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I once met with a potential client who was seeking a new database. In a conversation with the executive director, she...
22 April 2016, by , in Executive, 2 comments
As we all know, a sunk cost is a cost that has already been incurred and cannot be recovered. A...
A test database is a more-or-less exact copy of your live/production database environment. I often refer to this as a "sandbox" because the...
Working with a client last week on their selection of a new AMS, I was again reminded of how important...
18 April 2016, by , in New article, No comments
I started my career as a membership assistant at a trade association. We had 500 organizational members, and dues renewals...
5 April 2016, by , in AMS Vendors, 2 comments
I had the opportunity to meet recently with Marc Bernstein and Andre Pavovlic from Personify. Marc is Vice President &...
31 March 2016, by , in Executive, No comments
I once heard of an association who had worked with a consultant on selecting a new AMS. The consultant had the...
One of the challenges that I see with many associations is knowing exactly where a given data point is housed within...
I first heard this from Thomas Sowell many years ago. And I've written about it here and here and here. But it's...
28 March 2016, by , in Rants and Kudos, 2 comments
Here's the thing about being "first" on anything. Only ONE company or person can be first. Only one. So when...
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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