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The Aptify Blog is an honest and informative collection of articles to help association executives solve their most pressing issues.

David Frick

David Frick has the unique opportunity of assisting organizations to dream by asking "What if?" and then delighting them beyond expectations. With more than 20 years of experience working within the non-profit world, David currently has the pleasure of serving the community as the immediate past Chair of ASAE’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and strongly supports the notion that everyone deserves to have an equal voice. David is training for his first full Ironman competition with a goal of qualifying for Kona in 2018. He will share his journey and how training for an Ironman so closely resembles achieving success within his professional capacity.

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Association Management

Are Evergreen Certified Companies Built to Last?

By: David Frick
March 07, 2017

In my previous post I reviewed the concept of Evergreen Certified companies and the 7 tenets the concept is premised upon. Let me state upfront—I am a biased fan of the ideology associated with Evergreen Companies (EG), and I’m delighted Aptify is a certified Evergreen Company. However, as I wrote about them, I couldn’t help but wonder if Evergreen companies really do have the legs for long-term staying power. That reminded me of the work done by Collins & Porras in their book Built to Last, and I wanted to see if there are consistencies, or inconsistencies, between the Evergreen model and those companies identified as “built to last.”

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Member Engagement

14 Volunteering Tips to Boost Member Engagement This Year

By: David Frick
January 28, 2017

Making sure your volunteers are active in your association is deeply tied to how you measure and prioritize member engagement. I was asked what my experience has been from the perspective of having been both a volunteer and as an executive dependent on volunteers. I wish I had an the answer on recruiting, retaining, effectively utilizing volunteer’s skills, respecting their time, showing appreciation for their dedication without burning them out or causing their disillusion.  While I certainly don't have a silver bullet for all things volunteering—and, in fact, there most likely isn't just one answer on how to master volunteering—I have picked up a few strategies along the way.  

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AMS Selection | AMS Pricing

How Much Does an AMS Really Cost?

By: David Frick
April 26, 2016

If your organization is in the market for a new Association Management System (AMS) or if you’re comparing different membership software systems, the first question you’re asking is, “How much does it cost?”  There’s not a lot of information out there about this—I’m sure you’ve noticed that most vendors will want to set up a call with you before they give you any substantial information. The main reason for this is that the answer isn’t cut and dry:  It depends. 

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Culture

Are You Living the Culture You’re Promoting? Ya Think?

By: David Frick
March 11, 2016

This is something that has been bugging me since October and I gotta get off my chest.   A few months ago, I attended a riveting presentation by a keynote speaker, a CEO of another organization, who spoke about the importance of culture; specifically how culture had transformed his company. While most people were enthralled by his message, I was jaded. It’s not that I undervalue the significance of culture, in fact I think a meaningful culture, intentionally designed, communicated well, consistently applied, and embraced by all staff can be a game-changer. The positive impact culture had on this guy’s staff and customers was significant.  

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Innovation | Culture

Does Innovation Require Courage?

By: David Frick
February 15, 2016

Courage is an interesting word. It inspires a sense of awe and mysticism, as if, somehow, someone who shows courage has special powers the rest of us are lacking. I disagree.  

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