With a background in public relations and digital marketing, Anthony helps businesses create meaningful online content as a way to generate sales-ready leads. For the past 3 years, Anthony has worked in online communications, issues management and social media strategy.
Before a brief social media stint at Razorfish, Anthony spent two years at Edelman where he led the day-to-day digital PR operations for a major hospitality client. During this time, the Edelman team received over 20 top industry awards for integrated campaigns. Beyond B2C activations, Anthony advised B2B clients on social media strategy, website development, paid media, and search engine optimization.
Before joining Edelman, Anthony worked at Andrew Freeman & Co., a boutique consulting agency in San Francisco, where he supported PR efforts for clients such as La Boulange Bakery and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.
About Likeworth Digital: Likeworthy Digital enables clients to create and distribute great content that turns visitors into leads and leads into delighted customers. The firm’s inbound marketing strategy starts at the intersection of search, social media, and content development. Results are fueled by the co-founders’ combined sales and marketing backgrounds and tracked by HubSpot’s industry-leading technology.
Walking my dog to work with me. Best commute I’ve ever had because it forces me to go outside and take my time heading to work. Those moments when you can ease into work mode and organize your thoughts are precious.
“Be comfortable being uncomfortable.” It’s not something I have an easy time doing, but forcing myself to relax and enjoy the uncertainty in life has really helped me stay energized and positive. Time spent stressing about the future or wondering how ends will meet is unnecessary and unproductive. I’ve become a more successful person by keeping an open mind and allowing life to ebb and flow.
For new small marketing agencies, I’d say don’t be afraid to break the rules. Our success comes from eliminating marketing buzzwords and endless fluff in this industry, not by trying to wield it or “sound smart” in front of clients. Be real. Build marketing strategies that are real. Share real results. Those are the things people will appreciate and they can suspect b.s. from a mile away.
The Gold Coast neighborhood is next to the Loop, so you can easily migrate over to the business districts without having to actually work there. I like the peacefulness of the Gold Coast and there are a ton of great spots for coffee or lunch. Nico Osteria is our fave.
My favorite part of my job is having the freedom to take risks without getting approval from a boss. They don’t always pay off but they always teach me something, and the speed at which I’m learning has accelerated.
Learn more about Likeworthy Digital at their web site, likeworthydigital.com
Andrew is a Graphic Designer and currently the Creative Director at Alliance Creative Group. With 10 years of experience in the marketing field across a variety of industries, Andrew has put a focus on customers, outcomes, and finding the fastest, most efficient paths to moving the needle for businesses. Andrew has provided his skillset to State Farm, OHi, Auto Collision Rebuilders, Acquaviva Winery, Las Palmas, and Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, just to name a few! For these projects, he works on everything from Client Relationship Management to Web Design, Print Design, Social Media Marketing and the overall Art Direction.
He has experience working within strict brand guidelines as well as having creative freedom to develop a design from conception to completion. In his hybrid role, Andrew is often brought on to work on both web and print to ensure consistency across platforms. Whether it’s creating a campaign, promoting an event, selling a product/service(s), or creating brand awareness, Andrew has demonstrated his success as a fullstack marketer and a selfsufficient utility player who can contribute value at each layer of the stack.
Working in a shared office space constantly helps feed my creativity and keeps me inspired. That goes a long way for the type of work I do. I love the energy and different vibes you’re able to get from the people at Assemble, it feels like a constant growing network and a community we all enjoy being part of. There just so happens to be a Chipotle around the corner, so that’s probably what my initial answer should have been. I worry if the day ever comes where I’m not working in a shared office space like Assemble, I love the space!
Relationships have helped me get to where I am today. When I launched my first company at the age of 17, I wasn’t fully ready to take everything on, so I reached out to others that had a headstart to help complete projects, collaborate, to get advice, and so on. By working with others, instead of trying to take all the credit (and possibly failing because I wasn’t fully ready at the time), it gave me time to learn, continue my education, and give my connections time to appreciate the business relationship we were building which ultimately led to more business and sparking Alliance Creative Group’s interest in having me join their company. The advice I’d give on building relationships that play a role in your career is: Don’t be afraid to collaborate. Collaborative problem solving is extremely critical in today’s highly complex information culture. Everything is moving so fast, innovation is constantly happening it’s time to embrace collaboration.
1. Take a picture: I’ve always felt that photography goes handinhand with graphic design. I either get to use photos I take in my design projects, continue to find inspiration in photos that I’m able to look back on, and photography is a field I’d like to continue getting better at so seeing my photo work allows me to figure out what I need to work on or seek advice/suggestions from other photographers (shout out to Felix & Evan!)
2. Notetaking: This is the kind of thing that keeps me up at night. I come from an entrepreneurial background, so I’m always coming up with ideas for new startups, improvements to business processes, my retirement plans (I’m only 27, but why not), ideas that might may never see the light of day but help inspire other actionable ideas, the list goes on. I guess you can say I have the cheat codes to life on my iPhone.
3. Keep a never ending todo list: As much as we all want to get everything checked off our todo list, I always try to ensure I constantly strive for more (for both my career and personal life). I’m obsessively motivated, so I continue adding things to my todo list to ensure I never reach the end. From there, it’s a matter of breaking things down into shortterm and longterm goals and getting shit done!
Work doesn’t feel like work. I’ve been designing for 10 years and to this day it still doesn’t feel like a chore. I love everything about it and I’m still hungry to continue learning, collaborating with others, and look forward to eventually mentoring students and other related marketing/business opportunities.
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I invite you to check out my portfolio here: http://NoSetStyle.com. You can learn more about Alliance Creative Group here: http://AllianceCreativeGroup.com I’m always game to sit down and grab a coffee or beer and discuss how we can work together!
Morgan is a Principal, Portfolio Manager, and Financial Advisor at Ranstrom Berg Wealth Management, LLC, a financial planning and investment management firm with offices in Fargo, ND, Portland, OR, and Minneapolis, MN. Morgan recently founded the Minneapolis, MN, office and is working out of the newly opened Assemble office space in downtown Minneapolis.
Ranstrom Berg Wealth Management, LLC has been serving its clients’ financial needs for over thirty years. The firm takes a holistic approach to wealth management, looking at each part of its clients’ personal finances and working with them to create a plan that meets their personal and financial goals. Ranstrom Berg believe that financial planning is an ongoing and continually evolving process and strives to support its clients through each phase of their life.
Morgan specializes in unifying his clients’ values and aspirations with their financial lives, consulting with the whole person rather than minimizing an individual or family to their financial bottom line. He has also developed a wide knowledge base in regards to Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) and actively incorporates SRI into his practice.
In addition to his work duties, Morgan is an avid singer-songwriter and guitar player and has released two studio albums, the latest of which was produced by Chris Cunningham of folk duo Storyhill at Basecamp Recording Studio in Bozeman, Montana. Prior to his time at Ranstrom Berg, Morgan lived, worked, and traveled extensively through Central and South America.
When I get up early enough to meditate and do some writing before work, my whole day benefits.
Prior to Assemble, I had been working out of a solo office for a number of years. In that regard, coming into an environment where I’m meeting new and dynamic people and having great conversations throughout my day has had a tremendously positive effect on my energy level and excitement as I go about my work. I’ve advised a few of my colleagues to look into a shared office space like Assemble when their leases are up.
Some combination of meditation, playing my guitar, and/or exercising helps me relax and remember to stay mindful.
Write – I have a blog called intrinsicallyvalued.com that I hope to turn into a book about building more mindful financial habits and connecting our personal values with our money.
Spend time connecting with my wife/family.
Our personal finances and relationship with money can add a great deal of stress to our lives, which in turn can negatively impact how we think about the future and even how we interact with the people we care about most on a day-to-day level. It is incredibly gratifying when the work I do as a financial advisor alleviates that stress for my clients and helps funnel it into something much more positive.
Learn more about Ranstrom Berg Wealth Management, LLC at their web site, ranstrom.com.
Denise Rothbardt Schwartz is a principal at EpsteinSchwartz Legal Search. She has been a legal recruiter since 2003. Denise began her legal career in Minneapolis as a corporate associate at Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. She moved to Chicago in 2000 to join the banking and finance practice at Mayer Brown LLP. Denise received her B.A., with distinction, from Indiana University in 1996, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her J.D., with high distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1999. Denise currently serves on the Associate Board of Open Books, a non-profit organization that provides literacy experiences for children in Chicago. She lives in Lakeview with her family and loves Iowa Hawkeye sports.
EpsteinSchwartz Legal Search is a women-owned boutique attorney search and placement firm established by Denise Schwartz and Eynav Epstein in 2012. They have over 30 years of combined experience as practicing attorneys and as legal recruiters. They work with large, midsize and boutique law firms, as well as with local and national companies. They particularly enjoy working closely with clients, getting to know their firm/corporate culture and forming strong, long-term recruiting partnerships.
I love getting up early. Having extra time to work out or read the news helps me start my day balanced and focused. The days I rush out of the house without having a few minutes of quiet time seem to start out a little shaky.
Everyone at EpsteinSchwartz has enjoyed being at Assemble. There is a great level of energy, entrepreneurship and collegiality that makes coming to work here very fun and engaging.
I have more than one favorite thing! I enjoy meeting new people and learning about what they do. I also enjoy the matchmaking aspect of my position. Recruiting is like a complicated puzzle that is sometimes solved in a few months but can also take several years. Success in my field – which I define as placing a lawyer in a position that will benefit both him/her and our client – is very rewarding.
Dads give great advice, right? Growing up, my dad always told me to learn something new every day. In meetings and conversations with both clients and candidates, I truly do learn every single day. It may be something new about the law, gaining a new perspective on how a business is run or even just figuring out a new technology tool that can help us reach a broader audience.
Visit the EpsteinSchwartz Legal Search web site at www.epsteinschwartz.com.
Daniel is the CEO/Co-Founder of Sabbatical, a destination coworking platform with it’s Chicago headquarters in the Assemble Gold Coast Office. Sabbatical was founded in October 2015 with the mission of creating a network of remote working spaces, providing the same communal, inspiring environment that Assemble provides in Chicago, except for employees working remotely in locations all over the world. The inspiration for Sabbatical comes from Daniel (and his cofounders’) travels to 40+ combined countries and the omnipresent Millennial wanderlust that forces too many motivated young people to choose between exploration and achievement.
Sabbatical is a tech-enabled (but very human) solution to a problem that causes nagging burnout for employees and contributes heavily to sub-optimal productivity and employee turnover for companies. By signing up with Sabbatical, companies can provide their employees with a relatively low-cost way to explore while staying productive, replenishing creativity and advancing company culture in the process. Sabbatical is launching this summer in Puerto Rico, with multiple other markets planned for 2016/2017.
I feel that shared office spaces are a fantastic option for almost all work styles and that environments like Assemble are slowly (or even quickly, in some cases) disrupting the entire market for office space.
From an economic standpoint, my 4-person company would have a very difficult time maintaining a physical presence in 2 cities; however, shared office space allows us to have a place we can be productive and feed off a strong community energy in both Chicago (Assemble) and San Juan, Puerto Rico (Piloto 151).
From a personal productivity standpoint, my work style feeds on the energy of a space and its members, and coming into Assemble each day I feel like I’m entering a place that is equal parts tranquil and energizing.
More than anything, though, I think that the value derived from a coworking space is the sum of its community. I worry that as the shared office space becomes commoditized, work spaces with the character and energy of Assemble will be increasingly difficult to find.
As a second-time entrepreneur, I can safely say that building and maintaining good relationships is the single most important factor I can attribute to any past successes. Anyone who works at Assemble Gold Coast can attest that I spend probably 4-5 hours a day walking around talking on the phone or on video calls in my office. Maintaining connections with interesting, passionate people can result in remarkable and unexpected things. The key is to always be transparent and to give as much as you take from any relationship.
“Fake it until you make it.” I won’t attribute it, because the person who told me that would probably be slightly embarrassed if I told the full story; however, since early in my career the idea of projecting confidence and signing up for things that you weren’t 100% sure you could do have resulted in huge payback.
When I was probably 22, I told one of my managers that I could absolutely build a website despite the fact that I’d never written a line of code in my life. I spent the next 2 weeks voraciously reading books, experimenting with different languages, and the end result was an OKAY website that the client happened to love. I could have just as easily told my boss that this was outside my wheelhouse and he would have found someone else for the job, but instead I was able to get paid to build a skill that has become foundational to my career.
As an entrepreneur you can never be certain of everything. Dealing with unpredictability is part of the job. As long as you’re able to set realistic expectations and have the curiosity and work ethic to back things up, “faking it” can feel a lot like “making it”, even in the short-term.
Learn more about Sabbatical at sabbatical.io.
Tom Kerestes is the Co-Founder of Swingbridge, a company formed in the beginning of 2016 and a new member of Assemble West Loop’s offices. Swingbridge is comprised of a team of financial enthusiasts, with over 25+ years of experience from all corners of capital markets, who work to help their clients with outsourced CFO services in preparation of capital raises, giving the founders the tools necessary to better market themselves to investors. The goal is to take these items off the shoulders of their clients so they can instead focus their time and energy on their passion – running their business. In addition to getting Swingbridge up and running, Tom spends his time networking with potential clients, investors, and new friends as he’s always up for meeting new people. Chicago and the surrounding suburbs have been home to Tom since middle school, minus a two-year stint working in NYC. As Tom has added the distinction of being a family man over the past few years, with an amazing wife, two incredible young kids, and an awesome dog, he has made the move to the west suburbs, where it seemed only natural to become a BBQ pittmaster – he has his first amateur competition coming this summer ’16.
By virtue of coming from a sales background, and now trying to start a new business with Swingbridge, relationships are essential for me. The key is to realize that there is almost always a positive benefit to developing and keeping a new relationship – whether you realize it right away or not. Some advice I would give to anyone on relationship building is to always be 1) listening and 2) thinking about how you can help the other person. What goes around, comes around.
This is easy for me – I love meeting new people and learning about them and their experiences, whether it’s for professional or personal reasons. I have a simple philosophy in life that the more people you know, the more fun life will be. So, anyone want to go grab a drink?
Outside of work and family, I love spending my free time on two items: sports and BBQ. When I can combine the two – have friends over for a game watch and cook up my ribs or burnt ends – life is good.
“’You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take’ – Wayne Gretzky” – Michael Scott”. Technically, not advice directed specifically to me, but still something I truly believe in. And the addition of “The Office” humor is a subtle reminder to also laugh and have fun in life.
Visit the Swingbridge web site at Swingbridge.
Jurassic Studio is a design firm based in Chicago that enjoys exploring form, patterns, composition and their translation into our social context. From the personal to the urban environment, Jurassic Studio challenges what design can provide for our social culture. Jennifer Park, principal and owner of Jurassic Studio, has over thirteen years of professional experience in architecture, design and education spanning cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Richmond. A registered architect in Virginia and Illinois, her project experience is varied and includes work in academic, commercial, retail and residential settings. In addition to Jurassic Studio, Jen is also an adjunct professor at IIT College of Architecture. Jennifer was featured as one of the ”9 Women Who Are Changing Chicago” by Michigan Avenue Magazine in their May 2015 issue (http://michiganavemag.com/9-women-who-are-changing-chicago). Jennifer was born in Wisconsin and has made Chicago her home for the past six years. Jurassic Studio is located in Assemble’s West Loop location.
I really enjoy the proximity to everything without being in the thick of the Loop. We have plenty of action and access to everything, without being in the middle of the madness.
I love the diversity of people and entrepreneurial spirit. Being able to talk about everyone’s different businesses helps to keep my own profession in perspective and helps me to think outside the box. Also, helps to broaden my network and I feel like we can help each other’s businesses grow.
I never grow tired of exploring the city and finding new and exciting places.
Kathleen Hensen, of Hensen Consulting (PR firm, also featured in the ”9 Women Who Are Changing Chicago” by Michigan Avenue Magazine in their May 2015 issue), said something simple which really stuck with me. She stated “You gotta hustle.” In other words, don’t let yourself shy away from whatever the task at hand may be. It may feel a little awkward at times, but you really have to put yourself out there. If you don’t, you don’t know what opportunities you may miss out on.
Learn more about Jen and Jurassic Studio on their website: http://www.jurassicstudio.com/studio/
Alliance Creative Group is full service creative packaging, digital marketing and experiential agency that helps clients connect their products or services to their customers. ACG achieves this by creating, assisting or managing the creative process, print and packaging services, and the digital marketing and live event experience. ACG’s Corporate office is located at 1066 National Parkway, Schaumburg, IL 60173. ACG’s Digital marketing and experiential agency is located at Assemble’s Gold Coast offices.
Swimming. Before I step into the office I swim for at least 15 minutes. Swimming each morning gets me ready to face the obstacles of the day and keeps me in great spirits while doing so. There’s something magical with being in water.
The opportunity to meet cool people in different industries and learn more about what they do, the ability to quickly beta test an idea or campaign with folks outside of our agency, and the possibility of gaining direct business or referrals from my “next door neighbors” (so to speak).
1. Focus on ONE task at a time until complete
2. Ingest less and less simple sugars
In my free time I like to attend art shows, read blogs/books/magazines, go for walks with my wife and take in the scenery, lounge to good music, eat amazing food, and brainstorm/whiteboard.
Learn more about Alliance Creative Group at their web site, www.alliancecreativegroup.com.
“Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm!”
Chris Grech hails from “The D – Detroit!” and moved to La Grange in 2010. Since joining Flipboard Inc., – a Palo Alto based company which features a personalized magazine-format mobile application – in 2014, Chris has been working in downtown Chicago and currently loving his new shared office space. Chris is a strategic sales leader with a proven track record for delivering revenue growth through relationships built on trust. His experiences at industry leaders such as Flipboard, AOL, Tremor Video and MaxPoint Interactive have constantly challenged him to develop innovative solutions. Through this, Chris has consistently produced robust sales growth year after year which he attributes to staying client-focused and maintaining the highest level of integrity.
Getting to know people inside Flipboard, our customers and new Assemble colleagues. Those you work with and around you drive culture, which is very important at Flipboard. Even though it’s just Abby and me at FlipChi, everyone wants to visit because our space rocks, Chicago is world-class and because we have fun every day; our motto is #itshappening
I really appreciate we’re in a neighborhood. There’s a genuine effort to get to know people around you and support each other. For breakfast or lunch, I highly recommend Chapati Grill. Faisal, the owner, has tremendous pride in his restaurant and offers delicious food with daily specials. Be sure to check out his smoothies, too. For happy hour, Paola’s Vinum right down the street on Jefferson. It’s tough to beat their Spanish wine, tapas selection and ambiance.
1. Hug my wife and kids and talk about what’s happening in their lives
2. Spend an hour prospecting for new business
Always pay it forward.
Learn more about Flipbook Inc. at their web site, flipboard.
Living by the words, “experience beauty every day,” Cara endeavors to help other people do the same. As a Southerner raised in Raleigh, NC, she studied design at North Carolina State University’s College of Design, where she thrived in the inter-disciplinary design environment and decided to pursue design as her life’s work. This experience paired with a family heritage of designers, artists and educators provides her with a unique mix of a discerning eye, a value of practicality, and a desire to help others.
After 20 years of working in the field of brand strategy and design in Chicago, including seven years at the helm of her own design firm, Studio Pragmatik, Cara decided to switch gears. With her past experience serving as a prelude, she established Cara Hotz Style, a company focused on transforming the way people think about personal style. With this new endeavor, Cara shifted her professional focus from corporations to individuals, serving women by helping them identify and elevate their own personal styles through self-discovery.
For me, the most important part of a good morning routine is getting enough sleep the night before!
It’s great to have a space that’s built for flexibility. I use my office for consulting with clients, creative program development, management, and we host our small group workshops there, too. The way that a shared office can expand to fit our needs really works well for the business.
The nature of our work is predicated on building good relationships with our clients. We’re tapping into what makes you, you… so there’s a lot of trust put in us and how we work.
I find that being genuine and inclusive, having a good sense of humor, and being clear that we’re on the same team with our clients, helps to create a style experience like no other.
Whenever I need some quiet-space inspiration, I go to the Art Institute on Michigan Avenue. Always at the top of my list to see is The Chicago Panels by Ellsworth Kelly (the red panel is my favorite). I think that experiencing art is a great way to fuel your eye and your heart—and get inspired.
For more about Cara Hotz Style, Cara can be reached through her website: www.carahotz.com.