About Dave Fellers Consulting

The following are areas of specialization for Dave Fellers Consulting: 

    • Board and Leadership Development Presentations…customized for your organization:

    The inclusion and development of new board members or committee chairs is greatly enhanced through a planned session about roles,         responsibilities, ethics, governance and fiscal oversight.  Educating a board -- new or existing -- can help take the organization to the next level.  This session is custom designed for the organization’s needs, including interviews of leadership and staff to determine key priority areas.  The ASAE “Measures of Success” study is utilized to educate the board on how to be a “remarkable organization,” and the enlightening book "Race for Relevance:  5 Radical Changes for Associations" provides some thought provoking discussions for a board.   The orientation can be from one and a half hours to four hours.  The "Measures of Success" study can also be effectively used as the lead in to a strategic planning session.

 The following is a sample list of optional Board Orientation subjects to be covered:  

ASAE “Measures of Success” Study
What Remarkable Organizations Do that Others Don’t
Importance of Mission
Board Discussion of How they fit in the Mission
Importance of the Strategic Plan
•Organizational Strategic Plan
Race for Relevance"...steps to maintain relevance in the future
"Road to Relevance'...strategies for competitive associations
Board responsibilities 
  • Board Discussion on Goals and Priorities 
•Importance of Being Data Driven
Types of Measurement
Role of the Board
Governance Structure…Who Does What
Role with Committees
Importance of Board Assessment
Board Relationship with Staff
Executive Director’s Perspective
Fiscal Responsibility:  Know the budget and support adequate resources
Board Discussion on Key Financial Questions
Board Role in Nominating Process
Board Discussion on how to groom leaders and help the nominating process
Closing Discussion

  • Board Self-Assessment Facilitation
            Self-assessment refocuses attention on the organization's mission and can reveal hidden issues and opportunities.  It measures         the board's performance, helps you define how well you are performing, and determines future board development needs. 

            Dave utilizes a leading internet based self assessment tool that covers mission, meetings, financial oversight, board structure, 
        program oversight, board composition, strategy, CEO oversight, public image and advocacy.  He analyzes the results and                        facilitates a discussion with your board about their strengths and weaknesses and how to improve in the future.  The session with         the board can be from 2 to 4 hours, depending on time available.  
  •  Succession Planning:
  •      It is important to prepare a succession plan for CEOs and senior staff and tie it to the professional development program of the organization. Fellers has assisted organization boards in developing a consensus on the core competencies they want in a new executive, prepare a job description for the new executive, facilitate the request for proposal for an executive search firm, coordinate the activities of the Search Committee and serve as a liaison with the search firm.    He can also help in the on-boarding process, development of goals for the first year and transition of the CEO position.   He can also work with senior staff to develop a continuity plan that provides for the professional development necessary at various staff levels to make sure there is continuity.  
         For more information, see the article "Succession Plan Article:  Elements of an Effective Association Succession Plan" by clicking on the title or going to the Resource Library.  
  • Strategic Plan Development and Updates…review your process or start from scratch:

    Evaluate volunteer and staff cultures to determine the best process for developing or updating an organizational, departmental or project related strategic planCoordinate research, environmental scan, board and staff interviews and facilitate a strategic planning session resulting in a three year plan.  

    Fellers utilizes the World Cafe style planning session that develops four to five key topics to discuss related to the future of the organization.  He divides participants into groups and they each spend a limited time -- 25 - 30 minutes -- discussing and building key points related to the topic.  The groups then move to the adjacent table topic after each session.  This results in all participants working on each major topic and is a tremendous consensus building process.  It is energetic, allows all participants to participate and is the most effective method to obtain "buy-in" by all involved.  

    For more information on strategic planning, see the White Paper by Fellers on "Strategic Planning:  What process works for your culture and how to implement a new plan" by clicking on the title or going to the Resource Library.   

  • Annual Meeting and Exhibition Assessment…how to improve your efficiency and ROI:

    Conduct an annual meeting onsite analysis reviewing every aspect and making recommendation on improving the meeting, service areas, trade show effectiveness, and individual exhibitors.  Fellers uses his background as CEO of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) -- which holds the World's Largest Medical Meeting annually with over 60,000 attendees -- and as the former president of a leading consulting company that specialized in measuring and analyzing meetings and expositions.  

His expertise at conducting an onsite analysis of a convention and/or exposition is unsurpassed.  This includes interviews with attendees and exhibitors to determine cost efficiencies, analyzing processes and design elements to assist show organizers and exhibitors to improve their meeting experience.  Fellers involvement with many of the leading convention centers around the country and their effectiveness in meeting needs of organizations provides him with a great insight into the needs of organizations related to convention center operations.  He also has the resources to conduct a "Green Audit" of an annual meeting.  

For more information on an onsite analysis see the article on "Increase Member Satisfaction and Exhibitor ROI at Your Annual Meeting" by 

clicking her or going to the Resource Library.  

  • International Growth Strategies...increase attendance at your annual meeting:

    Implement international strategies to provide growth and increased revenue from international participationIncrease international involvement and revenue in such areas as the annual meeting, membership and programs.  Fellers has considerable experience and background in developing and implementing international strategies.  He has successfully implemented procedures and marketing efforts that substantially increased international participation.  He stresses the importance of a strategic approach to these efforts and can provide guidance on the feasibility of generating international involvement for any size association or meeting.   

Fellers directed the international efforts of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) as executive director, increasing international attendance to one third of the professional attendees and substantially increasing international science and education programs at the meeting.  Foreign membership soared to over 7,000, resulting in substantial income and influence for the organization.  He traveled throughout the world developing global relationships for RSNA.  

See several articles and Power Point presentations on international growth by clicking on "Checklist for Steps to Increase International Participation in your Annual Meeting" or going to the Resource Library.

  • Organizational Assessments and Evaluations...how to improve aspects of your organization or governance:

    Conduct an analysis of the overall organization, individual departments or functions, or governance structure to identify opportunities to strengthen effectiveness.  As a CEO of several professional and trade associations, Fellers has been intimately involved in the daily operation of all aspects of non-profit organizations  He can conduct an organizational or governance review or target a single component or department for analysis and recommendations.  

For additional information, see Fellers article on "Utilizing Organizational Assessment to Measure Your Ongoing Success" in the Resource Library (click on this on title or on the left side of this page).  

  • Coaching/Leadership Training:
            Many association executives can benefit from having a personal leadership developer.  This could be a new CEO or senior staff person with limited association experience or a CEO or senior level staff that is ready to go to the "next level."  This training involves highly focused practice sessions and the development of clear, defined plans of action.    
        The coaching will address the needs and  challenges of association executives.  The goal of coaching and leadership is to make the staff a better manager, visionary and leader.  It will look at the past, present and future to assist in the development of an action plan on key areas of importance for the association and the executive director, development of organizational and personal goals, help to balance priorities
and expectations of the leadership, membership and staff.   For more information, contact Fellers at dave@fellerskc.com.                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Transition Management:
            Fellers has over 30 years in the association field, in all aspects of management.  He can provide interim assistance by serving on the staff of
an organization during a transition -- change in management, leave of absence, necessity of extra help, etc.  his expertise and experience encompass every aspect of association management.  For information, contact Fellers at dave@fellerskc.com.  

  • Event Management:  
             Fellers has extensive experience in planning, marketing and managing all size events.  He served as the CEO of the organization holding the World's Largest Medical meeting with over 60,000 attendees, 700 exhibitors and over 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, and has also been responsible for small statewide conventions, expositions and retreats.  His work with the leading consulting firm for convention and exhibition measurement and analysis provides him with the ability to plan and coordinate any size event.   For information, contact Fellers 
          at dave@fellerskc.com.    

  • Merger Facilitation:
            Fellers has been involved in a number of merger negotiations.  He is available to facilitate discussions between organizations and help to determine what research and resources will best serve the effort to consolidate.  For information, contact Fellers at dave@fellerskc.com.  


            Dave Fellers is delighted to discuss the needs of organizations and customize services for any size or type of operation.   He is available for a complimentary telephone consult to determine the potential services for any association, foundation or corporation.  For more information on Dave Fellers experience and background, click on  "About Dave Fellers,CAE" in the left sidebar.   

For additional information on the areas of services, see and click on the Resource Center in the left column of the web page.    It includes articles and power point presentations written by Fellers on such subjects as“Utilizing Organizational Assessment to Measure Your Ongoing Success,” “Grow Your Association Through an International Strategic Plan,” “Hire the Best Staff You Can:  How an Executive Search or Staffing Transition  Can Help,” ”Increase Member Satisfaction and Exhibitor ROI at Your Annual Meeting,” “Strategic Planning:  An Important Process for Associations,” “What Makes a Remarkable Association,” and “Marketing an Association Covers a Multitude of Areas.” 

Contact Information: 

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