Past, Present &

Though PrimeGlobal formed quite recently via merger, the associations that created this vibrant new association each had a long history – as well as a clear vision for the future. In fact, the unique combination of history and vision brought the merger about.

Founded in 1977 and 1978, IGAF Worldwide and Polaris International moved on a parallel track for decades, with Polaris growing strong in Europe, and IGAF expanding rapidly in North America. In the early 1990s, because of the European Common Market, the firms of Fidunion International also saw the benefits of grouping together. All three associations grew side-by-side, a system sustained by strong geographic exclusivity. One city, one member, and sometimes one country, one member!

Then the world changed.

Clients started producing overseas, sourcing materials across the globe and selling to customers a lot further away than one hour's drive. New accounting regulations meant that IGAF, Polaris, and Fidunion had to choose between being a network (shared manuals and branding) and an association (shared operational data and referrals only). All three chose association, to protect members from vicarious liability.

Step one. Then, clients started merging. And folding. And needing niche services. Suddenly, it wasn’t sufficient to have just one member in major cities. Associations needed deeper coverage, from firms with a huge range of specialization. Independent of one another, IGAF, Polaris, and Fidunion quietly ended geographic exclusivity.

Step two. Finally came all the real game-changers in our profession. Virtual working. Millennials. Technology. Globalization. Partners became hungry for a broader group to share ideas – one where everyone agreed that association status is important, where ability matters more than geography, and where relationships matter most of all.

Step three – and a merger was born

Today, PrimeGlobal holds fast to the basic commitment that brought our merger together:

To be our member firms’ source for ideas … without dictating their work practices.
To provide access to expertise … without telling them who their clients can be.
To give them the world …without the legal liability of membership in a global network.

With PrimeGlobal, our members retain their firm independence and tap into a powerful conduit for accessing the marketplace of ideas.

That’s our strength. And our commitment to our member firms in the years ahead.

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