Marketing/ Communication

Marian Hale
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done
Wedding minister
Lucio (Lu) DiPaolo
Diverso Insurance Services
Diverso Insurance Services is a full service Insurance agency devoted to diverse product offerings to meet Personal and Business Insurance needs for all. We provide personal, professional help from a licensed Insurance Advisor who will identify your needs and work to find the best solution. Free insurance reviews of your current coverages, free insurance quotes for comparison are part of the no-obligation services we offer. As a client, easy access to your Personal Insurance Advisor, quick response times and a focus on service is what you can expect from Diverso Insurance Services. We also take pride in our affiliation with local Chambers and work within our community to promote growth, stability and trust within our community. We look forward to serving you!
Marie Hale Ramos
Lipstic Logic
Marketing Visionary
Charles Barenbrugge
Dream Town - Charles Barenbrugge
Luxury Collection Specialist
Nicholas Pyan
Diverso Insurance Services
Licensed Agent
Jim Lopez
Universal Wellness Source
I am a Doctor of Chirorpactic, the founder of Healing Flower and an entrepreneur with over 16 years of health and education experience. Specializing in coaching and consulting a healthy lifestyle, passionate about lifestyle management, chronic disease, exercise, nutrition and supplementation, and a fundraising expert looking to create and increase revenue for your organization. 

James Henderson
Chicago House and Social Service Agency
Corporate & Community Relations Developer
Rick Verkler
The Guesthouse Hotel
General Manager
Pamela Magnuson
Gay Wedding Chicago Site
Gay Marriage Illinois Wedding Officiant
Renee Raville
Simple Life. Simple Health.
Simple Life. Simple Health. was created to provide urban dwellers with a slice of homemade healing for their soul by connecting them with mother nature through natural body care products that help you feel well in your own skin. Renee Raville, the owner and creator, expresses her rebellious penchant for social change and questioning the social norms that do not serve our community, such as those norms in the beauty industry that leave many people feeling less than and not enough, when they look in the mirror. Renee seeks to change this trend by combining degrees and certifications in holistic psychology, aromatherapy, herbalism and Chinese medicine to produce a product line that helps people feel better inside and outside. Her brand is as much as vehicle for social change as it is a holistic product and every aspect of product is done conscientiously.
Carlos Marquez
Soreal Photo & Design
David Zak
Pride Films and Plays
Exective Director
Mark Keppy
@Properties--Mark A. Keppy
Mark works with buyers and sellers in all price ranges and specializes in downtown and North Chicago areas. Not only is Mark a great Real Estate agent, but he is certified in Staging and designing homes for sale. Customer service and educating the client is Mark's top priorities. Knowing the market and passing the information on to his clients is what you can expect when you work with Mark Keppy. ''Real Estates MARK of Excellence''
Mathew Kulas
Spirit Seal Acupuncture
Dalyn Miller
Dalyn Miller Public Relations, LLC
Gregory Perrine
Limelight Catering
Sales Manager
Adel Shaw
Spoil Me Hair Salon & Spa

Spoil Me is a Full Service Salon & Spa specializing in the latest trends and techniques for hair, skin, nails & massage therapy. Located in the historic neighborhood of Uptown, Spoil Me exudes a magnetic, urban vibe that is modern, hip and edgy.

Our job is to create, to have vision and to educate. Spoil Me Salon and Spa lives up to their name with a staff committed to delivering total satisfaction to their clientele. This commitment is a reflection of owner Adel’s 25 plus year reputation as a master stylist, platform artist and nationally renowned educator. 

Julia Buchwald
Vanille Patisserie
Brassell Design Consultants, LLC
Jorge Perez
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
Jared Boot
Jared Boot - Prudential Financial
Financial Professional
Neil Hackler
Real Living City Residential
Residential Broker

Neil Hackler has been in real estate for 20 years and working as a residential Realtor for 10 years with Real Living City Residential (formerly Chicago Real Estate Resources - CRER). He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Ball State University where he studied interior design and marketing. Directly after college he went into real estate in the property management sector. Neil continued to work his way up working for AMLI Residential as a Utility and Energy Program Manager. In 2006, Neil became a residential Realtor focusing in Chicago. He has experience working with buyers and sellers.  In 2012 & 2015 he received the top producer award from the Chicago Association of Realtors. In 2015, he sold almost $10,000,000 worth of property. Neil has a very strong passion for real estate. He is committed to educating his clients on the home buying and selling processes to help them make the right decisions and make their transaction as smooth as possible. 

Aaron Brow
Verve Consulting Group

Aaron Brow is the founder of Verve Consulting Group. He is a business executive with over 20 years of experience and expertise in the areas of Leadership and Organization Effectiveness consulting. He is known as a customer focused, forward thinking, problem solver that delivers high quality solutions that improve business results.

Aaron specializes in business planning, organization design, goal alignment, leadership development, team development, organization effectiveness and change management. In addition, Aaron is a certified Executive Coach, speaker on Leadership and has taught Organizational Consulting courses in graduate school programs.


Masah Renwick
Lakeside Law Group, LLP.
Lakeside Law Group, LLP is a client-focused family law firm conveniently located in the Chicagoland area with suburban and Loop locations. We recognize that nothing is more important than family, and at Lakeside Law Group, your family is our business.

Divorce and family law issues can be traumatic, and we take pride in being there and supporting our clients from the moment they walk through the door. Our legal experience allows us to successfully navigate the court system and our life experience allows us to understand what you are going through. At Lakeside we have made it our business to fight for your family through the difficult times. We here at Lakeside Law Group, LLP take enormous pride in our entire community and look forward to helping all those who desire it.
Michele Wierzgac
Keynote Speaker & Author
It's no surprise that Michele Wierzgac, keynote speaker and author has been dubbed by the media as "Business Solutions From The Lady On The Harley."  Michele promises that you will all leave her solution-driven keynotes and workshops with at least one passionate, life transforming leadership tool. 
In her spare time, Michele is a Rider Coach for Harley-Davidson's Motorcycle Riding Academy.  She has a master's degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from Illinois State University, where she also earned an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and Athletic Coaching while playing volleyball on a NCAA scholarship.
Joey Conway
Events by Joey, LLC

Have a passion for bringing events to life that began organically with my first network — family.  From my earliest days, I would help my grandmother set up and entertain for her infamous dinner parties and social gatherings.

By the young age of six, inspiration had sparked.  This is when I knew that this would be my career.

I have been in the restaurant and catering industry for over 15 years Chicago credits that include: The Italian Village and The Glenview House.  It wasn't until I was appointed Director of Events and Marketing at Koi Fine Asian Cuisine where I was inspired to branch out and become a brand of my very own.  

The rest, is history. 

Luis Mota
Luis G. Mota, Real Estate Services
Real Estate Broker
Rhayanna Luz
Business Development Manager
Debora Pacchioni
Chicago Red Stars
Senior Partnership Coordinator
Brandon Patterson
Walgreen Co.
Joey Chiappetta
Property of Chicago
Owner // Managing Broker

Property of Chicago is a real estate brokerage led by Joey Chiappetta, a Top Producing agent in Chicago. A transplant Southern California in 2003, Joey combines passion, excitement and over 15 years of sales and marketing expertise in Chicago to give his clients results.   He started his real estate career in 2009 and, as quickly as 2012, became a Top Producer in the Chicago Association of Realtors.  Working in harmony with his client's goals, Joey uses his extensive knowledge of the Chicago market to deliver the best prices and smoothest transactions.

Patrick Dati
I Am Me
Author, Motivational Speaker and Advocate
Author, Anti-Violence Advocate and Motivational Speaker Patrick Dati Teams Up With Renowned Domestic Violence Expert Denise Brown to Address Domestic Abuse Impacting Gay and Straight Men and LGBTQ People

For Patrick Dati Press Inquiries, Contact:
Cindi Creager, CreagerCole Communications
(646) 279-4559,
To Book Patrick Dati for Speaking Engagements, Contact:
Stacy Anderson, The Elite Speakers Bureau
(949) 544-1410,
Learn More About Patrick Dati at:

Samuel Rosenmayer
Samuel James Watches LTD

I started Samuel James Watches LTD with nothing but a vision of creating distinctive and reliable time pieces that expose individuality. As a watch collector, I could not stand that I was unable to find unique time pieces that didn’t look like a replications of everyone else’s watch. I grabbed a pencil and a sketch book and began drawing watch designs the way I’d want them to look. These designs did not look like anything I could find in existence so I decided to make the drawings come to life myself. I want to wear watches that turn heads and cause people to look twice at it. I rather stand out from a crowd than blend in it so if that resonates with you as well, check out my watches at  

Samuel James Rosenmayer
Samuel James Watches Owner/Founder 

Charles Barenbrugge
Barenbrugge Real Estate
Managing Broker/Owner
I am a Gay Real Estate Company Managing Broker/Owner. I have been working with buyers, sellers and landlords and tenants between Chicago's Gold Coast and North Shore for over 28 years. I have been serving our community, throughout the Chicagoland area, not only as a real estate broker but also as a mortgage loan officer. Prior to real estate, I worked in the poperty/casualty area of insurance for 10 years. I grew up in Glencoe and attended New Trier East High School - graduated in 1970 - and received my BA in Economics from the U of IL at Chicago Circle. When not assisting clients with their real estate needs, I love water aerobics and I'm teaching myself how to play the piano. I would love a chance to assist you with all of your real estate needs!
David Gasinski
Chicago Psych Therapy Group, Inc.
Director of Operations
MIchael Frustini
Rollicking Buckaroo Pepper Jam
Founder and CEO
A highly personable and results-oriented manager with extensive retail experience possesses strong team-building and organizational skills. Excels in fast-paced environments, builds team morale and productivity while effectively increasing revenues and reducing costs. Enthusiastically builds business relationships in private and public sector producing win-win outcomes. Integrating proven experience and new insights in a lifelong learning approach to managing, contributes to the bottom line and overall operations excellence.

Specialties: Retail Trainer, Inventory Management, visual merchandising, Retail Management
Ricky Martel
Rollicking Buckaroo Pepper Jam
Public Relations
Anthony DiFiore
Neverland Events and Artist Management
Justin Fowlkes
The MedSpa at NSPS
MedSpa Director
Jeremiah Stevens
Advocate Aurora Health
Director of Development
Chris Hofstetter
louie inc
Founder and President

Experienced Marketer with 24 years experience. Worked in many leadership roles for 4 big brands (PetSmart, US Cellular, Verizon and AT&T). Working now for myself with my new agency, louie inc! I have built a great reputation with previous workplaces and clients (references available). LGBT Chamber of Commerce Member. We pride ourselves on Fantastic Customer Service, Top Quality Work and Tech-Forward Thinking and would be honored to work for you!

Ben Turry
Tangerine Promotions
In an overcrowed market place let Tangerine Promotions show you how to get your brand noticed! From concept to implementation we will work with you to step by step and make the process fun.  
John Josephitis
@properties - John Josephitis Real Estate
Real Estate Broker

I am 100% focused on reaching my clients' goals for a succsessful real estate transaction. I coach and make sound recomendations through each step of the buying or selling process.  We will work together as a team to make a seamless and successful transaction.  I am always accessible to my clients, either by phone, Facetime, email or text to ensure I keep in close contact with you throughout the transaction.  

ABR - Accredited Buyers Representative,    North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Illinois & Wisconsin Association of Realtors, SRS - Seller Representative Specialist, Military Relocation Professional & E-Pro Designations.

Meghan Costantino
Elite Private Search
Hello new friends! My name is Meghan and I'm a matchmaker in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison for Elite Private Search. My goal is to bring single people together (both LGBT and hetero singles alike!) through networking, communication, intuition and, most importantly, kindness. Please feel free to contact me about personal as well as professional ideas. Or to just say hi!
Spencer Post
Back 2 School Illinois
Events Coordinator
Paul Wiemerslage
Meridian Psychiatric Partners, LLC
I provide individual and relationship psychotherapy, as well as training and clinical consultation for other professionals. I specialize in LGBTQ clients, substance abuse and addiction, depression, anxiety, HIV, compulsve behaviors and sexual issues. I have extensive experience working with non-traditional relationships/families, i.e. triads, open relationships, poly relationships. I also work with the Kink, BDSM, Leather and other communities. I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation to those considering therapy.
AJ DeLeon
Innovare - Social Innovation Partners
Debora Pacchioni
DP Voltaic Energy Solutions
Renewable Energy Consultant

Debora Pacchioni @Voltaic is an energy assessment company.  I work with clients to help them increase their use of clean and green energy. The goal is to understand clients’ current level of consumption and find solutions to meet their needs in a more efficient and cost-effective way. Our services will increase the value, efficiency, and comfort of your home.

Kristy Ramsey
Von Poof Cotton Candy

Von Poof Cotton Candy elicits those warm heartfelt childhood memories through the playful power of fresh spun cotton candy. We offer handcrafted modern flavors that invite adults to be a kid again and kids to well, just be kids!  Take a gander at the site to see how we can turn your event into a whimsical, magic filled occasion, or pick up a few containers of your favorite flavor.

James Henderson
AMITA Health Housing & Health Alliance
Manager - Community Development
Fernando Schor
Compass - Fernando Schor
Real Estate Broker
Bob Stack
Optimized Veteran, LLC
Tony Abruscato
Flower Show Productions Inc
Affectionately called “Mr. Green Chicago” by his friends and supporters, Tony Abruscato is the president of Chicago-based Flower Show Productions, Inc. and founder of The Get Growing Foundation.

Tony has built on the legacy of the iconic event to create a flourishing, urban-style flower and garden show that not only welcomes spring in Chicago but educates waves of new attendees each year. It has become a show whereby it can turn any thumb "green".
Sarah Leitten
Flora Chicago
Co-Owner of Flora Chicago
Jeff Armstrong
Brand Guy and Owner

EXPERIBRAND is passionate about helping small to mid-sized businesses identify and bring to life their brand’s unique and best self. 

Whether a start-up or a company that’s been around the block, EXPERIBRAND uses the experience gained from decades in Fortune 250 branding and marketing communications to create truly differentiated brands. 

We help pinpoint the optimal brand strategy, positioning, identity and stories that resonate most with today’s evolving audiences. 

DJ Doran
Aequalitas Media
AEQUALITAS Media is the single point of contact to almost 100% of all LGBTQ+ print/digital media.  DJ currently serves as President/CEO as well as is the Executive Director of the Aequalitas Advisory Board.  DJ’s background and experience include a 23-year military career as a United States Air Force Reserve Pilot and a business career that spans over 25 years as CEO of multiple corporations across varied industries.  DJ has held key leadership roles throughout his career and his management and leadership qualities as CEO have given him a unique ability to evaluate opportunities.
Stew Jamesson
Stewpendous Productions
Facilitator of Fun
I am a facilitator of fun and bring that glitter thunder energy to any event. I create customized Trivia show experiences for corporate and private events. I also take the fun to weddings and I emcee, drop the beats and incorporate fun games into the reception party.   We deliver escapism from the daily grind of deadlines, meetings, and responding to e-mails. Most importantly I'm on a mission to give the world what it needs most - PEACE, LOVE, & BEARHUGS
Francisco Ramirez
Chimbly Consultants LLC
Lee Neubecker
Enigma Forensics
President CEO
Lee Neubecker is the President and CEO of Enigma Forensics, Inc., a Chicago based Computer Forensics and Cyber Investigation consultancy. Neubecker assists fortune 500 clients, government agencies and private organizations with cyber-related investigations involving theft of electronic data, fraud, counterfeiting, and online identity unmasking.
Scott Holtz
Holtz Group
I believe in working as my clients’ business partner. Together we develop the strategy that serves them the best for their website needs. My company is small enough to treat each client individually yet large enough to provide a wide range of website services. 

As a website designer and developer, I bring with me over 25 years of experience. I provide design programming and organic optimization for websites at reasonable prices. I can provide branding experience or match your existing work. My goal is for simple design and sites that are designed to work towards good organic search engine placement and most important - perform the way the client expects they should. 

In 2018, we purchased EvanstonHost. With hosting in our pocket we are now in the unique spot to be your solution. We work closely with other developers so they can use this resource, set up for developers to use. 
Brian Bauer
100Waters Group LLC
Business Advisor
Brian Bauer guides businesses through their awkward adolescence with a human centered, partnering approach to business advising. Utilizing incremental change with the five year goals in mind, and implemented at a pace that adjusts for the needs of the business and the capacity of the owner to digest change, Bauer is able to help transform businesses and their owners into healthy, balanced  and successful businesses. Most of all, he seeks to bring joy back into the owners life. For fun, Bauer run triathlons (slowly) and has an unhealthy love of Shamrock Shakes.
Sean Todd
UnicornLife LLC
Chief Unicorn + Creative Director
Carolyn Jacob
Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology
Medical Director
Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology provides a comprehensive spectrum of dermatologic, cosmetic, and plastic surgery services. Our state of the art facility and Providers combine the finest in innovation, education, and research to offer our patients the highest quality of personalized and compassionate care to help you feel great in your own skin.
Andy Smith
A and N Mortgage Services, Inc.
Loan Officer
Andy is a Mortgage Loan Originator at A and N Mortgage Services. He originally worked with A and N Mortgage as a borrower, when he and his husband purchased their home together. The culture and inclusiveness of the company made Andy think it would be a great employer. Later that year, he started working for the company.
Andy prides himself on taking the time to get to know a borrower and work with them to help achieve their goal of owning property. He is able to offer conventional loans, as well as more specific products such as VA, FHA and jumbo loans.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Andy moved to Chicago in 2010. The experience of moving across the world and adapting to new cultures and systems gave him a huge appreciation of the challenges faced by new comers to the home buying process.  First time buyers should know, there is no such thing as a "stupid" question, and Andy will be there with you every step of the journey.
Troy Marr
Marr Group @ The Apartment Source
Kristy Ramsey
Content Maven Media, LLC

My name is Kristy Ramsey and I am the owner of Content Maven Media.  Communication is key in relationships all the way up to the business world. Speech used to be the main form of communication years ago, but now, this is not the case.

Photo, Video, and Design are all services that Content Maven Media provides. Businesses can not be successful without one of these three components. The mission of Content Maven Media is to help businesses, brands and influencers tell their story in a high quality and engaging way. Our passion lies in helping our clients meet their communication needs through collaboration, quality, and service. We will use the latest technology and trends to produce cost-efficient, personalized, quality visual communication.

Please contact me so I can Help You Tell Your Story!

Hirman Ahmad

Born and raised in Singapore, I moved to Chicago in 2010 and now consider the Windy City my second home. I am an avid traveler, skier and serial entrepreneur. I created HIRMIE - Handmade Crafts specializing in face mask lanyards during COVID19 pandemic and launched on October 1st, 2020. The mask lanyards are currently sold at a couple of small retailers in Lakeview, Wicker Park and Gold Coast neighborhood. The website is

I am also  the sole proprietor of Mr. Hirman, LLC dba ROYCE' Chicago (Japanese imported chocolate)  with 2 retail locations: 520 N. Michigan Ave (Shops at North Bridge) and 100 E. Algonquin Road (Mitsuwa Marketplace). My personal ethos is to Be Kind to All.

Marisa Gora
Kemora Landscapes