Since 2016, I’ve worked at the Joliet City Center Partnership.

I am the primary employee and manage all communications and marketing to promote businesses within the downtown special service area. I also produce several large community events, administer our economic development grant program, write press releases & digital newsletters, and maintain productive relationships with our business owners and managers.

In early 2021, I created the Eat to Win Challenge that encouraged local residents and workers to patronize downtown Joliet restaurants by offering $500 to one diner and one restaurant each week. We received over 1,000 receipts as submissions. Restaurants reported an significant increase in customers and were delighted by program.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that forced restaurants and retail stores to close for much of 2020, I worked with my Board of Directors to create an Emergency Relief Grant program. We ran several successful rounds of funding and provided over $100,000 to our struggling business owners to help them pay their employees and rent. This Herald-News article was written from a press release I issued after the first round of grants.

My biggest project was managing the CCP’s brand refresh in 2019. I worked with one of our SSA businesses, Unidos Marketing Network, to completely redesign the organization’s logo, website, and social media presence. The new brand is colorful, fresh, and exciting.

I have previously worked as: