CEO Spotlight – Bennett Napier, Partners in Association Management

Bennett Napier is President and CEO of Partners in Association Management, a company which he helped found in 1998. Bennett has worked in the association management arena since 1992.  Prior to moving to Tallahassee, he worked in Washington, D.C. for a U.S. Congressman and also attended graduate school in Atlanta, at Georgia Tech.

The association management company headquartered in Tallahassee provides full service association management for over twenty state, regional and national trade associations; certification programs, foundations and professional societies.

The firm also provides consulting services to a number of other non profits and associations across the country primarily in the areas of board governance, strategic planning and change management.

Today, the company is the largest in Florida. It is also the only third party accredited firm headquartered in Florida. Based on Partners market objectives, it usually competes with companies in Chicago and Washington, D.C. and rarely competes with other firms in Florida.

The firm has grown consistently over the years, mostly due to referral business. Partners has almost zero client turnover in its history, and that is a result of strategically identifying associations that match the skill set and philosophy of the company prior to bidding on new business.

Bennett believes in volunteer service having served as past president of the Tallahassee Society of Association Executives; past Chair of the Florida Society of Association Executives and FSAE Foundation. He is also on the Executive Committee for the AMC Institute, the national trade association, for association management committees. He is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee Class XVI and currently serves on the boards of the Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce and Big Bend Hospice.

As a professional service firm, Partner’ success lies in large part due its team of talented professionals of nearly forty full time equivalents. The company has ranked in the Florida Trend Best Companies to Work For listing in the small business category for six of the last seven years.

The company was recognized earlier this year for the inaugural Seminole 100, for the fastest growing companies owned by Florida State University alumni. Bennett holds a Masters of Science in Applied American Politics and Policy from FSU.

Partners believes in working with fellow Chamber members as suppliers as much as it can to ensure support of the local business market. It works closely with several on a daily basis including Aegis Business Technologies, Target Print and Mail, Awards4U, SalterMitchell, RB Oppenheim, SunTrust and Lanigan and Associates just to name a few.