Jackie King currently serves as the President for KMG and Executive Director for the United Veterinary Services Association (UVSA and formerly known as AVDA, since 2002), the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART, since 2009) and the Pet Care Trust (PCT, since 2018). She has worked in association management for 18 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 and her husband, Steve King, founded KMG in 2012. Steve turned the reins of KMG over to Jackie in January 2019 when he became CEO for the American Pet Products Association (APPA) based in Stamford CT. Jackie oversees the day to day operations of KMG and her client associations.
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), and is a Past Chair of the Association Education Alliance and the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC).
Jackie loves to travel and her favorite city to visit is Paris, France. She loves boating on the Patuxent River at her happy place near Solomons, MD.
Marci L. Hickey 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.
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 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!”
Celeste Powers joined KMG in November, 2018 and currently serves as Senior Account Executive and President of the Pet Industry Distributors Association. She has been in Non-profit and Association Management industry for 28 years with 20 plus years in executive director roles. She is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and was awarded ASAE’s Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1999. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College where she earned a BA in Political Science.
Celeste is currently a volunteer Board Member for the Women’s Resource Center (WRC), Wayne PA, whose mission is to help women and girls successfully navigate life’s transitions and inspire others to do the same. For two years she served as Chair of WRC’s Leadership Luncheon Committee.
Celeste grew up in the Philadelphia area, and after 23 years in Baltimore and Virginia, she returned to the area in late 2015. She currently resides in Wayne PA. She is an “all-Philly” sports fan, but her Eagles hold a special place in her heart.