Founded by Richard Shipley in 1972, Shipley Associates provided skilled writing, proposal, and presentation training. Richard often said, "Good writing is just good thinking made visible; poor writing is just evidence of poor thinking." Today, the same concepts apply for Steve Shipley, President and CEO, whose mission is to help clients win more business.

In the 1980s, Steve Shipley began the business development/proposal division of Shipley Associates. In the 1990s, Shipley offerings included written communication services for developing federal proposals, environmental documents, pharmaceutical documentation, quality management curricula, and strategic business development documents. In 1992, Richard Shipley was named "Small Business Person of the Year," by the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington D.C. The firm matured into one of the leaders in the training industry.

In February 1994, Shipley Associates sold its business to Franklin Quest, a training giant and New York Stock Exchange corporation. As Franklin Quest Consulting Group, the (former) Shipley organization continued its tradition of helping clients realize the importance of the intellectual processes behind written and oral communication.

In 1997, Franklin Quest merged with Covey Leadership Center. The former Shipley organization seemed to no longer match Franklin Covey's core business strategy. Sensing this, Steve Shipley approached the Franklin Covey management team about a split. Steve Shipley proposed purchasing the business development services portion of the former Shipley Associates. In September of 1997, Shipley Associates opened its doors in Farmington, Utah.

With an ownership group composed of the seven key business development sales and consulting professionals from the original organization, Shipley Associates quickly grew to more the 200 consultants as well as 20 support staff. Togerther with its licensees Shipley Ltd., the company's United Kingdom licensee, Shipley Nordic and Shipley Australia Shipley products are sold globally.

17 offices with over 300 consultants

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The basic methods are the same If your employees or colleagues have attended a Shipley course, they can understand each others' methods. But methods are adapted to local circumstances.


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