Partners Leadership Team

MANAGEMENT TEAM

  • President/CEO  Bennett Napier, MS, CAE-  He is a Certified Association Executive and has over twenty-five years experience in association and organizational management. His specialty is in board relations, grassroots efforts and regulatory affairs. He is a past winner of the "Association Professional of the Year" from the Tallahassee Society of Association Executives and "Executive of the Year" from the Florida Society of Association Executives. He served as President of TSAE and is a past Chairman of the Board for FSAE and the FSAE Foundation. He currently serves on the AMC Key Committee with the American Society of Association Executives. Mr. Napier is also a board member with the AMC Institute. Bennett now serves on the Board of Directors of the Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Vice President Amy Bean -Amy is a Certified Webmaster and has over twenty years' experience in association management. Her background includes information technology and systems development. Amy is a graduate of the Tallahassee Society of Association Executives Program in Association Leadership.
  • Vice President John Ricco, CAE - John has over twenty years' experience in association management having worked for eighteen years at the Florida Association of Counties. He is a former Chair of the Florida Society of Association Executives. He also was recognized by FSAE as "Executive Member of the Year"
  • Vice President Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE- She currently serves as an officer with the Florida Society of Association Executives. In August 2013, she was named as a "Young and Aspiring Professional" by Association Trends Magazine. Rachel specializes in systems development and financial benchmarking. In 2016 she was also awarded the 'Executive of the Year' by the Florida Society of Association Executives.

GENERAL COUNSEL

  • Eric Thorn, Esquire - Eric is Partners' in-house General Counsel. He brings both private and public sector experience.  Having served as the General Counsel of the Florida House of Representatives and as House Council Director, he has also practiced with Shutts & Bowen law firm and his own firm representing both corporate and association clients.

CHIEF STAFF EXECUTIVES

  • Kim Barclay - She brings twenty years' experience working with several large statewide associations. Her current role at Partners includes working with regional trade associations.
  • Jillian Heddaeus, CMP, IOM - She is a graduate of the Institute of Organizational Management at the University of Georgia. She previously served on the board of the Tallahassee Society of Association Executives. She is a previous winner of the "Association Professional of the Year" from TSAE.
  • Danielle Jessup, CMP - She brings both event management and organizational management experience. She focuses on environmental industry associations.
  • Dee Kring, CMP, CAE - Dee brings over twenty two years' experience in association management. Her background includes working with national and state trade associations and professional societies. Dee served as President of the Tallahassee Society of Association Executives and was a past recipient of the President's Service Award for TSAE. She is a board member with the Florida Society of Association Executives.
  • Lisa Kamper - She brings over twenty years' experience to Partners. Lisa specializes in publications management and event planning.
  • Kristi Spargo - She brings over fifteen years in association management experience. Kristi has worked as Membership Department Manager, and Assistant Association Executive for a number of state medical societies. She specializes in communications and publications.
  • Christina Welty, MA - She brings over ten years' experience working with state, regional and national associations. Christina is a member of the Florida Society of Association Executives and completed the Qualified Association Specialist Program. She is also a graduate of the TSAE Program in Association Leadership. ​

The company consists of thirty-four full time equivalents including several Certified Association Executives and four Certified Meetings Professionals.

 

Meet Some of Our Team

Bennett Napier, MS CAEPresident/CEO
Christina Welty, MSChief Staff Executive
Danielle Jessup, CMPChief Staff Executive
Deborah CaldwellProgram Manager
Eric Thorn, EsquireGeneral Counsel
Jillian Heddaeus, CMP, IOM Chief Staff Executive
Jill Jackson, CMPSenior Meeting Planner
John Ricco, CAE, MPAVice President/Chief Staff Executive
Kim BarclayChief Staff Executive
Lauren Asbell, CMPSenior Meeting Planner
Lisa KamperChief Staff Executive
Malarie Barineau Program Manager
Maureen TurnerAdvertising Sales
John GalliganProgram Manager
Alonda HillMember Services Coordinator
Shelly JoinesCorporate Program Manager
Rachel Luoma, MS, CAEVice President/Chief Staff Executive
Will FergusonMembership Program Manager II
Amy BeanVice President/ Chief Information Officer
Caroline ThomasProgram Manager
Lindsey RowanProgram Manager
Kristi SpargoChief Staff Executive
Ricki SextonMember Services Manager
Meghan BrasherMember Services Coordinator II
Dee Kring, CMP, CAE Chief Staff Executive
Lesli SullivanMembership Program Manager
Lisa CollierProgram Manager
Sarah HackneyProgram Manager
Stephen ConliffeMember Services Coordinator
Elizabeth LaneSenior Meeting Plannerr

Contract Staff

Exhibit Management:

  • Jeff Eacker
  • Martha Eacker
  • Connie Bond
  • Holly Banks, CMP

Accounting:

  • Rachael Tilcock
  • Krystal DeHaven

Editorial:

  • Cassie Corcoran
  • Tanya Kenevich

Graphic Design:

  • Elizabeth Babski

Trusted Partners