ICS Connects: Thomas Reiser, Executive Director, International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (Episode 13)
Are you wondering what the future of exchange will look like?
ICS Connects reveals unscripted insights, forming genuine conversations with global meeting experts. Join Mathias Posch, the Host of ICS Connects, and President of International Conference Services, for trending topics and 360 meeting views. Bridging the connection between associations, convention centers, tourism bureaus, destination marketing organizations, and thought leaders in the MICE industry. Explore emerging ideas, challenges and strategies as we navigate this transformative meeting landscape and continue to move forward in our pursuit to connect people and facilitate change.
The Future of Association Management
As an Executive Director of a large, global association, Thomas Reiser shares his current outlook and projections for the future of association management. Commonly, associations are resistant to change and lack a willingness to take on risk. COVID-19 has forced associations and planners to start doing what has been needed all along - effective crisis planning, testing governance models, and creating more virtual events to reach bigger audiences. Episode 13 of ICS Connects delves into predictions for the future, including incorporating membership models that target younger generations. The key is that associations will need to adapt to connecting in an emotional and personal way with their members immediately, as international meetings will be the last market to rejuvenate in a post COVID-19 era.
A native of Vienna, Austria, Thomas (Tom) Reiser has been serving as the Executive Director of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) since 2011. In this role as the chief staff person for ISTH, he is responsible for working closely with the ISTH Council to set the Society’s strategy, organizational development, professional execution of ISTH’s program and initiatives and corporate relations.
With business and hospitality management degrees as background and throughout his 20+ year career in Austria, Belgium and the USA, Tom has led over 10 international scientific-medical professional organizations with ultimate responsibility for strategy, fundraising, programs and meetings around the world. The medical/scientific specialties of the organizations led by Tom include nephrology, osteoporosis, hematology, liver cancer, psychiatry, orthopedics, prosthetics and orthotics and psychiatry. He has also served in senior leadership and account roles in three large international association management companies in the United States and Europe.
Tom is a long-time member of and contributor to the leading US, European and international organizations in the field of association and not-for-profit management and writes and speaks regularly on topics related to professional association and conference management.