Association Management | Communications | Meetings & Events
Education & Certification
Kismet Saglam, MS Ed. director of education with Kellen since May 2008, has led the growth of client education programs for professional societies and associations. Kismet manages accreditation programs in Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Education (CE) for healthcare and science research-based associations, and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for business and technology organizations.
In addition, Kismet creates multi-faceted distance education programs that include live and recorded webinars, live webcasting, maintenance of certification programs, certification programs, and other educational opportunities. Her team works strategically with volunteer education committees to effectively utilize content matter experts as well as to align education goals to membership and overall organizational strategic goals. Her team works closely with Kellen’s marketing/communications, IS, and client teams for project implementation and ongoing program maintenance. She serves on the management team at Kellen/Chicago.
Kismet earned a Master of Science in Education from Shenandoah University in Virginia, as well as a BA in political science from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Kismet led a team of facilitators to implement a program to deliver the ASAE Certificate in Association Management Program in the Chicago area.
Reed Hitchcock, Kellen Vice President, has more than 20 years of association leadership and management experience. He joined Kellen in 2003, bringing expertise in association administration, member services, project management, financial planning, government affairs and advocacy, and communications. He also serves as an industry spokesperson.
Mr. Hitchcock has served as senior staff executive for Kellen clients in the building products, transportation, and hospitality industries. He has managed key industry initiatives including product performance, codes and standards, and environmental factors, and also works closely with the Boards of Directors and key association committees in the implementation of association programs, services, and development of strategic initiatives. He has experience preparing and delivering testimony before governmental regulatory agencies, and he leads international industry coalitions around issues related to energy, environment, health and safety, and management of joint U.S. – European research to gather information regarding activities with REACH and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. In addition, Mr. Hitchcock is responsible for consensus building among the key stakeholders in a US$8 Billion industry ensuring that their interests are collectively represented.
Mr. Hitchcock received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Central Connecticut State University. He is a professional automotive journalist and regular contributor to Mercedes Enthusiast magazine (UK), and he is active in several professional societies including the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Motor Press Guild (MPG), and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations.
Ralph Vasami, Esq has a broad background in engineering, business management, operations, finance, strategic planning and law. He is actively involved with leading clients’ efforts to modify and enhance National Building Codes, and is regularly called upon to facilitate client strategic planning meetings.
Ralph is a pioneer in the vinyl window and door industry. As chairman of the Vinyl Window & Door Institute, he was responsible for gaining Model Building Code acceptance for vinyl as a fenestration product. He was also instrumental in setting up testing and standards for the products as well as the current industry certification program.
Ralph received a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University and a law degree from Pace University. He is a member of the New York State Bar.