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26 June 2017, by , in Executive, IT, No comments
Before you sign up with a new AMS vendor, ask yourself this question: "Can I spend the next 7-10 years...
13 October 2016, by , in Executive, IT, No comments
Just like beauty, the idea of software being "user-friendly" is in the eye of the beholder. Very often when I talk...
8 January 2016, by , in Data Management, IT, No comments
Which dropdown menu am I referring to? Any of them. The paradox of choice is that the more choices we are...
One of the greatest benefits of the internet revolution is that data management has been moved from staff to customer....
13 October 2015, by , in Data Management, Executive, IT, No comments
  SCIPP International is a nonprofit organization interested in finding out – and sharing back – the extent of the association community’s...
  Many associations, because they are small and have relatively low volume on their e-commerce sites, believe they are not a...
1 September 2015, by , in Data Management, Executive, IT, No comments
  I recently spoke with a small association about the possibility of them acquiring a new data management system. In the...
14 November 2014, by , in Executive, IT, No comments
Over the past six months I’ve helped several associations go-live with their new association management systems. One thing that has...
7 November 2014, by , in Data Management, Executive, IT, No comments
I was meeting with a group of association CFOs recently, discussing how they use their association databases. During the course of the...
18 September 2014, by , in Executive, IT, Marketing, No comments
This article, co-authored by Scott Oser and myself, outlines some highlights from our sessions at the recent ASAE Membership & Marketing...

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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