What they say

In addition to founding and running our own businesses, we have worked with a long list of nonprofit and corporate clients over the years. Here is just some of what those clients have had to say about us.

Amy-Mawyer-VSCPAThe market for continuing professional education has changed tremendously over the past several years. As VSCPA wrestled with finding the best strategy for going forward, we knew we could benefit from bringing in outside perspective and expertise. Tagoras was the perfect fit. They understand how associations work, and their experience and expertise in the market for lifelong learning is unmatched. Working together, we were able to refine and focus VSCPA’s strategy and plot a clear path for ongoing success.

Amy Mawyer
Vice President, Strategy & Development
Virginia Society of CPAs

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We engaged Tagoras to assess our current membership model at CAI holistically and help us answer critical questions about the strategic roles of each of our three core activities – Membership, Learning & Development, and HR Products/Services. Jeff Cobb led the effort and did a skillful job of facilitating executive team discussions, bringing in member and employee perspectives, and identifying the most critical issues and opportunities. Jeff’s recommendations were insightful and actionable. We’re now putting them to work as part of the strategy that will drive CAI’s future growth and success.

Bruce Clarke
President & CEO
CAI (Capital Associated Industries)

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Thomas Reiser, ED of ISTHWe hired Tagoras to assist ISTH in looking at our existing e-learning platform and evaluating our needs. We had heard of Tagoras from their thought-leadership, presentations at conferences, reports, and recommendations from other organization. Celisa Steele led our project, and she helped us to scope our needs and select a technology partner to take our e-learning efforts forward. Celisa’s expertise and guidance provided enormous support to us and allowed us to tap into expertise we did not have in house, ask the right questions, and qualify our actual needs. Given her and Tagoras’s experience identifying possible partners, crafting a professional RFP and ultimately making the selection has been professional as well as time- and cost- effective and provided an outcome that had full board support. Engaging Tagoras and particularly Celisa has been one of the smartest investments we could have made.

Thomas Reiser
Executive Director
International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH)

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Celisa and Jeff were important members of the team that created and launched CLIME’s Online Activism Institute. With their extensive experience in e-learning and Web technologies, they were able to guide us to the solutions and vendor partners that best aligned with our strategy and with the needs of our stakeholders. We relied on their support and advice throughout the entire implementation process for Institute and would recommend them to any organization that is serious about online learning and community as part of its strategy. They were good listeners, knowledgeable, professional and thorough, and a pleasure to work with.

Eleana Gordon
Executive Director
Center for Liberty in the Middle East

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Tagoras, and especially Jeff Cobb, provided all the facts we needed when preparing to advance eLearning within our organization. His recommendations were research based, concise and clear. He facilitated a discussion with our 15 member Board of Directors who was able to clearly understand and act upon the strategic vision he proposed to them with confidence. His experience, passion for the subject and willingness to collaborate for our success made all the difference.  He listened to our needs, assessed the situation and made us a part of the solution. It will be our pleasure to continue to work with him in the future.

Rick Grimm, CPPO, CPPB
Chief Executive Officer
National Institute of Governmental Purchasing

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Mary McNeil of CASETagoras has a great reputation in the association world, both for their expertise and delivering on their promise. We originally worked with Tagoras on a market assessment project to gauge the viability of e-learning among our stakeholder base. Once the demand was verified, and dollars were in place, it made sense to work with Tagoras again on selecting a learning management system geared to our needs and budget. While we could have run the selection process in house, I’m so glad we didn’t. Celisa Steele brought to our team not only extra bandwidth to get the work done, but also deep knowledge of these systems and of the right questions to ask ourselves and prospective vendors throughout the process. Her expertise was invaluable in helping us select the right LMS for our association!

Mary McNeil
Director of Professional Development
Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE)

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Finding the right LMS to meet the complex needs of our organization was a daunting prospect. Tagoras took us through a well-defined, structured process that reflected a clear understanding of our business needs as well as our education needs. We were able to focus in rapidly on the most appropriate learning management systems, and are confident that we have made a good choice. I’d recommend Tagoras to any organization that wants to greatly reduce the complexity and risk inherent in selecting major new technologies.

Fran Biddle
Chief Financial Officer
Institute for Functional Medicine

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Building on our organization’s vision for the future and synthesizing stakeholders’ input with her own research, Celisa helped us develop a Web strategy to capitalize on our core strengths and address shortcomings in our technology. Celisa also spearheaded the development of a style guide to help ensure consistency and bolster the professionalism of our output. Her work with GALA demonstrates her unique mix of high-level thinking and attention to detailed execution.

Laura Brandon
Association Development Manager
GALA: The Globalization and Localization Association

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Tagoras led an effort to assess our market, flesh out our online education strategy, and select a learning management system. We were up and running on a new technology platform within months of completing the selection process and have been very pleased with the results.

I continue to call on Jeff whenever I am looking for an expert perspective on the rapidly evolving world of continuing education. I would highly recommend his services to any organization.

Diane Simmons
Vice President, Education
Healthcare Financial Management Association

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If your organization markets Web-based knowledge and learning services, it’s hard to imagine a better ally than Jeff Cobb. He combines a long background in starting and growing e-learning businesses with a deep understanding of the tools of the new Web. Jeff’s insights have really helped us in setting the direction and priorities for Castle’s growth. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Jeffrey LaRiche
Chief Executive Officer
Castle Worldwide

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With the competition growing rapidly in the market for continuing professional education, FICPA needed to figure out the best strategy for maintaining its position as the premier CPE program for Florida CPAs and financial professionals. Jeff surveyed and interviewed our members, facilitated meetings with our staff and board members, researched our competition, and drew on his long background in the business of continuing education to analyze our situation and develop insightful, actionable recommendations.

Jeff was able to successfully navigate the fine line between the opinions of staff from the association and our volunteer leaders. As many consultants know, getting everyone on the same page is one of the most challenging aspects of their job.

We’re now working with Jeff to turn those recommendations into a reality. I would gladly recommend Jeff and Tagoras to any organization wrestling with how to take their education programs to new levels.

Ned Campbell
Senior Director of Professional Development
Florida Institute of CPAs

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Our association was not experiencing growth in its e-learning products and contracted with Jeff for a thorough analysis of our opportunities and an assessment of our obstacles. Over the past year we have implemented many of Jeff’s recommendations and I believe we produce a more meaningful and engaging product for our customers and members. Jeff’s combination of e-learning experience and marketing helped us assess our market, better understand our potential customers, and pinpoint the areas where our efforts to grow our e-learning program would have the most impact.

Chuck Moses, MBA, MHA, FACMPE
Senior Content Manager
Medical Group Management Association

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With Jeff’s guidance we developed a much more targeted marketing approach that matched the key benefits of our e-learning offerings with the member segments most likely to value those benefits.

Barbara Swarthout, CEBS, SPHR
Director, E-learning Programs
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

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One of the key challenges our organization faced in growing its online education initiatives was to replace a learning management system that had become badly outdated and out of alignment with our needs. Jeff took us through a focused needs assessment and technology selection process that accounted for the many stakeholder perspectives across our organization. With his guidance and expertise, we were able to identify the right vendor and platform to help us grow our e-learning business significantly in the years to come. I would recommend Jeff and Tagoras to any organization that needs to cut through the confusion, balance a range of stakeholder needs, and select the best possible LMS.

Trish Glover, RN, BSN, MS
Program Development Manager
Society of Critical Care Medicine

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At AHIP we faced the complex challenge of bringing in a new technology provider to replace one that was no longer serving our needs well. Identifying a vendor that would be trustworthy, flexible, and would value us as a client was critical. And, of course, we also had to be sure we would get a technology platform that would support what we felt was a significant opportunity to grow and serve our customers. Because of his extensive knowledge and experience, Jeff was able to help us narrow the field quickly and find a partner that could really support both our business and our technology needs. I would highly recommend Jeff and Tagoras to any organization that needs to move rapidly and with confidence to find the right learning technology solutions.

Raffaele Vitelli
Sr. Director, Operations and Finance
Center for Insurance Education and Professional Development
America’s Health Insurance Plans

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NACHC engaged Jeff Cobb and his firm to assist us in finding a knowledge and learning technology platform that would meet the diverse needs of our members and the broader audience we serve. This was not an easy task, but Jeff did an excellent job of identifying requirements and managing a selection process that gave all key stakeholders (both internal and external) a voice.

Based on the phenomenal work that Jeff did with the selection process, NACHC made the decision to retain Jeff again to support us in implementing the new knowledge and learning management initiative. With his guidance, we are moving steadily forward to deliver what will be an incredibly valuable new service and resource for our members.

I and NACHC would highly recommend the services of Jeff and Tagoras to any organization. His work was exemplary and instrumental in the success of our initiative.

Jaime Hirschfeld, M.Ed.
Health Center Growth and Development Specialist
Training and Technical Assistance Department
National Association of Community Health Centers

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Jeff is a great strategic thinker who brings experience and creativity to problem solving and business development. As an advisor, Jeff’s sales and marketing advice have been invaluable. His ability to see the big picture while providing practical and actionable recommendations are an asset to any company or organization looking to grow, learn, and succeed.

Dahna Goldstein
Chief Executive Officer
Philantech

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Jeff and Celisa are the guides you need to leverage the Web, boost revenues, and take your organization into the future.

David Houle
President
David Houle & Associates