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What’s in Your Wallet?

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Have you looked at your business card recently? If not you should. MKTG INC’s cards are known for their unique perspective and purpose (the latter being expressly to embarrass their bearer, natch). In our new column, we take a look at the business cards of our coworkers and hear the stories behind them. Here’s the story behind the business card of Kevin Collins, General Manager of MKTG INC’s Chicago office.

Kevin owns a tuxedo T-shirt.  On the back it says, ‘Drive it like you stole it.’  Other than lacking the embarrassment gene, that pretty much sums up his attitude as he works on both new business and account services.
What a quote, right? I heard this from my grandfather many years ago as I packed up my truck and drove from Chicago to San Francisco for my first job. It was perfect timing for these words – push the pedal down, all the way down, and don’t look back. So wise were those words that I tossed them on the back of a tuxedo T-shirt, softball uniform and this business card – tipping a cap to it every place I could.

Those that know me know that quotes like this are a microcosm of what you get. I like to push limits, keep things light, have fun, enjoy what I do and I never, never ever, never ever ever, think about pulling my foot up off the pedal. Because anyone that’s ever stolen car knows that the minute you slow down is the minute you get caught. Write that down.

His ability to build consensus and get everybody to pull in the same direction is another useful quality.
I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people and forming new relationships. I thoroughly enjoy growing and nurturing existing relationships. I thoroughly enjoy bringing people together to successfully attack a goal.

When he’s not driving at high speeds, Kevin enjoys country music, line dancing, hand shuffleboard and all things Chicago.
Donny & Marie Osmond (as did some other people) once sang, “I’m a little bit country, I’m a little bit rock n’ roll.” I like that lyric. It helps me articulate my approach to life. I can drive at high speeds and reach destinations, but I also know now, better than ever, when to down shift and enjoy the moments – personally and professionally.

Growing a family over the past decade (wife Margot, daughter Rockey, brand-new son Dodge) has put a lot of things in perspective – the importance of maintaining my pedal-down approach with clears eyes and a full heart (#coachtaylor) and the even greater importance of balancing it with my happy places – family, friends, country music, hand shuffleboard and, of course, all things Chicago.

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NASCAR Speeds Into Downtown Chicago

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One of America’s greatest sport towns just found a new, higher-octane passion — NASCAR, when MKTG INC helped bring Chase Grid Live to downtown Chicago.

The two-day fan fest gave NASCAR the perfect chance to flex its muscle as the 16 top drivers prepare for the last 10 races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Chase Grid Live featured stock-car displays, live broadcasts from ESPN and SiriusXM, sponsorship areas with partners like Toyota, Sprint and MARS, and, of course, some good old Chicago pizza and burgers provided by some of the city’s most popular food trucks. All the while DJ Johnny Walker kept the energy up as NASCAR footage looped on the giant SprintVision screen next to the stage.

Photo by Ben Roth

After battling a bit of rain on the first day, the clouds parted and the crowds appeared for a live concert from Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, presented by NASCAR’s sponsor, Toyota. It was the perfect opportunity for NASCAR to put their brand in front of a younger audience.

The second day was nonstop, with crowds showing up early to get autographs from NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace and see onstage interviews with up-and-coming NASCAR drivers. But the main event occurred as the 16 NASCAR Challengers pulled up to the event on the top of a double decker bus that had just paraded them down Michigan Avenue. Their Driver Nations went wild as they weaved through the crowd to board the stage. ESPN’s Jamie Little then hosted a Q&A with the drivers that caught them at their most personable and, frankly, comedic. There were lots of great insights into the upcoming races but the biggest crowd reaction probably came as Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and the other top five drivers began goading fellow driver, Brad Keselowski, about his upcoming wedding. It was one of those great moments that makes you feel like you’re watching a bunch of friends having fun instead of a dull and staid press event. Keselowski went on to win the race, so the teasing may have fueled his fire!

Photo by Ben Roth

All in all, it was an amazing event in the eyes of both the fans and NASCAR.

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A World Class Event for MKTG INC

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At MKTG INC, we pride ourselves on executing world-class events – but this time, the event was actually World Class.

Earlier this summer, the national finals of the USBG World Class Bartender Competition were held in NYC at the Monarch Room’s Gilded Lily, and MKTG INC was there to make sure it went off without a hitch!

The NYC Final was the culmination of the 2014 US World Class program. Presented by the US Bartenders Guild and sponsored by Diageo, 75 top bartenders competed in 5 regional finals in Boston, Los Angeles, Portland, Atlanta and Chicago. The top 3 from each region were chosen to move on to the national finals in NYC for a total of 15 national finalists.

In all stages of the program, nationally and internationally recognized industry luminaries served as judges. The competition challenges tested all aspects of the bartenders’ abilities, from speed and efficiency to presentation, creativity and service, using brands from the Diageo Reserve portfolio.

From the regionals to the finals, MKTG INC worked closely with Diageo, the US Bartenders Guild, Liquid Productions and all the judges and competitors to ensure that the program was executed within World Class standards.

Charles Joly from Chicago was named the World Class US Bartender of the Year and will represent the US in the Global Finals in the UK starting July 27th. He will be competing against bartenders from 49 other countries and the global winner will be named in London on Aug 2nd.

The Diageo World Class competition is considered “the best” in the industry and is in its 6th year globally with 50 countries competing each year. This is the 3rd year that the US has participated, with US winners Ricky Gomez placing 5th globally in 2012 and Jeff Bell placing 2nd globally in 2013.

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Strategy Field Trip! Learnings from Iconosphere

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Last month, our Strategy and Planning team took a trip to Chicago to attend Iconosphere 2014. Consumer insights, research and cultural trends were shared — below are 3 things we learned at #Iconosphere à la Instagram. #tbt #doitforthegram

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Jimmy Takes the Plunge

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How the power of social media – and a little city vs. city rivalry – led Jimmy Fallon to take an icy swim in Lake Michigan.

It started out as a friendly question posed to new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon during an interview with a Chicago newspaper: “Would you ever have (Chicago Mayor) Rahm Emanuel as a guest on your show?” The always friendly Fallon said something to the effect of, “He can host if he wants to. I’m kind of scared of that guy.”

Now, Chicago has always been known for tough politicians. The nickname “Windy City” has nothing to do with weather – the term was actually coined to describe the back-handed, often shifty political climate. So Chicagoans – like their politicians – are tough, and they’re always quick to stand up for the city, especially when a comparison to New York arises.

The mayor’s response to Fallon was a simple tweet: “Thx for the invite @jimmyfallon. You should toughen up for the big leagues. Do the Chicago Polar Plunge with me and I’ll join @FallonTonight.” The Polar Plunge was taking place on March 2 to benefit the Special Olympics, and Fallon was invited.

Photo via Twitter @ChicagosMayor

And that’s when the Twitterverse took over. Hashtags like #JimmyPlungeWithUs and #SwimmyFallon came from Chicago celebrities, media and athletes. They taunted him. They challenged him. They flooded Fallon’s personal and Tonight Show Twitter feeds. Media began to ask if he would man up and jump into Lake Michigan. Giordano’s offered him free pizza after he finished.

As a man who has used to social media to connect with a demographic better than any Tonight Show host in history, Fallon understands the power of the medium. And just a few days after the banter began, it ended when Fallon delivered one last tweet:

“Okay @RahmEmanuel I’m in. Lake Michigan will have a New York fish this weekend. #SwimmyFallon.”

Chicago rejoiced at its moral victory, and the Special Olympics celebrated a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for global TV exposure. I saw it as a tremendous example of the dynamic and powerful influence of social media. (Later that night, Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres caused a temporary shutdown of Twitter after taking and sharing the ultimate celebrity selfie.) So those of you who wonder if Twitter’s here to stay should probably learn the language of 140 characters.

As for Fallon? He plunged.

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We’re For Holiday Parties

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MKTG INC NY revived Warhol’s Factory party at its Warholiday last Thursday. Pop art images were hung around the wall and the iconic silver balloons drifted across the ceiling. It almost felt like Warhol was there as partygoers wore blonde and brightly colored wigs at the photo booth. Of course, the Factory won’t be complete without art– partygoers created personalized pop art holiday cards to send to family and friends.

The Warholiday truly lived up to the legendary Silver Factory!

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SAN FRANCISCO | LA

MKTG INC SF & LA took their party to Neverland!

The SF office spent the evening with MKTG INC LA and members of the Diageo team aboard Forbes Island- a floating island located off of San Francisco’s Pier 39. The night was full of great food, plenty of drinks and exceptional company. It was the perfect way to send off 2013 as we head in to the New Year.

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CHICAGO

Chicago’s finest celebrated the end of another great year at the local speakeasy, Green Door Tavern. While some city folk don a suit or dress and go to a gala, we decided to get in touch with what makes this city so great: good people, a nice cocktail and a roaring fire. We drank, we ate, we laughed, and most importantly we didn’t walk more than a block in the cold. And of course there was the white elephant where we continued the annual tradition of swapping different types of booze. ‘Twas a classy christmas soiree.

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LONDON

MKTG INC x PLATTERFORM: LUMBERJACK CHRISTMAS

Date:  Monday, 9th December

Time:  5:00PM

Location:  Skylodge @ The Hothouse, 274 Richmond Road, London, E8 3QW

Blow-torched marshmallows and hot rum-cider toddies welcomed the MKTG INC London team upon arrival to the Skylodge – a pop-up experiential dining haven set up by the culinary creative collective, Platterform.

After a few rounds of nine-inch nail banging, (one of many lumberjack games in store for the night) a spread of “Lumbersnacks” began a 4-course feast. Mac’n’Cheese, Maple Hot Wings, and Baby Back Ribs were among the appetizers, so needless to say the team had some calories to work off. Luckily there was an intense game of “Moosical Logs” yet to be played.

However first, MKTG INC enjoyed a beautiful campfire acoustic set by London band, Fawn, while snuggled up in blankets during the final course: a maple and berry pancake dessert. Guest appearances were made by the Abominable Snowman and a strange lion before the end of the night when all the little lumberjacks went home to hang up their plaid shirts.

LUMBERJACK XMAS: A SUCCESS.

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January 6th, 2014 at 4:26 pm

With DISH, Your TV Is Your New Carry-On

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If you’re dreading your holiday travels over the river and through the woods this year, you might look in an unexpected direction for some comfort — up in the air. MKTG INC has teamed up with our friends at DISH to make your annual flight to Grandma’s house more enjoyable. DISH’s partnership with Southwest Airlines means passengers can now watch live TV, completely free, on WiFi -enabled Southwest Airlines aircraft.

Turns out that watching live TV from 10,000 feet is simple: Turn on your iPhone, enable the Wi-Fi, open up the browser, and bingo — next thing you know you’re watching Joanna Krupa and Lisa Hochstein have a go at each other…or, er… you’re watching Power Lunch on CNBC while flying in the sky.

With the weather nasty, maybe you’re dreading a flight delay? There’s nothing to fear with the DISH Hopper, a DVR that transfers to your iPad, so you can watch your favorite shows from Seat 28C just like you’re in your own living room La-Z Boy.

Don’t have an iPad?  No problem, feel free to borrow one from our friendly Brand Ambassadors, so you can still enjoy your flight with complementary live TV. Come see for yourself this holiday season:

Chicago (Midway): through November 24
Denver: through December 3
Oakland: through December 3

Written by: Alex Ricchi

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November 22nd, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Rev Your Motors: The Chase for the Sprint Cup Is Here

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This past month, MKTG INC felt the need – the need for speed. The NASCAR Contenders live event, held at Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier Ballroom, brought together the top 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ drivers as they continued their journey toward a championship with only 10 races left. This action-packed event allowed fans to get up close and personal with top NASCAR drivers, including Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch. The event was hosted by Nicole Briscoe of ESPN’s NASCAR Countdown and featured an interactive Q&A with the sport’s top drivers, plus an exclusive Q&A with former NASCAR Cup champion and 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Dale Jarrett, led by NASCAR president Mike Helton.
Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon hosted the pre-show, and Top Gear’s Rutledge Wood was on hand to present the sweepstakes winner, Heather Ringbauer, with a brand-new Toyota Tundra. But the chase isn’t over yet – keep watching, it’s anyone’s race!

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This past month, MKTG INC felt the need – the need for speed. The NASCAR Contenders Live event, held at Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier Ballroom, brought together the top 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ drivers as they continued their journey toward a championship with only 10 races left. This action-packed event allowed fans to get up close and personal with top NASCAR drivers, including Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch. The event was hosted by Nicole Briscoe of ESPN’s NASCAR Countdown and featured an interactive Q&A with the sport’s top drivers, plus an exclusive Q&A with former NASCAR Cup champion and 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Dale Jarrett, led by NASCAR president Mike Helton.

Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon hosted the pre-show, and Top Gear’s Rutledge Wood was on hand to present the sweepstakes winner, Heather Ringbauer, with a brand-new Toyota Tundra.

But the chase isn’t over yet – keep watching, it’s anyone’s race!

Written by: Liz McKeon

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MKTG INC Continues Growth With Hires in Chicago and NYC

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Charlie Horsey, Chairman and CEO, announced today that the company has added key staff positions in the company’s Chicago and New York offices.

Scott MalagaScott Malaga joined the Chicago office as Senior Vice President of Business Development. In his new role, he will lead the company’s Midwest business development efforts and provide sponsorship consultation for clients. Malaga has more than 15 years of experience in sales and sports marketing, with previous positions including Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Intersport and Vice President of Corporate Partnerships with the Chicago Fire. Prior to that, he spent more than a decade selling and managing college sports media and activation.

Malaga received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, where he was a first team All-Ivy running back and was inducted into the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.  He received his Masters Degree in Sports Administration from Ohio University. He and his wife live in Elmhurst, IL.

Ryan CarterAlso new to the Chicago office is Ryan Carter, who joined the MKTG INC team as Vice President, Client Service. In his new role, he will manage relationships with brand partnerships in the Midwest and beyond. He has more than 15 years of experience in creating unique consumer engagements for some of the world’s most recognized brands.

Most recently, Ryan worked on Nike’s Central Territory Brand Team, where he was responsible for bringing Nike Running to life in a 22-state territory, including marquee events like the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Ryan also led a cross-functional team that launched Nike+ in 2012. Prior to Nike, Ryan worked in leadership roles at Intersport, DePaul University Athletics and the American Junior Golf Association. Ryan is a graduate of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and resides in Oak Park with his wife, Molly, and their two children.

Katie_Kirby_1In the New York office, MKTG INC named Katie Kirby to the newly-created Director of Communications position. In that role, she will spearhead the company’s communications and public relations efforts.

Katie brings 15 years of experience to MKTG INC, ranging from grassroots marketing to global brand promotion in sports, spirits and hospitality. Most recently, she managed integrated communications programs at DKC Public Relations in New York. Prior to that, Katie worked at Beam, Inc. in Deerfield, IL, where she oversaw global PR outreach for Beam’s vodka, rum and tequila brands. Katie previously worked as Director of Public Relations for the Chicago White Sox, where she managed PR efforts for the team’s marketing, community relations and sales initiatives, highlighted by the team’s World Series Championship in 2005. Katie serves as the Vice President of Marketing for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)’s NY Chapter. She graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Journalism.

“This is an exciting time for MKTG INC, and these new hires reflect our growth and ongoing expansion.” said Horsey.  “Coming off of a summer where we executed dynamic programs for partners including Nike, Diageo, NBA, MSNBC, Proctor & Gamble and others, MKTG INC is continuing to deliver exciting, innovative programs to clients in the US and abroad.”

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MKTG INC Paints the World Green ☘

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NEW YORK

NYC_St.Pat'sWritten by: Chrissy Tully

It didn’t rain on our parade this year, but it did snow. New Yorkers bared chilly temperatures on Saturday to watch Bagpipers, Irish Step Dancers and emerald-clad revelers march down Fifth Avenue for the 252nd St. Patrick’s Day Parade (but who’s counting?!). Whether you are Irish or just look good in green, a great time was had by the thousands of people flooding the parade route and pubs from 44th Street to 79th Street. After all, a winter storm can’t stop the Irish from having fun!

LONDON

London_St.Patrick'sDayWritten by: Carter Parrish

Parades, festivals, music, food and of course, Pubs!  When you mention St. Patrick’s Day here in the capital those are the first words that come to mind.  With a HUGE parade kicking off at noon from Picaddilly and marching through London to Trafalgar Square where the festivities continue until about 6pm.  The parade is led by a giant dragon and features jugglers, charitable groups and marching bands from all over the world.  Once the parade has finished Trafalgar Sq is transformed in a festival in itself with bands, comedy acts and dance performers.  Food carts are serving traditional Irish food and beer as people fill the square and celebrate St. Patrick of Ireland.

CHICAGO

Chicago_St.Patrick'sDayWritten by: Brian Marshall

Saturday, 10:00am: A glorious sight – a leprechaun wearing a jet pack on the Chicago River. Wee little man ended up in the river on this cold, cold day.

Saturday, 10:15am: The Chicago River is dyed green as thousands watch…it’s stunning just how green the water gets.

Saturday, 2:00pm: At Harry Caray’s restaurant in River North, a mediocre cover band plays Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” while a group of drunk girls attempt to dance in front of the stage. This restaurant was especially packed for the day, with most sporting hideous green outfits.

Sunday, 11:00am: A glitter-bombed sewer cover the morning after the Saturday celebrations on Michigan Ave and Ohio Street.

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