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Client Testimonials

What others want you to know . . .

Throughout his career Dr. Mott has enjoyed the privilege of working with visionary leaders of schools and non-profit organizations. His work has resulted in successful campaigns and other fundraising initiatives, enhancing the relationship between the organization’s leadership and its governing board, and fostering strategic thinking to ensure the mission and therefore the organization’s future.

Below are comments made by these leaders who have valued the assistance of Dr. Mott.

I  worked with Dr. Mott around two years ago at a workshop on Board Governance. I attended with my Board Chair and a few other members of the Board.  The workshop set the tone for my entire time here at Wakefield.  He has an incredible ability to make strong points in a friendly and approachable manner.  His subject matter could be potentially explosive, but he has a way about him that opens up dialogue without conflict.  This single encounter was powerful enough that my Board Chair and I decided to bring him to work with our entire Board of Trustees.  He’s just departed our school and we could not be more pleased.  He invigorated our Board and has helped set a path for our school’s governance that’s going to encourage further collaboration and partnership.
— David Colon
Head of School
Wakefield School


“This testimonial is not nearly as good as Dr. Mott deserves for his outstanding service to our board. Our board of directors had never conducted a retreat and we needed one – badly. Dr. Mott was one of several possible presenters we researched, including reading his book, Super Boards and the testimonials on his web site and talking with experts at the Center for Nonprofit Management who knew him. Bottom Line; he far exceeded our expectations, which were high. Bill asked numerous questions about our organization, board, and staff and listened to the answers, which he used to frame his delivery to target our specific needs. Great board development retreat. I most highly recommend Bill as a true expert on board development.”

— Monty Halcomb
Chair, Governance Committee
Board of Directors
Tennessee Wildlife Federation


“Thank you again for everything you did to educate our leadership (Virginia Association of Independent Schools) on the fine points of trusteeship!  Both workshops you conducted were very interactive and I’m excited at the prospect of a third opportunity. You are a gem to work with and I look forward to our paths crossing again soon.”

— Kim Failon
Director of Communications/Professional Development
Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)


“By having been both a head of school and trustee, Bill has a unique and very credible perspective and the ability to convey the most important aspects of what makes for a good trustee and for good governance.”

— Ian Craig
Head of School
Harding Academy


“Dr. Mott recently facilitated our trustee retreat during which he addressed issues every board and its executive face. Bill’s style of facilitation fostered healthy conversation among the group. The true mark of this successful session is that the conversation continues as we work through issues facing our organization and frame them with the best practices introduced by Bill Mott.”

—  Scott Parrish
General Manager
Monteagle Sunday School Assembly

“The board and I found your presentation very useful. The conversational manner in which you led the discussion was an excellent model. It was engaging and thought provoking. We are motivated to move ahead and hope you will return and work with us.”

— Dorothy Morelli
Executive Director
PATHS (Providing Alternative THinking Strategies)


“Thank you for your leadership and friendship. Your assistance in helping heads of schools and school boards understand the power and pitfalls of this relationship is paying great dividends to many, many schools.”

— Steve Hammond
Head of School/Principal
St. Patrick Catholic School
Norfolk, VA


“Thank you so much for giving of your time to us – mentoring, encouraging,  and guiding. I appreciate you and your willingness to share your expertise with us. I do not take for granted the time you give and the passion you share.  Thanks is not enough, but hope our implementation and success will bring you pride in helping us get there.”

—  Brenda Hauk
Executive Director
BrightStone, Franklin, TN


“It is exciting to witness the work of Bill Mott. I have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Mott in developing workshops for a variety of heritage organizations. These sessions equip participants with practical ideas and methods to improve an organization’s fundraising, board development, membership development, and strategic planning capabilities. I strongly encourage organizations to contact Dr. Mott.”

— Dr. James K Huhta
Director of the Center for Historic Preservation (retired)
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN


“It has been a pleasure and terrifically rewarding to work with Dr. Mott on several matters vital to the success of Historic Carnton Plantation. He worked closely with our Board of Directors to develop a strategic plan that is the keystone in our preparation for the 21st century. He assisted us on board development issues that have taken our board and organization to a new level of accomplishment. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Mott for his valuable assistance and enthusiastically recommend him.”

— Angela Calhoun
Former President of the Board of Directors and former Executive Director
Historic Carnton Plantation, Franklin, TN

“I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Bill Mott over two capital campaigns. At all times Bill has proven to be very professional.  His reporting from the feasibility study was thorough and proved to be accurate. The campaigns have been enormous tasks for our school but Bill has presented a well oiled, yet individually flexible strategy for our school.  He has excellent writing skills and has created quality articles and reports for our publications. He has been my guide, counselor, encourager, and motivator.”

— Mark McFerran
Director of External Affairs
Brentwood Academy, Brentwood, TN

“After we contacted Dr. Mott he came to our community and conducted a feasibility study to determine the level of interest and support our goals. As a result of this study, Dr. Mott was able to advise and direct us on a successful course of action. We praise Dr. Mott for getting us started on the right track.”

— Joe Lester
Campaign Chair
Tullahoma Educational Foundation for Excellence, Tullahoma, TN


“As a result of the expertise and commitment of Bill Mott, our organization is now equipped and ready to deploy an effective fundraising program. He helped us navigate through the organizational and structural changes necessary to support our fundraising program.”

— Norman Hanes
Former Executive Director
Mercy Children’s Clinic, Franklin, TN

“Bill Mott is a dynamic and inspiring speaker.  He presented workshops on capital campaigns and membership for our constituents – board members, staff, and volunteers of non-profit museums in Arkansas. These workshops were exciting and often lively as participants were drawn into frequent group discussions. Everyone was truly catching on to the components and intricacies of effective fundraising techniques. It was an extremely positive experience.”

— Jennifer Lowe
Museum Consultant
Historical Resources and Museum Services
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, Little Rock, AR

“It was a great pleasure to work with Dr. Bill Mott.  All of us at Covenant, especially the planning team, benefitted from his wisdom and experience. Our campaign went extremely well and much of the credit goes to Dr. Mott. He gave clear direction when we needed it, but was also quite flexible in adapting to our unique circumstances.”

— Reverend James Bachmann
Senior Minister
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN


“It was a pleasure to work with Bill Mott. We enjoyed a successful campaign. Bill was knowledgeable, flexible, and genuinely cared about our church and our future. I recommend Dr. Mott without reservation.”

— Dr. Jim Hughes
former Senior Pastor
Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Franklin, TN

“Bill Mott cares about our school and our vision. His personal and professional experience has allowed us to advance our mission and specifically our fundraising efforts. He has been invaluable to myself and to our board in understanding the importance of the board’s role in funding the school and its governance. As a former Head of School he will help you personally advance the mission through his knowledge and experience.”

— Hugh Harris
Franklin Christian Academy


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