Marketer of the Year

Honoring the Best of the Best

AMA Chicago’s Marketer of the Year award recognizes a top Chicagoland marketer who is leading their brand forward. Our city is a hub for marketing’s creative minds promoting brands of all sizes: the Marketer of the Year award honors the most outstanding professional in a competitive field.

Nominations for 2024 are open May 15 through July 31, 2024.

The Marketer of the Year award will be presented at the CMO Forum on October 3, at The Dalcy in Chicago.

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Chicagoland is home to many top marketers, all contributing each day to their brand’s success. The AMA Chicago chapter’s annual award recognizes excellence and elevates each year’s winner through:

  • Award presentation at the CMO Forum, October 3 at The Dalcy
  • LinkedIn Live interview
  • Social media posts announcing the winner
  • Chicago area publication announcement
  • Opportunity to be a panelist or speaker at an AMA Chicago event

Read more about the benefits of marketing awards and how to write an outstanding nomination in this blog post.

Eligibility
  • Nominees must be based in the greater Chicago area; their employer does not need to be local.
  • A nominee’s current responsibilities must focus on branding, marketing and communications for their company’s brand.
  • Only in-house marketers (not agencies) are eligible, though agencies are welcome to nominate their clients.
  • Self-nominations are welcome! Reference/s may be requested by AMA Chicago.
Entries
  • Submit entries by July 31, 2024
  • Entries are $125 each
  • Each submission must include
    • a link to the nominee’s LinkedIn profile and
    • a short narrative (300–1,000 words) about the nominee’s work within the last 12–18 months. The narrative should address the nominee’s achievements in three criteria categories: (1) Strategy, (2) Results, (3) Vision & Leadership.

View the complete guidelines for 2024

Criteria

The following questions are guidelines for the (300- to 1,000-word) narrative; they do not need to be answered individually.

STRATEGY

  • How has the candidate achieved breakthroughs and advances in organizing and planning?
  • How has the candidate developed unique methodologies?
  • How has the candidate shown effective collaboration inside the organization as well as with outside partners?
  • How has the candidate successfully implemented creative approaches to solving marketing and communication problems?
  • How has the candidate progressed the face of the industry?

RESULTS

  • How has the candidate employed effective methods of measurement?
  • How has the candidate’s work helped their organization achieve both short- and long-term goals?

VISION & LEADERSHIP

  • How has the candidate’s work helped advance or transform their organization or the field of marketing?
  • How has the candidate shown thought leadership by speaking and writing on marketing?
  • How has the candidate been recognized by others in the field for their work?
  • How has the candidate given back to the Chicagoland community?

Previous Honorees

  • 2023 Winner: Chris Duncan

    VP of Consumer Insights & Digital Marketing, Claire’s

    With over 20 years of executive-level experience in marketing, digital and agency operations, he has helped lead the brand’s transformation into a powerful, omnichannel organization delivering engaging content, experiences and programs globally.

  • 2022 Winner: Meghan Hurley

    VP of Marketing, Farmer’s Fridge

    At Farmer’s Fridge, Meghan built their marketing department to address rapid expansion into new markets and channels. She launched performance marketing in 2020 paving the way for growth in ecommerce.