With partners and consultants who have served as executives in government and nonprofit organizations, Developmental Associates is a North Carolina-based company that uses a deep understanding of local government and non-profits, along with a comprehensive, scientific approach, to customize our work based on each client’s needs.

We believe effective management of organizations is fundamental to creating a better society.  Limiting our practice to only organizations that are mission driven to serve others, we find that emotional intelligence is a driver for success whether in an individual leader, staff member, or team.  Whether it is hiring an executive, coaching employees to be better performers, training to enhance effectiveness, Developmental Associates, has a service to meet your needs.

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Click for Sample Public Sector Clients (Reference Contact)

  • Asheboro, NC (Manager, John Ogborn)
  • Asheville, NC (Manager, Gary Jackson)
  • Brevard, NC (Mayor, Jimmy Harris)
  • Burlington, NC (Manager, Harold Owen)
  • Chapel Hill, NC (Manager, Roger Stancil)
  • Charlotte, NC (Manager, Ron Carlee)
  • Chatham County, NC (Manager, Charlie Horne)
  • Durham, NC (Manager, Tom Bonfield)
  • Fayetteville, NC (Manager, Ted Voorhees)
  • Garner, NC (Manager, Hardin Watkins)
  • Greensboro, NC (Manager, Jim Westmoreland)
  • Hendersonville, NC (Mayor, Barbara Volk)
  • Morrisville, NC (Mayor Mark Stohlman; Manager Martha Wheelock)
  • Onslow County, NC (Manager, Jeffrey Hudson)
  • RDU Airport Authority Director (CEO, Michael Languth)
  • Rocky Mount (Mayor, David Combs)
  • Southern Pines, NC (Manager, Reagan Parsons)
  • Spartanburg SC (Manager, Ed Memmott)
  • Transylvania County (Chairperson, County Commissioners Mike Hawkins)
  • Wake Forest, NC (Mayor Vivian Jones; Manager, Mark Williams)
  • Wilmington, NC (Manager, Sterling Cheatham)
  • Winston-Salem, NC (Manager, Lee Garrity)

Click for Sample Nonprofit Clients (Reference Contact)

  • The Arc of North Carolina (Board Chair: Adonis Brown, Executive Director, John Nash)
  • Disability Rights, NC (Executive Director, Vicky Smith)
  • First in Families NC (Executive Director, Betsy MacMichael)
  • Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties (Board President Simon Vincent)
  • NC Independent Schools Athletic Association (Board Chair Matt Gossage; Executive Director, Chuck Carter)