Brian Palmer, CMM

President and Owner

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A Message from Brian Palmer

Over forty years ago my father, John Palmer, founded National Speakers Bureau. His objective was clear. He wanted to provide knowledgeable, ethical and creatively thoughtful options 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. Our aim is true.

For a variety of important reasons, there are a great many speakers whom we choose not to recommend. 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.

Meeting 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 recognized when the National Speakers Association presented me with their Meeting Partner of the Year Award.

Recently I served as President of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus.

About Brian Palmer

Brian began working for National Speakers Bureau part time in 1972 when his father John Palmer founded the firm. He became full time in 1980 and later assumed the presidency in 1996. He’s held roles with some of the event industry’s most significant organizations and knows the meeting industry inside-out. One of the most important things his clients, co-workers, family, and friends know about him is that he sleeps well at night. He’s a man of his word who cares to help his clients succeed, and he’s equipped to do so. He and his violinist wife Paula have two children: Adam and Rachel. Brian is also an avid racing enthusiast who built his own car, a replica of a 1965 Cobra Daytona Coupe.

Industry Involvement

Served on the boards of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB), an organization for which he also served as President.

Contributing author to the 5th edition of Professional Meeting Management and numerous industry publications including MPI’s The Meeting Professional.

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