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19 January 2016, by , in New article, No comments
One of the more common lamentations I hear from my association clients is that associations need to manage their database...
15 January 2016, by , in Rants and Kudos, No comments
I received an email from a software company whose software I use. The software vendor asked "Can we share your...
I've always loved the phrase "low-hanging fruit." It creates such a great visual in my mind, the idea that I...
One of the most common services I provide my clients is system selection and implementation. Simply put, I help my...
As I noted in this post last month, one of the most common complaints I hear from my clients is a...
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...
7 January 2016, by , in Data Management, No comments
For Christmas I received a new cookbook, The Food Lab (which I highly recommend). Several pages of the book are...
I was working with a client recently and the issue of webinars came up in the conversation. The association represents a...
22 December 2015, by , in New article, No comments
Association management systems (AMS) as a specific software product have existed for more than 30 years. Not surprisingly, the original...
One of my favorite comic strips was "Life in Hell" and one of my favorite strips from that series was...
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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