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June 27th, 2017
Maryland-Based Management Solutions Plus, An AMC Institute Member, Is Acquired

Management Solutions Plus, a Rockville, Maryland, association management company, has been acquired by Shawn P. McLaughlin, AIF. McLaughlin is also the president and CEO of McLaughlin Ryder Investments Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia. Beth W. Palys, FASAE, CAE, is continuing as MSP’s president, and McLaughlin has assumed the role of CEO.

“I’m excited to support the work of the association management professionals at MSP and bring my business expertise and resources to help the company grow,” said McLaughlin, who will continue in his role as president and CEO at McLaughlin Ryder.

Heidi Zimmerman, CAE, senior vice president of association management; Grace L. Jan, CMP, CAE, senior vice president of meetings management; and Megan Freedman, vice president of association management, will join Palys in the day-to-day management of MSP.

“We look forward to MSP’s continued involvement in ASAE, AMCI, and the meetings industry associations,” McLaughlin said.

Different offices of Transact Capital Partners served as financial advisers to Management Solutions Plus and McLaughlin: Fred Doster advised MSP, and George Sydnor advised McLaughlin.

Management Solutions Plus was founded in 1993 by Beth Palys to provide professional management services to membership associations and non-profit organizations. MSP is one of 82 firms accredited under the ANSI/AMC Institute’s Standard of Good Practices for the Association Management Company industry.

According to Beth Palys: “My goal was to identify someone who shared my deep commitment to quality service and relationships with our clients as well as a commitment to our staff. Shawn completely satisfies that goal.”

McLaughlin will operate MSP under McLaughlin MSP, Inc. Sydnor has been an advisor to Mr. McLaughlin for several years and brought this investment opportunity to him.

Connecticut’s Leahy Management Group Has Been Acquired

In an unrelated transaction, Leahy Management Group (archived website) of Hartford, Connecticut, combined recently with Liberty Square Group of Boston.

Since 1999, Liberty Square has provided strategic, integrated communications, public and government affairs counsel to a wide range of businesses, associations, political candidates and non-profit organizations.

At the time of the combination, Leahy Management Group was not a member of the AMC Institute.

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