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A story in the June 5, 2009 edition of Association Trends covered a recent seminar in Washington, DC entitled "Beating the Recession: The Nonprofit Executive Tool Kit." One of the sessions, "Making the Major Decisions: From Mergers to Outsourcing," featured Venable partner Brock Landry.

"There is a great deal of hand-holding" in the merger process among staff and leadership, said Landry, Co-Chair of Venable's Government Division. According to Landry, in order to ensure a smooth transition, the new group must have ready answers to key questions early in the process. Examples of these questions include: the name of the new organization; where the office will be located; who will be the CEO; and which staff will stay and which will go.

The seminar was hosted by AssociationExecs.com, a subsidiary of Columbia Books, which publishes the National Trade and Professional Associations directory.