Equal parts creative director, writer and strategic thinker, Ann has been recognized as one of Chicago’s leading branding, marketing and communications strategists for more than four decades.Ann leads the brand development and related communications for the Resolute Family of Companies and directs the creative work on all client projects. Ann uses the power of creativity to help clients define their brand, shape their issues and transform their organizations.
A creative and strategic force, Ann specializes in communication based on ideas. Ideas that move people to action. Throughout her process, she challenges conventional wisdom, pushes the envelope and helps clients reimagine themselves. She is known for creating campaigns and communications that are fresh, exciting, and a little unexpected – establishing a deep emotional connection between the client and its audience.
At Resolute, Ann and her team create award-winning branding, marketing, video storytelling and fundraising communications for clients. Ann led the rebranding for the Illinois Beverage Association and Grant Park Music Festival and continues to create marketing and fund-raising communications for the organization. Recently, Ann and her team developed creative materials for Discovery Inc’s campaign to protect free and independent media in Poland. She developed a fundraising case statement and video for Garfield Park Conservatory’s new Children’s Garden. She oversaw all the collateral and communication materials for the American Beverage Association’s Can the Tax Campaign. She played a key creative and strategic role on the Build South Central Campaign for the Phoenix Light Rail Extension. She has created signature fund-raising pieces for Navy Pier and Lane Tech College Prep. She also led the branding work for Resolute Public Affairs, Resolute Strategic Services, Resolute CyberStrategies, and Resolute-DC.
In 2016, Ann merged her award-winning firm Chicago Creative Works into Resolute to strengthen in-house creative services. She has worked with and developed signature communications and branding campaigns for some of the best-known, not-for-profit and corporate organizations, including Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Botanic Garden, Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Family Services, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago Public Library Foundation, USG, and Nuveen.