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Jennifer Fortney

Advisor Greater Chicago Area, US

President Cascade PR & Marketing Comms. Please contact directly w questions, Not on regularly & hate to miss you!

President Cascade PR & Marketing Comms. Please contact directly w questions, Not on regularly & hate to miss you!

10 vouches

Involved In


#MyStorySource Twitter PR Feed


Kumfy Tailz
Light Health Research


President Cascade Communications/PR & Startup Mentoring January 2001 - present
Host/Producer TrepSess - July 2014 - present
Founder #MyStorySource Twitter PR Feed July 2012 - present
PR Workshop Instructor SCORE Chicago March 2009 - present
President Cascade Communications & PR January 2001 - present
Organizer Sip & Give Networking Events October 2009 - October 2011
Account Supervisor Knoll Communications March 1999 - December 2000
Assistant Executive BSMG Worldwide December 1998 - March 1999
Director of Promotions and Marketing KTPK-FM July 1997 - December 1998
Marketing Assistant Royals Baseball Company March 1996 - January 1997


The University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication - Business Communications 1992 - 1997

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Events
  • • Fashion
  • • Green
  • • Healthcare
  • • Media
  • • Music
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Travel
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Fitness
  • • Nutrition
  • • Wellness
  • • Medical Devices
  • • News
  • • TV

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Branding • Marketing • Consumer Products • Digital marketing • Messaging • Digital Media • Consumer brands • Product launch • Public relations • Broadcast media • Consumer Electronics • Consumer generated media • Consumer Services • Digital Strategy • Marketing Communications • Marketing Management • Marketing Strategy • Media relations • Product Marketing • Social Media Marketing • Television

Key Accomplishments

Single-handedly ran a $1M national campaign for a Fortune 500 and received personal bonus for excellence

Helped several startups/SMBs reach $1M or triple their business in under 2 years with PR

Achieved thousands of media placements for clients. One client - 70 media in 1.5 years

How I like to work with people
As an Advisor

Unlike many mentorship programs available, ours is more affordable and has an end date. The goal is to address all issues prior to launch and make sure that you're prepared for success. We start with a strategy, create a task list that meets mutually determined timeline, and you end with a marketing strategy and company (messaging, website, and more) that is ready to be shared with your audiences. You can learn more at

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Levi Moore
We worked together  •  Advisory Panel Member - Advocacy, Ingenuity-Incorporated and Board President, Six Corners Business Association. Northwestern grad.
She goes the extra mile in really trying to understand the situation she is dealing with. She doesn't provide "cookie" cutter solutions.
Spencer Maus
We worked together  •  President, SpencerConnect Communications. Previously Subcontractor - Matchmaking, Market Access International, Inc..
Jennifer is a genius when it comes to helping, mentoring and creating strategic promotion campaigns for start-up and early stage companies. ... Her experience, integrity, record of amazing success and professionalism is beyond question. Without hesitation, I can recommend Jennifer for successfully meeting and exceeding any challenges.
Rich Cordero
They're my advisor: Kumfy Tailz  •  Owner/President, Sniffery LLC and President/CEO, Sniff'd.
Great upbeat positive attitude, efficient, excellent multi-tasker, and one of my favorite people to work with throughout my years in the pet ... industry. Jennifer would be a valuable and experienced asset to any company looking to expand their media relations reach.
Dan Gaffney
They're my advisor: VouchedIn  •  Founder & Principal, and President/CEO, Daniel Gaffney & Associates, LLC.
Jennifer is full of energy and great ideas with outstanding work ethic. She's a pleasure to work with and brings fresh perspective to the ta ... ble every day.
Gregory Jaros
They're my advisor: other  •  Advisor & Interim CIO, OpenMarkets, LLC and Founder & CEO, Spare To Share, LLC.
Smart, hard working.
Peter Jameson
They're my advisor: Curvendar  •  VP Engineering, Earshot, Inc. and Co-Founder, Curvendar. Purdue grad.
Jennifer's expertise extend far beyond her Marketing & Communications training. For the past two years, Jennifer has been a thoughtful and ... energetic advisor for my business, often thinking of angles and benefits we did not think of. I highly recommend Jennifer as an advisor for your company.
Heather Way Kitzes, IOM
We worked together  •  Executive Director, Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. Previously Director of Administration, Rosebud Restaurants, Inc..
I've known and worked with Jennifer for over ten years. She is passionate about the work she does. She will go to any length to serve her cl ... ients. She is empathetic, authentic and driven.
Jennifer Belongia-Barak
They're my friends  •  Contributing writer, Glancer Magazine and Senior Vice President, Weber.
She is hard working, smart and very talented. She is relentless in her outreach efforts, smart in her strategy and approach and creative in ... her story telling ability. And, most importantly she is always honest and acts with integrity. She is a true partner.
Bhuvana Narayanamurthy
We worked together  •  Sr. UX Designer, Corporate Executive Board. Previously User Experience Researcher w/ Project Management Responsibilities, Curvendar.
Jennifer is very personable, can work within the constraints of a situation and has great connections.
Lisa Taron
They're my advisor: Kumfy Tailz  •  Founder (PET BLOGGER), Pet Blog Lady (Blog). Previously Independent Representative, Zija International. Simon Fraser grad.
Jennifer is passionate about what she does and it shows.