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Back in the day (I mean WAY back), the standard practice when switching from one database system to another was to...
25 January 2018, by , in Data Management, No comments
I first read this phrase in a James Clear blog post. And what it means, simply put, is that before...
17 January 2018, by , in Executive, No comments
Over my nearly 30 years in the association space, one of the things that always gives me a chuckle is...
16 January 2018, by , in Executive, No comments
I recently came across a one-question service from a service provider (I think it was some kind of online software...
12 January 2018, by , in Data Management, No comments
In his book Contagious, Jonah Berger discusses the concept of "social influence." In short, social influence is a change in...
11 January 2018, by , in Data Management, No comments
During the process of implementing a new AMS, one of the steps you'll take is creating and testing scenarios for...
10 January 2018, by , in Data Management, No comments
One of the most common challenges all of my clients face is duplicate records. And the simple fact is, even...
One of the more frustrating aspects of consulting is running into staff who are unwilling to speak up when speaking...
I don't mean to sound harsh, but the truth is, when it comes to data management, your association is probably...
30 November 2017, by , in Executive, No comments
I'm often asked what the major success factors are for an AMS (or any system) implementation. There are many, of...
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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