Marketing Innovators Luncheon Seminar
The Big Marketing Idea is Alive and Well in Chicago
In 2002, Tom co-founded the Chicago Innovation Awards along with Dan Miller, the former business editor of the Chicago Sun-Times and former executive vice president of the Heartland Institute. Tom says the motivation for founding the awards was that he had grown weary of hearing about technology innovation only on the West Coast and financial services innovation on the East Coast; he felt that Chicago was not getting the credit it deserved for being a center of innovation.
Keelin and his team won another Chicago Innovation Award in 2011 for the SRCOOL12K Portable AC Unit, which provides cooling in data center and network environments through a unique built-in evaporator.
Ellen Barry, Chicago Innovation Awards judge and principal of the EBarry Group, which provides consulting and advisory services to the convention and meeting industry, governmental agencies and not-for-profits, associations and private sector businesses in areas of operational effectiveness, sourcing strategies, innovative solutions and revenue opportunities. She is the former chief information officer for the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority, which owns and manages McCormick Place, Navy Pier and the Hyatt McCormick Place Hotel. She also served as first deputy CIO for the City of Chicago and worked with the Chicago Police Department in numerous successful IT and strategic planning activities. She holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a MBA in Quantitative Methods and Computers from Loyola University. She is the recipient of the 2003 Excellence in Corporate IT Leadership Award presented by WITI (Women in Technology, International) Chicago Chapter.