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Thomas Bartlett named Partner at HighQuest Partners LLC and Chief Operating Officer of ComplianceQuest Partners, LLC (8.23.2006)

BOSTON – Thomas Bartlett, CLU, FMLI, has been named a Partner at HighQuest Partners, LLC and also Chief Operating Officer of the company’s affiliate, ComplianceQuest Partners, LLC. At HighQuest, he leads the firm’s Corporate Governance and Compliance practice, and has led numerous compliance and corporate governance projects for major U.S. and multinational organizations.

Prior to joining HighQuest Partners in 2002, Bartlett spent 27 years in the insurance and financial services industry, managing a wide range of regulatory compliance functions, as well as risk management and field training, for a major US-based insurance and financial services company. His focus is on development of compliance and ethics policies and procedures, NASD compliance, design and assessment of compliance and controls programs, automation of compliance and supervisory processes and tools, and training development and delivery.

With offices in Boston, MA, New York, NY, and Bar Harbor, Maine HighQuest Partners and its subsidiary Soyatech LLC provides consulting, research, and news services and publishes directories and research reports in the financial services, insurance, agribusiness, food, and Biofuel industries.

ComplianceQuest provides advice and services on all elements of the compliance and ethics process to the insurance and securities industries. ComplianceQuest has an affiliation with the Life Insurance Market Research Association (LIMRA) for the operation of the Supervision and Compliance Audit Network (SCAN) program, providing third party NASD compliance exams to insurance and broker/dealer clients. Bartlett also serves as the national manager for the SCAN program, supervising nearly 20 experienced compliance audit examiners across the country.

“Tom’s promotion is well deserved, and reflects the significant role he has played in the growth and evolution of our organization over the past several years. He has contributed extraordinary leadership and management skills to both HighQuest Partners and ComplianceQuest Partners, enabling us to enhance the services that we provide to our worldwide client base,” said Greg Mellinger, Chief Executive Officer, Managing Partner, and Founder of HighQuest Partners.

About ComplianceQuest Partners, LLC

ComplianceQuest Partners, LLC provides compliance and related BPO services to the insurance and securities industries. The firm, which is a National Field Partner for LIMRA’s Supervision and Compliance Audit Network program, specializes in helping clients identify and mitigate compliance and ethics risk, and build top quality compliance and ethics programs and processes. Special areas of expertise range from NASD mandated consulting to IMSA independent assessments, compliance risk mapping and risk assessment, compliance and sales ethics training, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

About HighQuest Partners, LLC

HighQuest Partners (www.highquestpartners.com) is a management consulting firm that helps Global 1000 clients to formulate and execute winning growth strategies that create sustainable competitive advantage and superior financial performance. With offices in Boston and New York, the firm offers advisory and consulting services in growth strategy, corporate development, research, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance services. Since 2000, the firm has completed significant work with leading companies and their subsidiaries in the Food, Agribusiness, Biofuels, Industrial Conglomerate, and Financial Services sectors.

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