About Gidley Management Group

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Serving the association community since 1992, Gidley Management Group, Inc. is a family business that is women-owned and run. GMG principals (and sisters), Debbie, Susan and Sheila are actively involved in the business, serving clients and continually working to ensure the entire GMG team provides the best possible service. GMG serves as the association headquarters for international, national and local associations, and as the local chapter/affiliate office for national and international organizations. Additionally, we manage charitable foundations and political action committees affiliated with these associations. GMG has successfully taken on the responsibilities of managing associations and transitions in almost every conceivable circumstance including working with founding members to establish a new association, organizations previously managed by another association management company, organizations making the transition from its own staff and office space to a management company and organizations that previously ran completely on volunteer efforts. 

A smart and cost-effective alternative to maintaining a staffed headquarters or relying completely on volunteer efforts, Gidley Management Group, Inc. (GMG), an association management company, serves as the business office and staff for multiple non-profit organizations. GMG works with your Board of Directors to concentrate on the big picture — setting policy and strategic planning — while the day-to-day operations are cared for by our experienced association professionals. 

The client/vendor relationship between the association and GMG alleviates the board of responsibilities inherent in being an employer and running an office. Because GMG houses several associations, fixed expenses, such as rent and computer equipment, are shared by the various organizations, lowering the cost for all. Additionally, each client association benefits from the experience and knowledge of management and support professionals who work with different groups and are on top of the trends in the association industry. 

Our Founders

Susan Gidley

Sheila Gidley

Debbie Gidley

Past Awards

In May 2018, Susan was awarded the Financial Executives International (FEI) Distinguished Service Award for 20 years of service to the FEI Chicago Chapter.  Normally given to volunteers, Susan is the first Chapter Administrator in the 85 year history of the organization to receive this prestigious award.  Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award are individuals who have demonstrated exemplary service to the organization that consistently ranks above and beyond their chartered responsibilities. They exhibit extraordinary commitment and purpose within their local Chapters as well as at the National level.

Sheila Gidley was the recipient of the 2006 National Association of Women Business Owners President's Award. This award recognizes exemplary service and contributions to the organization and is traditionally given to a volunteer member.

Debbie Gidley received the 2006 American Association of Women Dentists President's Award. This award recognizes exemplary service and contributions to the organization and is traditionally given to a volunteer member.

Susan Gidley was awarded the first ever Outstanding Service Provider Award from the Financial Executives International Chicago Chapter in February 2004 and received the award for the second year in a row in 2005.

GMG client Financial Executives International (FEI) Chicago Chapter was named Outstanding Large Chapter (from among 86 FEI Chapters) by FEI National for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2017, and 2018.

GMG was inducted into the NAWBO Chicago Hall of Fame on January 29, 2004 in recognition of their role in the continued growth and success of NAWBO Chicago.

GMG received the 2000 President's Award from the Federation of Women Contractors. This award recognizes outstanding contribution to the Federation, and is traditionally given to a volunteer member.

GMG was the recipient of the 1997 NAWBO Chicago Area Chapter President's Award. This award recognizes service "above and beyond the call of duty." This award is also traditionally given to a volunteer member.

After GMG took on the responsibility for new member recruitment, NAWBO Chicago Area Chapter was honored by NAWBO National Headquarters in 1999 for having the largest percentage of growth among its 80 chapters.

Gidley Management Group, Inc. is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Association Management Company Institute and the Association Forum of Chicagoland.