Over thirty eight years ago my father, John Palmer, founded National Speakers Bureau. His objective was clear. He wanted to provide knowledgeable, ethical and creatively thoughtful speaker choices to those people charged with finding the right speakers for their audiences. Our goal is to continue the National Speakers Bureau legacy with vigor.
• We purposely design our operation to focus on you, our customer, rather than the more traditional bureau concentration on speaker management and exclusivity arrangements. We have no obligation to book particular speakers, so we are always free to recommend the speakers who are best for your meeting. Your event and organizational objectives are the highest priority at National Speakers Bureau. • There are a great many speakers whom we choose not to suggest. Our prudence helps ensure your successful events. • We never participate in incentive programs which are offered by many who speak. Our recommendations are based entirely on merit.
We believe that the way we work positively effects your meeting results. The meeting industry has shown their concurrence by frequently honoring our company and our staff.
I’m honored to have received the most prestigious awards from the three key meeting industry organizations.
Meetings Professionals International, the world’s largest association of people in the meetings industry, presented me with their International Supplier of the Year Award.
My peers in the lecture bureau industry, The International Association of Speakers Bureaus, presented me with the John Palmer Award.
We’ve long believed that treating the supply side of the equation well would benefit both our customers and us. This was recently recognized when the National Speakers Association presented me with their Meeting Partner of the Year Award.
About Brian Palmer
Brian Palmer is President of the National Speakers Bureau, a position he has held since 1996. He began working for National Speakers Bureau part time in 1972 when his father founded the firm, and full time in 1980. In 2010 Brian received his CMM.
An active member of several meeting industry organizations, he has served on the boards of Meeting Professionals International and the International Association of Speakers Bureaus. For several years he chaired the National Speakers Association/International Association of Speakers Bureaus Joint Task Force, charged with developing the relationship between professional speakers and speakers bureaus. Brian currently serves as the Chairman of the MPI RISE Awards judging panel.
Brian has written numerous articles for industry publications and has delivered over a hundred presentations on matters related to the meetings industry. He is a contributing author to the 5th edition of Professional Meeting Management. As one of the speaking industry leaders, his opinion is regularly sought by industry, business and general press.
Brian is married to violinist, Paula Palmer. They have two children. As Brian did in his youth, his children also have begun to make a contribution to National Speakers Bureau during their school vacations.
In 2009 Brian completed building a replica of a 1965 Cobra Daytona Coupe race car, which he now enjoys racing.
Brian welcomes you to email or call him at the office 847-281-3574.
Having long dreamed of being a race car driver, I completed the building of this replica of a Cobra Daytona Coupe in my garage. (It took 3 years.) And I began taking part in driving events with it.
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