About Us

 

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industry expertise

The Solution Association Management Company staff bring extraordinary experience and expertise in the field of association management to each project. We supplement that with a dedicated effort and education process focused on your organizational structure, industry practices and trends, and detailed subject matter education. Our team has a passion for the worlds and work of our clients and their members.

dedicated staff 

In addition to the direct service and support of our CEO, each of our clients has a designated association management professional (or team) assigned to their organization. While all our clients receive the benefit of the various specialties of our team behind the scenes, dedicated staff ensures that our team is truly YOUR team, providing consistency and stability, a professional relationship with a personal touch. 

Our culture

The Solution Association Management Company creates an experience for our clients that is personal, relationship-driven, and results focused. We value innovation, continued growth through professional development and staying on top of newest innovative techniques and industry trends. We are dedicated, hardworking, educated, no nonsense, kick ass, and funny.  Talk to us, you’ll see.

Meet our team

Dot Miller, CAE

Founder & CEO

Specialties: Exceptional Leadership Ability, Problem Solving, Collaboration, Strategic Planning

Dot Miller has been progressively active in association, business, and operations management since 2002. She holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Society of Association Executives (CSAE), Blues & BBQ for Better Housing, Jefferson County Business Education Alliance (JCBEA), Arvada Colts and the Mapleton Education Foundation. She has received several awards and recognitions, including the Denver Post’s “20 Up and Coming Women – Tomorrow’s Most Influential Leaders”, Denver’s “Forty Under 40”, and the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry’s “CEO of the Year”.

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Monica Groh, CAE

Executive Director

Specialties: Executive Leadership, Membership Development, Program Development, Board and Committee Management, Integrated Content Development, Graphic Design, Website Development

Monica holds a Certified Association Executive designation.  She has over 12 years of experience working for associations with a deep understanding of how associations grow, thrive and operate.  An accomplished, motivated and personable executive, Monica is recognized for proven success in membership and program development. As your Executive Director, she will work closely with your organization to accomplish its goals and do so with warmth, confidence, and a smile on her face.  She is flexible and versatile to manage multiple projects and timelines, and diplomatic and tactful with all levels of staff and leadership. She thrives in a deadline-driven environment while able to maintain sense of humor and sense of congeniality under pressure.  Monica is an active volunteer with the Colorado Society of Association Executives where she has developed a network of hoteliers and suppliers that can benefit your organization.

Amy Puchino

Catalyst

Specialties: Database Management, Program Expansion, Content Writing, Event Logistics, Social Media Marketing

Amy is a Catalyst with our Team, serving as an Account Manager for national and state associations and our Chamber of Commerce accounts, Amy is dedicated to client and member service with an emphasis on promotion of membership benefits and events.  Amy enthusiastically embraces the utilization of new member databases and all that they offer.  She specializes in onboarding your members, offering assistance with registration, and maintaining member and event registrations.  Amy especially enjoys writing, copy editing, and the overall marketing of your organization.  With experience in the promotion of non-profit organizations, she will compose unique press releases, magazine articles, brochures, correspondence, social media copy, website content and more for your organization.

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Nate Oatman

Vice President

Specialties: Strategic vision, board-level advice and participation, growth opportunities, keeping things simple

Nate is strategic advisor and partner at The Solution.  He actively serves on multiple privately held Boards of Directors and has over 15 years of experience as an investment banker and business development leader.  He has over six years as an active Board Member of the Association for Corporate Growth – Denver in addition to his non-profit board service with BGoldN, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Colorado Business and Ethics. Nate brings a unique Board of Directors’ strategic leadership perspective to our clients.

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Valerie Smith

Executive Director

Specialties: Executive Leadership, Communication, Membership Development and Engagement

Valerie is a catalyst and has been active in the Florida non-profit and association industry for 25 years serving both as a Managing Director and Chapter Relations Director. She is a strong leader and manager who enjoys working with clients and members to provide impactful results. Through an emphasis on communication and successful member experience, she has effectively branded organizations and positively impacted membership totals and experiences. Clients speak highly of her approachability, effective communication, and commitment to success.  As an Executive Director, she works with association leadership to create and implement a roadmap of success to achieve goals and objectives.  She is a member of the Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE).

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Courtney Maynard

Catalyst

Specialties: Database Management, Membership Development and Engagement, Content Creation and Growth, Event Logistics, Marketing and Graphic Design

Courtney is a Catalyst with our Team, serving as an Account Manager for both national and state associations, Courtney is dedicated to client and member service with an emphasis on promotion of membership benefits and events. She specializes in onboarding your members, offering assistance and maintaining member and event registrations. Courtney embraces the utilization of social media and helps organizations become more visible on each desired platform.  Courtney especially enjoys writing, creating and the overall marketing of your organization.  With experience in member engagement of various organizations, she will compose unique press releases, magazine articles, brochures, correspondence, social media copy, website content and more for your organization.

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Heather Tune, CAE

Executive Director

Specialties: Executive Leadership, Client Onboarding, Membership Benefits, Growth & Retention

Heather has nine years of experience working for Association Management Companies and a deep understanding of all aspects of association management from membership services and account management, to executive leadership. She has worked with both state and national associations, accreditation and trade associations. A consummate professional, Heather is passionate about working with Boards to ensure their vision is implemented for the organization.  She streamlines procedures in order to maximize efficiency. Her knowledge brings a unique perspective that allows her to think big picture in order to ensure all areas are covered and working together.  She will be your asset in membership retention and engagement.  One of her favorite days will be greeting members at your events, putting names with faces of members that she has spoken with throughout the year.  When Heather calls on past due membership invoices, members can’t help but whip out a credit card and apologize profusely for being late on paying their dues. She is that good. Heather currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Society of Association Executives (CSAE).

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Julie Masarro, CAE

Executive Director

Specialties: Board Relations and Development, Motivating Volunteer Leadership, Development and Execution of Marketing Strategies, Flawless Event and Program Execution, Membership Recruitment and Retention 

Julie brings many years of Association Management and Marketing to The Solution working previously with several large membership-based national and international associations.  She holds a Certified Association Executive designation which compliments her MBA in Marketing earned at the Daniels Business School at DU. Julie fell in love with working for associations after working in the “for profit” world for a while.  Based on the mission of associations to do ‘worthy work’ to support their members professional and personal lives, she finds associations to be closely aligned with her skills and talents. Her association management skills are exemplary and as your Executive Director you will get a consummate professional that is able to juggle multiple projects and deadlines without dropping any balls. She has experience in all areas of association management from financial to marketing to social media since she holds a professional certificate in Social Media Marketing from University of California Irvine.  Julie also currently serves on the Board for the Colorado Society of Association Executives.

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Jacqui Wagner

Accountant

Specialties: Tax, Accounting

Jacque has more than 10 years of business accounting experience including bookkeeping and tax work and is a certified QuickBooks® ProAdvisor. Jacque is qualified to help your business customize and optimize your QuickBooks®, as well as help troubleshoot any issues that might come up. Jacque has worked with all sizes and types of businesses and is excited to support your organization. Jacque is also trained in Wave, Freshbooks, and Xero accounting software.

THE SOLUTION ELEVATED OUR ENTIRE ORGANIZATION

“The Solution started work with CALCP with the goal of stimulating growth in both our membership and our annual conference, and succeeded on both counts—our membership has grown by almost 30% since hiring The Solution, and their first year of managing our conference generated record attendance, while we were able to move to a larger, more luxurious venue in their second year without sacrificing profit. They have also helped CALCP develop a bilingual education program for their Spanish-speaking members.”

– TERRY DWYER, CALCP BOARD MEMBER

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THE SOLUTION FOCUSED ON OPERATIONS SO I COULD FOCUS ON STRATEGY

“To all those business owners feeling the sense of overwhelm- too many hours spent IN the business (operations), and not having enough time to work ON the business (vision/strategy)…then stop right now and contact The Solution! I have had the pleasure of working alongside Dot and Monica to formula an effective strategy to accelerate/operate my business so I can focus on more visionary tasks to grow the business. I love being a lean organization and finding trusted resources that I can contract for all the tasks that are not my sweet spot. It is truly the best of both worlds! Hands down…working with The Solution was one of the greatest investments I could make for my business (and my sanity!)”

 
– KERRY CRANDELL, WoMAN FOUNDER & CEO

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AMAZING AT STRATEGIC PLANNING

“Dot came to Cleveland, Ohio to run the Board Retreat for the Solon Chamber of Commerce. I selected her after interviewing eight organizations to lead us in a retreat to determine our strategic plan. I worked with Dot for about a month leading up to the retreat and continue to work with her now to implement the agreed upon strategies. She was amazing at the retreat, holding the attention on 22 people over the course of 6 hours. The outcomes: Agreed upon 5 year goals with a solid plan to execute over the next 18 months. I am so thankful that we had and continue to have the opportunity to work with Dot and her team at The Solution.”

–Tom Bennet – President & CEO, Solon Chamber of Commerce