Our Team

Lois M Le Menager

Chairman of the Board and CEO

Rick Blabolil

President

Brad Callahan

Vice President -
Business Solutions Group

Desiree Martinello

Executive & HR Administrator / Office Manager

Lois M. LeMenager

Since founding Marketing Innovators in 1978, Lois LeMenager has led the company through tremendous growth and innovation. Through her efforts and energy, MI remains one of the largest woman-owned businesses in the country and one of Chicago’s largest private firms. Lois maintains a strong interest in the industry and in mentoring women in the business world.

Sue Murphy

Manager, Operations/Product Services

Shawn Barth

Manager, Accounting

Stephanie Galioto

Manager, Client Services

Paul Jopa

Manager, Information Technology Development

Lois M. LeMenager

Since founding Marketing Innovators in 1978, Lois LeMenager has led the company through tremendous growth and innovation. Through her efforts and energy, MI remains one of the largest woman-owned businesses in the country and one of Chicago’s largest private firms. Lois maintains a strong interest in the industry and in mentoring women in the business world.

Molly Blabolil

Manager, Marketing

Eric Reid

Account Manager

Susan Chambers

Account Manager

Samantha Taraszka

Account Manager

Maria Cortina

Sr. Business Analyst

Mitch Langford

Business Developer
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Marketing Innovators’ Mission is Guided by Our Vision, Focused on Our Purpose, and Anchored in Our Values.

Our Vision

To be the premier provider of integrated people performance management strategies and solutions which positively impact customer profitability.

Our Mission

To align, motivate, empower and engage people at all functions and levels to consistently deliver an exceptionally positive and profitable customer experience that achieves your business objectives.

Our Purpose

To help our customers accomplish their objectives through the people that affect their business.

How can we help you?

Clients come to Marketing Innovators for solutions and they stay with us for the relationship. It’s what sets us apart in the industry. Fundamental to that relationship are our core values. We arrived at those values by asking ourselves, “What are the values that make a good relationship?”

We spell those values out and we live them—in the way we work with each other and the many ways we serve our customers and partners:

Integrity.

We are honest and sincere in all dealings with our customers, partners, vendors and associates.

“We’re proud of our brand and we don’t want to compromise our integrity. If I want to work for a company, I need to know they have good integrity.” MI associate, 13 years.

Trust.

We have faith in the honesty and reliability of our customers, partners, vendors and associates.

“The loyalty and communication between our departments benefits our clients.” MI manager, 25 years.

Knowledge Share.

We encourage the acquisition and sharing of knowledge that leads to the development and success of our associates, partners and customers.

“We’re open to what our customers want to accomplish. We collaborate to make that happen and ramp up our talent to deliver it.” MI executive, 10+ years.

Customer Success. 

We provide high value products and services that help our customers and partners grow and prosper.

“We are in the business of helping our customers achieve results they want to see through their people…their employees.” MI senior manager, 10 years.
“No matter who the customer talks to in our company, that person is committed to the customer’s success.” MI manager, 20 years

Empowerment.

We believe that each of us has the ability to make good decisions and the wisdom to seek guidance when we are unsure.

“We empower one another to do the right thing for the company, for each other, and for the customer.” MI senior manager, 10 years.

Results Oriented.

We define what success means for each function and provide the tools, guidance and feedback to achieve the desired results.

“We enjoy being challenged by our client’s business issues. This enables us to develop creative solutions for clients that are real, relevant, and pragmatic.” MI executive, 15 years.

Read our story, learn about our team, or give us a call now to talk about your business challenges and how we can help solve them.

Marketing Innovators is a Recognized Leader in the Incentive Industry

Our client’s successes are our most valued accomplishments. We are also deeply honored by the recognition we have received for our commitment to diversity, entrepreneurship, partner success, and excellence in the incentive industry.

Diversity:

DiversityBusiness.com
Top 500 Diversity Owned Businesses in the U.S.—2013, 2010, 2003
Top 100 Diversity Owned Businesses in Illinois—2013, 2010, 2003
Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in the U.S.—2013, 2010, 2003
Top 100 Women Owned Businesses in Illinois–2010

Top 50 Women Owned Businesses in Illinois–2013

Top 100 Large Businesses in the U.S.–2010

Top 100 Privately-held Businesses in Illinois—2010

Top 500 Small Businesses in the U.S.–2003

Crain’s Chicago Business: Chicago’s Top Women-Owned Firms

1989-2005: recognized as one of Chicago’s largest women-owned firms

1995:  ranked in the top 10 of Chicago’s largest women-owned firms

2003 Girl Scouts, Illinois Crossroads Council: Women of Achievement
2003 Women Business Development Center:  Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year
1998-2002–Working Woman Magazine
America’s Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses
1995 US WEST Communications Minority/Women Business Enterprise Award

Entrepreneurship:

1999 Entrepreneurial Success Award

U.S. Small Business Administration

1998 The Institute of American Entrepreneurs–inducted
1993 Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame
1993 Entrepreneur of the Year Institute

Charter Member Entrepreneur of the Year Institute, Illinois/ Northwest Indiana Chapter,

1993 SME/Chicago Entrepreneurial Award
1988 Entrepreneur of the Year

Arthur Young and VENTURE Magazine

Partner recognition:

2001 Divisional Award Winner for JCPenney Stores

Division Dedication to the development of Minority & Women-Owned Business Suppliers

1998 Supplier of the Year for Stores Division

JCPenney Company, Inc., Supplier Diversity Development Awards Program

Finalist for Grand Prize – Overall Supplier of the Year, 1999

1995 Supplier Divisional Winner for JCPenney Marketing Division

12th Annual Minority & Women-Owned Supplier Development Awards Program

1993 JCPenney Appreciation Award

For exemplary professionalism, tenacity, and dedication in the areas of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service

Incentive industry recognition:

HR Tech Outlook magazine

Recognized as one of the Top 10 Employee Engagement Solutions Providers of 2017

Incentive Magazine
Platinum Partner Award:

1993, 1994, 1996-2004

Potentials Magazine

Gold Star Award, New Product Introductions, October 2000

Also:

1999 Inducted–Junior Achievement Hall of Fame

Crain’s Chicago Business

1997–2005: recognized as one of Chicago’s largest private firms
1990, 2004: Crain’s Who’s Who in Chicago Business
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Lois M Le Menager

Chairman of the Board and CEO

Since founding Marketing Innovators in 1978, Lois M Le Menager has led the company through tremendous growth and innovation. Through her efforts and energy, MI remains one of the largest woman-owned businesses in the country and one of Chicago’s largest private firms. Lois maintains a strong interest in the industry and in mentoring women in the business world. Over the years, she’s received numerous prestigious awards, all recognizing her tremendous contributions to furthering the industry. Among them are entrepreneurship awards from organizations such as the Entrepreneur of the Year Institute, Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame and American Institute of Entrepreneurs.

Other awards are: Chicago’s Top Women-Owned Firms, Crain’s Chicago Business—one of Chicago’s largest women-owned firms, 1989-2005, Who’s Who in Chicago Business, Crain’s Chicago Business, America’s Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses, Working Woman Magazine—one of the largest women-owned businesses in the country. She is a strong proponent of women’s groups promoting the advancement of women in the business world, including the Chicago Network.

Ms. Le Menager also participates in many travel and incentive industry associations. In addition, she served as a director for Northwest Commerce and First Colonial bank (which later became Firstar and then U.S. Bank) for 10 years and is a past director of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Lois actively supports the Wounded Warrior Project and helped with donations to build The National World War II Museum in New Orleans. In addition, she manages to find time to write stories and poems and to “watch and participate in the lightening change of communications between individuals and nations.”

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Rick Blabolil

President

Under his leadership Rick Blabolil has spearheaded tremendous growth for Marketing Innovators during the past decade, enabling MI to become one of the largest incentive marketing companies in the U.S.

Over his 30-year tenure, Rick has driven the overall business strategy of the company, and the personal approach to engaging with clients and their challenges. He provides thought leadership to the performance improvement industry and serves on a variety of organization boards within the industry: Board Member, Business Marketing Association; Board Member, Norwegian American Hospital; Past President, Incentive Marketing Association; Past President/Founder, Forum for People Performance Management; Past Vice President, Incentive Research Foundation: Performance Improvement Council; Past President/Board, Incentive Gift Certificate Council; Board Member, Incentive Federation; Incentive Legislative Committee.

Rick holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, J.L. Kellogg School of Management and holds a Certified Professional of Incentive Management (CPIM) designation from the Incentive Marketing Association.

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Brad Callahan

Vice President, Business Solutions Group

Brad is responsible for the overall development and leadership of Marketing Innovators’ sales and business solutions organizations, which includes MI solution strategists, business analysts and business developer.

Brad and his team are committed to ensuring that MI clients obtain the most effective, value-optimized solutions. Brad holds a B.A. from Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y. He is a member of SHRM, the IMA and RPI. Brad also holds a Human Capital Strategist (HCS) designation from The Human Capital Institute, Washington, DC.

He has been with MI since 2000. Fly-fishing, cooking and playing guitar, particularly blues, capture Brad’s off-hours attention. Brad is married, with three adult sons. His wife, Toni, is a seasoned marketing professional as well as an accomplished blues, jazz and classical rock singer.

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Desiree Martinello

Executive & HR Administrator / Office Manager

Desi brings over fifteen years of business experience to her role as leader of Human Resources and Office Services. She has been an instrumental part of supporting both the CEO and President, while strategically influencing the company’s culture, employee engagement and well-being initiatives.

Her areas of responsibility include recruitment, benefits, learning and development, employee relations, performance management, payroll and office management. People are the company’s most important asset and Desi takes a personal approach in aligning the values of the company and our employees.

Desi has a passion for health and fitness. She loves trying out new fitness routines and after a good workout curling up to a good book and a cup of tea.

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Sue Murphy

Manager, Operations/Product Services

MI customers can count on Sue’s team of customer care and award fulfillment coordinators for prompt order fulfillment and great customer service. s manager, operations/product services, Sue oversees client orders, fulfillment of award mailings, customer service, invoicing, award printing, gift card ordering and inventory for MI reward and recognition programs. he works closely with JCPenney clients, and also oversees MI’s merchant relations department, where she has created, and maintained, relationships with many of MI’s 300-plus vendors. In her spare time, Sue can be spotted at Chicago’s Wrigley Field watching her beloved Cubbies, or at one of Chicago’s music venues, catching an old favorite or new band. She’s also an avid traveler, biker and walker who recently took up boot camp to balance out her love of baking (and Rice Krispie treats). Sue holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and has been with Marketing Innovators since 1991.

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Shawn Barth

Manager, Accounting

Shawn directs the accounting and finance activities at Marketing Innovators. She holds a B.S. in accounting/finance from St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Indiana. Shawn has been with MI for over 20 years. She and her husband have two children and Shawn divides her free time between watching their volleyball and basketball games, doing yard work, and relaxing on the family’s boat.

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Stephanie Galioto

Manager, Client Services

Stephanie brings more than eight years’ experience to her role as leader of operational processes and procedures associated with new program implementation. She also oversees the account management team, which acts the internal and external customer’s single point of contact during program launch and ongoing program management. Previously, Stephanie was an MI account manager, serving as liaison to major clients. Prior to Marketing Innovators, Stephanie spent six years managing program training and implementation for the Food Safety division of Ecolab. A graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys being outdoors, taking motorcycle rides and volunteering.

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Paul Jopa

Manager, Information Technology Development

Paul is primarily responsible for managing the development of PPM Suite solutions, ranging from new implementations to complex change requests. He has worked in the information technology field for more than nine years, on projects ranging from web development, databases and web services to desktop applications. He holds a B.A. in computer science and statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Paul joined Marketing Innovators in 2007. In addition to his expertise in information technology, Paul is a fantasy football expert except, he says, when things don’t go his way.

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Molly Blabolil

Manager, Marketing

As Manager of Marketing, Molly oversees the strategy and implementation of MI’s integrated marketing plans. With an extensive background in digital and analytics, Molly brings new and creative ways to drive success for the MI brand. She has worked on a variety of successful campaigns, such as Super Bowl ads with Bank of America and advanced digital marketing campaigns with the CDW solutions teams. Molly graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business and Spanish. In her free time she loves to travel, discover new dive restaurants and work-it-out at spin class.

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Eric Reid

Account Manager

Eric brings more than five years’ experience to his role as account manager in the Marketing Innovators’ client services department. A graduate of Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations, Eric puts his communications skills to work addressing customer needs and working between MI clients and other MI divisions. When he isn’t at work, you can usually find Eric spending time with his family, chasing after his son, or cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Susan Chambers

Account Manager

As an account manager, Susan works with clients to help them create and manage their perfect employee award and recognition program. With over four years’ experience in account management, Susan works with her clients and other MI departments to achieve quick and comprehensive solutions to client needs. As a graduate from Carleton College with a bachelor’s degree in English, Susan can often be found reading in her downtime. She also enjoys learning new languages, cheering on the Buckeyes, and competing in powerlifting.

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Samantha Taraszka

Account Manager

As an Account Manager, Sam brings her three years’ experience as a Solutions Specialist for MI to work closely with clients to fully understand and manage their programs and objectives. Her understanding of other MI departments allows for her to address client needs quickly. Sam holds a B.S. in Small Business and Entrepreneurship Management from Illinois State University. During her free time, she can be found with friends and family, cheering for the Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks, and enjoying concerts.

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Maria Cortina

Business Analyst

Maria has over 10 years of experience working cross-functionally in an IT and Sales environment.  She has a successful track record of working with internal and external clients, users, and system stakeholders to document process flows and application requirements to implement enhancements focused on improving functionality and user adoption of applications and standardizing processes.  Maria works with both new clients on new software platform/implementation projects and existing clients to upgrade in-use software platforms. Maria’s joined Marketing Innovators in 2014.  She has held a variety of positions with Comdisco, Banc of America Leasing & Capital, and Relational Technology Services.  Maria graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.

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Mitch Langford

Business Developer

As Mitch develops new relationships for the company, he works on discovering which solutions will effectively solve client needs. In addition to demonstrating Marketing Innovators’ products, Mitch is always available to answer any questions clients might have, something he thoroughly enjoys. “I will make the process fun yet informative, and be sure to identify the solution that is just right for each of our unique clients” he says. Mitch brings an entrepreneurial spirit to client issues, which could be an outgrowth of his education: he holds a B.A. in business management, with a concentration in entrepreneurship, from DePaul University.

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MI Careers

We Build Success

We value our employees and their contributions to our success and offer them an outstanding opportunity to grow. Recruiting and retaining an extraordinary team of employees dedicated to the company mission, vision and purpose is critical to MI’s ability to service its client’s needs. Our core values guide us in all our dealings with customers, partners, vendors and each other.In return for your talent, we are proud to offer a competitive compensation and benefits package.We employ individuals in the fields of Sales, Marketing, Graphic Design, Account Management, Travel, Accounting, Customer Service, Information Technology and Administration. If you are creative, energetic, and seeking an opportunity to excel in a team environment, consider applying for a career at Marketing Innovators.

Available Opportunities:

–> Special Accounts Manager
–> Part-Time Customer Care Coordinator
–> Business Developer