#ANturns10: 10 Years of Associations Now

October marks the 10th anniversary of Associations Now. To celebrate, we’re taking a look back at a decade of AN.


October: First issue of Associations Now is published.


“When ASAE merged with The Center for Association Leadership, two publications with significantly different approaches to serving essentially the same audience needed to become one. Rather than choose one approach over the other, we started with a tabula rasa, and asked the question: How can this new publication best serve and inspire the greatness in associations?”

—Scott Briscoe, first editor-in-chief. Briscoe is now senior director, communications and marketing, at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.


January: The first Volunteer Leadership Issue is published as a supplement to Associations Now.


May: The Daily Now conference newspaper makes its debut at the Springtime Expo.



September/October: Five-year anniversary issue is published.


“The team wanted to celebrate five successful years, but not just make it all about us. So we chose to carry a theme of ‘5’ throughout the issue, including asking industry leaders five questions that would affect associations in the next five years.”

—Samantha Whitehorne, deputy editor


The Associations Now Interactive Extra is AN’s first foray into the digital space.


“The Associations Now team wanted to take advantage of tablets to experiment and help readers turn ideas into action in ways that weren’t possible through traditional print and web publishing. There were some rough edges, but I’m proud that we broke away from tried-and-true formats and went in a new direction.”

—Lisa Junker, CAE, former editor-in-chief. Junker is now director of publishing and communications at the Entomological Society of America.


September/October Associations Now unveils a revamped magazine and daily news website,


“Our 2012 relaunch took Associations Now fully into the digital age, not only in format but in mindset. With a new website and an email delivering news every day, we had to get faster, write tighter, and think more broadly about how associations connect with the wider world. We still love print, and the bimonthly magazine remains the backbone of the AN brand. And we know that change is constant, so we’ll be ready when we need to pivot again to best serve readers.”

—Julie Shoop, vice president, editor-in-chief


September/October AN celebrates 10 years and more than 100 issues!


Then and Now

10 years later, things change (even a little).

Generational Takeover

2005: Headline in the October issue: “Give Gen X a Seat at the Table”

2015: Millennials make up more than half the workforce, as “centennials” emerge

Beyond Dot-Com

2005: The .travel domain makes its debut

2015: Associations are behind the launches of .wine, .bank, .realtor, and many more

IRS, Part I

2005: The IRS hikes the gas mileage reimbursement rate from 40.5 cents to 48.5 cents “temporarily”

2015: The current gas mileage reimbursement rate is 56 cents

IRS, Part II

2005: IRS begins requiring organizations with $100 million in assets
to file electronic Form 990s

2015: IRS considers a proposal that would require all Form 990s to be filed electronically

Associations in Action

2005: Associations provide aid after Hurricane Katrina

2015: Associations provide aid to earthquake-rattled Nepal

Associations Now Staff

By Associations Now Staff

The Associations Now team of editors covers all aspects of association management in print, blogs, and daily news. MORE

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