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About SBI Association Management

Based in Seattle, Washington, SBI Association Management is the premier Association Management Company (AMC) in the Pacific Northwest.

We provide innovative management services and are an ideal fit for regional, national, and international nonprofit professional associations.

SBI is a forward-thinking company that takes a collaborative approach to partnering with nonprofit associations. Our progressive mindset and diverse team has fueled our success and positioned us as a leader within the association management industry. If you are new to the idea of working with an AMC, you can learn more about what we do here.

If you are new to the idea of working with an AMC we encourage you to learn more about the benefits of AMCs and about the importance of working with an accredited AMC.

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Team Members
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To be the association management company (AMC) of choice.


Empowering associations to thrive through innovation, trust, and collaborative partnerships.


We are engaged, positive, and professional leaders who demonstrate collaboration, integrity, and transparency.

Our Commitments

Relationship Focused

We embrace each client’s unique mission and culture to foster sustainable, trusting relationships.


We are forward-looking lifelong learners who always seek to raise the bar.

Community Minded

We are dedicated to being allies to all marginalized communities within our organization, clients, and industry. We strive to create an inclusive and equitable environment where all our partners and staff thrive.


We celebrate and laugh together often.

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Our History

In 1981, Shirley Bishop founded Shirley Bishop Incorporated (SBI) to provide management services to the Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists, who remains one of SBI’s flagship clients today. In 2007, Bishop transitioned ownership to Seattle-area businesswomen Marlis Korber and Harriet Burger. Shirley Bishop Incorporated then became SBI Management Services, later changing again in 2016 to SBI Association Management.

In the following years, the company quickly grew by embracing new technology, bringing in outside certified accounting services, hiring professional staff passionate about working with nonprofit associations and becoming accredited by the AMC Institute.

SBI began partnering with larger associations from a variety of industries while maintaining strong relationships with early clients and became a leader in association management known for its innovative and collaborative approach to association management with a focus on operational excellence.

What We Do and Why We Do It

If you are considering partnering with an AMC, contact us today to learn more about how we can work together to advance your mission.

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From Our Clients

What They’re Saying

For us, as a small organization of two staff members, SBI is able to increase our impact around our mission and effectively support us in the areas of finance, marketing & communication and event planning.

Shoshanna Sumka, Executive DirectorIndependent Schools Experiential Education Network

SBI took the management reins for our organization well into our annual conference planning cycle when our predecessor provider terminated relations unexpectedly. The SBI team hit the ground running and demonstrated superior flexibility and support to make the conference a success... and they have only built upon that success since.

Mark Patterson, Conference Committee Co ChairInternational Ombuds Association

WOW – just WOW!! I have been through a lot of conferences and conference planning, and I have to say—this was an extraordinary experience. I don’t know what it felt like behind the scenes but from where I sat, it was flawless. You all do better work than organizations twice this size with twice the number of staff. I am amazed and honored to work with you!

Ellen Miller, Executive DirectorInternational Ombuds Association

Having SBI’s assistance and expertise has been critical to our organization’s growing success and in meeting the needs of members to connect and share information with one another.

Gina Galluppi, Newsletter EditorAssociation of Donor Relations Professionals

SBI's technical expertise, professionalism, responsiveness, organizational strength and depth, attention to detail and support has contributed to the quality trainings offered to our members.

Lori Cummings, Professional Development ChairWashington Recreation & Park Association

Working with SBI has provided increased capacity for the Board to focus on setting direction because now our leadership has the time to strategize on the future of a fast-changing profession.

Julie Bostian, Past PresidentAssociation of Donor Relations Professionals

During the first year...we were able to establish a solid relationship that truly has been fruitful...We look forward to continuing our important work in partnership with the SBI team.

Marcia Martínez-Helfman, Past PresidentInternational Ombuds Association

The board meeting was fabulous. I think the diversity session was very well-received. The strategic planning session was great and gave us concrete strategic areas to work on going forward.

Teresa Costantinidis, Past PresidentWestern Association of College and University Business Officers

We love working with SBI! Preparing for and running our annual conference is made simple and straight forward due to their expertise.

Mousa Shamonki, Past PresidentPacific Coast Reproductive Society

I highly recommend SBI to any association seeking outside management.

Paul Dudley, Past PresidentPacific Coast Reproductive Society

Delightful group with whom to work. Has gone to great lengths to understand, assimilate and coordinate the process of our Society.

Charles Coddington, Board MemberPacific Coast Reproductive Society

We've appreciated SBI's guidance, support, expertise, competence, kindness, and professionalism these past two years. We know that CERF 2023 is not your only client, but it sure seemed like we were. Without fail, you were immediately responsive to all of our many questions and requests. We also appreciated your positively and can-do attitudes. We think that if you had a motto, it would be, "Yes, let's make this happen!" Thanks in no small part to you, CERF 2023 is actually happening, and we know it will be a success.

John Rybczyk and John CallawayCERF 2023 Conference Chairs

An Accredited Association Management Company

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A testament to our broad-ranging capabilities and commitment to developing and implementing industry best practices, SBI is accredited through the AMC Institute.

Among 500-plus AMCs worldwide, less than 100 have achieved accreditation. The accreditation evaluation is the most demanding and comprehensive in the AMC industry. Clients of accredited AMCs should feel assured that this exclusive group operates with the highest level of professionalism and responsibility, and consistently meets or exceeds all industry requirements. Learn more about the AMC Institute Accreditation standards.

As an accredited AMC, SBI has made a commitment to uphold and deliver the highest level of association management using a documented set of best practices in these areas:

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Client Contracts: Review Procedures and Requirements
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Servicing the Clients and Service Delivery Procedures
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Evaluation of Services
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Financial Management and Internal Controls
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Insurance Coverage
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Employee Recruitment and Selection
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Employee Training and Professional Development Procedures
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Subcontracting and Purchasing Requirements
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Record-Keeping Requirements/Continuity of Operations
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Internal Audit Procedural Requirements

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