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125 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 3100
Chicago, IL  60606

312-957-4281

Partnerships & Advertising
Meredith Rollins
Director, Strategic Development
mrollins@acg.org
312-957-4260

ACG Content for Middle Market Growth
Kristin Gomez
Editor-in-Chief
312-957-4268
kgomez@acg.org

Media Requests
Amber Landis
Manager, Policy Communications
312-957-4272
alandis@acg.org
  
Executive Team

Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE
President & CEO

Phone: 312-957-4270
Email: glabranche@acg.org

Biography
Gary LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, currently serves as president & CEO of the Association for Corporate Growth. Prior to joining ACG Global in 2008, his more than 30 years of experience includes work with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), as well as serving as president & CEO of the Association Forum of Chicagoland.

Recognized as one of the most influential and innovative association professionals in the world, Association TRENDS named him the 2012 Association Executive of the Year. LaBranche was also profiled as an innovative leader in the book "Hope: How Triumphant Leaders Create the Future" by Andrew Razeghi and received the 2007 ASAE Key Award for his career achievement as an association CEO.

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He is the 2013-2014 Board Chairman for ASAE’s for-profit subsidiary, ASAE Business Services, Inc., and serves on the 2013-2014 ASAE Board of Directors and the Board of the Institute for Exceptional Growth Companies. In addition, he is a member of the U.S. Chamber’s Association Committee of 100.

A much sought-after speaker, LaBranche has authored more than 350 podcasts and articles, and has consulted with over 300 associations around the world.

John O’Loughlin
Chief Financial Officer

Phone: 312-957-4280
Email: joloughlin@acg.org

Biography
Since 2008, John O’Loughlin has served as CFO for ACG Global. His purview extends to all finance, accounting, risk management and administration of ACG Global and its subsidiaries in the UK, Hong Kong and China.

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Prior to joining ACG Global, O’Loughlin held senior financial positions with companies in the U.S., Europe and Africa, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM, Diageo plc, Engineering Animation, Inc., Transora and Financial Intelligence Inc. He earned a Bachelor in Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in London.

Kristin Gomez
Vice President, Communications and Marketing


Phone: 312-957-4268
Email: kgomez@acg.org




Biography
Kristin Gomez joined the ACG staff in October 2012 as Editor-in-Chief. She led the successful launch of the Middle Market Growth (MMG) suite of publications and helped to craft ACG’s strategy to build readership and provide a platform to generate revenue through advertising and thought leadership opportunities. The magazine has since been nominated for a FOLIO award and recently won the bronze award from Association Trends magazine for Monthly Professional Society Magazine.

In her role as Vice President of Market and Communications, she is responsible for the Middle Market Growth suite of publications, strategic internal and external communications efforts, marketing ACG programs, events, products and services and coordinate ACG’s advocacy and lobbying activities.


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Prior to joining ACG, Kristin was Director of Marketing & Communications at the American Public Gas Association (APGA) in Washington, DC. She marketed all APGA programs, products and services and communications & media efforts. She was also responsible for promoting the benefits of natural gas to Congress and helped to lead a major effort to re-brand the image of natural gas with policymakers, media and other strategic targets.

At APGA, and previously at the DC Chamber of Commerce and the American Society of Interior Designers, she was involved in a wide array of public policy activities such as developing strategy, managing coalitions, tracking legislation, organizing grassroots campaigns and managing lobbying registration. She has been a registered Federal lobbyist and has prepared testimony and talking points for Congressional hearings & briefings, developed op-eds, public service announcements and managed media relations.

Gomez is a graduate of the University of Illinois and a certificate from the Buckley School of Public Speaking. She is a member of ASAE - the Center for Association Leadership and Association Media & Publishing. Find her online on Twitter (@kristingomez) and LinkedIn (kristingomez).


Christine Melendes, CAE
Vice President, Conferences and Partnerships

Phone: 312-957-4277
Email: cmelendes@acg.org

Biography
As vice president, conferences and partnerships, Christine Melendes, CAE, spearheads ACG Global’s efforts in delivering content, learning experiences and all ACG’s signature events. She also leads the organization’s partnership & sponsorship programs.

Melendes oversees the development and enhancement of ACG’s solid offering of development opportunities to help members drive middle-market growth around the globe. In addition, she and her team are responsible for delivering all ACG Global events, including InterGrowth and EuroGrowth.

 

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She joined ACG Global in 2012 as vice president, communications & marketing. Under her direction, she launched a new communications strategy, including the monthly digital publication, Middle Market Growth, intensified public policy efforts to establish ACG as the voice of the middle market and published Driving Growth: The Impact of Private Capital on the U.S. Economy. The latter is the first of its kind, graphically depicting this important data for each Congressional district.

Before ACG, Melendes’ experience included the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), where her strong strategic marketing initiatives grew revenues, membership and retention.

Melendes is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with degrees in English and mass communications. She also received a certificate in Strategies in Nonprofit Management from the University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies. In addition, the Second City Improv program served to strengthen her public speaking.

She is a member of Association Forum of Chicagoland, ASAE - the Center for Association Leadership, Professional Convention Management Association and Association Media & Publishing.

Find her online on Twitter (@camelendes) and LinkedIn (christinemelendes).

Leslie Whittet, CAE
Vice President, Chapter Operations

Phone: 312-957-4273
Email: lwhittet@acg.org

Biography
Leslie Whittet, CAE, has been with ACG since 2002. She began her career at the association as the executive director of ACG Boston before moving to Chicago in 2005 to take the newly created role of VP, chapter operations, for ACG Global. In her current role, Whittet manages and facilitates all facets of chapter operations, from leadership development to governance to website and technology support – all focused on fostering growth among ACG’s 56 chapters across the globe.

Whittet has brought her more than 15 years of experience as an association professional to bear at ACG, building upon her successes to help drive middle-market growth within each individual chapter. As an executive director, she nearly tripled the membership of ACG Boston from 350 to 950 and doubled the number of annual events. As VP, she works primarily with the volunteer chapter leaders, helping develop efficient leadership and governance practices, and effective strategic planning to ensure continued growth. Her team provides all of the necessary technological support to power the chapter’s success.

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Prior to ACG, Whittet worked with the Massachusetts Electronic Commerce Association, in a variety of capacities, amassing an impressive skill set and expertise that continues to benefit her team and ACG as a whole.

She is an active member of Association Forum of Chicagoland and American Society of Association Executives. Find her on Twitter (@lwhittet

Chapter Services
  Shannon Buenik
Senior Director,
Chapter Operations

Phone: 312-957-4275
Email:
skimball@acg.org


 
Jackie Eggebrecht
Manager,
Membership & Chapter Programs

 

Phone: 312-957-4269
Email:
jeggebrecht@acg.org



       
  Kerry Lennon
Manager, Chapter Services
 

Phone: 312-957-4284
Email:
klennon@acg.org



  Helen Jacobi
ACG UK, Chapter Executive

1 Brighthampton
67 Oatlands Avenue
Weybridge,  KT13 9TL
Surrey
United Kingdom

Phone: +447812995049
Email:
acguk@acg.org

Events and Programs
  Meredith Rollins
Director, Strategic Development

Phone:
312-957-4260
Email:
mrollins@acg.org



 
  Jessica Petri
Director,
Conference & Program Services

 

Phone: 312-957-4282
Email:
jpetri@acg.org



       

 
Maggie Endres
Manager, Sponsor Services
 

Phone: 312-957-4272
Email:
mendres@acg.org




  Kaitlin McAuley
Manager, Program Services
 
Phone:
312-957-4285
Email:
kmcauley@acg.org



       
  Kathryn Mulligan
Manager, Conference Services
 

Phone: 312-957-4276
Email:
kmulligan@acg.org




   

Finance and Administrative
Carol Jezierski
Senior Director,
Leadership Services
 

Phone: 312-957-4271
Email:
cjezierski@acg.org


Loura Cooper
Director, Finance

Phone: 312-957-4286
Email:
lcooper@acg.org



 
       
Sarah Foresman
Manager, Membership
 

Phone: 312-957-4281
Email:
sforesman@acg.org




Megha Mehta
Manager, Accounting
 
Phone:
312-957-4254
Email:
mmehta@acg.org




Communications and Marketing
Deborah L. Cohen
Editor-in-Chief,
Middle Market Growth®

Phone:
312-957-4274
Email:
dcohen@acg.org


 
Larry Guthrie
Manager,
Marketing & Communications
 

Phone: 312-957-4283
E-mail:
lguthrie@acg.org



       
Amber Landis
Manager, Policy Communications
 

Phone: 312-957-4272
E-mail:
alandis@acg.org




Brian Lubluban
Manager, Creative & Branding
 
Phone:
312-957-4278
E-mail:
blubluban@acg.org




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