Kevin Kellems - President
Kevin is a leader in public affairs, B2B sales, communications strategy, executive counsel, media training, crisis management, media relations, editing and advertising.
Kellems has held senior posts at the White House, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Senate, state government and The World Bank Group. He also has helped direct successful campaigns for dozens of candidates for national, statewide and local offices. Other assignments included driving growth initiatives for clients – from sales into government and industry, to advising senior civilian and uniformed military leadership.
Public and government clients have included Vice President Dick Cheney, Speaker Newt Gingrich, Secretary of the Army Pete M. Geren, U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, several members of congress and multiple statewide and local officeholders.
Kellems served as White House Communications Director and Press Secretary to Vice President Richard B. Cheney; Special Advisor, Director of Strategic Communications and Director of Public Liaison in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, under Donald H. Rumsfeld; Director of Strategy, Senior Advisor and Acting Vice President of The World Bank Group; President of advertising group Kellems Strategies, Inc.; and regional reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal.
He has traveled to 71 countries and 49 states, where he met, worked with and advised several heads of state, defense, finance and foreign ministers; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gates and other top corporate philanthropists, Pope John Paul II, President Nelson Mandela, Queen Rania and Bono, among others.
The CEO / Editor of The Dispatch and Fox News contributor Stephen F. Hayes has described Kellems as someone with “an unparalleled ability to see how an event, issue or controversy will play five or six news cycles after it breaks. The analogy I think of is (hockey legend) Wayne Gretzky’s ability to see a play develop four passes before his team scored a goal.”
Kellems is a guest on TV and radio programs, and delivers lectures at universities and conferences. He holds a graduate degree in national security studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and an undergraduate degree in journalism from The Ohio State University.
Kellems is a recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service – the highest civilian award presented by the Secretary of Defense.
Pat Calvert - Senior Advisor
Pat’s focus is on corporate financing and financial needs strategies. His investment banking and consulting experience spans most industries, with a particular emphasis on capital raising and business development in project and infrastructure financing for conventional, alternative energy and clean tech projects.
Pat has been employed in investment banking, advisory, and institutional sales positions with several Wall Street firms such as Lehman Brothers, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. Many of the structured debt instruments used in today's sophisticated transactions were originally developed and utilized by Pat Calvert and his colleagues during the early years of his career. With more than 30 years of experience in the capital markets field, Pat has advised several environmental investment units, institutional investment funds, registered investment advisors, and corporate treasurers on evaluation, structuring and selection of the proper investment vehicles for maximum portfolio performance.
Pat holds several Financial Industry Regulatory Authority designations such as: Series 7 - General Securities Representative, Series 24 - General Securities Principal, Series 63 - Uniform Securities Agent and Series 79 - Investment Banking Representative.
Leslie R. Gaines Craven - Senior Advisor
Leslie is a seasoned political professional who combines expertise in government relations, media communications, issues management and corporate responsibility. Leslie's ability to advise on strategic communications, public policy, reputation management and finding common ground among stakeholders is second to none.
She also has had many political wins, including U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich for President in South Carolina. Leslie currently serves on several nonprofit boards and is very active in her community.
Public sector clients have included Speaker Gingrich, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President George W. Bush. Leslie also has served private clients in the finance, energy and cost cutting industries.
Pat Polley - Executive Assistant
Although her title is Executive Assistant, we decided "Office Rock Star" best describes Pat's role on the team. She has her hand in just about everything, keeps us in line and gets it all done. Polley's efforts support both the organization and the clients. She is a graduate of SUNY - Empire State College.
Pat spent years in corporate accounting, finance and small office management, before joining The Strategy Center team. She likes long walks on the beach, good food and cheap wine. Pat considers a willingness to learn and her ability to multi-task among her greatest assets.