About Us

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 19 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) manage associations to help them grow and prosper. They provide expertise in strategic leadership, program management, member relations, marketing and communications, financial management, general administration, and more. AMCs effectively manage day-to-day operations and advance long-term goals.
Our Mission​

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

AMCs provide their clients with unparalleled flexibility, agility, and financial advantages. We turn your vision into action.
Benefits of hiring an Association Management Company?

1. If your organization is run by a volunteer board:  Many associations rely on volunteer leadership and outsourcing of specialized services to get their work done and their goals met. Most volunteer board members just simply do not have the time or resources to do all the services that need to be done well in order for the organization to grow and prosper. 


2. If your organization doesn’t have a multi-million dollar annual budget or sees periodic industry growth and decline: Many smaller organizations with their own headquarters, staff, office equipment, and large overhead in general eventually turn to association management companies as a way to gain more expertise in all areas, lower overhead costs and create the ability to grow and adjust depending on the economic environment at hand.

Through an AMC, an organization has all the capabilities needed at their 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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Cothran in the News

New association aims to connect political fundraisers

December 07, 2016

When Oklahoma-based fundraiser Somerlyn Cothran got into the political industry there was one thing missing: a mentorship and training program specifically geared toward campaign fundraisers. So she decided to jump in and help launch one.


Cothran, who runs Cothran Development Strategies, a fundraising firm that works with national political clients and trade associations, launched the National Association of Political Fundraisers earlier this year and brought the new group together in Washington, D.C. for its first winter conference last week.


Between an ever-changing regulatory landscape and the compliance challenges presented by online fundraising, Cothran says there’s a need for political fundraisers to unite as an industry. The new association’s primary goals: serve as a mentorship program for younger fundraisers, and bring the industry’s top professionals together to discuss ethics and compliance issues.

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