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A true visionary in the fields of association management and communications, Peter Rush continues his long history of achievement as he guides the steady growth and success of Kellen. Peter provides leadership to the company’s seven offices worldwide and is the guardian of the firm’s vision, mission and values.
Peter joined Kellen in 2001 and was named Kellen Chairman and CEO in 2007. He has led the company’s rapid growth both domestically and internationally as Kellen has expanded its footprint with acquisitions in Chicago, Washington, DC, Denver, Brussels and Beijing.
An expert in the areas of governance, board development, strategic planning, marketing and public relations, Peter has served as Executive Director of more than 10 associations in his career. His clients have ranged from AT&T to AlliedSignal to the U.S. Department of Energy and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, as well as dozens of trade and professional organizations. He began his career as a journalist with the New York Times Company and as a magazine editor at Harcourt Brace.
Greg Schultz has been the driving force behind innovative and successful strategies and programs for association growth for more than 30 years. With Kellen, Greg creates invested, results-driven client teams, providing Kellen vision and strategies for growth to Kellen clients and staff teams, and market analysis and business development.
Greg began his career in 1984 as a writer and editor for trade journals with an association management company. In 1991 he and John Waxman bought the firm and renamed it The Sherwood Group. The Sherwood Group merged with Kellen in 2015.
Greg has served as the chief staff executive for a number of organizations, including founding executive director and marketing strategist for the International Society for Stem Cell Research, setting a course for the organization’s growth from a startup to the international focal point for the field.
Greg is Chair-Elect for the Association Management Company Institute (AMCI). He has chaired several AMCI committees, including Market Expansion and Membership Development. He has served as a board member on the American Society of Association Executives’ Association Management Section Council.
Russell Lemieux is a member of Kellen’s Executive Committee with over 30 years’ experience in the association management industry. Russell has extensive experience as chief staff executive, conceiving and directing a variety of association programs, including public relations, marketing and branding. He is also an experienced strategic planning facilitator, writer, editor and speaker and is regularly quoted in print and broadcast media as an industry spokesman.
Russell serves as Executive Director for the Airline Passenger Experience Association, and is the senior executive advisor for several additional Kellen association clients, including the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals, Research Chefs Association, National Pecan Shellers Association and the Association of Fundraising Distributors and Suppliers. His primary responsibilities include strategic planning and counsel, marketing, membership development, administration, meetings and trade show management, public relations and government affairs.
Russell holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia.
Patrick Farrey is a member of Kellen’s Executive Committee, responsible for the company’s growing Chicago, Illinois office following the merger with The Sherwood Group. Pat specializes in association turn-around projects, helping troubled organizations return to profitability, relevance and vitality.
He acts as the senior executive advisor for Kellen’s Chicago-Headquartered association clients, providing oversight for their strategic planning, marketing strategy, education, membership development, administration, public relations, meetings and trade show management.
Pat was a founding partner of the association management company Landon, Farrey & Associates, Inc., which was acquired by Kellen in October, 2011. Prior to this, he was a Principal of Independent Publishing Company (IPC), a publisher of various trade magazines, association journals and web sites. IPC was acquired by Medical World Communications (NJ) in December, 2001.
Pat holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He and his three boys live in Naperville, Illinois.
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.
Steven Basart serves Kellen’s international associations through strategic planning and by identifying global market opportunities for their industry or profession. He has guided clients on the implementation of their strategy for Asia by successfully establishing their government relations, communications, membership development programs, as well as overseeing their local Chinese website launches.
Steven has served as the former director China for the Drug Information Association during which time he actively built strategic alliances with local counterpart organizations and government agencies including the Commissioner of the SFDA, key players at the Ministry of Health, and leading pharmaceutical and healthcare industry media. He has also supported international questions on Chinese food laws and delegations at the Codex Committee meetings on food additives.
Steven represents Kellen and their clients at the Beijing-based European, American, and Benelux Chambers of Commerce. He holds a Masters in Chinese Studies and Bachelors in Law with cum laude distinction from Leiden University.
Alfons Westgeest leads Kellen’s global development and operations, from our offices in Brussels, Belgium and Beijing, China. He is also responsible for Kellen’s strategic affiliates in Asia, Middle East and South America.
Alfons is involved in client board and member meetings, strategic planning and government affairs. He is a member of the Kellen’s Executive Committee and is responsible for preparing and implementing the company’s global expansion. He has expertise in various sectors including automotive, engineering, electronics, food, health care, construction, and financial services.
Alfons leads a team of 30 European professionals from 13 nationalities who advise, manage and represent European and U.S. based associations in various industries. He is also responsible for Kellen’s Beijing office, which has recently expanded to serve multiple international associations in China.
A graduate of Leyden University in the Netherlands, he holds a Master degree in Commercial and European law and was previously a partner at EY. Alfons is a former Board member of ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) and ASAE Fellow since 2006. He represents Kellen at Chambers of Commerce in Europe and Asia and received the 2011 ‘Outstanding Contribution to EU Public Affairs’ award.
Richard E. Cristol has over 30 years of association management experience with particular emphasis on governance, strategic planning, government affairs, public relations, meetings management and international and domestic marketing. He has served as CEO for ten associations and is a member of Kellen’s Board of Directors.
In addition to corporate duties, he is responsible for all of Kellen North America’s association management business. Richard engages in a variety of activities on behalf of client associations, including legislative and regulatory representation, management of industry research and promotion programs, and international liaison.
Richard graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and also has an MBA from the University of Georgia. He is a past President of the Association Management Company Institute and a former member of their Board of Directors. He is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives.
Vicki Loise has been with Kellen since 2005. In this role she identifies proactive approaches and programs for clients, facilitates client business review process and participates in new product development. Prior to this, Vicki served as the executive director for the Association of University Technology Managers for nine years raising awareness of the association and the profession and maintaining appropriate governance for the organization.
Vicki began her career as a meeting planner for the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. She moved to the National PTA in 1993, generating over $1 million in non-dues revenue in her first year. She has initiated and managed relationships with Fortune 500 companies that produced both corporate sponsorships and grant funding.
Vicki is a member of ASAE. She received her Certified Meeting Professional designation in 1995 and Certified Association Executive designation in 2005. A graduate of Central Michigan University, Vicki has a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and public communications.