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Reaping the “Awards” of Our Hard Work – and having fun while doing it

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As the Public Relations Director for Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology, I spend so much time doing PR for our clients that it’s hard to find time to devote to ourselves. Sometimes “the cobbler’s children have no shoes.”

However, we’ve recently had so many awards and feathers in our collective cap that I knew we had to take a moment to celebrate what we’ve accomplished with our friends and supporters. Don’t worry – this is not a press release, but rather a celebration of what makes Red Caffeine such a unique business. We truly enjoy being together, whether we’re out for Happy Hour on Thursday evening or leaning in to tackle a client’s marketing and communication challenges. That’s good for us, but it’s also good for our clients! It’s part of the Red Caffeine “Special Blend.”

We have a lot to be proud of:

Best Places to Work in Illinois 

Red Caffeine was chosen as one of the 30 best in the “Small Companies” category for its employee engagement and fun company culture. Such distinctives include open-book management, quarterly bonuses and outings, Thirsty Thursdays, Culture Club Lunches together every Friday and our fun but not-so-competitive Brew Crew softball team. Look for us in the special feature section on June 26 in The Daily Herald and June 27 in Business Ledger.

James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award 

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Mesirow Financial, launched the James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award to recognize and encourage local entrepreneurs and small businesses to continue to grow and create jobs for the Chicagoland region. Selected as one of twelve semi-finalists, Red Caffeine President Kathy Steele gave a three minute Shark Tank-style pitch to a panel of judges. With several amazing companies presenting that night, we were thrilled to be voted in as one of the top two most popular winners out of the six finalists. The winner, Vanille Patisserie, was announced on June 7 at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.

2016 Women of Distinction

My Suburban Life publishers selected Kathy Steele as one of twelve women who have made a difference in their western suburban communities and are representative role models as both professional and civic-minded leaders. Honorees were profiled in Suburban Life Magazine’s May issue and recognized at the prestigious Women of Distinction Awards luncheon. Each honoree will also be featured in a spotlight article in an upcoming issue.

BTB Foundation 

Again this year, RC sponsored the BTB Golf Outing which raised more than $120,000 for families battling cancer. RC had some skin in the game, raising $5,000 for #SummersSolidiers, benefiting our own Julie Poulos’ 9-year-old cousin Summer. Some of us golfed and some of us manned our two “Caffeinated Karaoke” holes, videotaping golfers lip synching to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” and selling raffle tickets for gift baskets donated by our friends at Tiesta Tea and I Have a Bean Coffee.

Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts 2016 Communicator Awards 

Red Caffeine received three awards – one Gold and two Silver – for client projects:

  • Elk Grove Village: Makers Wanted – Integrated Campaign
  • Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating: Ditch the Ugly Sweater – Lead Generation
  • CARR Machine & Tool: – Websites in Manufacturing

Learn more about how Red Caffeine’s culture drives our business success. And now that you know we’re one of the best places to work in Illinois, check out our open positions and connect with us if you think you’re a good fit for our culture.


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