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4 September 2015, by , in Executive, No comments
  I'm pleased to announce that I'll be serving as one of the select faculty at the Leading Learning Symposium, presented...
3 September 2015, by , in Executive, No comments
When you are selling your association products, whether its membership, sponsorships, or exhibits, are you connecting with your buyers at...
2 September 2015, by , in Data Management, No comments
Over the years of working with hundreds of clients, I've discovered that one of the biggest challenges associations have with...
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...
31 August 2015, by , in New article, No comments
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18 June 2015, by , in New article, No comments
Over the course of the past 16 years of consulting, I’ve had the opportunity to work with hundreds of associations,...
21 May 2015, by , in Uncategorized, No comments
My clients always ask me about how they're doing on email as compared to other associations. Ask no longer! Informz...
20 May 2015, by , in New article, No comments
I encounter people (often executive staff!) who perceive association management software (AMS) to be similar to other software products like...
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6 May 2015, by , in New article, No comments
According to Wikipedia, the SMART mnemonic was developed by George T. Doran in 1981. I was first exposed to it...
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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