Properties Magazine November 2012 : Page 77

GUIDING GROUP The Wherry Associates team includes (from left) Donna Haders, Maureen Leech, Linda Hammill, Pat Tecza, Sylvia Varga, Sharyn Berki and Jeff Wherry. Partners in Pursuing Success Wherry Associates assists in developing associations By Lou Kren erhaps you haven’t heard of Wherry Associates Inc., but cer-tainly you’ve heard of its clients. The Northern Ohio chapter of NAIOP – Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Greater Cleveland Mortgage Bankers Association, the Ohio chapter of Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, and the Cleveland chapter of Urban Land Institute all avail themselves of services from Wherry Associates, an association-management firm headquartered in Westlake. P Commercial Title Insurance National Escrow & Settlement Services International Title Insurance Commercial Foreclosure Services 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchange Services UCC Plus Insurance Commercial Lender & Search Services Commercial Due Diligence Services A decade ago, the company, through a search undertaken by NAIOP’s then-outgoing executive director, was awarded the contract to manage NAIOP’s local chapter. Over time, efforts and successes resulting from service to NAIOP made the rounds through word of mouth. Referrals ultimately brought related asso-ciations into the fold, with the Cleveland chapter of Urban Land Institute, earlier this year, becoming the most recent to choose Wherry Associates. For its clients, Wherry Associates per-forms a range of services, tailored to each group’s needs. Its mission is to develop strong relationships that allow boards and committee chairs to set policy, ultimately providing the leadership necessary to suc-cessfully implement client associations’ policies and programs. Wherry Associates offers services in six major areas: daily operations, meeting planning, publish-ing/technology, statistics, accounting, and cost and fee structures. The company can manage daily office details includ-ing phone coverage, correspondence (mail and electronic), membership management, storage, supplies, industry inquiries and legislative communications, including PAC operations. It will plan, coordinate and run meetings and outings; publish or otherwise transfer materials and knowledge to members and the wider community if desired; and conduct sur-veys and compile results and statistics; and much more. Wherry Associates also can manage the books for its clients, even including development and implementa-tion of membership fees. “Like it does for a number of other trade organizations, Wherry Associates provides critical support and services Mark Cook 216.598.5924 77

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