Testimonials

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“Tim Hollister poses with Washington, DC’s WUSA TV Channel 9 Reporter Monika Samtani after a live interview during National Teen Driver Safety Week in October of 2013.

“Cathy’s connections in traffic safety and the media have proven to be tremendous assets in my efforts to promote my new book NOT SO FAST. The media opportunities and partnerships she has provided have been instrumental in helping me establish and grow my profile as a blogger and author. As one measure, in the year I have worked with Cathy, visitors to my blog, ‘From Reid’s Dad,’ have increased from under 10,000 to nearly 30,000 per month. I refer to Cathy’s influence as ‘The Gillen Effect.'”

Not So Fast Book CoverTim Hollister
Author, Speaker, Blogger
NOT SO FAST: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving and
“From Reid’s Dad”


“Cathy has worked closely with us at GHSA for years and has proven to be a tremendous asset in our efforts to not only solidify our current partnerships, but to also help us create important new relationships with organizations and companies that care about highway safety issues. Additionally, her work for various highway safety offices across the country as a marketing and outreach expert on initiatives to increase child passenger safety and seat belt use in the states has been extremely helpful and much appreciated.”

Kendell Poole
Former Chairman, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and
Director, TN Governor’s Highway Safety Office

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“I’ve worked with Cathy for the past four years in her role as the Coalition Leader of the Maryland Teen Safe Driving Coalition. I’m constantly amazed by the people and organizations she is connected to in the world of transportation safety. Cathy’s vast knowledge of highway safety initiatives and campaigns across the country help her to put together the pieces of the puzzle so her clients can benefit from her reach.”

Kathy Bernstein
Senior Manager, Teen Initiatives
National Safety Council

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“Cathy’s ability to turn out media to press conferences and events is a valuable strength. Her experience and extensive network of contacts make The Gillen Group a stand out consulting firm in the industry. I have worked with her for more than six years while at NOYS and now at FCCLA and have always appreciated her open style and willingness to work hard to get the job done.”

Sandy Spavone
Executive Director
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and
Former Executive Director, National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS)

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“Cathy is the hardest working person in traffic safety. She is always finding synergy between her clients, forging new partnerships and identifying ways to advance her clients’ traffic safety goals. When you sign up with The Gillen Group you get complete dedication and extreme energy invested in your goals. Cathy also possesses highly valuable contacts in the media and in traffic safety. She has spent more than two decades establishing herself and is highly respected in her field. She has an amazing track record and I highly recommend her.”

Brandy Nannini
Vice President, Government Relations & Traffic Safety
Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility

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“Cathy’s professional, energetic, and creative work as OLI’s transit safety education consultant for four years greatly helped raise Operation Lifesaver’s profile in the transit – and in the highway safety – communities.”

Joyce Rose
President and CEO, Operation Lifesaver, Inc.

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