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Archives: January 2013
25 January 2013, by , in AMS Vendors, 2 comments
I reported recently on the merger of YourMembership and Affiniscape. The new company name is YourMembership, and not surprisingly, YourMembership has announced that all Affiniscape customers will be moved to the YourMembership platform. You can learn all the details here. There’s also an interesting open letter from Rick Rutherford, co-founder of Affiniscape, that you can read...
24 January 2013, by , in New article, No comments
I’ve posted two new articles on my website. The first is Your “Marriage” with your AMS Vendor, which outlines how your relationship with your AMS vendor is a lot like marriage, and provides some tips on how to keep that relationship thriving. The second article asks What’s Your “Bus Factor”? In this article I discuss the...
23 January 2013, by , in Rants and Kudos, No comments
At the end of this past year I made donations to four charitable organizations. While the donations were not the size of “name a building after me” donations, they were much larger than $20. Three of the donations were made online via the org’s website; the fourth was delivered in person. With the online donations,...
22 January 2013, by , in Business Intelligence, IT, No comments
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out TMA Resources’ video series, Best Practices in Association Technology, featuring some of the brightest minds in the association market. (I say that because I’m one of the brilliant minds featured!) Each clip is 3-4 minutes long and provides technology tips to help associations better serve their members...
Two interesting articles on big data have come across my transom in the past few days, and I wanted to comment on them. The first article is from Inc. magazine entitled “5 Trends to Ignore in 2013” (Hat tip Elizabeth Engel). One of the five trends the author suggests small businesses ignore (and let’s face...

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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