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Welcome to the National Business Development Association.  After years of serving in start-up, business development and restructure roles and then building my own business, people frequently asked me, “Where do we go for best practices on business development?” I realized that there were multiple marketing associations, but not one true business development trade association focused entirely on providing the venue for new business relationships and c-level speakers and panelists who share why they hire us. The idea took shape in 2012 with the formation of a board of professionals of director level and higher business development experts who made the vision a reality.

The first chapter was launched in Houston, Texas with huge success! Thus, I officially welcome you to the National Business Development Association (NBDA), now an active organization that provides best practices sharing, identification and development of professional skills for this critically important business group.  Our exclusive, trademarked network of professionals promises to provide great value that you will not find anywhere else. I am honored to share my passion for business development with you and to call upon other renowned experts in the field to introduce you to tools, techniques and resources that can help you go to the next level.

Together, we can build relationships, build trust and build more business than we can handle.  As some of my colleagues have noted, we can help each other as professionals to develop tools that increase the number of leads and conversion rates. At the same time, our trade association can provide all of us access to knowledgeable individuals who will share experiences about how to build valued relationships, improve our skills, and develop robust plans and programs.

NBDA does this through premier events, workshops, coaching calls and university programs. We will share ideas through quarterly newsletters, provide an online resource library and membership directory, and a bimonthly jobs newsletter.

What’s on the horizon for NBDA? Our strategic plan is for NBDA to grow organically through the launch of multiple chapters each year in major cities across the U.S. and to host an annual National Business Development Association Conference within three-five years. We have a great vision for NBDA.


- Christine R. Spray, Founder & CEO


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Upcoming Events »

  • Jan 31

    NBDA January Happy Hour

    Members and Non-Members are welcome to join us at our happy hour networking event.

    Your registration includes everything you need to keep the conversations flowing: 2 drink tickets for beer or wine plus delicious appetizers.
  • Feb 08

    CEO FORUM - NBDA Members Only | Jorge Squier, CEO, Panamerican Chemical, GTM International LLC

    Feb. 8th CEO Forum
    For NBDA Members Only – Registration price includes a boxed lunch

    Featuring top executives from various industries across Houston, this your ideal chance to have the ear of the CEO and other centers of influence in the room. The featured CEO for February is Jorge Squier, CEO of GTM International LLC. 

    Four times a year, we host NBDA members in a CEO's boardroom for an intimate discussion about their business and leadership. Featuring top executives from various industries across Houston, this is networking at its best! Networking opportunities at this level are few and far between. Make the most of your NBDA Membership: if networking up is your goal, you definitely don’t want to miss these exclusive, member-only events.

  • Feb 20


  • Mar 27

    NBDA Lead Generation Group - Members-Only

    A relationship building opportunity exclusively for NBDA Members
    Providing NBDA members opportunities to cultivate long-term business relationships.

  • Apr 19

    NBDA CEO FORUM - Members-Only | TBA

    For NBDA Members Only
    Featuring top executives from various industries across Houston, this your ideal chance to have the ear of the CEO and other centers of influence in the room. 

  • Apr 25

    NBDA SPECIALTY EVENT - Golf Tournament at BlackHorse Golf Club

    An 18 hole Golf Tournament with games and prizes. Lunch and Dinner included.
    A portion of the proceeds will support NBDA’s Charity Partner, GenesysWorks

    For questions or information, please email Kelly Kelsheimer at

    Sponsorships available for NBDA golf tournament at the following levels:

                    Silver……….$1000.00  includes 4 players, range balls, lunch and dinner, tee sign, all signage to have name and logo.

                    Bronze…….$  800.00   includes 4 players, range balls, lunch and dinner.

                    Tee signs:  100.00 ea. with name and logo.

    For more information please contact: Kelly Kelsheimer@ 832-541-7447 or

    Volunteers can contact Sarah Broussard at
    Also companies can send or give donated items for the goodie bags to: David Smith at 346-208-2116.

  • Apr 03


  • May 01

    NBDA New & Renewing Member Event

    A complimentary, invitation-only event for new and renewing NBDA members. Meet and reconnect with other members, learn how to make the most of your membership and learn business development best practices from NBDA founder and president, Christine Spray.

  • May 22


  • Jun 19