My guest today is Mark Buzan. Mark has close to two decades of experience as a Director of Communications, Government Relations, Marketing, and Business Development as well as a consultant to nonprofits and associations. Ultimately these roles lead to his becoming an Executive Director, and President and CEO of three national associations.  In addition to running Our Executive Director Association Management Services, Mark is also a board director for the Virtues Project International Association (VPIA).

Directing strategic plan initiatives, strategy and business operation plans, governance policies and annual budgets, Mark has surpassed organizational goals and optimized organizational effectiveness for nonprofits and associations everywhere.

He has earned a solid reputation for the building, management and promotion of member programs to increase the bottom-line improving member services and benefits. A passionate student for understanding why people step up to the role of a board of a nonprofit and what makes for a truly effective board experience, Mark has interviewed hundreds of volunteer leaders who have taken up the challenge of board service. The insights gained lead him to the founding of the Society of Nonprofit Board Directors, an online professional association for board directors from around the world.

Here’s what to expect during the episode:

  • Challenges that a board faces when trying to advance the interests of both the members and the organization.
  • What makes a board member tick? Learn from Mark’s story of how he got to where is right now.
  • The importance of leadership to move people into action and not just inform them of the problems at hand.
  • The desire of board members to have a personal impact on the organization’s mission.


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