Our Approach

We work with INTEGRITY.

The finished product we provide our clients is EXCELLENT – creative, accurate, and targeted.

Our offerings are DIVERSE, completely tailored to our clients’ needs.  We believe the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and COLLABORATE with our clients and strategic partners.

We add value through a THOUGHTFUL, STRATEGIC approach.  We provide recommendations and insight in addition to seamless EXECUTION.


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Meet the Team

You've got to meet these people.  Seriously.

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Bekah Carlson

Bekah spent over a dozen years in corporate real estate marketing for an investment firm. Then she worked on side projects outside of that realm, from gaming to men's underwear development to restaurant concept work, and discovered a passion for developing the strategy and marketing fundamentals that can grow all businesses.

Bekah is also an Illinois licensed real estate managing broker, board member and past president of NICAR (the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors), and a presenter on the CRECO.ai Real Estate Roundtable Podcast.

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Maria Dollas

With over 20 years of experience in all aspects of event production and marketing, Maria has enjoyed working with an incredibly diverse range of clients throughout her career:  high-level diplomatic events for visiting dignitaries and heads of state, creating award-winning event concepts for luxury retailers, and launch events for new businesses.  Maria uses her writing skills and unique aesthetic to provide innovate social media campaigns to promote services and products to a virtual audience. 

As a self-professed linguaphile, Maria has always loved communication (in five languages!) and surprises waiters in France by ordering in a decent accent. Maria holds a B.A. in International Relations and French from DePaul University and is a fervent supporter of cancer research as a member of the Advisory Board for the Malnati Brain Tumor Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. 

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Melissa Fuller

Melissa Fuller lives in Madison, WI.  She is a nanny and an unschooling mom with one fantastic kiddo.  Melissa is a social media maven and blogger, working with real estate and small business clients to develop messaging and materials for ongoing social media campaigns.  Her background includes education (she has her teaching certificate), veterinary medicine and a ton of specialized learning.  You can follow Single Mom Unschooling on Facebook and Instagram.

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Lourden Gonzalez

Lourden recently earned her undergraduate degree from Aurora University, and she is ready to put it to use by entering the field of digital marketing! Lourden has had the privilege of managing and creating content for a recently established organization on a variety of their social media accounts. 

A new resident of Colorado, Lourden, enjoys being outside and taking advantage of all the exciting things to do in and around her new home.

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Bre Kingsley

Bre is a creative spirit with a deep love of designing and creating impeccable work for her clients. Her career has included work at a marketing firm as a National Sales Director. She has designed numerous campaigns in the beauty, personal care, and wellness industries. Additionally, her passion for wellness and serving others continues through her company, Oil Artisans.

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Amiee Knebel

Amiee is a Creative who is passionate about seeing and building beauty into everything she does – whether that’s people, her home, music-making or writing. A former Worship Pastor for 12 years, she is an engaging and driven leader, visionary and communicator. With an eye for design and a love for writing, Amiee gets to put her skills to good use as a graphic designer and content writer at CI. She also has an administrative background and loves to edit projects, making sure others’ hard work is polished and ready to present. Amiee resides in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is a fitness and health guru, an avid reader and learner, actively involved in the life of her local church, a wife, and a mom to her 2 very spirited and amazing kids, Judah and Shiloh.

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Kim Strout

Kim has worked in a variety of fields over the years: retail, staffing agency, investment firm, hospital, and a newly opened chiropractic office. Her background includes administration, small business operations and HR. Kim loves helping people and groups working together.  She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is mother of three energetic children. Kim and her family love spending time outdoors, reading, and creative cooking.

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Kristy Nickol

Kristy wears many hats. At Carlson Integrated, she is the master of e-blasts and editing. When she's not conquering email communication, Kristy is a licensed hairstylist, an English teacher and a full-time mom to 3 kids and 2 furry children. Kristy hails from the Chicagoland area and loves summertime in the city!

Julia Perlmutter

Julia Perlmutter

Julia is a New England Native, coming from Boston, MA and going to college in Maine. Her experience comes from the tech world as well as non-profit and corporate social responsibility. She came in as a writer to support our various clients and has taken on other marketing projects, most recently working on websites! Julia is in love with her 13 year old golden retriever Troy and she is also an avid sports fan, having played softball in college.

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Cortney Ridley

Cortney is an avid reader, researcher, and fitness enthusiast. After working in the field of architecture for many years, she transitioned into marketing and brand strategy, where she has focused her talents for the past 6 years. She is a mother of one 3-year-old girl named Roen and together, they enjoy doing DIY projects and spending time outdoors. Cortney is also an ACE certified personal trainer.

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Jamie Thompson

Jamie's work history includes experience in a variety of fields, always with a focus on client relationships, organization, and administration.  She is a multi-tasker who wears many hats and is ready to jump in where needed. As Project Coordinator, she assists the whole team to ensure we offer our clients the best marketing support possible, work collaboratively and efficiently, and enjoy it, too!

Jamie loves all things food. Cooking, baking, and entertaining friends and family in her home are how she has fun.  Laughing with her Fiancé and kids and playing with her dog makes her the happiest! She also loves to read, hike, and spend time by the pool or on a beach.

Our Collaborative Partners

Creative.  Innovative.  Memorable.  That's how my companies have always viewed the branded products  from Amy Bossov and her team at Yes Promotions.  Fast.  Responsive.  Incredible follow up.  Those are the elements that have made working with Amy an absolute dream and I am thrilled she is part of this collaboration.

Open Slate's Michael Millar and Allison Millar developed their PR and marketing company to get the right message out to the right audience in the right manner at the right time. I've gotten to work with them developing media/social media strategy, strategizing thought leadership pieces.  They can also be seen every January hosting the real estate forecast conference in Chicago!

I've known Adam Ekstein, Founder of Real Site Video, easily for a decade.  With great curiosity, I watched as he transitioned from a career as a successful commercial real estate broker into a passionate marketer.  He is a drone pilot, a high-end commercial photographer, and his corporate and leasing video products are exemplary.