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SmithBucklin Promotes Leslie Thornton to Vice President, Outsourced Services

SmithBucklin, the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other, announced the promotion of Leslie Thornton to vice president, Outsourced Services. Thornton will continue to serve as president of Courtesy Associates, a wholly owned subsidiary of SmithBucklin that plans and manages conferences and special events. 

In her new role, Thornton will lead SmithBucklin's Outsourced Services team in providing client organizations with a comprehensive array of customized and cost-effective solutions for specific functions or long-term projects. Outsourcing a function, role or crucial project to SmithBucklin can be an effective way for organizations to extend their existing teams with committed, trusted experts who help solve challenging problems, support strategic initiatives and produce better outcomes. 
"Drawing on her extensive experience in nonprofit organization management, Leslie brings innovative ideas and focused expertise to help organizations achieve their goals," said Carol McGury, executive vice president, Event and Education Services, SmithBucklin. "Leslie is committed to enhancing an organization's capacity by delivering professional resources that address existing and emerging needs." 
SmithBucklin Outsourced Services provides solutions for trade and professional associations, charitable and cause-based nonprofits, corporations and government institutions. Services include event, trade show and convention management; financial management and accounting; education program development and management; advertising, exhibit and sponsorship sales; marketing and public relations; editorial and publishing; technology solutions; government relations and advocacy; and worldwide capabilities. 
"Whether a client organization needs innovative ideas for driving revenue growth, growing membership, streamlining processes or acquiring leading practices, I'm passionate about helping them achieve success with our customizable solutions," Thornton said. 
Thornton joined Courtesy Associates in 2003 as director of operations and was later promoted to president. After Courtesy was acquired by SmithBucklin, Thornton also joined SmithBucklin's Event Services team. In 2013, she was named vice president and has since led the Washington D.C. team that delivers highly effective conventions, trade shows, conferences and events for client organizations. Thornton also is actively involved in the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Economic Club of Washington D.C., the Women's Leadership Council for the United Way of the National Capital Area and the Hyatt Corporation's Association Management Company Advisory Board. 
Thornton is a graduate of the SmithBucklin Leadership Learning Forum, an intensive 12-month program that each year stimulates and inspires the individual learning, self-discovery and personal growth of 15 to 20 SmithBucklin employees by exposing them to leadership concepts and principles. Created by SmithBucklin CEO Henry Givray, who is also the program's lead facilitator, its overarching goal is to build leadership capacity throughout the company — to grow leaders from within. 
About SmithBucklin 
SmithBucklin is the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other. Founded in 1949, the company's mission is to achieve the missions of the client organizations it serves and provide uncompromised stewardship for their long-term prosperity. SmithBucklin offers full-service management and outsourced services to trade associations, professional societies, technology user groups, industry consortia, charitable organizations, corporations and government institutes. SmithBucklin's offices are located in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Old Lyme, Conn., St. Louis and San Ramon, Calif. The company is 100 percent employee-owned. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-539-9740.

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