Other signature events that bring together ACG Atlanta members include the annual Taste of ACG Atlanta event.
Reporting to the Chairman of the ACG Atlanta board and the ACG CEO, the Executive Director, Atlanta (the Executive) will bring leadership, vision and expertise and ensure the operational excellence, outstanding membership experience, and growth of the Atlanta National Chapter through collaboration and innovative membership programming and experiences.
In this hands-on role, the Executive is responsible for implementing the strategic goals and objectives of the organization in collaboration with the ACG Atlanta Board Chairman for all things Atlanta. The Executive will participate in the development and implementation of the strategic goals and objectives of the organization with the ACG Atlanta Board Chairman and Committee Chairs, and will enable the ACG Atlanta Board to fulfill its governance functions and will provide direction and leadership to support the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, mission, strategy and annual goals and objectives. The Executive will also lead the staff of the Atlanta National Chapter and influence positive outcomes in growth and membership experience across the ACG organization.
Major Functions/ Accountabilities:
ACG Atlanta Board Administration and Support
Works with ACG Atlanta Chairman to determine the strategic direction of the organization. Creates goals and objectives in order to fulfill the mission of ACG Atlanta.
Support operations and administration of the Board by advising and informing Board members.
Prioritize the day-to-day management and back office support of the organization, including being the primary point of contact with any paid staff or external contractors.
Responsible for determining external communication strategy and ensuring effective external communications via the organization’s website, emails, and all other member/stakeholder communications.
Interface between the Atlanta Board and the broader organization.
Actively participate, facilitate and support the committee and Board meetings and discussions as well as the meetings and discussions of other Board committees of which the Executive is a member unless exceptions are determined by the ACG Chairman.
Ensure smooth transition of new Board and committee members year-over-year.
Program, Product and Service Delivery
In collaboration with the ACG Atlanta Chairman and Committee Chairs, create the strategic goals and objectives and oversee marketing, promotion, delivery of programs, products, and services for the Atlanta National Chapter.
In collaboration with the ACG Atlanta Chairman, implement new programs, strategic directions, and organizational and financial plans, continually improving on the quality and effectiveness of the current programs to ensure that the Chapter’s long-range strategy and mission are carried out, that clearly defined results are achieved, and the organization delivers the highest level of value to its members
Networking with Atlanta Members and prospective Members to publicize, promote and actualize the Chapter’s goals and values at Chapter events.
Maintain a climate that attracts, retains and engages a membership of quality people
Ensure member information requests and questions are addressed in a timely and effective manner
Follow the highest ethical standards, ensure accountability, and comply with all applicable laws
In conjunction with the ACG Atlanta Board and Committees, assist with fundraising strategy, planning and implementation, including identifying resources requirements, researching sponsor opportunities and administering fundraising records and documentation.
Effectively manage sponsor relationships.
Works with ACG Atlanta Chairman to recommend a yearly financial strategy and budget and prudently manages the organization’s resources within budget guidelines and financial growth goals.
Community and Public Relations
Assure the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image and in keeping with the ACG Atlanta brand.
Includes oversite of all web, print and electronic presentations.
Administration and Research
Establish administrative procedures, processes, and records retention to facilitate clear communication with all stakeholders associated with the chapter.
Represent the Atlanta National Chapter at broader ACG events, such as at DealMAX (formerly InterGrowth), ACG’s annual conference
Participate in other ACG meetings and events, both in person outside of the state and online, when applicable.
Other Duties as Assigned
Fulfill any additional needs of the organization to ensure ACG’s growth, impact and success as they arise.
Strong executive presence, interpersonal skills and the ability to act as an effective facilitator within the volunteer leadership team of the organization.
Ability to translate strategic guidance from the ACG Atlanta Board and Chief OneACG Officer into specific goals and to initiate and/or manage programs and activities that meet those goals in a timely fashion.
Demonstrated integrity to enable relationship building with members, partners, sponsors and other organizations.
Has a professional network and the ability to help identify and forge strategic partnerships and the ability to expand the sponsorship base.
Proven success developing and implementing member recruitment, engagement, and retention strategies.
Minimum of five years executive experience leading an organization or division of a larger entity, with responsibility for overall management, including financial management, administration, and implementing complex programs.
Strong public speaking skills and the ability to articulate the ACG mission and values.
Ability to see and develop the “big picture” while maintaining attention to detail.
Comfortable with the technology and tools needed to communicate, manage and lead an organization.
Self directed and able to set and achieve goals with minimal oversight.
Ability to cultivate an open, respectful working relationship with all stakeholders where information is shared and communication flows openly.
Proven ability to leverage results, constantly adapting and innovating to stay ahead of the needs of the Association and its members, partners and sponsors.
Founded in 1954, ACG is the premier M&A deal-making community with a mission of driving middle-market growth. ACG’s global network operates through 59 regional chapters worldwide and comprises more than 100,000 middle-market professionals who invest, own and advise growing companies.
ACG delivers on its mission to drive middle-market growth by bringing these professionals together and giving them the resources to navigate the industry landscape to their utmost success.