Testimonials

Visionary Businesses. Passionate Non-Profits.

“Over the past two years Kristi has been an integral part of increasing our brand awareness and truly maintaining our awareness and recognition throughout the area. Kristi is thoughtful, strategic, and consistently identifies opportunities to leverage partnerships and/or promotional strategies to lead us toward our objectives. I am impressed with her ability and approach to collaborating across senior leadership teams to create cross-functional content and campaigns. We value Kristi’s work and enjoy working with her. Kristi approaches work with poise and confidence and she would be a positive addition to anyone’s team.”

John Foster

COO, Fearless

“We engaged Kristi to do an organizational assessment of our nonprofit association. Kristi’s work involved surveys, personal interviews, and challenging meetings with the Board of Directors. Despite a number of naysayers, Kristi earned the respect of every board member and has us on a solid path to meet standards of excellence in our governance and operations. She has great intuitive sense and extraordinary communication skills. Kristi worked with us as a guide and listened rather than telling us what to do. She knows how to collaborate, handle conflict, and respect all points of view. I have worked in HR and nonprofit organizations for over 40 years. Kristi is the best consultant I have ever seen. She is trustworthy, professional, and delivers what she promises.”

Debby Shriver

Board President, ICSA

“We worked with Kristi for a series of engagements. She helped us with fund raising strategies and provided marketing and grant writing material. She also used her considerable network to help us get connected with movers and shakers in the world of foundations and granting organizations. She also provided some impactful training for our Board members in how to engage others in conversations about our work and our mission.”

Bill Smillie

Board Chair, The Tender Bridge

“Kristi was able in a short two months provide the expertise and clear defined goals to our ideas, and her plan; and since then we have had amazing opportunities in both TV and print that we would not have had otherwise. Kristi has not only the expertise and wisdom, but also the contacts and connections which is a testament to her character. I truly can not capture the impact that Kristi has not only had on us meeting our goals, but exceeding them.”

Terry Bazemore

COO, Ey3 Technologies

“I have known Kristi professionally for a while now and when the need for someone with her expertise in consulting and guiding non-profits to a more efficient board of directors came up with a board I sit on, I didn’t hesitate to reach out to her. She was able to help us navigate through a multi-generational board with bylaws that needed updating as well as amending. Her ability to help us work through each person’s different views and options to come to the best solutions for our organization was beyond compare. We will be engaging with Kristi for the next phases of implementation and beyond.”

Amanda Coleman-Phelps

CEO, Nelson Coleman Jewelers
Board Member, Leading Jewelers Guild

“Kristi served as an extended member of my team focusing on public affairs, and in every instance produced superb work and exceeded expectations. Her skills and understanding of media relations and leadership outreach produced outstanding results. Kristi is that rare professional who can think strategically and execute tactically.”

Joe DeMattos

CEO, Health Facilities Association of Maryland

“As the CEO of a new startup I have many needs and am still trying to find the right people to partner with to accomplish our goals. Working with Kristi got our story picked up in four local papers, including one feature story, and a radio interview. Of course this exposure introduced our product to more prospective customers and partners who I’m still hearing from several weeks after the announcement.”

Angel St. Jean

CEO, The Black Brain Trust

“I was impressed by her fresh energy, creative and accretive ideas. As a result of her efforts, Board participation in fundraising increased and innovative events like Cookies & Wine and S’Mores Day increased GSCM’s committed donor basis. Our collaboration was also fun and easy, with Kristi’s ‘can-do’ and ‘let’s try this’ positive attitude. I would highly recommend Kristi as a talented fundraising/development resource.”

Karen Singer

Board Member and Fund Development Committee Chair
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

“Kristi’s hard work and dedication has been so helpful for CTR in promoting the purchase of our ‘forever farm’! She is very well-connected in the community and well-respected among her colleagues. It’s tough to find someone who ‘gets it’ when it comes to public relations and for Kristi it’s a given!”

Cathy Schmidt

Executive Director, Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding

“The Fuel Fund of Maryland was in search of strategic branding for a business model change. Although the team attempted to complete this task in-house, it became apparent that we would need an outsider’s perspective who could bring focus, strategy and decision-making to our group. Thanks to Kristi, the team was able to complete this project in 2 hours devising a vision statement as well as ancillary talking points. Kristi’s preparation, focus, creativity and attention to detail were factors in the success of our project.”

Debbie Brown

Chief Development Officer, Fuel Fund of Maryland

“Kristi has wonderful strategic instincts and was a joy to work with as we developed social media strategy for the Women of the World – Baltimore festival. She led the efforts to gain an online presence and worked tirelessly as a volunteer to spread the word about this groundbreaking women’s event.”

Notre Dame of Maryland University

“We were happy with Kristi’s contributions to client development and marketing strategies. She was an appreciated member of our team.”

Nemphos Braue

“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Kristi for a good while and have always enjoyed working with her. She’s super attentive, proactive, and creative in everything she delivers. She has a huge PR network and can leverage it in real-time which is critical for an organization like ours who are responding with content and commentary on breaking and current news. She has been able to get us newspaper, radio and TV coverage sometimes within an hour of a situation unfolding which has placed our firm front of mind as a leader in our industry and field. I highly recommend Kristi for her PR and broader marketing work.”

Tim Foley

Chief Growth Officer, Think|Stack

“I am very thankful for the professional services and support that was provided by C3 Visionary Strategies to our non-profit organization Centro de Apoyo Familiar (CAF). Ms. Kristi S. Halford has immense expertise, knowledge, and skills in the resource development field. She provided us with professional fundraising strategies, researched new opportunities for us and delivered top quality work with a fast turnaround time at a reasonable price. CAF appreciates and recommend her services to other non-profits.”

Walkiria Pool

President, Centro de Apoyo Familiar (Center for Assistance to Families)

  

“Excellent writing – the interview was convenient and simple and the outcome was an incredible story that I had to ‘double take’ to saw, wow, I never know ‘I’ could sound this good! Brilliant writing! Truly memorable in a very, very good way.”

Angie Barnett

President & CEO, BBB of Greater Maryland