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Executive Vice President (retired), Crystal & Company
Ed Kiessling spent 35 years in the insurance industry before retiring. He spent 18 years with the second-largest global insurance broker, Aon, and its predecessor companies. During that time, he managed regions and offices in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, and his positions included president of Aon Northern California.
Kiessling also served subsequently for six years as president and COO of Commerce Insurance Services, a subsidiary of Commerce Bank (now TD Bank), where he managed daily office functions and oversaw brokerage operations.
Prior to retirement, he spent eight years with Crystal & Company, a private brokerage firm in New York City, as an executive vice president in charge of their commercial operations. He worked in conjunction with unit leaders to drive the growth and operational performance of the company's national office system.
Kiessling earned his MBA from La Salle University. His professional designations include CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter), ARM (Associate in Risk Management), and AIAF (Associate in Insurance Company Accounting and Finance).
He was the co-chair of the Rutgers–Camden Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean's Leadership Council from 2000 to 2006. During that time, an endowment was established for campus scholarships. Moreover, the council raised $4 million through a fundraising effort built around the Gateway Project, transforming a portion of Fourth Street into a public space accentuated by an impressive installation of public artwork. Designed by the acclaimed New Jersey artist Clyde Lynds, the artwork consists of two murals on walls of tempered glass and stainless steel. The Gateway Project represents an entrance to achievement as it provided philanthropic support for the students, faculty, staff, and initiatives of the Rutgers–Camden Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Kiessling has also served on various other charitable boards and professional business organizations including the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey during the mid-2000s.