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.

We prioritize RELATIONSHIPS and SERVICE.

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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, past president of NICAR (the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors), and a frequent guest on the Fried on Business podcast.

Riley Counihan

Riley Counihan

Riley Counihan is a passionate marketing professional. She recently graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Cum Laude, with a B.B.A. in marketing and management minor. Riley has had experience working in social media marketing for several non-profits, including Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. Riley is excited to launch her post-grad career by learning even more about the ins and outs of digital marketing. Riley loves Dunkin’ iced coffee, handwritten letters, and posting on her cooking-in-quarantine Instagram account.

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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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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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Kim Mraz

Prior to joining our team, Kim Mraz co-founded, ran and since sold her own online company. Her past work history includes over 10 years working in ecommerce and digital marketing management at a major retail corporation. She has an organized yet creative vision and is excited to meet new clients to hear their story and help them tell it through digital platforms. 

When not working, she enjoys being with her friends and family and frequents the small shops and restaurants in her hometown of Geneva, Illinois, where she lives with her husband and three children. While she enjoys being out, she equally enjoys a good Netflix and chill night in.  Either way, a vodka tonic is usually present😊  

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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!

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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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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.

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.