New Blog Series: Meet the AFCI Staff – Familiar Faces and New Team Members

As part of the transition to our new management partner, AFCI looks forward to introducing a new staff team who will serve our members and help the Association continue to thrive. The team has spent the last few months working together to ensure a seamless transition.

Each month, the AFCI Blog will introduce you to two staff members who are excited to join the AFCI team.

One name members may already recognize is Jason Baum, who will continue to support AFCI as the Director of Membership. Jason has served AFCI for the last 7 years and has fostered strong relationships with members and industry leaders.

JBaum_revisedJason is a father of one beautiful little girl, an avid (or rabid) football fan, record lover, audiophile, coffee addict, Ugly Christmas Sweater aficionado and guitar player.  He is a professional communicator and collaborator with over 13 years of experience in the marketing, customer service and event world.  Jason’s dream is to win the lottery and invest in a McDonald’s franchise (seriously).  He’s fueled by his love of tequila, 90’s hip-hop and tortilla chips.

Jason would love to hear from you!  Give him a call at 201-835-1218 or send him an email at

We would also like to introduce Kris King, a Sales Manager based in AFCI’s Kristina_King_032315_144Chicago office. Kris will be an integral contributor to Creativation 2020’s success, as she leads exhibit space and sponsorship sales for AFCI’s flagship event.

  • Where are you from? Waynesville, MO
  • What’s your favorite craft and/or hobby? I love to bake. I have dreams of opening up my own cupcake shop one day!
  • Any cool DIY projects you’ve tackled? I love cake decorating. I have made a few cakes for friends and family that were a little more extensive than a box mix, and I have done a few character cupcakes. Recently, I have ventured into cookie decorating, which I really enjoy.  Years ago, I was really into scrapbooking and would love to get back into that as well. Crafting, in general, has always been a feel-good project for me: When I feel stressed or need a pick-me-up, its easy to pull out my KitchenAid or my scrapbook box and see what happens. It’s a wonderful creative outlet.
  • What creative project would you like to try? I want to learn how to knit. I have tried to teach myself and have failed royally! Anyone have some good pointers?

Kris can be reached at or by calling (312) 673-5505.

Stay tuned as AFCI introduces more Association staff members.


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