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SmithBucklin Overview

Chicago, IL
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Advertising & Marketing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
SmithBucklin is the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other, and our mission is to achieve the missions of the client organizations we serve. As a 100 percent employee-owned company, SmithBucklin offers all of our people &ndash ... Read more

SmithBucklin – Why Work For Us?

Our people make a meaningful difference in a wide range of diverse industries and professions, helping our client organizations achieve their missions and generate more opportunities for their stakeholders. For the trade and professional associations they serve, our people advocate for businesses and industries, help create and protect jobs, and increase product and workplace safety. Through the healthcare and scientific associations and societies they support, our people help enhance patient outcomes and advance professions and new discoveries that save and improve lives. And in their work with technology user communities and associations, our people help increase the reach and impact of high-tech solutions that are changing the ways people, businesses and future generations operate, interact and achieve new successes.


Whether you are just beginning your career or are a mid- or senior-level professional, working at SmithBucklin will offer you countless opportunities to develop transferrable skills, acquire meaningful knowledge and gain rich experiences at an accelerated pace. By working collaboratively with smart, ambitious, multi-talented, genuine and hardworking colleagues, you will build meaningful, deep and enduring relationships that will serve you well throughout your career, regardless of your chosen path. In addition, our unique environment provides exposure to and engagement with accomplished and influential industry leaders who serve on their respective association’s board of directors or committees.

If you would like a chance to have your talents and hard work make a difference, we invite you to apply for a position at SmithBucklin today!


To learn how associations work can provide a unique opportunity for professionals to make a meaningful difference, please click here. The article is one of the trends, issues and developments featured in the 2017 edition of Circuit, SmithBucklin's annual publication.

To learn more about our purpose-led mission and what an association management company does, please click here for the Huffington Post article, From Popcorn To Purpose: Talking Association Management With SmithBucklin, featuring our CEO, Matt Sanderson.

The SmithBucklin Culture defines the heart and soul of our company and aligns the hearts and minds of our people. It’s what helps us attract, motivate and inspire people of great talent and character. As a 100 percent employee-owned company, we recognize and embrace our individual and collective responsibility to nurture and protect the unique Smithbucklin Culture.

To learn more about our Vision, Mission and Chosen Values, please click here.

SmithBucklin and its employees serve local communities through the company’s sustainability, volunteerism and fundraising efforts. We believe service to others is one of life’s highest honors and greatest obligations. Each year, we make our largest contributions through a variety of holiday season Charity Makes Sense events that raise money, secure noncash donations and provide additional support for several charitable organizations.

In 2015, SmithBucklin and its employees donated more than $85,000 in support of charitable organizations that include:

As a company, SmithBucklin is dedicated to growing leaders from within. Henry Givray, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SmithBucklin, notes that “Leadership is the most powerful human force. It can be the spark, fuel and engine to do good, correct wrongs, unite people, effect positive change, unleash tremendous human potential, ignite breakthrough ideas, create better tomorrows and leave footprints on other people’s hearts.”

undefinedAs part of SmithBucklin’s efforts to build leadership capacity throughout the company, after several years of contemplation and development Henry launched the Leadership Learning Forum (LLF) in 2011 as a purposeful, disciplined and sustainable approach to creating a growing community of leadership students and champions who model desired behaviors and practices. Since its inception, more than 100 employees ranging from executives to those earlier in their careers have participated in the LLF. To be considered, an individual must consistently outperform his or her peer group , demonstrate great potential for increased scope of responsibility and impact, have strong desire for a career in executive management – either in service to a client organization or at the SmithBucklin corporate-level – and embody SmithBucklin’s values. They must also show or have demonstrated a deep commitment to personal learning and growth, as well as a willingness to sacrifice personal time to the rigors and demands of the program.

Below are reflections of three students from the class of 2013:

“The LLF helps students understand that leadership is not granted to you by virtue of position or title, but given to you willingly by others. Participation in the program has had a deep impact on my understanding and continued growth of self-awareness and self-management, providing the opportunity to truly examine who I am as an individual and how I can best contribute to the client teams that I serve.”

—    Brian Langerman, Technology Industry Practice

“Participation in the LLF has challenged me on personal, intellectual and professional levels and provided me with the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with an amazing group of classmates. The program provided a unique opportunity to reflect on who I am, and helped me ensure I am connecting my actions to my core values. As a result, I am now much more purposeful in my daily interactions with my teams and clients.”

—    Meghan Carey, Healthcare + Scientific Industry Practice

“LLF has afforded me an invaluable opportunity to get to know – and learn from – my colleagues at SmithBucklin. Being around such a great team of individuals has challenged me to grow both personally and professionally. I went into this program with a hint of skepticism. I can’t believe I felt that way! Not only do I leave this program with a greater awareness of myself, but I have practical tools at the ready to better myself, my teams and the organizations I serve.”

—    Meredith Young, Business + Trade Industry Practice

SmithBucklin is deeply committed to the health and well-being of our employees. We offer comprehensive and competitive benefits that address the current and changing needs of our employees.

Health and Wellness Benefits

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Coverage for domestic partners
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts for medical care, dependent care, and commuting expenses
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Fitness Center membership (Chicago)
  • Wellness education programs 

Retirement Savings Plans

  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan – As of May 2013, 91 percent of employees own stock in SmithBucklin
  • 401(k) plan with a company match

Additional Benefits and Rewards:

  • A competitive Paid Time Off (PTO) program
  • Eight paid company holidays
  • Scholarship program for professional development
  • Time Out For Service (one day to perform community service or volunteer work)
  • Enriching learning and development opportunities that include a full range of instructor-led and eLearning courses offered through the SmithBucklin Learning Center
  • Employee discounts on cellphone plans, personal computers, fitness center memberships, etc.

Employees will be presented with their specific benefits package based upon their individual eligibility and circumstances when joining SmithBucklin.

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    No micro-management, good work life balance


    gossiping employees who have been here for years. feelings of being under someone are common, others exert their power over you.

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    try to weed out the bad seeds that have been there for a while.

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    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at SmithBucklin.


    Average interview with basic questions. Some of the questions asked was unexpected for this position.

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