We work for you

“I have known Kathleen for over 30 years. I worked directly with her in numerous capacities at the highest levels of the MEDC. She was selected to manage and coordinate: MEDC Executive Committee and Corporate board packets and meetings, MEDC’s annual strategy and program for partner and corporate relations and the CEO’s outreach to partners, and special projects on behalf of the CEO, including partner surveys, and corporation memberships. The experience and skills Kathleen has honed over her career will help any business or organization seeking to streamline its operations, resolve its challenges, and grow.”

Sabrina Keeley
Chief Operating Officer, Business Leaders for Michigan

Collaboration

“As a former board member of the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce and current board member of the Battle Creek Chamber Foundation, I worked closely with Kathleen on many board initiatives and found her to be creative, forward thinking and attuned to the local business community. Under her leadership, the Chamber was restructured enhancing its presence and visibility in the community, and became a strong supporter for businesses both large and small with an active role in achieving tax abatements, candidate endorsements and on living wage policies. Her ability to collaborate and develop partnerships demonstrates her strong communication style.”

Barb Ley
Community Volunteer

Leadership

“Through Kathleen’s leadership at the Chamber, we became colleagues and partners working together on a number of important initiatives. She worked tirelessly and creatively to restructure the Chamber Foundation, with very few resources, to bring it to the forefront of the community by developing and implementing innovative and creative leadership and business development programs. She ran a successful revenue enhancement campaign of hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the Chamber and its Foundation ensuring that the Chamber remained a strong and resilient institution during the recent difficult economic period.”

Brenda L. Hunt
President and CEO, Battle Creek Community Foundation

“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Kathleen for over 20 years, and I continue to be impressed with her commitment to entrepreneurship and business development. As a result of her highly regarded work through the State of Michigan and Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce, I have personally witnessed her providing services and resources to thousands of businesses and entrepreneurs within the State of Michigan.

Having served as President and CEO of the Detroit Entrepreneurship Institute for nearly 20 years, I can state without hesitation that Kathleen has exceptional professional skills in the areas of organizational management, program design, employee development and supervision, fiscal management, fund development, and communication skills. She did an outstanding job as Manager of the State of Michigan’s Office of Women Business Owners, which resulted in the growth of women and minority entrepreneurs throughout the State.”

Cathy McClelland
President, McClelland & Associates

Experience

“Kathleen is creative, energetic, and conscientious and customer focused. She is very knowledgeable of most aspects of government, policy, businesses, membership organizations and non- profits. She has excellent verbal and written communication skills. Under her leadership the Chamber received our 3 and 5 star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber; developed and implemented the Battle Creek Self Employment Program and the Battle Creek Area Leadership Challenge and received numerous national awards for our TV programs, communications and marketing materials, and business advocacy platform.”

Nelson Karre
Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Legal Counsel and Past Board Chair

Experience

“Kathleen is an exceptional individual with many interests and great energy. She holds the utmost respect and admiration of her peers. She has unique leadership capabilities and is a strong and articulate speaker. She is respectful toward others, giving great value to their suggestions, ideas and experiences. Her critical, creative and strategic thinking has led to a number of important projects that have benefitted our community.”

Diane Thompson
Former Battle Creek City Commissioner, CEO, Binder Park Zoo