November 18, 2017
    Remembering a friend in the association space

    Plus, don't miss these upcoming TRENDS events! Thinking Aloud, by Ed Dalere

    By Ed Dalere | 08/31/2017

    This week, TRENDS and the association partner community lost a good friend, Phil Gross, managing director of Expense Reduction Analysts. Phil died suddenly of natural causes on Aug. 28.

    Many of you may have met Phil at one of TRENDS' events, such as our breakfasts, workshops, the Salute to Association Excellence, as well as at other events in the association space, many times along with Russ McKinnon, an ERA senior consultant. People naturally were attracted to Phil by his warm smile and affable way.

    Business partner George Wolfand, also managing director at ERA, said his first impression of Phil, whom he met in a stock club, was that of a “serial entrepreneur.” After stints working as CFO at AOL and a director at MCI, among other ventures, he and Wolfand started ERA. “That’s what he liked doing, taking what he developed and bringing it to other people. It was an interesting part of him.” 

    In 12 years, they built their D.C. area-based company into a “business that arguably has the best track record in ERA” in the country, Wolfand said. Among the company’s many association and nonprofit clients are National Association of Home Builders, Military Officers Association of America and the Optical Society. 

    A graveside funeral service took place at Judean Memorial Gardens in Olney, Md., on Sept. 1. Memorial donations can be made to Aish HaTorah, 11418 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20852, phone - 301-881-9010.

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