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We Are the Experts

Cothran Development Strategies (CDS) is THE association management company that will help your organization grow, prosper and reach new levels of productivity and success.


We provide association management services to industry trade associations, nonprofits and various other types of organizations and committees. With over 20 years of expertise in the field, CDS specifically tailors each of our services to fit the individual needs of every client. 

What is an Association Management Company?
Association management companies (AMC) provide expertise and services to companies or organizations in areas they need assistance. This includes providing strategic leadership, program management, member relations, marketing and communications, financial management, general administration and more.

We effectively manage day-to-day operations and advance the long-term goals of each client with unparalleled flexibility, agility and financial advantages.
Our Mission​

To maintain a strong, organized work ethic and provide personal and exceptional service to each client we serve.

We turn your vision into action.
Who should use an AMC?

1. Organizations run by a volunteer board: Associations that rely on volunteer leadership simply do not have the time or resources to do all the services that need to be done well for the organization to grow and prosper. 

2. Organizations without a multi-million dollar annual budget so seeing periodic industry growth and decline: Many smaller organizations with their own headquarters, staff office equipment and large overhead generally turn to an association management company as a way to grow and adjust depending on the economic environment at hand.

Through an AMC, an organization has all the capabilities needed at its fingertips. AMCs offer all administrative and outreach functions in one place:
Our Vision​

To be regarded as the most ethical, reliable and effective association management company in the country.​

  • Association headquarters with dedicated phone lines and physical address
  • Senior-level staff in the areas of membership development, communications, graphic design, bookkeeping and accounting, meeting and event planning and more
  • Integrated services so it is a one-stop-shop for all your needs
  • Access to proven best practices and ability to leverage the expertise of all AMC staff and experience to provide solutions for delivering the services that associations need
  • Economies of scale through combined buying power and cost-sharing.
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