Register by October 26


The VMAE Fall Conference is an annual event that hosts high caliber speakers presenting on topics in association management and/or the veterinary industry. This event provides an exciting opportunity for attendees to meet, network, explore ideas, and learn from leaders in their perspective fields.

Featured Speaker

Jeff Arnold, MAM, CAE

Speaker Bio

Jeff Arnold, MAM, CAE is an association leadership strategist who helps association CEOs and their Boards of Directors build world-class strategy, world-class boards and world-class board/staff relationships. He is President and co-owner of Leading Associations, a company that provides training, consulting and management services to associations, showing them how to provide visionary leadership, establish an aspirational culture and produce remarkable results.

From strategic planning to executive leadership retreats, Jeff is an experienced facilitator for both large and small groups. Starting with your desired outcome for the session, he is skilled at building consensus, keeping the conversation focused and meaningful, and delivering a high-impact deliverable within an aggressive time-frame, if necessary.

In addition to his role as President of Leading Associations, Jeff serves as Executive Director for two association clients, the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) and The Sales Association.

Jeff earned a Masters in Association Management (MAM) from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelors of Science in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He also holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He is past President of the Colorado Society of Association Executives (CSAE).  He currently serves as President of the national Board of Directors for the Theta Xi Fraternity and a director on the Board of the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI).

Event Schedule

November 8, 2018

5:30P – 7:00P

VMAE Welcome Reception

Headlines, Mezzanine Level

November 9, 2018

8:30A – 9:00A

Continental Breakfast

Woodblock/Letterpress, 8th Floor

9:00A – Noon

Building a World-Class Board

by Jeff Arnold, MAM, CAE

Woodblock/Letterpress, 8th Floor

12:00P – 1:00P


Headlines, Mezzanine Level

1:00P – 4:00P

The Art of Zen Leadership for Association Executives

by Jeff Arnold, MAM, CAE

Woodblock/Letterpress, 8th Floor

5:30P – 10:00P

VMAE Group Dinner

To be determined

November 10, 2018

8:00A – 9:00A

VMAE Breakfast/Membership Meeting

Headlines, Mezzanine Level

9:00A – Noon

Peer-Peer Problem-Solving

by Jeff Arnold, MAM, CAE

Woodblock/Letterpress, 8th Floor

1:00P – 3:00P

Wildhorse Saloon Songwriter Lunch

Wildhorse Saloon

7:00P – 9:00P

Grand Ole Opry at The Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium


Hotel Indigo Nashville
301 Union St N
Nashville, TN 37201

(877) 834-3613

Discounted Rates until October 18

When booking online use group block code: VMA


Best price
  • Member

  • $ 295
  • Early-Bird pricing through 10/5/18.

    Member pricing is $395 after 10/5/18.

  • Non-Member

  • $395
  • Early-Bird pricing through 10/05/18.

    Non-Member pricing is $495 after 10/05/18.