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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 Sherry is a member of the Executive Committee and an award-winning marketing and communications executive with 25+ years of experience developing strategic, integrated campaigns for many leading worldwide brands. In addition to serving as founder and CEO of his own agency, which he built and later sold to Publicis, Greg has held senior level positions with several, top independent firms. Greg also directed corporate communications for a 1B+ global consumer products company.
Greg oversees Kellen’s team of 65 Communications professionals, including Public Relations, Digital Marketing, Creative and Web Development, across the company, both here in the United States and International.
Greg has deep experience, working with many leading Consumer, B2B and Professional Services clients, worldwide. He has strong expertise in many of Kellen’s key markets, including Food & Beverage, Building & Construction, Consumer Lifestyle, Technology and Financial Services
In addition to membership in numerous Communications and Business organizations, Greg serves as a mentor for Platinum Minds, an education-based program, providing leadership training for inner city youth.
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.
Bonnie Sonnenschein has been leading branding initiatives and developing and directing integrated marketing communications programs for corporations and associations for more than 25 years. Firms have ranged from the U.S.-based Steelcase and Burlington Industries to European-based luxury writing instrument manufacturers LAMY and Caran d’Ache.
Currently, Bonnie manages a team of accounts that range from the global testing and certification firm Intertek to the Copper Development Association (CDA), the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA), the American Down and Feather Council (ADFC) and its international parent group, the International Down and Feather Bureau (IDFB).
Bonnie holds a B.A. in English Literature and Political Science from Syracuse University and an M.S. in Public Relations Communications and Administration from the Newhouse School of Public Communications of Syracuse University.
Joan Cear is responsible for public relations, marketing communications, social media, integrated marketing and issues, as well as crisis management programs for a wide range of Kellen clients such as Sweet’N Low, In The Raw brands, the Juice Products Association and the National Pasta Association.
Joan is a seasoned PR counselor and former journalist with experience in pro-active and public affairs client programs including consumer goods and services, trade and professional associations, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. .
Joan graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She is a past president of New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) Foundation and a former board member of Make-A-Wish Foundations of Metro New York, Peninsula Counseling Center and America Scores-New York. She currently serves as a PR advisor to Angel Flight Northeast.
Holly Koenig provides executive oversight in marketing and business development as well as strategic support to Executive Directors in the company’s New York City office. She is a highly-skilled association executive with over 25 years of experience leading complex organizations at the international, national and local levels.
Holly has served dozens of nonprofits, trade groups and professional societies in the capacity of Executive Vice President or Executive Director including New York Women in Communications, the National Society of Healthcare Foodservice Management and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, New York City Chapter.
Holly currently serves on the Board of Directors of New York Society of Association Executives. She is a speaker on many association and organizational subjects and she conducts internal training and educational workshops on such topics as Board development and sponsorships. Holly has published numerous association management articles, enjoys career coaching and mentoring young professionals.
Maria Ungaro serves as executive director for The Content Council, the New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) and the NYWICI Foundation – the largest foundation for women’s communications scholarships in the United States. Maria is a seasoned association executive with almost 20 years at Kellen.
She is highly skilled in strategic thinking, operational effectiveness, membership retention, growth marketing and major event planning and fundraising. Maria has previously served Kellen in many other capacities including roles as executive director for the New York Women’s Agenda and deputy director to many trade associations such as the Builders Hardware Manufacturers and the Window Covering Safety Council.
A graduate of Fordham University, Maria holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major of Political Science with minor a Minor in Economics, as well as a Master of Business Administration in Marketing.
Travis is responsible for Kellen’s increased engagement with 501c3 organizations and the ongoing support to cause-based groups through operational efficiencies provided by Kellen. Travis has provided strategic development and implementation plans for the Copper Development Association, the Cruise Line International Association, the Window Covering Safety Council, the Interior Design Educators Council and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
He has established dozens of unique marketing and media programs, leveraging demographics and behavioral history to create value and enhance the user experience. A graduate of The George Washington University, Travis is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE) and Green Spaces.
Alex Ozerkis brings over 14 years of experience in public relations, marketing communications and event planning with knowledge in a wide range of sectors, including science & technology, food & nutrition, beauty &wellness, consumer products and nonprofits. At Kellen, Alex has overseen communications programs and teams for clients, including the National Pasta Association, Toy Industry Association, MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership and Copper Development Association, among others.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Cornell University and serves as a Cornell Almuni Admissions Ambassador. She has lectured on the topic of public relations at the National Society of Association Executives, New York Women in Communications, Fashion Institute of Technology and The New School in New York City.