Casey Kemper, with his daughter, Michelle Kemper Verplaetse.
Casey Kemper, son of Mary Kemper and the late Eddie Kemper of Nashville, was awarded the The Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York 2017 Medal of Merit for Distinguished Service, at their 183rd annual dinner dance on December 1, 2017.
The Medal of Merit was founded in 1835 by Washington Irving “to collect and preserve information pertaining to the history, settlement, manners, etc., of the City of New York.” Past recipients of the Medal of Merit include Henry Kissinger, the Hon. Thomas Dewey, and Walter Cronkite, among many others.
Casey is the founder and President of the Board of The New Amsterdam History Center, the home of the Virtual New Amsterdam Project, where one can explore the early history of New Amsterdam and New York City, its diverse people, landscapes, institutions and global legacy today. In addition to serving as Chairman and CEO of Collegiate Asset Management, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Collegiate Church Corporation, the oldest corporation in North America, he is Vice-Chair of the Board of the Blanton-Peale Institute.
He also serves on the Executive Boards of the Interchurch Center and the 100 Year Association in New York; he is Chairman Emeritus of the Women’s Project Theater Board, where he still serves as Treasurer. Until recently, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Housing Action Council of Westchester and Chairman of the Counselors of Real Estate New York Chapter. He is also past president of Habitat for Humanity of Westchester and formerly an executive officer of SHORE (Sheltering the Homeless is our Responsibility.) Casey is a member of The Real Estate Board of New York and the Downtown Association.