"I think it is safe to say that for all
of us this was a refreshing change from the "normal"
strategic planning type of retreat associations normally
engage in. While the process of visioning and
planning was a difficult and demanding one, nothing
worthwhile is ever achieved without some struggle and
adversity. You moved us through towards final
concurrence and agreement on the basic tenets that will
guide the society long into the future."
John Orr, CAE, Former President and CEO, North State Building Industry Association
"I know of Shelly’s continued interest in consulting in
fields related to association leadership, governance and
management development. She brings to the table the
qualities of a leader with interest not only in research,
but in practical application. Further, she is a
trailblazer, innovative thinker, technology wizard, and it
is exciting to think of the ways in which she might
contribute to other organizations."
Deborah Elam, MS, CAE, Executive Director, San Francisco Dental Society
"Dear Mark - I don't think CRTA would have
had a 75th without you!"
Susan Goff, Executive Director, California Retired Teachers Association
"Shelly's consulting breaks through
organizational clutter to identify the fundamentals
necessary to create healthy, sustainable association
communities. She has an extraordinary ability to
encourage new beliefs, behaviors and practices that
build community consensus toward achievable and
measurable goals. She provides an empathetic but
action-oriented approach to shedding historic relics and
and embracing new strategies to create a more successful
John Dane, CAE, Executive Director, CA State Firefighters Association
“I've known Mark for nearly 20 years and he never fails
to impress me with his knowledge of association law and
his ability to "cut to the chase" when faced with complex
legal issues. The associations I represent and manage
frequently retain Mark for his expertise. He's a great
lawyer and an insightful long-range planner.”
Carlyle R. "Carl" Brakensiek, Owner/Founder - Advocal
"I still can't hardly believe we did it! I could
not have asked for a better outcome! You are
Lowell Fennie, Former Chair, Associated Mail and Parcel Centers
"I have used Mark both personally and professionally over
the past eight years. Mark has the highest of integrity
and is a darn fine attorney as well as a great person.
If Mark will accept your case, I highly recommend him!"
Brad Martin, Owner, Subway Truck Parts, Inc.
"Thank you Mark. You make it easy."
Rick Zawadski, Ph.D., RTZ Associates
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mark many times
on situations both easy and carefree as well as on some
that were really contentious and high stakes. He has
always been a consummate pro. Mark knows his stuff
(inside and out) and keeps a pragmatic viewpoint at all
times with an eye on what is best for you and your
group. You couldn't do much better than Mark!”
Sandra Giarde, CAE, Executive Director, CA Association for the Education of Young Children
"You're the best! Thanks for all your care and support. We are
very lucky to have you on our team. We'd be lost
without your talents and guidance."
Sharon Hilke, Executive Director, CA Assn of Licensed Investigators
"Mark - We had yet another success at our Leadership Conference. We owe this success
to your planning and input as speaker for the day.
It was exactly what our board of directors needed to
Elaine Thompson, CCN Pro, Executive Director/CEO, California Association of Nurserymen
"Shelly - Thank you for your terrific communications workshop last week! You were terrific! Lots of great info and advice that
I will translate into action at NFIB!"
John Kabateck, Executive Director, NFIB
"Mark is very funny and humble in
his presentation style. He is easy to relate to."
Comment From Session Evaluation - CalSAE Elevate 2010
"Shelly rocks! I wish she
was my instructor in college. I would have gotten
Session Evaluation Comment - CalSAE xPresso Ed Module 1
"Mr. Alcorn was extremely
engaging. And this is a topic I knew nothing about so I
learned quite a bit."
Session Evaluation Comment - CalSAE Elevate 2009
"Shelly is engaging,
knowledgable, honest and real. Very effective. I
learned a ton."
Session Evaluation Comment, CalSAE xPresso Ed Module 5
"Mark has a wonderful way of
making serious and complicated issues lighthearted -
giving us a chance to laugh at ourselves."
Session Evaluation Comment, CalSAE Spring Showcase 2005