Steve King, CAE

Steven King has worked in association management and government relations for over 30 years. He was awarded ASAE’s Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1994 and has been recertified every three years since that time. In 2012, King co-founded King Mangagement Group with his wife Jackie and serves as its President. Prior to founding KMG, Steve was President and co-owner of King Stringfellow Group for more than ten years.

He has worked with professional and trade associations with responsibility for membership development, trade show coordination, federal and state government relations, media relations and meeting management. He has been the chief staff executive for the Pet Industry Distributors Association since 1990. In 2016, he was named Executive of the Year in the pet industry by Pet Business magazine.

In addition, King represents PIDA on the Association Executives Council of the National Association of Wholesaler Distributors (NAW); is Past President of the Maryland Society of Association Executives (MSAE); is past-Chairman of the Association Education Alliance (AEA); and past Chairman of the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC).

Steve loves to golf and his favorite golfer is Phil Mickelson. His favorite course is Whistling Straits.

Jackie King, J.D.
Executive Vice President

Jackie King currently serves as Executive Vice President for KMG and Executive Director for the American Veterinary Distributors Association (AVDA, since 2002), the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART, since 2009) and the Council for Textile Recycling (CTR, since 2010). She has worked in association management for 15 years, encompassing leadership roles in project and program management, strategic planning and implementation, administrative management, budgeting and financial management, meeting and event management, and communications on behalf of client organizations.

She has participated in Media Relations and Crisis Management training on behalf of her client, SMART, and has become the spokesperson for the association, participating in multiple media interviews on behalf of the association. This training has prepared her to work with client associations to convey strong and clear messaging about the organization to members and the public at-large. She has also conducted numerous interviews with television and radio stations on behalf of SMART and has been featured in several videos on behalf of the association.

King is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), is a Past Chair of the Association Education Alliance and is the Chair- Elect of the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC).

Jackie loves to travel and her favorite city to visit is Paris, France. She is the proud dog-parent of Frank, KMG’s resident therapist and office dog.

Marci L. Hickey, CMP
Senior Vice President, Meetings Management and Member Services

Marci L. Hickey, CMP has over 15 years of association, membership, marketing and meeting management experience. She serves as Vice President of Operations for KMG, as Chapter Administrator for the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Maryland Chapter (AFP-MD), and as Director of Meetings and Member Services for the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA).

Hickey is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), as designated by the Convention Industry Council (CIC), since 2004, and recertified most recently in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications, Summa Cum Laude from Towson University, Maryland; is a member of the Professional Convention Management Association, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Maryland Society of Association Executives. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the PCMA Chesapeake Chapter as a Director, Treasurer and President. She also serves as KMG’s “Chief Wizarding Officer,” lending her expertise on all things Harry Potter.

Debbie Dacre
Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations

In her role as KMG’s Financial Director, Debbie is responsible for the company’s financial and accounting management. Debbie has worked in financial management for 35 years and has specialized in trade and charitable associations for the past 28 years.  She regularly attends webinars and seminars to keep her up to date on the latest tax and accounting issues that impact non-profit associations.

As KMG’s financial director she manages everything from accounts payable to investment strategies for our client associations.  Her role is to oversee the daily aspects of the financial health of KMG’s client associations.   She is responsible for all accounts receivable, accounts payable, account reconciliations and transfers between accounts.  At year end she works with the organization’s CPA to prepare year-end financials and Form 990 returns and assists boards with budgeting and long-term investments.  Debbie also maintains all records and files needed to keep our client associations in compliance with IRS and state tax rules and regulations.

In her spare time Debbie loves to spend time with her large family of 4 siblings, in-laws, 17 nieces and nephews and 8 great nieces and nephews.  Her love of cooking and baking is always evident at these family gatherings.  She also enjoys her time with her son enjoying movies, restaurants and antiquing.

Heather Lester, CMP
Director of Meetings & Member Services

Heather Lester, CMP has over 10 years of experience in the meetings and hospitality industry. Her background consists of sales, services and planning. She currently serves as the Director of Meetings & Member Services for King Management Group (KMG), the American Veterinary Distributors Association, and the Secondary Materials & Recycled Textiles Association.

In 2016, Lester earned her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation from the Convention Industry Council (CIC). She has is an active member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Prior to KMG, she served as a Corporate Sales Manager for Ripken Professional Baseball; Sales Manager for the Baltimore Convention Center; and National Sales Manager for Shepard Exposition Services.

Heather is our resident Baltimore Orioles Super Fan! When she’s not in the office you can find her cheering for the O’s both home and away. “Why Not!”