OHIO VALLEY — The University of Rio Grande chapter of the American Marketing Association won three awards at the International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans.
The group received their awards for outstanding membership, outstanding chapter planning and outstanding communication.
The AMA is an association for marketing professionals, with 76 professional and 250 collegiate chapters across the United States and approximately 30,000 members. The association was formed in 1937 from the merger of two predecessor organizations, the National Association of Marketing Teachers and the American Marketing Society.
The AMA sets goals for professional development and community service projects, as well as fundraising. Though unable to attend the recent conference, the group worked throughout the academic school year to achieve the goals they set in August 2015.
The Rio chapter has won 28 national awards over the last 10 years. These awards have been in many fields including community service, membership, communication and planning. The group has also been acknowledged as one of the best small chapters in the United States.
Among Rio’s AMA members are chapter president Jacob Wheeler, a Gallia County resident, and faculty advisor Dr. Wesley Thoene, from Meigs County.
“We are excited to have won the awards this year,” Wheeler said. “It is difficult to balance all of the aspects that (professional development, community service, communication and fundraising), but it all comes down to planning and communication.”
One of the projects the AMA helps organize is the School of Business Visitation Day. This annual event brings in 150-200 local students each year, where they have an opportunity to meet faculty, compete in a one-day competition and tour the facilities.
“I am proud of everything this group has achieved over the past decade. The group dynamic changes every year, but it is a testament to the quality of students at Rio that we are able to bring home awards every year,” Thoene said.
For more information, check out the group’s website at www.rioama.com.