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When discussing how much access staff users should have to the database and its functionality, I always tell my client...
25 March 2015, by , in Random Thoughts, No comments
One of the most important skills I’ve learned in my 15 years as a consultant is the ability to listen....
20 March 2015, by , in Random Thoughts, No comments
I’ve written before about the amazing advances in technology that I’ve seen in my lifetime (and I like to think...
24 March 2014, by , in Random Thoughts, 1 comment
This is not an uncommon question for me to hear from my new clients. As we start digging into how...
12 March 2014, by , in Random Thoughts, No comments
I sit in a lot of meetings with my clients. These could be meetings where I'm interviewing them, or they...
I recount below a conversation I had recently with Mark Sedegly, CEO of MemberClicks: Wes: "Mark, do you offer any kind...
My question: Why do associations frequently "hide" audience feedback from speakers? When I work with my clients, a common discussion point...
11 March 2013, by , in Random Thoughts, 1 comment
I continually surprise myself when I make what are seemingly minor changes in how I do something and find that...
22 October 2012, by , in Random Thoughts, No comments
My friend and colleague Ray van Hilst at Vanguard Technology is conducting an association benchmarking survey about website redesign. Ray...
24 August 2012, by , in Random Thoughts, No comments
This is the last of five blog posts on my favorite technologies. Evernote, quite simply, is a place to put electronic...

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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