Cory T. Ridenhour, CAE
Mr. Ridenhour started in the association business in 1997 as the
CEO of a medium sized statewide trade association. Seeking a challenge,
Mr. Ridenhour took the task to remake the association, put in management
structure, redevelop and focus the staff, solve the financial disaster
that was in play, and create valued member programs. In this process,
Mr. Ridenhour had the opportunity to utilize his skills in rebuilding
every area of the association, for example, instituted strategic
planning, reinvented the association with a new image, used the media
to get out the association’s message, created a web site, created
education programs, redeveloped a national trade show, created a
foundation, created a for profit entity, developed a number of non-dues
revenue programs that provided valued services, created a certification
program, designed technology uses to automate the office, and developed
a strong governmental affairs program, etc.
Mr. Ridenhour has developed a number of educational programs to
improve not for profit operations for other associations.
Mr. Ridenhour has previously worked for a statewide elected official
and has lobbied in Missouri since 1992. He is a graduate of Westminster
College in Fulton, Missouri with an accounting and business degree.
Mr. Ridenhour has several credentials and awards to his name. He has
served as the president of a national trade association; serves on the
board of the Missouri Society of Association Executives; is a Certified
Association Executive; is a licensed health, life, property, and casualty
insurance agent; is a registered lobbyist; and has served and serves on
numerous boards, commissions, and associations. Mr. Ridenhour has been
awarded the community’s 40 under 40 award, Rotarian of the Year,
and honorary alumni of the University of Missouri. Mr. Ridenhour is currently
President of the Jefferson City Rotary Club.
Mr. Ridenhour has also been active in his Fraternity since 1988
and has served in national, regional and local advisory roles, including
president of a house corporation and chapter advisor of two different
chapters. Mr. Ridenhour is currently a division officer of his fraternity.
Working with alumni volunteers and undergraduates was how RMS was
born. Mr. Ridenhour recognized the need for specialized, professional
property and accounting assistance with Greek organizations. He tried
two companies that claimed to have the Greek experience, but quickly
realized that they lacked the ability to understand the needs of
the undergraduates and the asset management of these organizations.
So, he created RMS to manage the accounting aspects of two of his
fraternity’s chapters which later expanded into building management
and computer network management.
Mr. Ridenhour has been awarded numerous awards from multiple chapters
as well as his national fraternity for his exemplary service as chapter
advisor of the year, a division officer, and an active alumnus. Mr.
Ridenhour was recently named an honorary alumnus of the University
of Missouri at Columbia for his service to the institution. Mr.
Ridenhour also has worked with fraternities to save chapters
that are distressed or at risk for closure.