Connex at Catalyst Ranch | March 9, 2022
Wednesday, 09 March 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Stay connected through Connex! We’re bringing together colleagues, friends, entrepreneurs and creative professionals. Connect with fellow marketers to talk over hot marketing topics in small groups. This event is FREE for AMA Chicago members and $20 for guests. Join AMA Chicago for just $149 to attend this and every monthly event for FREE – a $300 value!
Round Robin Discussion Groups
The event features small group breakouts hosted by these topic experts. Every 20 minutes, we’ll rotate tables to hear from a new expert and meet new peers. By the end of the event, you’ll have been in a discussion group led by each of the three experts. Or, if you love one topic, stay there the whole night while peers rotate around you!
Topic 1: Staffing Your Digital Projects Team
Roy Chomko, President, Adage
In 2001, Roy founded Adage Technologies combining a passion for innovation and the desire to build a company focused on technology advancing purpose. With this mission in mind, Roy focuses on delivering value with every digital services engagement. Using digital strategy, design, development, and optimization solutions to drive organizational success is central to his work at Adage. As President, Roy’s energy and customer-centric approach have helped to grow Adage to an international digital agency that’s been delivering web, ecommerce, and portal solutions to a wide variety of industries for over 20 years.
Topic 2: DEI: Intentional vs Box-checking
Kevin Davis, Director of Marketing & Communications, Erie Family Health Center
Kevin Davis is a proud native Detroiter. Kevin has over 20 years of marketing and branding experience in the higher education and nonprofit sectors, including roles with City Year Chicago, North Park University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He currently serves as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Erie Family Health Centers, a $100M nonprofit community healthcare organization with over 90,000 patients and just over 1,000 employees. He oversees all marketing, communications, and community engagement activities of the organization. Kevin attended Eastern Michigan University, and completed his bachelors degree in marketing at Colorado State University, and is pursuing his master’s degree in management at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Kevin also an alumni of the Allstate Foundation’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Topic 3: Fighting for Your Annual Budget
Jon Morris, Founder, Ramsey Innovations
We will discuss how best to build your bottom’s up budget to meet both your revenue and strategic goals. Additionally, we will work through best practices for building your supporting business cases and how and when to fight for more. ABOUT JON
Jon Morris founded Rise Interactive in 2004 using the $10k prize money he won in the University of Chicago’s New Venture Challenge business plan competition. Under Jon’s leadership, Rise became one of the largest independent agencies in the country. And over the next 16 years, they won numerous awards from Inc. 500|5000 Fastest Growing Companies (nine-time winner), Ad Age (Best Places to Work in Advertising), Fortune Magazine, and more. Morris has been personally recognized as a leader in technology and innovation on the Techweek100 list and the Crain’s Chicago Tech 50 list. After selling Rise to Quad graphics in 2020 he reflected on what he loved most about the experience: helping other entrepreneurs navigate the challenges of building a business. And so he founded Ramsay Innovations in 2020, a tech-enabled finance & strategic planning company for marketing agencies to help them have the same success he had at Rise.