ATLANTA (December 2, 2005) — Kellen Company, a global professional services firm, and the premier international association management company (AMC), recently announced the appointment of
Hope brings more than 25 years of experience in meetings, events and tradeshow management. Prior to joining Kellen, he held key marketing positions at major hotel corporations in the United States and Australia, including Marriott, Sheraton, Hilton and Loews Hotels. Most recently, he was the chief executive officer of Aspen Productions, an Atlanta-based communications production company specializing in the design and implementation of corporate meetings and incentives, special events, trade shows, product launches and business conferences. Clients included AirTran Airways, American Cancer Society, Bank of America, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, GlaxoSmithKline, Herbalife and Microsoft.
Hope has also held leadership positions in several industry associations. He has served on the Board of Directors of both the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as the Georgia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International. In addition, he is a past president of the Southeast Chapter of the Professional Convention Managers Association.
“Phelps has a history of success in managing and producing exceptional meetings and events,” said Robert C. Gelardi, Kellen Company chairman and chief executive officer. “He will play a critical role in serving the growing number of associations and corporate clients calling on Kellen to organize superior meetings. We are very pleased to have him as part of our outstanding team.”
Hope holds a Bachelor of Science degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Denver.