Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 6, 2004 -–
GradPAC Chairman Shawn N. Olds announced the appointment of Kevin M. Keating to the organization’s board of directors and Kyle Stelma to the advisory board today.
Keating graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1982, and he is a renowned sports agent, collector and authenticator. Since 1992, he has owned and operated Quality Autographs and Memorabilia of Virginia, Inc., a company specializing in selling sports autographs internationally. Stelma is a 1995 graduate of West Point. He is currently a senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton.
“As a business leader, former Army Airborne Ranger, author, commentator and entrepreneur, Kevin has always asserted his tremendous leadership and knowledge to the benefit of others,” said GradPAC Chairman Olds. “He has been a strong supporter of GradPAC’s mission since our inception, and his own selfless service to our nation coupled with his vision for America will continue to serve our organization and fellow service academy graduates who seek federal office well.”
Upon graduation from West Point, Keating served as a United States Army Infantry Officer for six years. Subsequently, he served in several management positions with Marion Laboratories, Marion Merrell Dow and Hoechst Marion Roussel from 1988 until 1999. In 2002, he graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy.
Keating co-authored The Negro Leagues Autograph Guide, is currently finishing two additional books and has served as an agent to Baseball Hall of Fame members Warren Spahn and Edward C. “Whitey” Ford. He also owns the nation’s most comprehensive collection of Baseball and Football Hall of Fame member autographs, some of which have been displayed in The National Sports Gallery in Washington, DC. Keating has published a number of sports memorabilia-related articles, has provided authentication and appraising services for a number of entities including the White House, and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows as a guest expert on baseball autographs and forgeries. He has been a frequent expert witness for claimants in forgery-related matters, and he has also served as a consultant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in their efforts to identify and prosecute suspected forgers.
Keating has guest lectured at George Washington University on Jackie Robinson, and he is a member of the International Autograph Dealer’s Association (IADA), The Manuscript Society and the Universal Autograph Collector’s Club (UACC). He is a member of the Republican Eagles and was a regional finalist for the White House Fellowship program. In the mid-1990’s, he served on the American Heart Association’s Board of Directors for the Washington, DC area. He is currently in his 25th year as a “Compassion” foster parent for overseas children.
Born in Lafayette, Indiana, Keating grew up in Lake in the Hills, Illinois. He currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
Kyle Stelma is a Dean’s List graduate of the United States Military Academy, having also won the prestigious wreath award as a cadet. After graduating from West Point in 1995 with a degree in International Relations, Stelma served as an Officer in the United States Army for the next five years, including attachment to a cavalry squadron in Bosnia in support of the Dayton Peace Accords. From 1995 to 1999, he spent time in both cavalry and armor units in Bosnia and throughout Europe. Upon his return to the United States, Stelma recieved his Masters Degree at Johns Hopkins/SAIS.
“Kyle is the quintessential ‘Renaissance Man,’ but first amongst his passions is love of country,” said GradPAC Chairman Olds. “Like Kevin Keating, Kyle has devoted tremendous energy to GradPAC since our inception, serving as our organization’s first communications director and most recently as our fundraising director. We are blessed to have such a gifted scholar and astute observer of domestic and international affairs join our Advisory Board.”
In 2000, Stelma began his studies at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. He also worked for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), a think tank, where he co-authored an assessment of the U.S. Army transformation strategy.
After graduating from Johns Hopkins in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in International Relations and International Finance, Stelma spent a summer scuba diving in Belize and running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, before joining Citibank’s international management associate program where he was assigned to Bombay, India as an emerging markets banker. He spent the next year doing process re-engineering and financial consulting in India before returning home in 2003 to accept a position as a senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC.
Originally from Kent, Connecticut, Stelma maintains his residence in Arlington, Virginia. Stelma plans to return to his native state.
GradPAC is a national non-partisan political action committee comprised of graduates of West Point, Annapolis, the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. GradPAC holds as its mission the support of fellow service academy graduates who have served their nation with distinction and valor in uniform and now seek election to the U.S. House, U.S. Senate or the Presidency of the United States. For more information, log onto http://www.GradPAC.org or contact Thomas J. Ratcliff, GradPAC Press Secretary at (866) GRADPAC.