Association Management | Communications | Meetings & Events
Richard E. Cristol
Washington, D.C. ›
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.
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.
Carol Freysinger provides associations with the tools for extensive growth, specializing in consensus building, leadership development, financial management, and membership services. She has more than 13 years of experience in association management, during which time she has provided oversight as well as hands-on management of committees and boards with a focus on consensus building.
Carol is experienced in working with trade counsel on issues such as tariffs and countervailing duties. As Executive Director, Carol has helped grow associations such as the National Pasta Association, Juice Products Association and the National Institute of Oilseed Products, among others. She also played a primary role in growing the National Candle Association as Executive Vice President, the Vacuum Insulation Association as well as the US Advanced Ceramics Association.
Carol holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Allegheny College, with graduate studies in Economics from George Mason University.
Michael Fischer has been in the building products industry for 33 years, holding management positions in regulatory affairs, manufacturing, and marketing. His involvement in building and energy codes, environment and sustainability issues, product standards, regulatory affairs, and product safety issues within the industry provides a comprehensive background to deliver responsible advocacy for Kellen clients.
Mike is a member the International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE, and ASTM International and serves on the Technical Committee of the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC).
Mike has provided strategic representation before the US Department of Energy and Consumer Product Safety Commission, the California Air Resource Board, the California Energy Commission, the California Office of the State Fire Marshal, and state code adoption bodies in Florida, New York State, Minnesota, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, North Carolina, and other building and energy code official agencies.
He has testified before legislative bodies and helped to lead successful client strategic efforts from product standards through code and regulatory development. Mike is a respected contributor to trade publications and a frequent presenter at building industry events and conferences.
John Ferraro has over ten years of association management, government relations, and legislative affairs experience, including more than seven years with Kellen managing operations for trade associations in the transportation, building construction, and manufacturing sectors.
While working at Kellen, John has advanced legislative and regulatory initiatives on Capitol Hill and state capitals for many trade associations. John has extensive experience with direct lobbying, legislative monitoring and research, mobilizing grassroots support, congressional fly-ins, coalition building, and has prepped association members for delivering testimony.
John currently serves as executive director to the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, Extruded Polystyrene Foam Association and the Composite Lumber Manufacturers Association, and manages the day-to-day operations as general manager of the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association.
John has a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and International Affairs and a Master’s Degree in American Politics and Policy, both from Florida State University.
Nicholas Gardner is an Account Executive at Kellen with particular expertise in regulatory and legislative issues management. Nicholas coordinates government affairs for several food industry trade associations, including the Infant Nutrition Council of America, the International Food Additives Council, Marinalg International, and others.
In this role, Nicholas provides strategic legislative and regulatory advising on federal, state and local issues and represents the interests of his clients within various stakeholder constituencies. Nicholas also frequently works with U.S. regulatory agencies and other international regulatory bodies. Nicholas has represented client interests before the Codex Alimentarius, testified at before state legislatures and regulatory panels and developed and managed issue-specific advocacy campaigns.
Nicholas holds a master’s degree in History from American University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor’s degree in history and public policy from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Nicholas is a member of the Institute for Food Technologists, the American Society of Association Executives and the American Association of Governmental Relations Professionals.