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Meetings & Events
As Kellen’s Sales Director, Michael spearheads the team responsible for developing integrated sponsorship and advertising programs that leverage the inherent value of client programs.
Michael joined Kellen more than five years ago, bringing with him 30 years of sales and marketing experience. He specializes in building partnerships with public and private organizational stakeholders, finding new revenue streams and building on existing programs. His responsibilities also include account management, negotiations, and strategic planning for national and international accounts.
Prior to joining Kellen, Michael was the Associate Publisher of Food & Beverage Packaging, Brand Packaging, and Flexible Packaging magazines. Michael has also worked in publication printing sales for national and international printing companies such as R.R. Donnelly, Ringer, and Editors Press.
Liz Freyn is a member of Kellen’s management team with more than 37 years of experience in the meetings industry, specializing in international meetings for the medical and research industries. Liz heads up the meetings and expositions operations in the Chicago Kellen office and guides a team of more than 15 meeting specialists.
In addition, Liz currently serves as the conference director for the American Society of Pediatric Surgeons; Society of Pediatric Pathology; American Society of Dermatopathology and the International Ombudsman Association.
Liz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Indiana University School of Business with a major in marketing and a minor in management. In 2014, she earned a Certificate in Association Management through the American Society of Association Executives.
Liz is a member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Professional Convention Management Association and Greater Midwest Chapter-Professional Convention Management Association, where she has served on the various committees. Liz currently serves on the association customer advisory board of Marriott and previously served on the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau and Tourisme-Montreal.
Phelps R. Hope has more than 30 years of experience in meetings, events and tradeshow management and holds the Certified Meetings Professional (CMP) designation, an indication of both his experience level in the meetings industry and his dedication to excellence.
He is familiar with every nuance of the meetings, tradeshow and events production process, and places the highest priority upon the delivery of unique creative solutions that help to deliver on the strategic goals and objectives of Kellen client conferences and events.
He is an active member of the Georgia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, Skal International, and currently serves on the board of the Professional Convention Managers Association (PCMA).
In 2014, Phelps was awarded the PCMA Global Meetings Executive of the Year. He was recognized for his vision, commitment and passion for the evolution of the meetings industry, creating exceptional value for clients expanding their reach into new global arenas.
Jean XU has over 10 years of experience in the areas of government affairs and monitoring, as well meetings management, marketing, business development and sales administration. Jean leads regulatory monitoring and related projects for Kellen clients in China, including Food and Pharma related industries. She also coordinates the China activities for the International Food Additives Council, including coordinating submissions to relevant government agencies and local counterparts.
Prior to joining Kellen, Jean served as Assistant Director and Marketing Supervisor for the Beijing International Finance Forum, a United Nations backed organization that provides a platform for world financial leaders to contribute to the revitalization of the international economy. At the forum, Jean was responsible for the coordination and management of all conference logistics, as well as all public relations and marketing endeavors.