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5 February 2013, by , in Rants and Kudos, 2 comments
We all make mistakes in our work. As the old saying goes, it's not the mistakes you make, it's how...
4 February 2013, by , in Data Management, Executive, 4 comments
I was once on a tour of a plant where conveyor belts were being manufactured. I noticed that one of...
1 February 2013, by , in Executive, No comments
The economist and political writer Thomas Sowell once wrote: "There are no solutions, only trade-offs." What Sowell means, of course,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Two interesting articles on big data have come across my transom in the past few days, and I wanted to...
11 December 2012, by , in Uncategorized, No comments
I've made some minor but significant changes to my website. You can now find all of my videos on this...
4 December 2012, by , in AMS Vendors, 8 comments
I just received an email from Bill Stover, CEO & President of YourMembership, announcing the  merger of YourMembership and Affiniscape....
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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