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SME Issues Request for Proposal for New, Robust Association Management System

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(DEARBORN, Mich., April 18, 2018) ― SME, a manufacturing industry resource and advocacy organization committed to advancing manufacturing and developing a prepared, equipped manufacturing workforce, has announced a request for proposal (RFP) seeking a comprehensive association management system (AMS) to support critical business functions.

SME’s mission to promote manufacturing technology and to develop a skilled workforce is supported through member programs, training coursework and certifications, publications, and manufacturing events. SME also operates the SME Education Foundation, whose mission is to inspire and prepare future generations for careers in manufacturing.

“Our manufacturing mission involves several key businesses and initiatives,” said Erica Ciupak, SME vice president, Information Technology. “The successful product and vendor will present the best solution to support the processes and functions of each of those businesses.”

The RFP seeks flexible, efficient and robust organization management capabilities to integrate and support businesses and functions that include:

  • Membership management
  • Circulation and subscription management for SME's print and digital publications, including journals, yearbooks, special sections, conference and event publications, and product catalogs
  • Publications advertising
  • Conference and event management
  • Corporate training
  • Certification and transcript management
  • Finance
  • Fundraising and philanthropy
  • Reporting

In supporting SME businesses, the current AMS contains more than 3,000,000 records. Proposed solutions must be designed to manage at least 5,000,000 records efficiently.

Access additional information and the RFP at The deadline to declare intent to respond is May 1, 2018. 


About SME
SME connects manufacturing professionals, academia and communities, sharing knowledge and resources to build inspired, educated and prosperous manufacturers and enterprises. With more than 85 years of experience and expertise in events, media, membership, training and development, and also through an education foundation, SME is committed to promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and attracting future generations to advance manufacturing. Learn more at, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or



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