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Author: Wes Trochlil
7 October 2016, by , in Rants and Kudos, No comments
One of my greater pet peeves is company websites that don't list any contact information. I see this a lot...
6 October 2016, by , in Data Management, No comments
So very often in my meetings with clients, there will be discussions around the different data points the organization is collecting....
4 October 2016, by , in Executive, No comments
I often recommend to my clients that they have regular meetings among their heaviest database users, to discuss all the issues related...
29 September 2016, by , in Data Management, No comments
An event is something that occurs once. A process is something you do continually, over time. It's that simple. Data management...
27 September 2016, by , in AMS Vendors, No comments
The latest announcement of venture capital money investing in an AMS company is MemberSuite. As noted here, Revolution Ventures is...
27 September 2016, by , in Data Management, Executive, No comments
I once met with an association to discuss their data management issues. They were explaining to me that the systems they had...
26 September 2016, by , in Uncategorized, No comments
I've posted two new articles on my site: Fewer demos are better than more. Find out why here! What can...
Choose customer functionality over staff functionality. Because our websites (customer-facing) and databases (staff-facing) are now intertwined and completely integrated, we may come...
23 August 2016, by , in Random Thoughts, 2 comments
Always start the conversation by asking "How can I help you with this?" This can be for anything in life, but I run...
On occasion when working with a client during the selection of a new AMS, my client will say something like...
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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