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.
Senior Vice President
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Lisa assists clients and speakers in handling the details and logistics of their events, helping to ensure that each event booked will be a success for everyone involved. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys cooking, reading, playing board games, spending time with family, and traveling as often as she can. Lisa and her husband have three adult children and four wonderful grandchildren.
Director of Advance
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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.
Anna Janese Lawrence
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Anna Lawrence came to Premiere as an event guru with exceptional work ethic who takes pride in providing superior service and results. She loves being a 90’s baby and has a natural capability to establish relationships. Born and raised in Franklin, TN she lives with her husband (Brandon) and daughter (Lakelynn 9). In her free time she likes to listen to alternative music, watch true crime shows and not go to Crossfit like Shawn Hanks.
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Becky joined the Premiere team in July of 2016. When not on the job, she loves spending time with her family. She and her husband, Greg, have three wild kids, Bowden (11), Lincoln (9), and Aven (6). They love being outdoors, sports of any kind and traveling to new places.