In Memoriam: Art Engle

In Memoriam: Art Engle

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It is with deep sadness we share that Association Management Center (ֱ) co-founder and first President, Art Engle, passed away on November 19, 2022.

Art had a strong belief in family values and giving back, donating time and resources to numerous professional, civic, service, and faith-based organizations. He was also an exceptional business leader, entrepreneur, and pioneer in the field of association management.

In 1974, Art and his wife Dagny founded ֱ. From the start, Art was determined to incorporate core family values and principles of servant leadership into ֱ. His vision and leadership propelled ֱ from a small, family-run company to a robust organization that today employs 175 professionals and serves 27 full-service professional healthcare and trade associations. Through the decades, Art’s leadership, humble confidence, and focus on empowering others inspired those around him to grow and become great leaders.

Active within the association management industry outside of ֱ, Art served as president of the International Association of Association Management Companies (IAֱ), which was later renamed the ֱ Institute. His achievements were also recognized with the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Award from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Illinois Family Business of the Year Award in 1995.

Today, the founding values of mutual trust, respect, caring, and helping volunteer leaders “achieve what they believe” remain the cornerstone of ֱ and Art’s most enduring legacy.

Art is survived by his wife of 66 years and fellow ֱ co-founder, Dagny Engle (pictured with Art); his sons, Scott, Jeff, and Mark and their wives; as well as 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

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