Our Amazing Team
(Kind of a Big Deal)
Wade Koehler, CAE
President and founder of Forte AMC, Wade brings over 17 years of management experience to the firm. He has served in various types of management positions since the beginning of his career. Before starting Forte, he was responsible for conference operations at three different universities. He was successful at not only increasing revenue but also increasing employee satisfaction in each position.
He understands the issues that face professional organizations.
Budget constraints of not-for-profit organizations and University departments
Frequent change in leadership positions and the challenges it provides
Challenges involved with working with volunteer based associations
Keeping up with rapidly changing technology
Wade brings to the table a knack for grasping the big picture, setting mutually agreed upon goals and accomplishing them. He believes in the power of personal relationship based selling. Wade has successfully led two associations and two university departments through major changes in operations and sales and has surrounded himself with some of the best association management personnel ensuring that his clients have access to a one-stop operation to help achieve their visions.
Jeanne Koehler, PhD
Vice president and co-founder of Forte Association Management, Jeanne has focused on adult learning and performance improvement crossing multiple industries (education, insurance, financial services, and healthcare). Learning through experience and collaborative problem solving is central to fostering individual, organizational, and societal growth. People are drawn to associations because they provide social connections, skill building opportunities, learning experiences, professional credibility, and peer support and recognition. Jeanne, using mixed methods research design, helps organizations explore ways to promote meaningful, impactful learning that connects to members, professions, and current challenges. In addition, Jeanne has 20 years of experience developing, delivering, and assessing curriculum. Working closely with organizations, she has developed online classroom experiences and simulation-based learning that align with the goals and objectives of the organization. She has designed learning for small and large audiences as well as for learners gathered in one location to learners scattered across the globe. With a PhD in curriculum and instruction, Jeanne can bring her research and organizational change expertise within your association to help evaluate current offerings, explore member perceptions and learning needs, develop a learning action plan to enhance members experience, and increase the association’s overall value.
Jeanne Koehler, Ph.D
Forte Vice President
Certification & Event Planning Extraordinaire
Membership Expert & Resident Faith in Humanity
Executive Administrator & North Sider
Marketing Enthusiast & Eager Student of Life
Kimberly joined Forte in 2013 as the Director of Education for our client, FCSI The Americas. She is responsible for Professional Membership Process, Continuing Education, Educational Provider program, Chapter Development, Webinars and Event Planning. Kimberly has over 15 years of educational experience in the association management industry serving the Roller Skating Association International, Indiana Bankers Association and most recently the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
Penny joined Forte in 2013 as the Director of Member Services for our client, FCSI The Americas. She is responsible for FCSI’s Membership Application Process, Event Planning and Financials. Penny’s past employment includes serving as an Office Manager for a local childcare facility, On-air DJ for WBNQ in Bloomington, IL and Personal Assistant to film writer, producer and direct John Hughes.
Holly joined Forte in 2014 as the Administrator for our client, the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois. She has over 20 years’ experience working in a variety of membership, events, and marketing roles for nonprofit organizations, including the Louisville Bar Association and the American Bar Association, as well as several food industry professional associations.
Sydney joined Forte in 2018 as the Marketing Coordinator for Forte and our client, FCSI The Americas. Sydney is responsible for social media, FCSI Serving Up Solutions video series, event mobile apps and event planning
Sydney completed her bachelor's degree in business administration in May from Illinois State University.