Fred Hufnagel began his career in the meeting and trade show industry in 1968 as director of marketing at Ralph Whitener & Company in Washington, DC. He became president and 50% owner of the company in 1972 and served in this capacity until his retirement in 1993. The company's clients included trade and professional societies and associations, corporations, governments, and charitable organizations. The company was involved in the production of several White House Conferences for Presidents Nixon, Carter, Reagan, and Bush.

Fred was instrumental in the creation of no less than 20 major national expositions for clients such as the National Coal Association, the National League of Cities, the International City/County Management Association, the Milk Industry Foundation, the Society of American Florists, the League of California Cities, Hospitality Design Magazine, Sales and Marketing Management Magazine, and Pollution Engineering Magazine.

For many years he produced the prestigious Circle of Excellence awards program for Navistar International Corporation. He also coordinated Navistar's participation in the annual American Trucking Associations convention.

His work in the educational and scientific community included the XV World Poultry Congress for the World's Poultry Science Association, the International BioEnergy Conference and Exposition, the VIII Congress of the Pan-American Institute of Naval Engineering, the International Biomedical Engineering and Transplantation conference for the University of Utah and the VIII International Conference on AIDS for Harvard University, which attracted nearly 6000 abstracts and over 20,000 attendees.

Fred sold his interest in Ralph Whitener & Company to a publishing conglomerate in 1990 but continued as CEO until his retirement in 1993. Seeking a new challenge, he entered George Washington University's Executive MBA program in August of that year and remained a full time student until his graduation in 1995. He co-formed BRMG in February 1995 and re-entered the business world on a full-time basis when his degree program was completed.

He has been a guest lecturer on small business management topics at the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management and served during the intramural case competitions for MBA students.

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