ATLANTA, GA (January 3, 2007) — Kellen Company, a global professional services firm, and the premier international association management company (AMC), has named Richard E. Cristol as president, effective January 1, 2007. Cristol was previously executive vice president of Kellen Company, and is based in the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Cristol has more than 29 years of association management experience, with particular expertise in governance, strategic planning, government affairs, public relations, and international and domestic marketing.
In his new position, Mr. Cristol is responsible for the association business conducted in Kellen Company’s four U.S. offices—Atlanta, New York City, Tucson and Washington, D.C. This includes the management of Kellen’s meetings and expositions division as well as new business development efforts. Mr. Cristol continues to serve on Kellen Company’s Board of Directors and as a trustee of the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Trust.
“Rick has contributed to the growth and success of Kellen Company for almost 30 years, holding chief executive positions in Kellen-managed associations in a number of industries,” said Peter Rush, chairman and chief executive officer of Kellen Company. “His broad experience and knowledge in areas such as legislative and regulatory issues, scientific and technical research, marketing and public policy will enable him to excel in this expanded leadership role.”
“I am excited to lead Kellen Company in a time of such great opportunity,” said Cristol. “The demand for association management expertise is stronger than ever, as industry groups, professional societies and trade associations realize the benefits of outsourcing their professional service needs. Kellen Company is equipped to fulfill all of those needs and take an organization to the next level. Furthermore, we can service association clients on a global level, through our Kellen Europe office in Brussels, Belgium.”
Kellen Company currently serves more than 100 client associations representing over 10,000 companies from its five offices worldwide. Among the services Kellen offers are association management, government affairs, public relations, strategic advice, meetings management, creative communications and Web site development and marketing.
Mr. Cristol joined Kellen Company in 1977, and is engaged in a variety of activities on behalf of client associations, including legislative representation and the management of industry promotion programs. He travels extensively and is involved as an international liaison, participating on U.S. government delegations to the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission and its committees.
Prior to joining Kellen, Mr. Cristol held marketing management positions with Libby, a division of Nestle, and with an international unit of the Bendix Corporation. While at Bendix, he served as corporate representative to various trade associations.
Mr. Cristol holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Georgia State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association Management Company Institute and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives. He is the author of numerous journal articles and has spoken at various industry meetings and seminars.