Next Practice Partners

If there were a Master Planning Superhero for urban communities, Neelay would be the role model we would use.

SUZANNE WOLFCommunity Services Director
City of Fremont, CA

Neelay and his team are forward-thinking and are always looking at what is NEXT in our industry

SCOTT M. CROWEExecutive Director
Huntley Park District, IL

I highly recommend Neelay and Next Practice Partners to any organization. He will help you be more strategic, more responsive, and better prepared

American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administration

Whether it’s a Masterplan, Management Assessment, Program Assessment or Feasibility Study you won’t go wrong with obtaining Neelay Bhatt

DARRELL CRITTENDONDirector of Parks and Recreation
City of Norfolk, VA

Having Neelay on your team provides a different perspective that you wouldn't normally have. I wish there were more consultants like Neelay.

BARBIE HERNANDEZ Director of Parks and Recreation
City of Miami, FL

Neelay came into our community and embraced it as his own. He is a leader in the field.

LAKITA WATSON CEO Women in Parks and Recreation (WiPAR)
(Former) Director of Parks and Recreation
City of Suffolk, VA

He treats every customer as an individual, not a number.

DEAN CRANE Director of Parks and Recreation
Town of Blacksburg, VA

Neelay has his pulse on the country and is my go-to about a new trend.

ROSLYN JOHNSON Director of Parks and Recreation
Baltimore County, MD

In a single morning, he changed the level of expectations for future speakers at the conference.

ANTHONY IRACKI Education and Events Manager
mParks Michigan

Neelay works well at engaging the community by listening to their needs.

(LATE) DIRK RICHWINE Director at NRPA’s Director School, Fellow AAPRA

As the keynote for the annual New Zealand events industry conference, Neelay’s presentation style was captivating but what was truly impressive was his amount of preparation and research.

DEVORAH BLUMBERG Director, Partnerships and Development, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
(former) Head of New Zealand Major Events

His passion for your staff, your community and the service delivery of exceptional recreation experiences for all is second to none!

ERIC LUCAS Public Services Director
Town of Windsor, CO

In a world when influencing skills are critical and passion is king, Neelay delivers both skill sets at a high level.

PATRICK DICKS Manager, Sports Business Development
Disney Sports Attractions, FL

Neelay and his team far exceeded my expectations with personal attention and commitment, cutting-edge technologies and unique approaches to community engagement.

MICHAEL CLARK Director of Parks and Recreation
City of Roanoke, VA

Neelay was our keynote speaker for the NH Recreation & Park Association’s annual conference. We had our highest attendance ever and I am positive he had a big part in that!

ANDY BOHANNON Parks, Recreation and Facilities Director
City of Keene, NH

Neelay’s message on a Culture of Magical Guest Service and the Power of One Person to make a difference resonated with everyone. Numerous attendees stated that he was the best Keynote they have heard at Oklahoma Rec. and Park Society Conference.

CHRIS LUCAS (Former) Board President Oklahoma Recreation and Parks Society and Conference Chair

As the organizer of the largest parks and recreation conference in Canada, I have come across a large number of speakers; it's rare to have a speaker who connects with people so effortless on and off stage as Neelay does.

JENNIFER PELLETIER (former) Senior Coordinator Training and Events, Parks and Recreation Ontario (Canada)

Neelay's national experience and engaging personality were the key to our Town Board adopting the final Master Plan.

DICK POORE C-Suite Executive; (Former) Director of Parks and Recreation
Town of Mooresville, NC
(Former) VP of HR, Education, Parks and Recreation United States Air Force

The membership of Maryland Recreation and Park Association has not responded to a speaker with a spontaneous standing ovation in a long, long time. THANK YOU for a phenomenal keynote address.

JACOB CHESNUTT Senior Services Manager
Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission
(Former) Vice President Maryland Recreation and Park Association

Neelay energized and inspired our attendees. He is a world class presenter but more importantly a world class person who has the unique ability to make everyone he meets a better person.

TOM VENNIRO Director of Parks and Recreation for Hilton-Parma
Town of Parma, NY
(former) President New York State Recreation and Park Society

The level of personal attention we received was impressive and their precise command of our project and community was impressive and comprehensive.

DAN GARVY Director of Parks and Recreation
Lisle Park District, IL

Neelay is ready to do business in a respectful and patient manner no matter what obstacles or challenges have been set before him.

PAM REIDY Director of Parks and Recreation, Mooresville, NC

As an NRPA Gold Medal Agency, we continue to focus on raising the bar and Neelay’s work has certainly put us on track to do that.

GREG HOHENBERGER Director of Leisure Services
Canton Township, MI