In December our group’s founder, Charles D. (Chuck) Wenger passed away after a long, full and fruitful life in which he touched the lives of many. Chuck and his wife Charleen began C Wenger Group back in the 1970s. In those years Chuck’s consulting work focused on marketing efforts for Billy Graham’s World Wide Pictures. He and Charleen moved the family to Des Moines, Iowa in the early 1980s and he did similar work for Mark IV Pictures. By the late 1980s the group began to grow and it was in the early 1990s that the group’s current focus on customer satisfaction, surveys, market research, quality assessment and training began to evolve.
Charleen preceded Chuck in death in the late 1990s.Chuck retired at the end of 2004 and all equity in the group transferred to senior group members Scott Wier and Tom Vander Well. Chuck continued to serve as Chairman of our Board until his death and he was an ever present source of wisdom and inspiration. Chuck continued to serve on other corporate Boards after his retirement but dedicated most of his time and energy to founding a non-profit group, Band of Brothers in Christ, which focused on Chuck’s passion for the discipleship of young men in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Chuck was fond of reminding us all that “the best is yet to come” at every opportunity. His faith in Jesus Christ motivated every aspect of his life, our group included, and we fully believe that in finishing his journey on earth Chuck has fully realized the truth of his favorite words of encouragement.
Chuck will be greatly missed, but the impact he had on our company and the lives of both group members and clients will never go away. Chuck instilled in our group the qualities of honesty, servant heartedness, faithfulness, and operating both life and business by the principles of God’s Word. C Wenger Group will continue to honor Chuck, his legacy, his faith, hope, and love.
We are excited to announce that c wenger group has entered into a relationship with Premier Communications in Sioux Center, Iowa. Premier Communications bundles phone, cable television, and internet services to customers in the northwest Iowa region. It is a privilege to welcome Premier Communications into our family of clients!
c wenger group members Tom Vander Well and Scott Wier will be presenting on the topic of “Trends in Customer Satisfaction Research and Contact Center Quality Assessment” at the July 8th meeting of the Central Iowa Chapter of the National Customer Service Association. Tom and Scott will be exploring how technology and cultural trends are affecting the way companies measure customer satisfaction and service quality, and sharing their expertise regarding how members can improve their companies’ efforts and avoid potential blind spots that are sometimes ignored in the marketplace.
Central Iowa NCSA was previously a part of the the ICSA but made the switch to NCSA after 2014. The group meets quarterly over the lunch hour for relevant presentations and networking events. They invite new members, either individuals or corporations. For more information visit their website: http://centraliowancsa.com
The previous two meetings were at Farmer’s Mutual Rain and Hail Insurance in West Des Moines but the location of the July 8th meeting has not been confirmed. Stay tuned! We will announce the location once it is firmed up and available. Please mark your calendars!
Received word this morning of a new publication by Henry Stewart Publishing. The Journal of Contact Centre Mangement boasts an international Editorial Board.
A sample of articles from the table of contents:
Problems with partial solutions in contact centres
Peter Cochrane, Founder, Cochrane Associates
Refocusing resources in a competitive economy: Sales through service
Kerry Weiner Elkind and Andy Elkind, Co-Founders, The Elkind Group
Providing consistent and equitable access through re-thinking your business processes: A health sector case study
Brett Dean, Director, Communio
Innovation in a best practice contact centre
Richard J Snow, VP & Research Director Customer and Contact Center, Ventana Research
Service Quality Central (formerly QAQnA) has gone Spanish! Many thanks to Joaquin at CCSur in Spain for approaching us about translating and posting one of our blog posts on their site.
Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and matthewblack
Four years ago, I started writing a blog about call center quality assessment (QA), customer satisfaction, and customer service. The blog was called QAQnA (Quality Assessment Questions aNd Answers). QAQnA attracted a loyal following over the years and became known as one of the best call center related blogs and websites anywhere. But, I consistently received feedback that QAQnA was cryptic and difficult to remember.
This past year it became clear that QAQnA was due for a facelift. I’ve been planning and working with Samwell Creative on a new look and a new name. Here it is. Welcome to Service Quality Central (SQC)!
It’s a new look and a new name, but you’ll find all of the same great content.
Thanks for making the switch. You’ll also be able to follow us on Twitter @S_Q_C. Many readers followed QAQnA through my personal Twitter account @tomvanderwell. You’re still welcome to follow, but you’ll find my professional and call center related content and thoughts posted @S_Q_C while my personal content will continue @tomvanderwell.
Take a look around. The full QAQnA archives are right here. In the weeks and months ahead we hope that SQC will become your hub for call center and customer service related information and insights!