(Originally posted on February 20, 2015)
ALC All Inclusive Membership (AIM) Initiative 2015
ALC President, Camilo Muñoz, with Kathleen K. Diamond as Board Liaison, is proud to announce that Lexie Casey, president of ICA Language Services, will serve as Chair in 2015.
The Association of Language Companies (ALC) was founded by companies whose primary service offering was translation. From the outset, among the founders, the companies who offered more interpreting, than translation, reshaped the association. Today, with the growth of demand for language services, the clarification of the difference between translation and interpreting, the recognition of the need for standards, and the formation of a Language Services and Products Technical Committee ASTM F43 which includes translation, interpreting, training and testing, the time has come to expand ALC membership to companies with a range of service offerings.
Actively attract language companies that are outside of the translation and interpreting market to join ALC. Language companies in the language training and testing space are ideal candidates for AIM. Specifically, the short term goal is to attract 5-10 new AIM members in 12 months; the long term goal is to have 25%-30% of the ALC membership coming from non-translation / interpretation companies.
The Association of Language Companies is the only association exclusively for owners and managers in the language industry. To put it simply, the business of language is our business. Through the All Inclusive Membership (AIM) Initiative, ALC is poised to become the voice for professionalism in all services/products of the language service industry. Language services involve complex cognitive processes in multilingual deliveries; as translators, interpreters, trainers and testers we are often unrecognized professionals. AIM will reach for, and hold up, the gold standard in the language business.