Meet Our Team

Management Team

General Counsel

Management Team

Bennett Napier, MS, CAE

Bennett Napier, MS, CAE
President/CEO

Amy Bean
Vice President

John Ricco, MPA, CAE
Vice President

Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE
Vice President

Jillian Heddaeus, CMP, IOM
Vice President

Legal

Eric Thorn, Esquire
General Counsel

Chief Staff Executives

Kim Barclay

Danielle Jessup, CMP
Dee Kring, CAE, CMP
Lisette Mariner

Lisette Mariner, CAE

Lindsey Rowan

Kristi Spargo, CAE

Christina Welty, MA

Staff

Lauren Asbell

Lauren Asbell, CMP
Senior Meeting Planner

Malarie Barineau
Program Manager

Jessica

Jessica Brewton
Program Manager

Deborah Caldwell
Program Manager

Stephen Concliffe
Member Services Manager

Will

Will Ferguson
Membership Program Manager II

John Galligan
Member Services Manager

Jill

Jill Jackson, CMP
Senior Meeting Planner

Shelly

Shelly Joines
Program Manager

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Kelsay
Program Manager

Connie

Connie Krueger
HR Assistant

Carly

Carly Lees
Program Manager

Lauren Millard
Program Manager

Kristyn

Kristyn McCauley, CMP, CAE
Program Manager

Kara

Kara Miller
Member Services Coordinator

CTina

Christina Neuhauser, SHRM
Program Manager

Ricki

Ricki Romig
Program Manager

Rachel S

Rachel Sullivan
Member Services Coordinator

Lindsey Spears
Member Services Coordinator

Trusted Partners

ACCOUNTING/BOOKKEEPING:

Lanigan & Associates
Jon Keillor, CPA
Rachael Tilcock
Michelle Diaz

MEETINGS/EVENTS

Holly Banks, CMP
Elizabeth Lane

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Elizabeth Babski
Grova Creative
Karen Groves
Graphic Visions

MAGAZINE EDITORIAL

Tanya Kenevich

TRADE SHOW MANAGEMENT

McRae Conferences & Trade Shows
Jeff Eacker
Martha Eacker
Connie Bond
Amy Williams
April Hay

 

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Bennett Napier, MS, CAE

President/CEO

Bennett Napier, MS, CAE

Bennett Napier has been a Certified Association Executive for over 25 years. He was named as one of “Florida’s Most Influential Business Leaders” for four years in a row by Florida Trend Magazine. He is also a past Board Chair of the AMC Institute, the global trade association for the association management company industry. Fun Fact: Bennett enjoys attending hard rock/heavy metal concerts and festivals. He also enjoys travel having visited forty five countries and counting.

Amy Bean

Vice President

Amy Bean

Amy has over twenty-five years’ experience in all areas of association management from member services to information technology, office management, human resources, operations and executive leadership. Fun Fact: Amy quite likely invented snark and is well-versed in its usage in her personal and professional lives. She also has 2 basset hounds that are working hard to be the new spokeshounds for Hushpuppies!
John Ricco, MPA, CAE

Vice President

John Ricco, MPA, CAE

John has over twenty-five years’ experience in virtually all facets of association management. He is a former Chair of the Florida Society of Association Executives Board of Directors and in 2011 was recognized as their Executive Member of the Year. Fun Fact(s): John is a twin; outside of work he is a woodworking hobbyist and he also enjoys “all things outdoors”: kayaking, rucking/hiking, yard work, fishing and working out.
Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

Vice President

Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

Vice President Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE – Rachel has been involved in associations for over 15 years and has experience in all areas of association management. She holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and holds the Certified Association Executive designation. Rachel was named a Young and Aspiring Professional by Association Trends Magazine, Executive of the Year by the Florida Society of Association Executives and was recognized as one of Association Forum’s and USAE’s Forty Under 40® Awards recipients. She is a former Chair of the Florida Society of Association Executives. Fun Fact(s): When she’s not doing her association management thing, Rachel rocks out as lead singer with Tallahassee’s hottest cover band – Suckerdust!
Jillian Heddaeus, CMP, IOM

Vice President

Jillian Heddaeus, CMP, IOM

Jillian holds over 15 years’ experience in association and organizational management. She works in the capacity as an executive director for both state and national associations and specializes in financial and information management. 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 and is a previous winner of the “Association Professional of the Year” from TSAE. Jillian holds a B.S. degree in Information Systems from The Florida State University. Fun Fact(s): Outside of work, Jillian spends the majority of her time training for running and triathlons, working in the yard and watching golf.
Eric Thorn, Esquire

General Counsel

Eric Thorn, Esquire

Eric serves as Partners’ in-house General Counsel. Eric formerly served as the General Counsel of the Florida House of Representatives following which he spent over a decade in private practice with Shutts & Bowen law firm where he represented both business and non-profit association clients in legal, governmental relations, and business development matters. Eric brings his public and private sector experience to bear for Partners’ clients, advising them on legal and regulatory matters and advancing state legislative initiatives. Eric is a frequent speaker and author on regulatory topics affecting Partners’ clients and works with state associations across the country helping to develop, present, and advance regulatory proposals and legislation. Fun Fact(s): Eric enjoys fishing, boating, bowling, fine dining and cooking, and recently started keeping bees.
Kim Barclay

Chief Staff Executive

Kim Barclay

She brings over twenty years’ experience working with several large statewide and regional associations. She is skillful at creating unique sponsorships opportunities. Fun Fact: Is a foodie, home chef and has cooked with Emeril Lagasse.
Danielle Jessup, CMP

Chief Staff Executive

Danielle Jessup, CMP

She brings over twelve years’ experience working in association management. Her current role at Partners includes working with both state and national associations. Fun Fact: Danielle enjoys spending her free time outside with her family either fishing, biking or on the ball field.
Dee Kring, CAE, CMP

Chief Staff Executive

Dee Kring, CAE, CMP

Dee has over twenty-five years’ experience in association management. She holds both the Certified Association Executive and Certified Meeting Professional designations. Dee is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Florida Society of Association Executives, formerly serving on the FSAE Board of Directors and as President of the Tallahassee Society of Association Executives. Fun Fact(s): When Dee is not biking, camping or boating with her husband, she enjoys curling up with her cat and a good book.
Lindsey Rowan

Chief Staff Executive

Lindsey Rowan

Lindsey brings experience in the areas of donor cultivation and fundraising, certification and testing, and social media marketing. Lindsey began working at Partners right after graduating Florida State University, and has now been with the firm for seven years, focusing on the dental sector at the national level. Fun Fact(s): Lindsey enjoys spending her spare time with her family at the beach, 60’s music, and exercising so she can indulge in sweets guilt free!
Kristi Spargo, CAE

Chief Staff Executive

Kristi Spargo, CAE

Kristi has over seventeen years of experience in association management. She has worked as Membership Department Manager and Assistant Association Executive for a number of state medical societies. She specializes in communications and publications. Fun Fact: She enjoys running, rock concerts and relaxing on the beach.
Christina Welty, MA

Chief Staff Executive

Christina Welty, MA

Christina brings over eighteen 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. Christina holds a B.A. in Communication from Hanover College and a M.A. in Communication from The Florida State University. Fun Fact(s): Christina enjoys reading, spending time with her family and watching college football.