Historically, the birth of associations in the United States, where our first chapter was founded, came about due to a variety of issues, needs and challenges facing professions, businesses and industries. These encompassed such topics as legal, legislative, educational, information, finance, data, scientific, regulatory, technology, marketing, advertising, products, credibility, ethics, industry standards, professionalism, certification and much more. It was realized that these matters could only be addressed if individuals or companies from the same profession or industry banned together and worked together for the good of their profession. In other words, competitors joined forces to accomplish things that were impossible to accomplish individually.
Another underlying reason leading to the proliferation of associations was the need to socialize and share information by meeting with other individuals and companies. For the handful that were initially concerned that meeting with competitors was inherently unhealthy or that they could not learn anything, this notion rapidly dissipated as association members began to grow personally, professionally and financially. Today an association represents literally every business, profession and industry in the United States.