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AM&P Selects Kellen as New Management Firm, Names Meredith Taylor as Executive Director - 11/2/2016 -

Association Media & Publishing has selected the global management and communications firm, Kellen, as its new management company. Kellen has over 200 trade association and professional society clients.

Kellen account executive Meredith Taylor will serve as AM&P’s executive director. Taylor has been with Kellen in its Chicago office since 2011, where she will continue to work. AM&P headquarters will remain in Washington, DC and has relocated to the National Press Building on 14th Street with a new phone number: (202) 591-2457.

In addition to Taylor, the following staff members will round out the new AM&P leadership team:

· Holly Koenig, executive oversight

· Nate Bell, general manager

· Donna Conway, administration

AM&P will not be Taylor’s first publishing/communications-focused association leadership position. She served as executive director of the College Media Association, general manager of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and membership director for New York Women in Communications. She also spent time working at Kellen’s Brussels, Belgium office learning about the European association industry.

Taylor received the New York Society of Association Executives’ New Star Award in 2013 as well as Association TRENDS Young & Aspiring Professional Award in 2016. She received an S.I. from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, The College of Arts & Sciences, and a B.A. in public relations and linguistics.

"I love that AM&P serves a niche audience. When you serve a small universe, it’s a great opportunity to offer specific value that a member can’t get at a larger organization like ASAE or one of the journalism groups,” she says. "AM&P is at the crossroads of these two groups and can offer programing and cutting edge — but relatable — content specifically for association publishing and communications teams.”

She also recognizes the organization’s challenges. "We’ve got to remain relevant and make sure our content keeps people coming back,” Taylor says. "Within that limited universe of membership comes the importance of clearly showing our value.”

Noting that the AM&P board will develop the strategic plan and set priorities, Taylor would like to see AM&P expand access to potential members across the country. "If all the associations with communications and publishing teams joined, AM&P would be a very robust organization,” she says, adding that with Kellen’s offices in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, and Kansas City, the potential is there for AM&P to host more regional events like Lunch & Learns, seminars, and conferences.

Taylor and the rest of the new AM&P management team from Kellen will be featured in an in-depth interview about their roles and plans to serve AM&P members in an upcoming issue of Signature magazine.


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