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17 December 2009, by , in Job Listings, No comments
One of my clients, BIO Ventures for Global Health, is seeking a director of Knowledge Management. The  listing follows. If interested, contact Julie Klim at jklim@bvgh.org. The Director, Knowledge Management and Knowledge Sharing will support the mission of BVGH in two key areas. The first is working with the team to establish a knowledge management...
8 December 2009, by , in Data Management, No comments
CDC Software has purchased gomembers, an AMS provider. You can read more about the acquisition here. There has been a fair amount of “turmoil” in the AMS industry over the past couple of years, most certainly driven in part by the tough economic times. It will be interesting to see what kind of impact this...
3 December 2009, by , in Data Management, No comments
I’m a huge fan of Amazon.com. I’ve been buying from them for years and have been an Amazon Prime member pretty much since they started the program. But Amazon can still find ways of amazing me. Last week on a Monday, my wife placed an order on Amazon at 7.55pm. According to Amazon’s site, if...
1 December 2009, by , in Data Management, No comments
Twice in the past couple of weeks (with different groups) I’ve heard words to the effect of: “We want to be careful about who we communicate with. We don’t want the whole world to know about this, because we would be inundated by inquiries from people who can’t benefit from what we’re offering.” I can’t...
23 November 2009, by , in Data Management, No comments
When I help clients through the process of purchasing a new association management system, the metaphor that often arises is that of buying a car. The client will say something like: “It’s like we’re buying a new car, and we want to be sure we’re buying the right car. We don’t necessarily need a Maserati…”...
19 November 2009, by , in Uncategorized, No comments
My latest article, entitled “Eliminating Business Inefficiencies,” has just been published in the November issue of ASAE’s Associations Now magazine. The article is available on ASAE’s site (click here). In the article I discuss how analyzing and changing your business processes can make your organization more efficient and more effective. Also, be sure to scroll...
17 November 2009, by , in Uncategorized, No comments
You’ve got THREE opportunities in December to hear me speak. On Tuesday, December 8, I’ll be speaking on NTEN’s Ask the Expert program, at 2pm Eastern. Click here to learn more about that program. On Wednesday, December 9, I’ll be presenting a webcast as part of Protech’s Expert Series. Click here to learn more about...
3 November 2009, by , in Uncategorized, No comments
I’ll be speaking for NTEN on Tuesday, December 8, from 2pm to 3pm eastern (11am Pacific), on NTEN’s Ask the Expert program. Details here. The program is free to NTEN members. I hope to “see you” online.
29 October 2009, by , in Job Listings, No comments
Given the current economic climate, I thought I’d take this opportunity to list three positions that are open at past clients of mine. The American Association of Museums is seeking a director of Information Technology. For more information contact Katherine McNamee at kmcnamee@aam-us.org. The American Dental Education Association is seeking a TEMPORARY Membership/Database coordinator. For...
27 October 2009, by , in Data Management, No comments
This post on the Fast Company blog got me to thinking about managing databases (surprise, surprise!). The blog post discusses the idea that “lollygagging” may be the best way to find breakthrough ideas. That is, NOT working may help the creative process. A similar things happens when it comes to managing our database versus actually...

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“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