Spurred by interest from clients, The Kellen Co. became the first U.S.-based association management company to establish roots in China when it opened an office in Beijing in January 2007. “Many of the associations that we manage want to grow their associations globally into this new economic frontier — the Chinese market,” says Phelps Hope, vice president, meetings and expositions at Atlanta-based Kellen. And some clients are using meetings as a way to break into China. Kellen hasn't ...

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