Mark Kennedy Begins His Own Consulting Firm

Former congressman and 2006 U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kennedy has opened his own business.

And beginning in late August he plans what he calls an around-the-world tour in 21 days, with speaking engagements at most of his stops.

Kennedy opened Chartwell Strategic Advisors in his hometown of Watertown, Minn. In a letter to potential clients, he says: "It will combine the insights I have gained from my 25 years in business, Congressional service and global engagement to bring new and valuable perspectives to my clients.

"My activities through Chartwell will include providing strategic advice in addition to public speaking at business conferences, executive education programs and public affairs forums. I am also exploring service on a corporate board or two."

Kennedy lost to Amy Klobuchar in the 2006 election. Before that, he served three terms in the U.S. House.