J. Bruce Wardle is an association executive who brings significant experience and skill in nonprofit management, governance, membership, marketing and communications, to the association community and to Association Management Group’s (AMG) clients. Wardle has been with AMG, an association management company based in Washington, D.C., since 1993 and has more than 30 years of association management experience. He is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) having served as Chair of ASAE’s AMC Council, is an active member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) having served as Chair of PCMA’s Education Foundation, is active with the Association Management Company Institute (AMCI) currently as a member of its Board of Directors, and sits on the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Associates Board.
As CEO of AMG, Wardle’s core purpose is to help clients achieve their organizational and strategic goals. Guiding him and AMG’s associates to mutual success with the organizations they serve is the nonprofit’s strategic plan, its annual operating budget, and the contracted service needs as determined by the Board of Directors.
Why did you decide to become a mentor for KnowHow Mentorship?
"I decided to become a mentor for KnowHow Mentorship to give back to the field that has given me so much. I think it is important to help others better understand nonprofit work and the contributions made and promote what more could be done around the globe. Outside of the US nonprofits could deliver benefits such as setting product safety standards and creating codes of ethics for entire professions. I am pleased to see the nonprofit sector advance across the globe and hope to contribute in a small way to that advancement."
What potential do you see in your partner organization/mentee?
"The Azerbaijan Micro-finance Association (AMFA) funds creation and expansion of microenterprises to create sustainable and equitable economic growth in Azerbaijan. AMFA also raises financial literacy and produces additional income that potentially lifts the borrowers out of poverty. AMFA seems to also be doing other things that are very important to low income people or those it seeks to serve, helping them to cope with poverty and giving them a more reliable way to manage their needs and cash flow."