Dave Fellers,FASAE,CAE has a long history in the association profession.  He has managed state, national and international organizations, and has assisted associations and organizations with strategic planning, board and leadership development, governance and succession planning.  He has been in the association profession for over 35 years, has received the top award -- Key Award -- from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and the top award from the Association Forum of Chicago -- the Samuel Shapiro Award for Leadership Excellence by a CEO.  He has served as CEO of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS),  division director of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and was CEO of two state oil marketing associations.   He is the former president of ethnoMetrics, one of the leading consulting firms for associations and exhibitions and is currently president of Dave Fellers Consulting, LLC.  

Fellers has an ability to interpret the needs of associations and respond with guidance that will help to improve the effectiveness and relevance of the organization.   


Fellers is a recognized consultant with expertise in strategic planning, leadership development and training, analysis of association structure, programs and activities, and governance review and evaluation.  This includes:

  •  Board and leadership development presentations, utilizing "Race for Relevance," "Road to Relevance," and "Measures of Success"
  •  Strategic planning 
  •  Organizational assessment reviews 
  •  Succession planning, including selection of a search firm and coordination of the executive recruitment process
  •  Transitional management

Areas of Specialization:

The following are areas of specialization for Dave Fellers Consulting.  For more detailed information, click on the item below and then click on the google url, or click on "About Dave Fellers" in the upper left corner of this page: 

Resource Library

Fellers has written numerous articles and made presentations for organizations such as the American Society of Association Executives, Professional Convention Management Association, International Association of Exhibitions and Events and Kansas City Society of Association Executives.  Many of his articles, white papers and presentations are featured in Dave Fellers Consulting,LLC "Resource Library."  To view these articles click here:  Resource Library


Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity (board development and assessment); American Academy of Periodontology (transition/succession plan for CEO and RFP for search firm);  American Academy of Family Physicians (succession planning presentation at leadership conference);  American Association of Medical Colleges Group on Faculty Affairs (strategic planning, focus groups, interviews); American Association of Orthodontists (governance review); American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (board development and assessment, facilitated discussion on becoming data driven);  American Dental Association (governance evaluation and recommendations, interviews, facilitated planning session); Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Organization for Women (Board development and self-assessment analysis); American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (strategic planning and board development); American Prosthodontic Society (strategic planning and board development);  American Society of Clinical Pathology (Keynote address at Leadership Conference), Associated General Contractors Leadership Conference ("Race for Relevance" presentation and facilitated discussion); Association of Departments of Family Medicine (strategic planning and board development); Association of Program Directors in Surgery (strategic planning and board development); Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (strategic planning and board development), American Society for Reproductive Medicine (strategic planning, interviews and board development), Bakers Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds  (reorganization and growth consultation), Brick Institute of America (leadership development presentation), California Dental Association (governance review);  Family Practice Inquiries Network (board development and mission statement creation);  Florida Dental Association (transition/succession plan for CEO and RFP for search firm); Independent Nurses Association (administrative and operational evaluation);  International Association of Conference Centers (transition/succession plan for CEO); International Association of Assessing Officers (international development plan);  International Association of Operative Millers (board development and strategic planning);  Jewelers Mutual Leadership Conference (leadership development presentation), Kansas Association of Realtors (strategic planning), Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors (strategic planning and board development), Industry information organizations (Merger discussions); Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau (strategic planning and advisory committee facilitation); National Association of Subrogation Professionals (strategic planning and board development); National Auctioneers Association (organizational review and board self-assessment analysis); National Rural Health Association (strategic planning and board development): National Rural Health Association Services Corporation (strategic planning and board development);  North American Primary Care Resource Group (board development);  National Association of Printing Leadership (merger discussion facilitation); Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry (strategic planning and board development);  Printing Industries of America (merger discussion facilitation), Society for Simulation in Healthcare (organizational analysis); Society for Pediatric Sedation (strategic planning, board development, governance review); Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (strategic planning and board development), State Bar of California Leadership Conference ("Race for Relevance" presentation and facilitated discussion), Texas Association of Builders (leadership conference keynote presentation on "Race for Relevance") and the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals (strategic planning and board development).  Fellers also works with corporate clients to help them better understand the needs of the association and exhibition communities.  

Fellers has worked on projects to assess key areas of conventions and exhibitions for such organizations as the American Association of Diabetes Educators,  American College of Cardiology, American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, American Physical Therapy Association, American Urology Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, ConExpo, International Manufacturers Technology Show, International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Pittcon,  Surf Expo, Western Veterinary Conference and the Yankee Dental Congress. 

Speaking engagements

"After Orientation:  Continuing Board Development Strategy and Practices, Kansas City Society of Association Executives
"Succession Planning for Associations," Kansas Society of Association Executives
"Anatomy of a Succession Plan," American Academy of Family Physicians Leadership Conference
"Planning for Growth by your Association," Kansas City Society of Association Executives CEO Forum
"What Leadership can learn from 'Race for Relevance:  5 Radical Changes for Associations,"  Texas Association of Builders Leadership Conference
"Race for Relevance and What it means to your Organization" and "Succession Planning for Associations," Jewelers Mutual Leadership Conference
"Stronger Together:  You and ASCP," American Society of Clinical Pathologists Leadership Forum Keynote address, Sanibel Island, Florida 
"Increasing Attendee Satisfaction and Exhibitor ROI at your Annual Meeting," and "Keeping your Meetings on the Cutting Edge," Oklahoma Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting
"Opportunities in the Association World:  What it can mean for your career," Kansas City Society of Association Executives Association 101 Conference
"Volunteer and Board Development:  Retention of Multi-generational Volunteer and Workforce," Kansas City Meetings Industry Council, Kansas City
"Focus on the Needs of a Definable Market," Kansas City Society of Association Executives, Kansas City
"Business of Meetings:  What's Hot at Today's Shows?" - American Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting, Dallas
"Race for Relevance:  What it means to bar associations?"  - State Bar of California Leadership Conference, Monterrey, Cal.
"Incorporate Succession Planning into Professional Development" -  American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting, St. Louis
"Association Trends and Resources:  Emerging Issues" - Kansas City Society of Association Executives (KCSAE), Kansas City
"Organizational Dynamics of Globalization:  Going Global - What's Next?" - Digital Now Conference, Orlando, Florida
"Assessing Annual Meeting Effectiveness" - Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Annual Meeting, Las Vegas
"Elements of an Association Succession Plan" - KCSAE CEO Forum, Kansas City
"Global, International…or What? Key Concepts for Expanding Your Association Across Borders" - ASAE International Conference, Washington, D.c.  
"Increasing Members Satisfaction and Exhibitor ROI at Your Annual Meeting" - St. Louis Society of Association Executives/PCMA Heartland Chapter, St. Louis
"Improving and Measuring the Attendee and Exhibitor Experience" - IAEE EXPO EXPO Annual Meeting, New Orleans
"How to Produce and Profit from Digital Publications and Mobile Applications" - Association Forum of Chicago, Chicago
"Why Mobile Applications?" - Your Exhibit Success Network (YES) Meeting, Kansas City
"Best Practices:  International Exhibit Marketing" - International Association of Exhibitions and Events EXPO EXPO annual meeting, Las Vegas
"Keeping your meeting on the cutting edge:  What's Hot at Today's Shows" - International Association of Exhibitions and Events D.C. Chapter, Washington, D.C.
"Enhance Your Exhibitors Experience:  Give them the data they need to improve" -  Professional Convention Management Association Annual Meeting, San Diego
"Opportunities in the Association World:  What it can mean for your career" - Kansas City Society of Association Executives, Kansas City
"The Member Market and your menu of Services...what we learned from Race for Relevance" - Executive Leadership Council, Associated General Contractors of America, Colorado Springs
"Leadership in Associations:  What are your Opportunities," Kansas City Society of Association Executives Association 101 Seminar
"Leading your organization through 'Race for Relevance," Kansas Association of Realtors
"Maintaining Relevance through Effective Governance," Alpha Delta Kappa


Dave Fellers Consulting, LLC is affiliated with Harrison Coerver and Associates, Transition Management Consulting, and Westman and Associates. 


Dave Fellers is delighted to discuss the needs of organizations and to customize services for any size or type of operation. Dave is available for a complimentary telephone consult to determine the potential services for any association, foundation or corporation.  A proposal and scope of work concepts can be developed at no charge.   Additional details on the above areas can be reviewed by clicking here or on the "About Dave Fellers Consulting" in the left sidebar or on each individual service (above).  Additionally, a series of articles on the value of various services above can be found in the "Resource Library" by clicking here or on the icon in the left column.    These articles help to explain the importance of these services and provide valuable content for association executives.  

Contact Information: 

Dave Fellers, FASAE, CAE
Dave Fellers Consulting, LLC
4000 W 87th Street 
Prairie Village, Kansas 66207
Phone:  847-254-2700