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 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.
Joi Johnson (Association Manager)
Joi brings to Chicago Association Management over 10 years experience in events, corporate training and motivational speaking. Joi exudes enthusiasm, high energy, creativity, leadership, adaptability and a sincere passion for each program she is involved with. Joi is an engaging event professional committed to a program’s success and to building effective relationships to ensure future success.
Amelia Daly (Communications Manager)
Amelia has several years in sales, brand management and customer service experience. An MA English graduate of CUNY Queens College, Amelia is passionate about learning new ideas and using them to benefit others. Her tenacious personality and drive for success earned her top rewards and perks. However, it was the long-term relationships she built with her clients and developing substantial growth for small businesses that gave her the highest sense of accomplishment.
Jodi Whitlock (Senior Event Producer)
Jodi assists with the Business Executives Association, including preparing bi-weekly notes for the President, preparing presenters, taking minutes at the monthly Board Meetings and strategic planning meetings. She also organizes any off-site special events, including the BEA’s Day of Service, Summer Outing and Holiday Party. For NIEAPA, she has helped with the communication and registration of the Chapter Meetings, sent communications to new and returning members, and has also been involved with the board meetings. For NIEAPA, Jodi has assists in securing presenters, including all communication with the presenters leading up to their annual conference; she has also interfaced with the site and A/V companies to ensure proper and timely set up of rooms.
Bob Heise (Sales and Marketing)
Bob joined the CAM team in September 2015. Bob brings over 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry where he developed a love for interacting with clients and a passion for building lasting relationships. Always up for a challenge, he is keen to designing out of the box creative programs from vision to execution. Having started volunteer work at a young age, Bob enjoys working with organizations on CSR programs, especially those that assist Chicagoland children’s charities. Bob received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Elmhurst College.
Tricia Fusilero (Association Support)
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, sales, strategic planning, customer focus, writing and social media, as well as the ability to partner with colleagues in a broad range of industries.
Linda Whitlock (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.
Kathleen Clickett (Freelance Meeting & Event Specialist)
Kathleen’s professional background includes more than 15 years of experience with non-profit organization management, meeting planning, registration & website management and hotel & vendor negotiations. Kathleen has worked with associations of all sizes, has directed and executed all aspects of meetings from 5 to 10,000 attendees, and is very involved in the association and meetings industries. Her extensive network of supplier and vendor partners deliver added savings and more buying power to our clients.
Erin McCarthy (Freelance Association Manager)
Erin’s 13 years of association management experience centers on providing the best service and guidance to members and stakeholders. She’s trained and supported national, state and local associations with organizational analysis, strategic direction and membership recruitment and retention efforts. Erin has proven abilities in benefit management, member communications and marketing. Having worked for the American Dental Association and its state and local societies for over eight years and as Director of Membership for the Minnesota Dental Association for five years, Erin has extensive experience collaborating with multiple stakeholders to achieve their goals.
Silva Trang Le (Marketing Manager – Washington D.C.)
Silvia is a multi-languages professional with a diverse background in marketing/communication and supporting high-level executives. She brings over four years of experience in planning, organizing and coordinating business development, public relations, events marketing, and meetings. Silvia is experienced in market research, data analytics, and is highly recognized for her customer service, administrative support, and effective supplier management. She is an energetic, skillful person with a willingness to learn and a can-do attitude.
“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.” – Timothy M. Howe, President, Illinois Creditors Bar Association