Association Management | Communications | Meetings & Events
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.
Jill oversees a team of marketing communications specialists and graphic designers whose work reflects an emphasis on digital communications and strategy, email marketing, volunteer support and social media engagement.
Working seamlessly with the company’s web programmers, the marketing communications team supports more than a dozen integrated and responsive client websites. In addition, Jill’s team produces content for journals, e-newsletters, directories, direct mail brochures, advertisements, and a variety of social media platforms.
Jill serves as the marketing communications manager for the International Ombudsman Association and directs the conference marketing for Total Survey Error 2015, and the Joint Meeting of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Academy of Physicians and the American Physician Scientists Association.
Jill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a focus on editorial and public relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and has served on ASAE’s Gold Circle Awards Committee. Jill is also an approved facilitator of ASAE’s Certificate Program in Association Management.
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.
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.
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.
With over 20 years of association management experience, Michelle provides strategic oversight and guidance to various client organizations with focus on trade groups. She specializes in re-aligning organizations towards profitability and identifying growth opportunities, ensuring governance structures are aligned with strategic initiatives, solution orientated with emphasis on problem identification and conflict resolution, staffing utilization, developing staffing models to support organizations and transitions.
Michelle currently serves as the Executive Vice President of the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council and manages Kellen transitions/onboarding of new client organizations. She is a graduate of Northwood University in Midland Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Marketing. She lives in the Western suburbs of Illinois with her husband and two children.
Sarah Washburn joined Kellen in 2009. She has more than 15 years’ experience in association management, specializing in operations, finance and board relations. Sarah has worked with a number of clients including the Institute of Packaging Professionals, the Business Marketing Association, the Contract Packaging Association, the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers, the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council and the Recreational Vehicle Aftermarket Association.
Prior to joining Kellen, Sarah served for eight years as the vice president of finance and operations for the Naperville Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics.