About Us...


Summers & Associates offers a wide range of business solutions to non-profit trade associations, professional societies and foundations, as well as for-profit entities. With more than 40 years of combined experience in non-profit management and 20 years of for-profit management, our forward-thinking and highly skilled professional staff will work alongside you to gauge your current status, set goals 

and move forward toward meeting them.


We're committed to your success!

DANNY SUMMERS possesses a wealth of knowledge in various business sectors of for-profit and non-profit business management. Prior to Summers & Associates he served as Executive Vice President of the Southern Nursery Association, a regional trade association with more than 1,800 members, for 18 years (1988 - 2006). Danny developed one of the industry’s largest trade shows, with more than 800 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees, and created and managed an education foundation for 16 years. His for-profit experience includes, sales and marketing management of retail, wholesale, and manufacturing businesses. Danny’s areas of expertise encompasses association/foundation startup and management, consulting and strategic services, event and trade show management, grant writing and management, fundraising and marketing, and implementation of systems and workflows to support these programs. Danny is known for his no-nonsense and straightforward approach, and his ability to see the “big picture” and provide a roadmap for a business to succeed. He currently serves as Managing Director for The Garden Center Group, Board Advisor of the Southern Nursery Association and Executive Vice President of the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund.
KAREN SUMMERS has an extensive business management background with more than 18 years of association management. During her early career she was advertising assistant for one of the nation's largest retail chains, manager of a retail florist shop, and office manager of a large real estate appraisal firm. These positions developed her strong marketing, administrative and customer service skills. She served as Director of Administration for the Southern Nursery Association (1989 - 1994) and Director of Marketing (1994 - 2006). Karen is well versed in administrative services, communications, marketing, public relations and event management - from 10 to 10,000 attendees. In addition, she is experienced in graphic design, desktop publishing and website development. She currently serves as the Executive Vice President of the Southern Nursery Association.

In addition to our comprehensive backgrounds and expertise, the specialized talents of other professionals are utilized as needed. Contact us today to discuss how our full-service or project-specific management capabilities can benefit your organization.