Greensboro’s Association Management Group Takes to the Air to Help Others

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Homeowner Association Manager Paul Mengert volunteers with Angel Flight Soars to get patients medical care they need.

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Angel Flight Soars is one of the ways AMG gives back to the community. - Paul Mengert, President of AMG

Paul Mengert, President of AMG, Association Management Group in Greensboro, one of the Carolinas’ largest professional homeowners association managers, recently returned from a trip transporting Dan Hennigan and his 35-year-old software engineer son Brian from Columbia, SC to Duke University Hospital for much-needed treatment and consultation for a rare blood disease, anterior vascular malformations. Mengert is a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight Soars, a non-profit organization based in Atlanta that recruits pilots to fly medical missions throughout the south.

“Paul and Angel Flight Soars made something happen in hours that usually takes weeks and we’re so grateful,” Hennigan said. “Paul’s personality was refreshing and he was very sensitive to the situation. It’s easy to understand why he’s a successful entrepreneur: he’s a caring and giving person.”

Since 1983, Angel Flight Soars has connected more than 32,000 families to life-saving medical care: from burn victims needing skin grafts to cancer patients traveling to special treatment centers to hopeful recipients awaiting transplant organs. AFS flies more than 2500 missions a year with 1000 pilot volunteers.

“Paul joined us in 2009 and is an amazing volunteer. We’re so happy he spends his off time helping other people,” said Bernadette Darnell, AFS Director of Mission Operations. “Paul is a backbone of our organization. Thanks to his tireless dedication and passion for our patients, we are able to be a silver lining to families who need assistance with medical care.”

Along with delivering patients to the care they need via AFS, Mengert has also made multiple trips to deliver beds, toys and clothes to an orphanage in Haiti.

“Angel Flight Soars is one of the ways AMG gives back to the community,” Mengert noted. “Over the last five years, I have flown various patients to and from medical treatments. We make travel doable by turning five to ten hours of driving into just an hour’s flight. I always fly conservatively but, particularly with Angel Flights, I try to avoid bumpy weather whenever possible, even if it means flying a little out of the way. I also like to make sure the landings are really smooth; I know these passengers are often hurting and don’t need any more aggravation. It feels good to help patients get expert medical treatment at locations they otherwise would not be able to travel to.”

Supporting Mengert and the Hennigans in the recent flight were Landmark Aviation, which waived fees and discounted fuel at both their Greensboro and Raleigh/Durham, NC locations and Eagle Aviation of Columbia, SC.

“Saying ‘thank you’ is not enough,” Hennigan concluded. “I know the difference between ‘I’ll look into it’ and ‘I’ll make it happen.’ Paul and the AFS crew really connected with our need. When need and intention come together, it works. In my world of charity and 9-11 work, it’s a great feeling to help somebody. It’s not so much how much you give but when you give that makes the difference. This was a case of perfect timing.”

For more about Angel Flight Soars, to volunteer as a pilot, request a flight or make a donation, visit http://www.angelflightsoars.org or call 1.877.4anAngel

About AMG: AMG is a professional community association management company dedicated to building effective community associations. AMG guides and assists executive boards to help protect the association's interests, enhance the lives of community members and improve the property values in the community. With offices throughout the Carolinas in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Raleigh NC, and Greenville and Aiken, SC, AMG is a knowledgeable partner in enforcing community governing documents with a proven set of processes and techniques, and supporting communities with a broad range of services which can be tailored to individual community needs. Association Management Group, Inc. is a locally Accredited Business by the BBB and is a nationally Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) by the Community Associations Institute. For more about AMG, visit http://www.amgworld.com.

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