association management
Your partner in success.

AE Resource Group provides volunteer-led associations and nonprofit organizations with the expertise and management to support their goals and objectives. Whether it be in a full-service management capacity or on a per-project basis, we are there to partner with you to achieve your mission.
Ellen Ernst, President

Ellen Ernst began her professional career in New York as a strategic planner for Avon Products after completing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Finance from Providence College in Rhode Island.   Moving to the West Coast, Ernst had her first foray in the nonprofit arena when she worked as a manager for the American Cancer Society.  Utilizing her skills in general business management, she directed the marketing and human resources function for Western Business Centers with locations in southern California and Las Vegas.  The next progressive step was the San Diego Association of Realtors, where she served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications, overseeing member services, education, marketing and sales, events and communication for a 10,000-member organization.  Coldwell Banker recruited Ernst to run the marketing operations for three divisions, 100 branch offices and 6,000 sales associates in southern California.


A continued interest in the nonprofit field, led Ernst to complete and receive a Non Profit Management Certification.  She recently developed a strategic business plan for the Ronald McDonald House and is currently President/CEO of AE Resource Group, a results-oriented consulting business providing a variety of services to associations and nonprofits to help them achieve their mission.  Ernst brings more than 20 years of experience in budgeting, board and committee development, revenue and program development, strategic planning and marketing, and project planning to associations and nonprofit organizations.

Deborah Vietor, Associate
Deborah Vietor brings more than 20 years of direct sales experience in events, advertising,  and recruitment.   Vietor served as Account Executive for six years with the San Diego Association of Realtors. She was responsible for all non-dues revenue including Affiliate Membership, advertising and event sales.  Within two years, she more than doubled the size of the annual Real Estate Expo held at the San Diego Convention Center.  She grew event and sponsorship sales, annual partner arrangements, magazine and newsletter advertising exponentially.  Vietor’s additional sales experience includes the Los Angeles Times in Orange County, California.

With a background in career development and an interest in non-profits, Vietor recently implemented an employment outreach program for the San Diego Center for the Blind. This program is grant based and assists blind and visually impaired individuals with employment services including resumes, interviewing and valuable career contacts. Vietor currently works with organizations including the Riford Center and La Jolla Art & Wine Festival.





Organizations Served

International Association for Public Participation
Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) San Diego
San Diego Association of Realtors
Ronald McDonald House Charities San Diego
Pro Kids Golf Academy
American Cancer Society



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