What is a Committee of Professional Interest?
A Committee of Professional Interest consists of executives from AFSA member companies who specialize in a particular job function within their organizations. Generally, each committee strives to support the overall mission of AFSA while providing a means for exchanging information among industry executives.
What are the benefits of joining a committee?
Peer interaction with colleagues from other companies, quality professional development at a reasonable price, current information about critical issues in their professional interest area, industry-wide updates, and a voice and participation in AFSA’s projects that benefit their companies.
What are the requirements for serving on a committee?
An individual may serve on a committee provided he or she specializes in the area of the committee's responsibility; is a full-time employee of an active or commercial member company; and is appointed by the company’s primary AFSA contact (CEO or principal officer to AFSA).
Can more than one person from my company serve on a committee?
Membership is limited to one voting member, but others may join from the same company or qualified parent company.
As a committee member, if I am unable to attend the meeting, may I send a substitute?
Substitutes and guests may attend at the discretion of the committee chair.
Can someone from a parent company of a primary AFSA member company serve on a committee?
Representatives from a parent company in a related business (but not an active member) are eligible to serve on committees provided that the active member subsidiaries collectively pay appropriate dues.
Are Business Partners eligible to join a committee?
AFSA Business Partners (suppliers to the industry) may appoint representatives to Committees of Professional Interest subject to review and approval of the committee with the exception of the Law Committee.
What specific guidelines must each committee follow?
Each committee has a mission statement. Foremost among the goals are to support the mission statement of AFSA.
Does AFSA have an antitrust policy?
Yes, and it shall be the responsibility of every committee member to follow the association’s policy of strict compliance with the AFSA Antitrust Policy.
What is the time commitment?
Committees decide on the number of meetings, format and length of meetings. More committees are hosting “virtual” meetings. Whenever possible, one meeting is held in conjunction with the AFSA Annual Meeting in October or in conjunction with an AFSA-sponsored conference.
Who pays the travel expenses to attend committee meetings?
It is the responsibility of the committee or subcommittee member to pay his or her own travel expenses.
Is there a fee for attending the meetings?
A registration fee may be established to include the cost of meeting room rental, meals, coffee breaks, luncheons, receptions, dinners, outside speakers and audio visual expenses. Payment is due prior to the meeting.
How are committee chairs elected?
Each committee elects its own chair.
May a committee form a subcommittee or task force?
Committees may form such subcommittees and recommend task forces as may be necessary in order to carry out the work of the committee. If task force expenses are to be paid by AFSA, prior approval must be obtained from the AFSA president & CEO.
How many meetings must I attend to continue membership on a committee?
The principal AFSA contact of the company may be notified if a committee member misses three consecutive meetings.
How do I join a committee?
Simply complete the application form signed by the AFSA principal officer or CEO and mail, fax (202-223-0321) or email it to Jenny Bengtson, Associate Director, Meetings and Membership. You will receive a welcome letter from the committee staff liaison with a list of committee members and more information about the activities of the committee.
For more information, who do I call at AFSA?
Call Jenny Bengtson, AFSA Associate Director, Meetings and Membership, at 202-776-7304, or the staff liaison for a particular committee.