Meet Our Team

We don't take anything for granted. We work hard day in and day out for event planners ― experienced and newcomers, domestic and international, from big companies and from small ones ― just like you. And we have a good time doing it.

  • Brian palmer
    Senior Vice President
    Brian Palmer
    847 281 3574 | EMAIL

    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. In 2018 NSB became a division of Premiere Speakers Bureau where I'll continue to work to help my customers capture the hearts and minds of those important to them. Paula, my wife of 28 years, is a Jazz violinist and we have two kids are working hard, being good and enjoying their 20s.

  • Don jenkins
    Don Jenkins
    847-281-3568 | EMAIL

    Talk to Don for just a minute and it becomes quite apparent that he wholeheartedly enjoys what he does. He joined our team over 15 years ago and remains energetic and dedicated to his clients’ success. Before coming to National Speakers Bureau, he worked in operations management, wholesale distribution, and had an eight year stint in the Marine Corps, where he focused on American Embassy security (and met his wife in Finland). His breadth of experience working and living around the globe enhances his understanding of the challenges his clients face, and his care for the people he works with is contagious. He is an active member of PCMA where he earned his Certified Association Sales Executive designation and was the recipient of the Greater Midwest Chapter 2009 Pillar Award. He enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Aster, their very cool daughter Sonja, and their church community in the northwest burbs of Chicago.

  • Chelsea
    Chelsea Johnson
    (212) 804-8054 | EMAIL

    Chelsea comes to Premiere having served in various roles in the speaking industry over the last seven years. Prior to her time in the speaking industry, Chelsea worked for nonprofits Wine to Water and the American Cancer Society as an events coordinator and fundraiser. She is an avid traveler and sports fan, and a subpar runner and Peloton rider. Chelsea and her husband Chad live in East Nashville with their two dogs Hannah and Harold.

  • Heatherb
    Director of Advance
    Heather Brett
    (615) 261-4000 x1013 | EMAIL

    Heather started in 2013 doing advance work for the speaking industry with over fifteen years experience in the event planning industry. She has worked for venues helping clients coordinate their event logistics as well as serving as the lead event planner for Dave Ramsey, booking and executing various events. In her free time, Heather enjoys running, reading, playing with her dogs and time in the great outdoors.

  • Lori
    Advance Agent
    Lori Kennedy
    615-861-3298 Direct Line | EMAIL

  • Luis
    Advance Agent
    Luis Cardona
    (615) 261-4000 x1007 | EMAIL

  • Erin.rimmer
    Advance Agent
    Erin Rimmer
    (615) 261-4000 x1052 | EMAIL

  • Beckyh
    Advance Agent
    Becky Haight
    (615) 261-4000 x1049 | EMAIL