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Archives: August 2008
28 August 2008, by , in Rants and Kudos, 2 comments
I recently had need to call Carefirst (my health insurance company) because they had made a billing error. I had...
26 August 2008, by , in Data Management, 1 comment
There was a discussion on a users group listserver a few days ago about the pros and cons of centralized...
One of the most significant changes to occur over the past couple of years in database management is the idea...
19 August 2008, by , in Data Management, No comments
By show of hands, how many of you have an "IT" person on your senior management team? Is the most...
14 August 2008, by , in Data Management, No comments
When I work with my clients on the implementation of a new database, there is a tendency to focus on...
I recently traded emails with an association colleague of mine, an executive director of a small association, asking him how...
I had the opportunity to sit through a lengthy demo of the Polaris product from ARC Solutions. Overall I was...
5 August 2008, by , in Data Management, No comments
If you are an association staffer or executive, I'd appreciate it if you could answer my one question survey. It...

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Testimonials

“Wes was able to come in and offer tangible, relevant advice that made us more productive immediately. I value his understanding of databases but more so, his understanding of how nonprofits work. There was no lost time educating him about how membership organizations are “different.” Wes recommended changes in processes as well as tips and tricks that were easy to implement made an immediate positive impact.”

Mary Pat Paris, Executive Director
International Registration Plan

“We came to Wes because we were very frustrated with our existing AMS and we wanted to improve our capabilities as soon as practicable. Wes very quickly helped us through a process of identifying our needs, identifying potential vendors, and selecting a new system that we’ll be able to move into very quickly. I especially appreciated Wes’s candor about our processes as well as the systems we were looking at. He was a great resource to have in a period of high anxiety for our organization. I would highly recommend Wes for any similar project.”

Jack Chiasson, CMP Executive Director
National Association of Life Brokerage Agencies

“Wes was able to come in and offer tangible, relevant advice that made us more productive immediately. I value his understanding of databases but more so, his understanding of how nonprofits work. There was no lost time educating him about how membership organizations are “different.” Wes recommended changes in processes as well as tips and tricks that were easy to implement made an immediate positive impact.”

Mary Pat Paris, Executive Director
International Registration Plan

Mary Pat Paris
International Registration Plan

“This is the second database implementation we’ve done since I have been at Western Arts Alliance (WAA). The first I did on my own. This time we engaged Wes Trochlil as our database planning consultant. Let me tell you, this process is a whole lot easier having Wes on your team! For a small association like WAA, it’s tempting for board and EDs to question the justification and expense of a database planning consultant. But it’s the small associations that need Effective Database Management the most. Wes strengthened our planning process, clarified our needs requirements, helped us steer around solutions that couldn’t meet our objectives, and saved us money in the long haul.”

Tim Wilson, Executive Director
Western Arts Alliance

Tim Wilson
Western Arts Alliance