Senior Chicago-based communications professional/strategic thinker/project manager with proven experience in public relations, marketing and related disciplines. Currently manage public affairs, internal and external communications for the Urban Transportation Center, a transportation research unit at University of Illinois at Chicago. Helped build brands for leading Chicago-headquartered and international commercial real estate associations. Launched blog rated by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2013 as best business blog. Management experience with associations, agencies and corporations. Strategic planning and execution, events/ project management and team-building skills. Generated revenue and delivered projects within budget. Outstanding written and oral communications, fluent in social media applications. Developed and nurtured strategic alliances to reach goals and provide solutions. One of 3,800 PR professionals to hold Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential. Past board member of Universal Accreditation Board and PRSA Chicago. Active blogger. Got career start at the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago. Principal at communications consultancy serving restaurant/hospitality, real estate, mortgage and other businesses.