WHAT SHARI’S CLIENTS SAY

“The relevancy of chambers continues to evolve and change which means the story we need to tell to be successful in growing our membership revenue needs to as well.  Shari’s on-site work was helpful in bringing our entire organization together to really think about how we talk about the work we do every day with the companies we want to invest in it.  She also helped bring in a fresh perspective and renewed buy-in to the focus, hard work and metrics that need to be a part of a successful sales team.”

Jenny Munyer, Vice President, Member Development & Engagement, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

“Shari Pash is outstanding at what she does. I met her at an ACCE conference in Montreal where she presented on membership pipelines and knew right away that she had the skills, knowledge, templates and experience to help our Chamber of Commerce. Not only did we hire her, we worked to ensure she presented to the Canadian Chambers Executives of Canada and the Saskatchewan Chambers Executives. Shari is the best at what she does, period!”

John Hopkins, Executive Director, Regina District and Chamber of Commerce, Saskatchewan, Canada

“I met Shari Pash through IOM when I had been the President of my Chamber for just a few weeks. I was just slightly overwhelmed! Ha! I am so, so thankful that she was one of our presenters that week. Her presentation on membership engagement and retention was something that I knew that my staff had to hear. She has now visited the Shoals twice – once to work with our staff and then to orchestrate and facilitate our Board planning session. Shari has met and exceeded my expectations with each meeting!”

Caitlin Holland, President, Shoals Chamber of Commerce, Alabama

“This training and consulting work is going to shift our current sales model and grow our membership base/revenue. Shari’s on-site training is so engaging and personalized for your specific Chamber or business. She is engaging, knowledgeable and very hands on with the training. I would recommend Shari for any chamber or association looking to drive sales, grow membership, and increase revenue.”

Cindy Gettig, Director of Membership, Myrtle Beach area Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina

“Your knowledge of Chamber Master has enabled us to make “in-house” strategic changes in the way we do our business on a daily basis.  That has been a huge help in our daily work toward increasing sales. The handouts and the documents we created or re-worked together as we went are truly an invaluable tool for us to use as a department going forward. We began using the templates and techniques literally the day after the training and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.” 

Wendy Kirk, VP Membership Engagement, Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County, Alabama

“Excellent stuff, Shari!  Thank you for sharing these relevant tools and templates and for the lively and engaging sessions at our EO Professional Development!  We all could have spent another couple of days with you and been happy!”

Andy Cockburn, Director of Professional Development, Canadian Home Builders’ Association

“Our members receive such value from Shari we have to keep bringing her back! Shari has led seminars, webinars as well as presenting multiple times at our annual conferences. Her style is engaging and each person feels as if she takes the time to listen to his/her concerns. The material Shari presents is relevant and our folks are able to take the ideas they’ve learned (and developed in her hands-on seminars) back to their chamber for immediate implementation.”

Lisa Weitzel, IOM, CAE, President, Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE)

“Thank you Shari for your presentation on Strategic Sales. Our chamber members were engaged and interested in ways to grow their businesses by defining goals and strategizing their plan of action. You helped attendees focus on areas that are crucial and necessary in order to achieve business growth. Your background and area of expertise certainly qualifies your message and your delivery of information is spot on!”

Amy L. VanLoon, Executive Director, White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

“Shari is an active presenter for Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, as well as for ACCE, and IOM.  I have attended several her sessions on strategic membership recruitment and engagement.  Each time I walk away with relevant information and tools we can implement immediately.  Shari’s knowledge and work with Chambers makes her presentations engaging and hands on.” 

Tom Morrissette, President, Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, Florida

“We had the pleasure of having Shari Pash as a speaker at our 2015 Spring Conference. The reviews were very positive and attendees left wanting more time with her. So, we decided to have an “encore performance” and brought Shari back for our 2015 Annual Conference for two more sessions!”

Tammy C. Bracewell, Executive Director, Florida Association of Chamber Professionals

“Shari – Thank You for sharing your time and endless knowledge and experience at our IACCE full day Membership Work Session. Even as a veteran exec. I walked away with some great new ideas that I plan to implement, and more importantly, renewed confidence and enthusiasm to create a plan and implement it. I find great benefit from coming to your seminars. So thank you.”

Dale Perrin, Executive Director, Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce, IL

“Shari, in your session, you not only clearly identified the everyday issues we face but you gave us tangible solutions to improve our struggles.”

Donna Ciancio, Southern Tier Home Builders & Remodelers Assn., New York

“Shari has taken the fundamental building blocks of membership growth and retention for our association and translated them into practical weekly and monthly action plans for local home builder associations in our state. She has worked with small, medium and large locals to customize plans that are working for each of them in their unique regions of our state.”

Bob Filka, Chief Executive Officer, HBA of Michigan

“As non-profit organizations continue to be challenged in today’s business atmosphere; Shari’s expertise, knowledge, and soft approach to outside of the box ideas for board growth will help your organization identify and embrace the necessary changes needed in order to grow into the future. Loved her!”

Audra Davis, Executive Officer at Home Builders Association of Saginaw

“Shari is an active presenter for Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, as well as for ACCE, and
IOM.  I have attended several her sessions on strategic membership recruitment and engagement.  Each
time I walk away with relevant information and tools we can implement immediately.  Shari’s knowledge
and work with Chambers makes her presentations engaging and hands on.”

Tom Morrissette, President, Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, Florida

“I was able to attend Shari’s Engaging the Disengaged Webinar with the Chamber of Commerce
Executives of Canada.  This was a great presentation.  I enjoyed Shari’s presentations to the British
Columbia Chamber Executives last September and knew I didn’t want to miss this one.  Thanks, Shari for
informative and relevant sessions”.

Kim Burden, Executive Director, Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce, British Columbia, Canada

“I attended one of Shari’s educational seminars all about LinkedIn at my local Chamber of Commerce and
I was very impressed. Her presentation was reliable, informative and eye opening. I am very pleased
with the seminar and would attend others like it. I would highly recommend it!”

Cortney Peters, Public Relations Director at Senior Benefits Group and Senior Health Director

“Shari’s presentation on using LinkedIn to grow your business is outstanding! Even though it was the
second time I’d attended her mini-seminar, I still came away with great insights and ways to improve my
usage. Her casual but thorough style makes it helpful to new users as well as those (such as myself)
who’ve been “using” the platform for years.”

Sherry Campbell, Marketing Coordinator, Two Men and a Truck

“Shari’s focus on recruitment and retention was invaluable for our Membership team. We spent two full days with a packed agenda and are eager now to get busy implementing the ideas we discussed. Shari kept us on track and adapted the agenda when needed to make sure our questions were answered. Definitely time well spent!!”

Carolyn Golson, IOM, Vice President, Membership, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Alabama

“After hearing Shari speak at a Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives (WCCE) conference, I knew our entire staff would benefit from her training.  Shari joined us on-site for a day-and-a-half session covering membership engagement, sales and much, much more. It was a fantastic way to kick off the New Year and our 100th anniversary as a chamber of commerce.  Thanks to Shari, our team is excited, energized and armed with new tools to continue to enhance our organization.”

Suzanne Kelley, President & CEO, Waukesha County Business Alliance, Wisconsin

“Our days with Shari proved to be very valuable for not only our membership team, but our entire staff. She ensured that input was received from all levels and helped craft a plan that includes concrete objectives and goals. From recruiting, new members to increasing revenue in other areas, Shari was helpful in shaping a strategy we can capitalize on. We look forward to continuing our work with her as we grow our organization.”

Katie Yeutter, WMC, Vice President of Operations and Finance (Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce)

“I LOVE Shari.  What she does is help you implement very, very solid foundational processes.  It only works if you follow her formula, each and every step.  It’s not easy  – you have to be committed.  Our sales doubled and tripled when she started coaching us.”

Jane Clark, President, Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce

“Shari did such an outstanding job with our Board of Directors Retreat. She has an incredible way of engaging the board in the goal setting process. She stayed around and gave her time in training for the staff and then with our ambassadors. She left a mantra of enthusiasm with our Chamber that we can build from and use for a long time.”

Diane Probst, IOM, CCE, President/CEO, Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Texas

“Shari, thank you for coming to Saskatoon, SK to share your membership wisdom with the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s Executive Officers.  We’ve never had such a focused discussion on membership growth. The templates are so helpful, thanks for sharing.”

Victoria Belbin, ICD.D, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Home Builders’ Association – NL

“Hiring Shari to help us formalize our membership plan was one of the best decisions I have made in my position as CEO. She offers a clear, concise plan for recruiting, managing contacts and utilizing social media. Shari is trustworthy and truly wants to see you grow professionally and personally. I would highly recommend Shari as she is a true asset!”

Cindy Kosloski, Chief Executive Officer, Home Builders Association of Greater Lansing

“Shari – Loving your LinkedIn session today at the MSAE Membership Engagement Conference — you made the conference worthwhile…thank you!”

Carey Goryl, Executive Director, Association of Staff Physician Recruiters

“Shari Pash recently presented a session on the topic of membership to our board and was able to present us with what her company name promises – Strategic Solutions for Growth.  Facilitating a conversation about how we can, and should, routinely assess our membership recruitment and retention tactics was crucial for us laying the groundwork for these efforts as part of our strategic plan.”

Olivia V. McLaughlin, Executive Director, Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Shari Pash on membership related issues and always walk away inspired with new knowledge and potential solutions. She offers real-world tactics that I can actually put into practice in my work.   Working together, I know I’ll get new tips to help me do my job better.”

Kim Gools, Membership Director, Michigan Society Association of Executives

“Shari, thank you very much for our on-site work and sessions. You hit it out of the park and all the staff had very positive feedback, I heard one saying it’s the best session they’ve had since they started here at the organization!”

James Meers, COO, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Ontario

“Shari has a wealth of experience in membership sales strategies that she shares in a very useful and meaningful manner. The tools she gave us are ready to implement immediately. She also provided very good information on prospect identification and “classification.”

Einar Forsman, President/CEO, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Illinois

“Shari Pash presents relevant topics in a clear, concise, easy to understand and apply manner! She presented to the Carolina Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives recently and the value of the information she shared about the “Top 10 for Membership Growth” has already proved invaluable! Plus thanks to Shari, we have successfully activated our LinkedIn group to engage our members further!”

Marnie Schwartz-Hanley, Simpsonville Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina

“We brought Shari in to work through a full “audit” of our membership marketing plan. With her expertise, we were able to come up with a very thorough plan that we felt confident about and that would be a daily working tool for our organization. Shari was great to work with, asked all of the right questions, knew the industry, and was a great guide and resource as we recreated our marketing plan. I would recommend Shari to other associations, even if you feel strong in your marketing plan, because she may be able to uncover some additional opportunities so you leave no stone un-turned! Thank you Shari!”

Emily Lubbers, EO, HBA of Greater Grand Rapids (now with Austin, TX)

“Shari Pash is the real deal! With years of sales experience, membership development practice and an eye on measurement, Shari brings a wealth of knowledge and accountability strategies for any sales department. Already working with several large chambers of commerce, Shari is working with Michigan’s chamber community to help put the structure in place that will keep membership plans running at peak levels.”

Bob Thomas, IOM, CAE, Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals

“Shari presented to our State Executive Officer Council, leadership and staff on membership recruitment and retention. She was very easy to work with in the planning stages and presented in a professional but casual way that made all our attendee’s feel comfortable. The sales tools and ideas she presented were great and I heard many participants say they were taking the ideas with them to put in place in their local associations. I would highly recommend Shari to any association that is looking to provide membership training.”

Melissa Longenberger, Membership Director, Pennsylvania Builders Association

“Shari is a very organized and caring professional. From pre-planning, doing research on our needs, creating a relevant session, facilitating our team and following up with practical and useful tools, she was spot on. I highly recommend Shari to any organization that is looking for improving the value they bring to those they serve.”

Daniel G. Pappas, Executive Director MIEM

“Thank you, Shari – I participated in your R’s of Membership session today. Wonderful webinar as
always. I had my team participate, as I have on your other two webinars, and they have lots of great
takeaways.”

Desiree Bennyhoff, President & CEO, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce