Robert Ivy & the Importance of Professional Associations

A recent article reported about the perks of being involved with professional organizations on the US News site. Joining a professional organization can be very helpful for people networking for work/business opportunities. According to the American Society of Association Executives in 2010, there were over 92,000 professional and trade associations in the United States. These professional organizations are also beneficial in various ways:

  1. Education programs and resources– people can get help by getting more knowledge and tools with educational resources and programs. Also, many of them employ those who do original research. Many times, people will gain knowledge and tools through these organizations than on their own.
  2. Assistance with job hunting– networking leads to building relationships that may yield to job opportunities. Many of these associations also have job fairs that possibly connects to a conference sometimes. Read more on
  3. Industry interests– it can be political lobbying, for instance. Robert Ivy, the CEO and executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects, stated that their architects, even though small in number, has a strong voice, and Robert Ivy also stated that they have affected the tax legislation through their advocacy organization.
  4. Collecting credentials– association members can gain credibility. So, these members can show they have leadership skills, and thus, they can gain licenses, awards, etc.

When it comes to selecting an association, people can join more than one association. And besides being obvious to many people which organizations they should join, they must also consider costs. Annual membership could be $50 to $1,000. Additionally, there are various things people shouldn’t do when networking, including making sure not to name drop, not being a card pusher, and more.

About Robert Ivy

In addition to Robert Ivy being the CEO and executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects, he did the following: Being the Editor in Chief of the Architectural Record starting in 1996, being a principal for Dean & Ivy, Dean/Dale, and national publication critic from 1981 to 1996, and more.

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