About David Brimm...

David Brimm is president of BrimmComm, Inc., a full-service public relations and marketing communications firm. He has 23 years of experience in the corporate, agency and not-for-profit sectors, with a specialization in corporate counseling, strategic planning and crisis communication.

He was formerly a Managing Partner of Werle + Brimm, Ltd., where his account responsibilities included American INVSCO, Fujisawa Pharmaceuticals, Burger King, Dominick’s Finer Foods, Palwaukee Municipal Airport, American Academy of Pediatrics, Mobile Cellutions,, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Binks-Sames, C&S Valve, American Podiatric Medical Association, Hexacomb Packaging, and Kendall Orthotics.

Earlier, he served as Managing Director of the Chicago office of Manning, Selvage & Lee, one of the world's 10 largest public relations agencies. He supervised work that included M&M/Mars, GE Capital Financial Corp, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Homart Development Company, Stewart Warner, American Crystal Sugar Company, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and William M. Mercer.

As an Executive Vice President of Porter/Novelli, another one of the top 10, he supervised work on behalf of Dr. Scholl's, Schering-Plough, General Mills, Frito Lay, American Medical Association, Lowe's Inc., National Roofing Contractors Association and for Dial Corp.

Prior to his agency work, he served as Public Relations Manager for Dun & Bradstreet's Technical Publishing Division, coordinating marketing activities for 21 magazines in the technical, engineering and business-to-business sectors.

He began his public relations career as an Account Supervisor for Smith, Bucklin & Associates, the country's largest association management firm, where he supervised association clients in the food, housewares, utility and construction industries. He also edited a national food publication.

Brimm is the first member of the Publicity Club of Chicago to serve four terms as president. He is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Gold Trumpet Award, and two-time recipient of the Silver Trumpet Award, from the Publicity Club of Chicago.


About Debbie Lawrence...

Debbie Lawrence is vice president of client services for BrimmComm, Inc. With 20+ years of broad based marketing & public relations experience on both the corporate and agency sides, she treats each client’s business as if it were her own. Her experience includes: health care, consumer product marketing, public relations, crises management, direct response, brand management, media spokesperson, and new product & concept development.

For BrimmComm Deb has worked extensively with clients covering many industries, including hospitals, banking, electronics, health care and many others.

Focusing on non-profit organization donor relations, Deb developed and managed programs for the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons sponsored President’s Benefit, designed to raise grant funds for orthopaedic research (featuring performers such as Jay Leno, the Beach Boys & Mary Chapin Carpenter) that exceeded financial objectives.

Deb managed an Orthobiotech sponsored specialty marketing event that positioned Procrit® to orthopaedic surgeons, and featured Cirque du Soleil at Downtown Disney more than doubling the initial ROI objectives.

Working with Searle Pharmaceuticals Global Marketing Team, Debbie contributed to projects involving domestic and international research projects that included qualitative and quantitative positioning studies, message map studies, and (multi -country) product profiles for the introduction of Celebrex®

On staff at the American Academy of Pediatrics, she was responsible for
developing strategic medical marketing programs, including a co-op patient education program introducing the Merck Varicella vaccine to pediatricians and patient families.

Previously Deb served as director of marketing for Hinckley & Schmitt Bottled Water Company, directing national & regional programs including business acquisitions, new product development, crises management, media relations, sponsorships and special events. Some of her successful programs included:

• Establishing a medical advisory board consisting of physicians and other health professionals responsible for new product development, FDA compliance, and review of marketing programs for medical appropriateness.

• Developing crises management guidelines and procedural plan to be utilized during natural disasters, quality control issues, and other sensitive matters. Corporate FEMA contact.

• Initiating strategic partnerships and programs with American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

• Managing national and regional special events/sports marketing programs, including NFL, NBA, festivals, marathons, and health oriented programs.

Earlier in her career, Deb worked for A.J. Rosenthal Advertising, Inc. managing accounts that included Spangler Candy Company, Helene Curtis, Swift Premium Meats, MacGregor-Riddell Sporting Goods, and Fred’s Frozen Foods.

Deb began her marketing career in telecommunications for GTE Directories Corporation representing GTE on the Presidential Inaugural Committee in Washington, DC.


About Amy Levin...

Amy has more than 15 years of PR experience, the majority of which was spent serving top clients within the Chicago office of Burson-Marsteller’s marketing practices group. She has a deep background in account work directed to women, including work on behalf of leading brands in food (Borden Foods Company and its Wyler’s Bouillon and Cracker Jack brands, NutraSweet/Equal Sweetener), personal care (Procter & Gamble's Pert Plus shampoo), P&G's baby products (Pampers), and home products (Cheer, Tide and S.C. Johnson Wax).

Amy also worked within Burson-Marsteller’s Corporate Communications Group, where she served on client teams serving Sears, Ameritech and others encompassing employee relations, crisis communications and investor relations.

Her skills in media relations, special events, new product launches, integrated promotions and product marketing have earned her numerous industry awards.

Amy graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations.



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