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12 December 2011, by , in Data Management, No comments
Avectra is running a series of guest blog posts for the next 12 days. You can find my post here,...
6 December 2011, by , in Random Thoughts, 10 comments
I was speaking recently with Frank Wolfe, CAE, CEO of the Hospitality Financial Technology Professionals, in Austin, TX. Frank had...
5 December 2011, by , in Random Thoughts, No comments
I'll be speaking twice at the ASAE Technology Conference this week (Wednesday, December 7). My first session, with Rene Shonherd,...
17 November 2011, by , in New article, Uncategorized, No comments
I’ve posted a new article on my website. A few years ago one of my most successful clients told me that with...
15 November 2011, by , in AMS Vendors, 1 comment
I've noticed an uptick, lately, in the amount of free education being provided by AMS vendors. This is a promising...
TMA Resources has begun a new series of weekly educational videos on their website called "Association Tech News." In this...
9 November 2011, by , in Data Management, No comments
I've written often about "managing to the exception," the idea that all of our business rules have to apply to...
7 November 2011, by , in Executive, 3 comments
Effective change requires leadership. Leadership from the top. Compare these two situations (true stories, clients of mine from the past): Association 1...
4 November 2011, by , in Data Management, 3 comments
When it comes to managing our organization's data, we too often allow our staff some short-term gains which create long-term...
2 November 2011, by , in Data Management, No comments
I've worked with well over 100 associations in my years as a consultant. In my experience, those of my clients...

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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