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Gary Slack

Chairman & CEO Slack and Company

Gary Slack is chairman and chief experience officer of Slack and Company, the Business Marketing Association’s national “Agency of the Year” in 2002, 2004 and 2006 and BtoB magazine’s “Midsize Agency of the Year” in 2006. For three years in a row, BtoB magazine also has named him to its annual list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Business-to-Business Marketing. Before founding Slack and Company in 1988, Gary spent 11 years with the Omnicom Group, where he held senior management positions in Chicago and Washington, D.C., with Omnicom agencies Doremus & Company and Porter Novelli. After earning a B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College, where he was editor in chief of The Dartmouth, he started his career in 1976 as a newspaper reporter and in 1977 joined Porter Novelli in Washington, D.C., as a writer.

Besides being active in numerous marketing organizations, he is a vice chairman and member of the executive committee of the Economic Club of Chicago and a member of the board of directors of the Joffrey Ballet and the Chicago Council for Science and Technology. Gary joined BMA in 1989, served as chapter president in 2001 and 2002 and has been a BMA/Chicago board member since 2001.