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September 5, 2019

McKinley Advisors Announces New Executives to Support Continued Growth

David Gammel, FASAE, CAE, to join the firm as principal

Suzanna Wight Kelley, FAIA, MBA promoted to principal



WASHINGTON, DC, September 5, 2019 – Leading association consulting firm, McKinley Advisors, announced today that David Gammel, FASAE, CAE, will join the firm as a principal on December 2, 2019. A widely-recognized thought leader in the association industry, Gammel has served as the executive director of the Entomological Society of America since 2011. He has also served on the boards of directors for both CESSE and ASAE, holds a CAE designation and was named an ASAE Fellow in 2018. Gammel brings a wealth of first-hand experience in association management, considerable business acumen, and deep knowledge of developing market trends to assist McKinley’s association clients in preparing for and realizing their desired futures.

“I’m thrilled to join the McKinley team during an exciting time of transformation for so many associations and the industries and professions that they represent,” said Gammel. “This firm has a decades-long successful track record helping association leaders deeply understand their markets and adapt their organizations to better serve them. I’m looking forward to coming on board in December and contributing to this important work in the association industry.”

McKinley has also promoted Suzanna Wight Kelley, FAIA, MBA, to principal in recognition of her contributions to the firm’s growth since her arrival in 2017 and oversight of strategic initiatives focused on talent strategy and service innovation.

“Suzanna’s leadership, wisdom and incredible management talents have made a tremendous impact on McKinley.  Her appointment as a principal in the firm reflects the integral role she has played and will continue to play in McKinley’s success,” noted fellow McKinley principal Jon Hockman, CPF, FASAE who is currently overseeing the firm’s expansion in Chicago.

“As we enter the next chapter of our company’s growth story, I am delighted to welcome David to the McKinley team. His deep experience in the association sector and expertise in leading a global scientific society will perfectly complement our capabilities.  I could not be more excited about the impact David will make for our clients and our firm,” Kelley said.

McKinley’s president & CEO Jay Younger, FASAE remarked on the firm’s scale and capacity, offering that “I have to pinch myself when I look at the depth and breadth of our talent,” said Younger. “With Jon, Suzanna, and David leading our client-facing advisory teams, supported by their colleagues on our senior management team and our incredible staff, we are extremely well-positioned to provide the insights, guidance and ongoing support our clients need to thrive in the years ahead.”

About McKinley Advisors

McKinley Advisors is a leading association management consulting firm with offices in Washington, DC and Chicago. McKinley provides a range of services that empower clients to increase their value to members and accelerate the impact of their missions on society. McKinley’s capabilities in strategy, research, analytics and marketing services produce extraordinary insights and outcomes for associations worldwide. Photos and information on McKinley and its leadership team are available at


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