ACG Chapters of the Year Announced

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ACG New York, ACG Nebraska and ACG Orlando honored

The chapters receiving this recognition have not only achieved exemplary results through membership growth and retention. - Charles J. Morton, Jr.

The Association for Corporate Growth® (ACG), the global organization focused on driving middle-market growth, announced the winners of the annual “Chapter of the Year” honors. Awards are presented in three categories based on a chapter’s membership size. This year’s winners are:

  •     ACG New York
  •     ACG Nebraska
  •     ACG Orlando

“The chapters receiving this recognition have not only achieved exemplary results through membership growth and retention, but have also introduced new and innovative programming to help keep their membership engaged and involved,” said Charles J. Morton, Jr., partner, Venable and ACG Chairman of the Board.

ACG New York
ACG New York holds over 70 events a year across New York City and beyond – from industry-specific conferences focused on verticals like healthcare and manufacturing, corporate-only networking events and ski retreats – there is something for every middle-market dealmaker. Outside of their events, ACG New York also recently formed “ACG New York Cares,” an affiliated non-profit organization created to give back to the local community. ACG New York is ACG’s largest chapter, with membership growing by 15% in the last year alone.

ACG Nebraska
Launched in 2011, ACG Nebraska is the newest U.S.-based chapter of ACG. With a membership of over 250, the chapter attracts many corporate members, with over 30% of their members from that sector. The leadership from ACG Nebraska has also mentored and encouraged the development of other new chapters in London and Brasil.

ACG Orlando
The Orlando area is home to some of the most successful private equity-backed companies. According to, Orlando-based private capital-backed companies grew jobs by 1,965.1% compared to 57.7% by all other U.S. companies in the 1995-2010 period. ACG Orlando serves this community well with a robust array of programs and a very active social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Excellent membership retention, solid finances and a strategic board working with a professional staff make ACG Orlando a role model for other ACG chapters.

“The competition for this recognition has become increasingly competitive,” said Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, president and CEO of ACG. “We continue to see chapters going above and beyond to provide service to their members – from corporate-only networking in Los Angeles to industry focused events like the recent healthcare conferences in New York and Philadelphia – our organization continues to evolve and improve and the chapters are the driving force of that innovation.”

The Chapter of the Year awards are based on scoring in three areas: self assessment, benchmark data and ACG engagement.
1.    The self-assessment allows each chapter to self-score on a range of best practices in the following categories – leadership and governance, financial operations, membership, programs and marketing
2.    For benchmark data, key chapter performance metrics, such as membership retention and chapter growth are used
3.    Chapter engagement and involvement within ACG is also measured via self reporting and includes participation in monthly conference calls and leadership meetings

In addition, Lou Halstead, chapter executive, ACG New York has been selected as the recipient of the ACG President’s Award for Excellence and Achievement by an ACG Chapter Executive. Given annually to a single ACG chapter executive, the award recognizes dedication to ACG over a long period of time coupled with outstanding performance as an association professional. Ms. Halstead has served ACG since 2004 and has become a mentor and advisor to many other chapter executives. She has played a key role in the significant growth and success of ACG NY in recent years.

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