ATLANTA, GA (December 10, 2003) — The Kellen Company, one of the world’s largest association management firms, announces the acquisition of Management Plus, Ltd., Tucson, Arizona. Management Plus manages eleven full-service clients. The acquisition continues the growth of The Kellen Company as the most dynamic association management firm in the industry. Deborah Barnett and Laury Gelardi, principals of MPL, will become vice presidents at The Kellen Company.
“We are very excited about the compatibility in clients and management philosophy. Management Plus is a quality firm. Their clients and staff will thrive in the Kellen environment,” says Peter Rush, President, The Kellen Company.
“Our company is built upon our values. We feel that Management Plus will add to the overall quality of our firm. We are very pleased about this business development,” says Rick Cristol, Executive Vice President, The Kellen Company.
“I am delighted to become part of The Kellen Company family. They are the quality company in the industry. We feel our clients will benefit from the expanded capabilities and resources The Kellen Company brings. We are extremely pleased to be part of this company and the opportunities it brings to our clients and staff, ” says Laury Gelardi, president of Management Plus.
This past May, The Kellen Company achieved charter accreditation by the International Association of Association Management Companies (IAAMC) joining the ranks of 18 other AMCs that have successfully met the American National Standards Institute/IAAMC Standard of Good Practices for the Association Management Industry.
The company’s new and extensive Best Practices Manual, an important component of these accreditations, exceeds the requirements mandated by the IAAMC and further enhances The Kellen Company’s goal to be justifiably recognized as the best, most quality-, client-oriented association management company.