NIC, FFE partner with ChapterSpot and National Panhellenic Conference on engagement-driven data warehouse initiative


Indianapolis, Nov. 30, 2017—The North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and Foundation for Fraternal Excellence (FFE) are partnering with ChapterSpot, a leader in the fraternal technology space, and the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) to develop a cutting-edge data warehouse that will support advancement of the fraternal experience. This new data initiative is part of the NIC’s priority to increase data-driven engagement and impact among fraternal organizations, host institutions and members. It will also enable the FFE’s implementation of a community foundation model to improve the collective impact and sophistication of fraternal philanthropy and provide operational support for emerging fraternal foundations.

We are thrilled to be a part of this forward-thinking project that will strengthen and shape the future of the fraternal industry,” said NPC Executive Director Dani Weatherford. “While we are partnering at the beginning of this initiative, we know in the long term that this data warehouse will reach and serve many other interfraternal organizations and associations as we move forward.”

ChapterSpot is a service provider for Salesforce integration, allowing the NIC, FFE and NPC to utilize the technology industry’s most powerful tool for data management, communication and collaboration and blend it with the ChapterSpot team’s expertise in the interfraternal community. Through the capabilities of this technology and the data warehouse, organizations will be able to better identify industry-wide trends, make data-driven decisions and streamline processes.

ChapterSpot is excited to take the Salesforce platform and configure it to fit the large-scale and unique needs of fraternities and sororities,” said Joe McMenemon, co-founder of ChapterSpot. “We’re using the best technology and expertise for our organizations to create systems that will support positive change.”

This technology will also enable the NIC and ChapterSpot to develop SocialSafe, another project to develop a new web/mobile application. Social Safe will support the NIC’s health and safety pilot program to help chapters and communities better manage and plan safer social events.

To lead the development of these systems, Joe Budde Jr. has joined the NIC team as Chief Information Officer. Budde comes to the NIC following an eight-year career with Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and Foundation where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Business Operations. In these roles, he provided leadership in a wide range of functions from finance and accounting to implementing software for intra-chapter communication support and membership management. He also pioneered strategies for Beta Theta Pi’s use of information technology systems to meet the mission of the fraternity and foundation.

Joe is an incredible process and data strategist with an exceptional understanding of the fraternal industry,” said NIC President & CEO Judson Horras. “His work will help organizations reach operational excellence that not only supports our efforts as a conference, but will also help us better engage individual members at the chapter level.”

Budde’s extensive experience with information systems and technology is coupled with a passion for fraternal excellence and leadership.

The NIC is doing incredible work to create the partnerships and relationships that are the cornerstone for helping young men live lives of character,” Budde said. “I’m excited to further those relationships by building infrastructure that improves the experience for our students, host institutions, member groups and industry partners.”

Budde joined Beta Theta Pi’s Alpha Chapter at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and currently serves as a Board Member of the Alpha Chapter House Company. He earned bachelor’s degrees in both business finance and political science, and was a project manager for Miami University’s rigorous Interactive Media Studies Practicum that connects students with real clients to develop digital technology solutions for business needs. His role earned him an Apex Award, an industry-based recognition program that honors excellent work in web, digital and social media.