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What our clients say.

Working with Cothran Development Strategies on our biennial gala is a joy. We have confidence that all of the details will be handled and that it will be a truly special event. Also, they are skilled fundraisers and have helped us increase our net proceeds with each event, which has a direct, positive impact on the center’s ability to achieve its mission.

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Lori Bowman

Former Development and Community Relations Officer, Harold Hamm Diabetes Center

As President of The Association of Trust Organizations and the owner of an independent Trust Company myself, I can’t say enough how vital collaborating with Cothran Development Strategies has been to our accomplishments and growth of our network. We rely on the experienced and professional team at CDS to keep us organized and on task and truly appreciate their personal dedication to our success

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Stuart Allen

President, Association of
Trust Organizations

CDS provides outstanding services for membership development, directory preparation, and convention planning/implementation. The staff is friendly, competent, available and accomplishes the Association’s needs daily. They take charge and efficiently complete all tasks at hand.

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Craig R. Hedin

Past President, Illinois Oil & Gas Association

The staff at CDS works hard to ensure that every association president, chairman or officers have everything they need at all times. They make our jobs as board members easy!

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Darlene Wallace
Chairman, National Stripper Well Association

Cothran Development Strategies, Inc. has allowed us to professionally increase our visibility, membership, and fundraising activities without hiring new employees. They have the experience, contacts, and confidence that represent our organization well.

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Craig Buford

President & CEO, Community Bankers Association of Oklahoma

I’ve had the opportunity to work with Cothran Development Strategies on several programs and projects and the results of their efforts are more impressive than anything I could write.


Mickey Thompson

Former President, 

Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association

Working with Cothran Development Strategies has been a wonderful experience. They are always accessible, professional and provide excellent results! The entire team has an unbeatable work ethic!

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Anne Adams

Former President, Oklahoma Healthcare Financial Management Association

Since working with CDS in 2012, I--as a board member of The Association of Trust Organizations, have found them to be attentive, engaged, timely, thorough, easy to work with and consummate professionals. My only reluctance in going on the record is that I'd prefer they remain our
little secret!!

Marcia Williams

Past President, Association of
Trust Organizations 

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Working with Cothran Development has enabled us to obtain four high level staff members for the cost of one. Not to mention, the revenue growth and overall communications operation is top notch!

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Tim Barrick
Oklahoma Pharmacists Association

I couldn't be more proud of the work CDS has done for our organization. They put together probably the most organized and successful convention that we have ever had and I have received A LOT of compliments! CDS helped take our organization to the next level in a short amount of time.


Chad Selman
Past President, Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association

Utilizing CDS' complete management services has made a huge positive impact on our association. Not only have we seen our budget numbers and event attendance increase, but the level of membership communications and administrative services has been remarkable and a huge benefit to our organization.

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Bryan Hood
Former President, Illinois Oil & Gas Association

When I was the Chairman of the National Stripper Well Association almost 15 years ago, we were at a crossroads and had to grow and expand nationally. I knew Somerlyn Cothran and her team were the answer. We hired CDS and they blew our goals out of the water! The NSWA has never been better served. 

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Dewey F.

Bartlett, Jr.

Keener Oil &

Gas Company

Somerlyn Cothran and her team combine creativity, loyalty and uncanny people skills with an absolute passion for structure and detail. They simply work at a different pace and on a different level than most people.

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Denise Bode

Former Oklahoma
Corporation Commissioner

CDS has been instrumental in growing our organization (almost from inception) to one of the top state oil and gas associations in the country.

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David Little
Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance

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