The CAM 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 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. Ed 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 over fourteen professional organizations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shelbi brings an extensive marketing background with experience in both traditional and web platforms. She has over 25 years experience in marketing and over 10 years experience working specifically with associations. Her experience as a business owner provides a vast range of talents that enable Shelbi to create customized solutions for associations. She is an innovative and versatile thinker with excellent communication skills and a proven ability to deliver results. Shelbi thrives on a challenge and welcomes opportunities to grow in new areas.
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 his Bachelor of Arts from Northern Illinois University in 2016.
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 and producing acumen, make each event a new experience. An active contributor to the meetings and events industry, Linda is Past President and Board Member of ILEA-Chicago Chapter and plays a key role in several MPI committees. She has guided CEI as President since 2000, earning multiple awards, including: “Best Team Building Company” “Best Vendor” and numerous “NICE Awards”.
Production Coordinator, Meetings and Events
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. Tamra served as the Events Coordinator and managed more than 100 events, including luncheons, awards ceremonies, receptions and international and local educational seminars. Tamra brings impeccable organizational and interpersonal skills.
Lori has over 35 years of experience as a bookkeeper working with a wide variety of different companies and associations. She works to tailor her services to the needs of the client while working to assure the financial information is recorded accurately and in accordance with accepted accounting principles. Lori is detail oriented and deadline focused as she works.