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Rising Star

BMA Chicago recognizes and honors young talent through the Rising Star award granted to young professionals (under 30) who demonstrate the best contribution to b-to-b marketing. Candidates from all marketing disciplines – creative, media, strategy, etc. are nominated by their managers and supervisors. Submissions are accepted now through mid-August.


Rising Star: Best Contribution to Business-to-Business Marketing in 2013-14.

Disciplines include: Creative, Media, Strategy, Results and Analysis

Winner receives the following:

  • Recognition during September Recognition month events
  • A seat at the speaker table September 2014 BMA Marketing Innovators Luncheon with the BMA Chicago president and speakers
  • An award to show off to colleagues, family and friends
  • Participation on the Young Professionals committee (if member)
  • A September press release announcing the winner created and distributed by BMA

Entry Criteria

Supervisors/managers will submit three paragraphs to explain how their nominee(s) achieved one or more of the following:

  • Developed markedly in their marketing/creative/project management/media/analysis skills
  • Proved to be instrumental in problem solving/creative brainstorming that led to eventual client solution
  • Overcame a difficult marketing problem/question for a client
  • Went above and beyond in training/mentoring a new or more junior team member 

Who should nominate:

  • Young Professionals for self-involvement
  • Mid- to senior-level managers
  • Client or agency partners

Entry Fees

  • Members: $50 per entry or $40 each for two or more entries
  • Non-members: $75 per entry or $65 each for two or more entries

Click here to enter your nominee!

Congratulations to the 2013 Rising Star Award Winner!

Alex Fraser

Account Manager at The Mx Group

Alex joined the Mx Group as a full-time employee after graduating from Amherst College with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. Since joining the team, he has worked in business development, HR, traffic and client services, where he started as an account coordinator. His ability to learn and his drive to take on additional responsibility quickly earned him the title of Account Manager. 

In this role, he manages the Siemens Large Drives Applications business and supports both the Siemens sales channel and marketing communication teams. Alex manages a sales enablement tool that has generated $11 million worth of sales since its implementation in 2011. He works routinely with Siemens product management, research and development, sales managers, third-party sales reps and IT services in Germany to keep the tool functioning properly. The sales enablement tool won best of category this year at the B2B Tower Awards. Additionally, Alex has been integral to the development of buyer personas, the formation of a marketing database, the creation of territory playbooks for Siemens management, videos and more. Alex’s clients view him as a steward of their brand and respect his dedication to their business.

Previous Rising Star Winners:

2012 Rising Star Award Recipient:

Leah McKelvey,


Hear what Leah had to say about winning the Rising Star Award!

2011 Rising Star Award Recipient:

Michelle Fox,

Slack and Company

Hear what Michelle had to say about winning the Rising Star Award!

2010 Rising Star Award Recipient:

Dustin LeFebvre,

Specialty Print Communications

Hear what Dustin had to say about winning the Rising Star Award!

Do you have an outstanding young professional on your team? Make sure they get the recognition they deserve by nominating them for the 2014 Rising Star Award. Click here for more information or to nominate!