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Fred Stringfellow, CAE
President

Fred Stringfellow has over 20 years of experience in association management. In 2000, Stringfellow co-founded KSG; in 2012 Stringfellow created Stringfellow Management Group, as a successor organization to KSG. Stringfellow currently serves as Executive Director of the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), and Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA); and Management Liaison to the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) and Web Sling and Tie Down Association (WSTDA).

Stringfellow was awarded ASAE's Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1998, and has been recertified every three years since that time. He currently serves on the AMC Key Committee and is a past chair of the AMC Section Council for the American Society of Association Executives.

Stringfellow is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Delaware; is a past president of the Maryland Society of Association Executives; is a past president of the Stoneleigh Community Association; and is a past chair of the Association Management Section Council for the American Society of Association Executives. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the AMC Institute; serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennis Industry Association; and serves on the Customer Advisory Board for Visit Baltimore.

 

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Amy Chetelat, CAE
Chief Financial Officer

Amy Chetelat, CAE is experienced in both corporate accounting and association management, and is responsible for SMG's accounting and financial management, as well as the financial management of thirteen trade and professional associations. In her role as SMG's Director of Finance, Chetelat is responsible for all areas of accounting and financial management as well as information technology and building operations. Chetelat is supported by an accounting manager and administrative staff in SMG's Financial Department.

Chetelat holds a Masters of Business Administration and earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives in 2003, and was recertified in 2005, 2008, and 2011. She is an active member of ASAE and a former member of the Finance Section Committee. She is a past president of the Maryland Society of Association Executives. Before becoming President of MSAE she spent several years serving as their treasurer. She is an active member of the Institute for Managerial Accountants, the Chesapeake Professional Women's Network and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

 

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Kathleen A. DeMarco, CAE
Senior Account Executive

Kathleen A. (Kathy) DeMarco, CAE serves as the Executive Director for Generic Animal Drug Alliance (GADA), NASBITE International, and Web Sling and & Tie Down Association (WSTDA). She has worked in association management for nearly 30 years, encompassing advancing roles in project and program management, strategic planning and implementation, membership development and retention, budgeting and financial management, meeting and event logistics, and communications.

DeMarco holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Journalism and Public Relations from Temple University, and is a Certified Association Executive. Kathy also completed the Certificate Program in Association Management through ASAE University, and the Certificate in Industrial Distribution Program through Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis. She is an active Member of ASAE-The Center for Association Leadership (ASAE) and the Pennsylvania Chapter of ASAE (PASAE). She has also served in leadership roles for the Association Education Alliance (AEA), the University of Industrial Distribution (UID) Steering Committee, and the Delaware Valley Society of Association Executives (DVSAE).

 

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Dan Bond, CAE
Association Executive

Daniel (Dan) K. Bond, CAE serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Synthetic Turf Council (STC). He has worked in association management for over nine years, encompassing roles in strategic planning and implementation, budgeting, member recruitment and retention, government affairs, program management and executive and member communications.

Bond earned his Master of Science in Management from The Catholic University of America and undergraduate degree in Political Science from Furman University. He holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. He also serves on multiple volunteer boards of directors and is an active member of ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership.

 

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Kristen Philips, CAE
Association Executive

Kristen Philips, CAE, IOM serves as Executive Director for the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) and the Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA). She has worked in association management for over 11 years with a focus on volunteer and leadership development, strategic planning and implementation, membership growth, meeting and conference planning, and budgeting.

Philips holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The University of Baltimore, and is a Certified Association Executive. Kristen is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management (IOM) at Villanova University and is an active member of ASAE.

 

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Jennifer Thornton
Association Executive

Jennifer Thornton serves as the Executive Director of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Baltimore (BOMA) and the Maryland Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and is the Chapter Administrator for DC SHRM (Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area). She has more than 20 years of experience in association management and is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Delaware.

Thornton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in public relations from Towson University. She is a former board member of the Maryland Society of Association Executives and has participated on several panels related to association and volunteer management.

 

Timothy McKenna, CAE
Association Executive

Tim McKenna serves as Executive Director for the Maryland Chiropractic Association (MCA), the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association (MCDAA) and the Maryland Chapter of the Appraisal Institute (MDAI).

He earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in 2012. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Institute for Organization Management (IOM). McKenna has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Baltimore.

 

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Jennifer Miller
Association Executive

Jennifer Miller serves as Executive Director for the International Aviation Womens Association, Associate Director for the American Sports Builders Association, and the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America. She has over six years of experience in association management serving trade and medical associations in membership management, conference planning, leadership and organizational development, and accreditation administration.

Miller holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Journalism and French and a Bachelor of Science degree in International Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Jennifer is an active Member of ASAE - The Center for Association Leadership (ASAE) and the Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE).

 

Aimee Yardley
Association Executive

Aimee Yardley serves as Executive Director for the Association for Corporate Growth Maryland Chapter. She is a seasoned professional in association management, with several years of experience in serving trade and medical associations in membership management, conference planning, leadership and organizational development. Yardley has worked for such organizations as the Office Products Wholesalers Association, the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association, Flexographic Pre-Press Platemakers Association, Massachusetts/Rhode Island Medical Group Management Association, Chesapeake Planned Giving Council and ACG MD.

Yardley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Finance from Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD. She served 6 years on the board of her community association and has actively volunteered at Immaculate Conception School in Towson, MD for the past 13 years.

 

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Samantha Devine
Association Executive

Samantha (Sam) Devine serves as Executive Director for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of Baltimore (NAIFA) and the American Institute of Floral Designers Foundation. She also serves as Associate Director for the Building Owners and Managers Association of Baltimore (BOMA), the Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA), the DC Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Maryland Medical Group Management Association (MD MGMA). Samantha has over four years of experience in association management, focusing on membership management, event planning, and coordinating association communication including website maintenance.

Devine received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the Ohio State University and is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

 

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Stephanie Bruno
Association Executive

Stephanie Bruno serves as Associate Executive Director for the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) and Associate Director for the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). She has extensive experience in association management serving trade associations in membership management, conference planning, and organizational development.

Bruno holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware and currently serves on the Girls on the Run Fundraising Committee and is a Young Professionals Member of ASAE. In 2015 she completed the ASAE Certificate Program in Association Management.

 

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Diane Schafer, CMP
Director of Meetings

Diane Schafer, CMP is Director of Meetings for the National States Geographic Information Council and the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America. She is responsible for all aspects of planning association meetings and conventions and member services. She also provides meeting and sponsorship support for The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation.

Schafer is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) as awarded by the Convention Industry Council (CIC) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA. Throughout her over twenty years in the industry she has planned successful events in both domestic and international locales for clients across various disciplines through professional foresight and attention to detail. Schafer is a member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma, and has served on the Board of Directors for the PCMA Chesapeake Chapter.

 

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Cynthia Sanchez
Director of Meetings & Membership Services

Cynthia Sanchez serves as Director of Meetings and Membership Services for the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), Equipment Service Association (ESA) and Web Sling & Tie Down Association (WSTDA). Sanchez handles all aspects for planning and coordinating ASBA's Technical Meeting and Winter Meeting; ESA's Annual and Fall Technical meetings; and WSTDA's Annual and Fall Meetings. She is responsible for administering certification programs for ASBA: Certified Tennis Court Builders, Certified Track Builders and Certified Field Builders.

Sanchez is a 2002 graduate of the Institutes for Organization Management; has served on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Society of Association Executives, and served in the US Navy from 1989-2002 on the USS Hunley (AS-31).

 

Pam DiCara
Accounting Manager

Pam DiCara, Accounting Manager in SMG's Financial Management Team, works with Director of Finance Amy Chetelat in performing the daily accounting operations and financial activities for SMG and its client associations.

Pam earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from The University of Baltimore. She has over 25 years of experience in public, small business and non-profit accounting. This includes auditing, computer software/hardware support, and acting as financial controller for various companies. She served as co-chair, president, and treasurer for the non-profit group CMW Project Graduation.

 

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Molly Baldwin-Abbott
Director of Communications and Marketing

Molly Baldwin-Abbott serves as the Director of Communications and Marketing for the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), the Maryland Chiropractic Association (MCA), the Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA) and the Stringfellow Management Group (SMG).

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a Certificate in Marketing. She has over 10 years of experience with marketing management, specializing in member communications, association newsletters, website maintenance, media relations, social media management and marketing campaigns.

 

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