Our Team

Chicago Association Management has 30 years of experience working with both major corporations and local associations with consistent success. We offer a team approach with an executive director and an association management specialist assigned to your account. In addition, our senior management team will be actively engaged throughout our relationship.

Ed GrazianoEd Graziano
Managing Director

Ed founded Chicago Association Management (CAM) in 2010 as a natural extension of the business Corporate Event Interactive (CEI) that he founded in 1987.  Ed has been building business relationships, overseeing projects and providing strategic thinking and leadership ever since. With the help of Ed’s down-to-earth attitude and work ethic, he has helped expand both CEI and CAM to highly respected firms in the meetings and events industry. Ed leads CAM’s association management business, which currently manages the day to day operations, conferences and events for six professional organizations. Ed is customer service focused, always easy to work with and never loses his positive attitude.

Tricia FusileroTricia Fusilero
Association Manager, Director

Creative, energetic and detail oriented, Tricia approaches everything she does with a marketing mind. With a gift for leading others, she focuses on team building and cooperation in order to accomplish thoughtfully planned goals. Her broad skill set includes project management, marketing, strategic planning, customer focus, writing and social media.  She has the ability to partner with colleagues in a broad range of industries and believes firmly that processes and organization are the keys to supporting an association.

Karyn LinnKaryn Linn Chicago Association Management
Association Manager, Director

Karyn has spent her professional career in the association management arena and is committed to
helping organizations thrive and grow in today’s changing environment. She helps associations build
capacity through strategic planning, leadership development and volunteer engagement. Her experience along with her problem solving and project management skills are key in making this growth happen. For more than 20 years, Karyn worked at the American Bar Association’s Division for Bar Services. Over that time, she held several positions with the most recent being the Director of Outreach and Education. In this role, Karyn spearheaded the ABA’s leadership training institute for elected leaders of bar associations and served as a facilitator and speaker for strategic planning sessions, board retreats and leadership development conferences. Karyn served as a liaison to state and local bar associations around the country and was instrumental in helping the ABA build and maintain strong working relationships with these organizations. Prior to the ABA, Karyn worked at the Chicago Bar Association for six year as the Assistant Director of Continuing Legal Education.

Kim Branch
Director of Business and Partnership Development

As a highly tenacious and results oriented business professional, Kim brings a deep understanding of business development, sales, marketing, management, talent acquisition, planning and execution to the team.  With over 18 years as a business owner and independent consultant, Kim is armed with a broad skill set in operations, is big picture minded, and has the ability to function both strategically and tactically.  She is driven to serve and excels at bringing people and resources together to achieve optimal results.

Jon Asplund  
Outreach Coordinator

Communication connects people. Jon uses his talent for listening and conveying information in engaging, exciting ways to reach a wide variety of audiences. Passionate and energetic, he brings people together through association management, event management, strategic marketing, writing and project management. Jon is particularly adept at fulfilling the needs of clients and customers beyond their expectations, bringing them to new levels of success.

Trent SynderTrent Snyder
Association Support

An ambitious and creative event specialist, Trent brings to our team an ideal combination of work ethic, practical business skills and customer service experience. Trent is able to balance many tasks simultaneously and never gets rattled. In many ways he is the backbone of our organization as he plays a part in almost everything we do in the office. Trent received is BA from Northern Illinois University in 2016.

Linda Whitlock2017_Linda_Whitlock
Executive Producer – Team Building

Linda has designed and executed thousands of interactive events over 20 years, making innovation and customization integral to Corporate Event Interactive’s (CEI) business model. This, in combination with her leadership & producing acumen, make each event a new experience. Linda is passionate about helping corporations give back to the local community. An active contributor to the meetings and events industry, Linda is Past President and Board Member of ISES-Chicago Chapter and played a key role in several MPI committees. She has guided CEI as President since 2000, earning multiple awards: “Best Team Building Company” from Illinois Meetings & Events and numerous NICE Awards.

Tamra Drees 
Production Coordinator – Team Building

Tamra Drees joined the CAM/CEI Team in 2019 as Production Coordinator. Prior to joining CAM/CEI, Tamra worked for 21 years at the Chicago Bar Association (CBA).  For five years she was their Public Affairs Director, serving as media liaison and speechwriter, and working directly with CBA Board leadership and the Executive Director to craft and disseminate association messaging. Over the last 16 years, Tamra served as the Events Coordinator and managed more than 100 events, including luncheons, awards ceremonies, receptions and international and local educational seminars, many featuring prominent legal and judicial figures.  Prior to working at the Chicago Bar Association, Tamra was Managing Director of the Organic Theater Company.  Along with more than 25 years’ event management experience, Tamra brings impeccable organizational and interpersonal skills.

In addition to her professional endeavors, Tamra is an active volunteer in her community, coordinating special events for her neighborhood civic group, local political organization and her children’s school. Tamra received a Bachelor of Science in Speech from Northwestern University.

“Ed and his team have become part of our ILCBA family. They are professional, highly organized and responsive. Equally important they allow our leadership team to enjoy the many benefits of being actively engaged in a professional association of your peers, without all the clerical responsibilities bogging us down.”  Mona Naser, Past-President, Illinois Creditors Bar Association