Former CEO of MemberSuite has moved on

Andrew Ryan of MemberSuite has indeed left the company, we’ve learned from our sources.

MemberSuite names a new CEO

Natalie Cheney has been amed the new CEO of MemberSuite, a Venture Capital backed AMS from Atlanta. While one may assume that the founder and former CEO, Andrew Ryan, has moved on, the press release doesn’t mention him, and his LinkedIn profile hasn’t been updated. I’m digging for more information and will update theNIRD as details come in.

Community Brands announces Configio acquisition

Community Brands announced a new acquisition today, adding Configio, a cloud-based solution for event and activity-based organizations, to its family of companies. Configio allows organizations to “better manage members, clients, participants, marketing data, and more.” Configio counts Kampgrounds of America and the BolderBOULDER 10K as clients.

Dating back to 2012, Community Brands now counts the following companies in its portfolio.

  1. Abila
  2. Affiniscape
  3. Aptify
  4. Configio
  5. Digital Ignite
  6. Job Target
  7. NimbleUser
  8. YourMembership

Read the press release.

Moving on? Let’s talk!

I’ve spoken with several staff at association technology companies who have moved on, who are preparing to move on, or are otherwise “in transition.” If that sounds like you, I’d love to talk with you — subject to any non-disclosure agreements to which you’re bound, of course.

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