A look at the people behind the numbers in area business.
Title: President, board of directors member
Michael Cibulka, newly named president of Amp, a St. Paul-based association management company, brings vast service business experience to what he calls the ultimate service business.
Amp, founded in 1996 and formerly known as Nonprofit Solutions, provides administrative management and support services to trade and professional associations.
"We can provide services that a self-managed association that is of small to medium size has difficulty doing, because we have a subject matter expert who can work on every aspect of the association," Cibulka said.
Amp's services include database management, meetings and events planning, executive management, Web development and communications, financial management and membership management.
Cibulka is overseeing strategic direction, growth and profitability as well as client and business development. He's also focusing on expanding the services current Amp clients receive and finding new associations that will become full-service clients.
"There's a great deal of room for growth with more than 155,000 associations in the U.S.," Cibulka said.
Cibulka has nearly 40 years' experience in organizational growth and leadership. He previously founded and operated two technology services companies, served as CEO of two other such companies and worked in business development for Xerox.
"In a service business, you have more of an opportunity to add value and differentiate yourself from the pack," Cibulka said. "That's what we're doing here at Amp."
QWhat's your pitch to prospective clients?
AWhen we look at the model (for small- to medium-sized, self-managed associations), it's pretty expensive to have the support that you need and then be required to outsource many of the necessary functions, whether it's financials or meetings and events.
QYou've worked at big companies and smaller entrepreneurial ones -- what brought you back to the latter?
AI get more excited dealing with smaller companies and helping them grow. I have the opportunity to get to know our clients and that's exciting. It's a part of the work life ... that I enjoy most, building and developing and maintaining relationships.
QWhat stands out for you about the Amp opportunity?
AThe people. They are true professionals. They understand partnering with our clients to make sure they're successful. They get our core values (fanatical attention to detail, deep partnerships with clients, a passion for everything we do) and exhibit them every day.