Chris Kuehl, Ph.D.
Managing Director,
Armada Corporate
Intelligence, USA

Brian Shapell, CBA
Managing Editor, NACM
Brian's Blog Posts


Chris Kuehl, Ph.D. Managing Director, Armada Corporate Intelligence, USA is the co-founder (with Keith Prather) and Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence, a company created in 1999 to provide strategy foundation, competitive intelligence, business analysis and economic forecasting for corporate clients. Chris is the Chief Economist for Fabricators and Manufacturers Association. This includes writing Fabrinomics and serving as a keynote speaker for their conferences and meetings through the year. Chris is a frequent commentator for the media-locally and nationally. He is a regular economic/business analyst for KMBZ radio, KSHB-TV (local NBC affiliate) and has been extensively quoted in national newspapers, magazines and trade publications. He holds a Masters Degree in Soviet and East European Studies, a Masters in East Asian Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Economics from the University of Kansas. He has been on the faculty of universities in the US, Hungary, Estonia, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan. He has been on the local steering committee for the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals and has been active with a number of business and finance organizations.

Brian Shappell, CBA is a staff writer at the National Association of Credit Management. Born in New Jersey and a Rutgers University graduate, he started his journalism career at Rolling Stone Magazine before spending about six years working the breaking and crime news beats at various newspapers in the Mid-Atlantic region, winning more than a dozen awards including a regional Associated Press distinction for “Best Breaking News Story” in 2003. Prior to coming to NACM, he spent nearly five years working for a Washington DC-based web and newsletter publisher covering Capitol Hill politics, business and the volatile housing market. Brian has followed/written on topics such as corporate bankruptcy and exporting closely at NACM, and has also worked to expand the association’s social media offerings and reach.

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