McKinley Advisors Faculty

McKinley Faculty Advisors

About McKinley Advisors

McKinley Advisors is an award-winning association consulting firm providing tailored research,
marketing and strategy services to solve associations’ unique challenges. For 25 years, McKinley has been applying an approach that combines proven success and best-practices while incorporating organizations’ specific needs and audiences.


Jay YoungerJay Younger, FASAE, President & CEO

During Jay’s 20+ years in the association industry, he has become widely known as an expert in strategy setting, governance, membership, and organizational development. As president & CEO at McKinley, he has built a consistent track record of helping clients tackle challenging issues and arrive at unprecedented successes. He has extensive experience working with the staff and volunteer leadership of associations and is an accomplished facilitator and strategist. 


Suzanna KelleySuzanna Kelley, MBA, FAIA, Principal

As principal at McKinley, Suzanna Kelley supports her clients in strategy design and implementation. She leads projects focused on business transformation, organizational effectiveness, membership strategy, strategic alliances, component relations and several others. Suzanna combines design thinking with business acumen to help her clients solve problems in new and innovative ways.



Jon HockmanJon Hockman, CPF, FASAE, Principal

Motivated by organizations’ missions and driven by results, Jon Hockman brings more than two decades of consulting experience with hundreds of associations in the U.S. and abroad to McKinley Advisors. Currently leading McKinley’s Chicago office as principal, his personal mission is to help leaders of organizations make the best decisions regarding their strategy, people and performance challenges.  




C. David Gammel

C. David Gammel, FASAE, CAE, Principal

As a long-time executive and consultant in the association industry, David has a deep appreciation for the positive impact associations can have in society. As principal at McKinley, he applies his experience and passion for progress to ensure our clients elevate that impact and make the transformations necessary to best serve their field or industry. Before joining the McKinley team, David spent nine years as the executive director of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). During his tenure, he helped set membership and meeting records, which included a 40% growth in meeting attendance. Under David’s leadership, the Society became a global leading voice and continues to play a significant role in U.S. and international policy issues related to entomology. 


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