Vice President | Director of Marketing
Marilyn brings a wealth of industry experience in financial services of nearly 30 years. For eight years, as the director of marketing at Calamos Investments, she created marketing and communications targeted to financial consultants and the investing public for institutional, separately managed individual accounts and a family of mutual funds. Previously, her banking career included management positions in trust, corporate cash management and retail banking at Bank of America, First Chicago Bank, NA and a Chicago-suburban bank chain.
With a unique blend of industry knowledge with a flair for design and copy writing, Marilyn helps create marketing strategies as well as execute marketing plans resulting in print and digital campaigns. With her Creative Services team of graphic designers, writers and programmers, SunStar Strategic has designed websites, brochures, newsletters, e-news, fact sheets, sell sheets and other collateral materials. She is well-versed in FINRA regulations and compliance issues.
Marilyn has an MBA from the University of Illinois in Chicago specializing in marketing and finance. Her BA magna was earned magna cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, where she is recognized on the Bronze Tablet honoring graduates ranking in the top 3% of their class. She also attended the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, ranking in the top five of her class. She previously held a Series 6 license.
Marilyn also manifests her creativity as a professional fine artist and holds a Certificate in Painting from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She has large scale stained glass and fabric installations at several churches in the Chicago area and the east coast. A vibrant member of her community and past president of the Naperville Art League, she has shared her talents as an art teacher to the mentally handicapped as well as in the continuing education department of North Central College, Naperville, IL. View her artwork.