Kling Strategic Partners LLC is a next generation company evolved from the original parent organization Resource Network Associates Incorporated and founded by Doug Kling in 1982. Over this period RNA/KSP has worked with several major Fortune 500 global consumer companies and government agencies.
Kling Strategic Partners mission is to create, develop, and enhance partnerships and alliances to drive good growth and net returns.
We do this by using the traditional assumptions in marketing built on Product, Price, Place and Promotion, and by expanding a new strategic platform consisting of an additional 4 P’s, that have evolved from the needs of the current global markets, speed of communication and access of data.
These 4 P's have been developed over the past 30 plus years and are built on a proprietary logical process known as Virtual Thinking™. This paradigm shift includes conceptual development involving the platforms of Perception, Performance, Passion, and Personalization. To learn more about these new initiatives please contact us to discuss in greater detail.
Douglas Kling is President and Chief Executive Officer of Kling Strategic Partners. Most recently he was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Village Farms International. Mr. Kling has served in this position since April 2011, starting March 2008 as Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing, and Logistics.
During his tenure at Village he led and developed strategic account initiatives, category management, rebranding, new product development and major corporate alliances. Previously, Mr. Kling has been involved on a senior management level with Cadbury Schweppes, Johanna Foods, Life Savers Inc. and other fortune 500 consumer products companies, institutional associations, and government agencies on a national and global level for over thirty five years.
In 2014 he was recognized by the Packer as one of the Top 25 leaders in the Produce Industry. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Fresh Produce Association, and on the Advisory Board of the Produce Marketing Association.
At Cadbury Schweppes he rose from a manager to Director, and served as a member of the Motts Management Board. During his tenure at Cadbury Schweppes he led a strategic team that developed and grew the U.S. Confectionery business on a double digit basis for over six years vs. a flat market.
In addition, he was the prime contact and driver of intelligence audits for two mid cap investment banking firms regarding investments in excess of 100 million dollars.
Mr. Kling has published several articles in national trade journals on global and domestic strategic business and management development. He has lectured at the Wharton Graduate School of Business, New York University Graduate School of Business, Rutgers University Graduate School of Business, University of Delaware Graduate School of Business, and the Rollins College Graduate School of Business.
He is an active member in the community having served twelve years as an elected board member on the Montgomery Township, New Jersey school board. Mr. Kling holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He completed MBA studies in marketing management at Pace University in New York City, post graduate work in Strategic Marketing at the Harvard Graduate School of Business, along with post graduate work in Negotiation at Harvard Law School.