Who We Are

Chicago Association Management has 30 years of experience working with both major corporations and local associations with consistent success. We offer a team approach with an executive director and an association management specialist assigned to your account. In addition, our senior management team will be actively engaged throughout our relationship.

Our Team:

Ed Graziano
Managing Director


Ed founded Chicago Association Management (CAM) in 2010 as a natural extension of the business Corporate Event Interactive (CEI) that he founded in 1987.  Ed has been building business relationships, overseeing projects and providing strategic thinking and leadership ever since. With the help of Ed’s down-to-earth attitude and work ethic, he has helped expand both CEI and CAM to highly respected firms in the meetings and events industry. Ed leads CAM’s association management business, which currently manages the day to day operations, conferences and events for six professional organizations. Ed is customer service focused, always easy to work with and never loses his positive attitude.

Tricia Fusilero
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Creative, energetic and detail oriented, Tricia approaches everything she does with a marketing mind. With a gift for leading others, she focuses on team building and cooperation in order to accomplish thoughtfully planned goals. Her broad skill set includes project management, marketing, strategic planning, customer focus, writing and social media.  She has the ability to partner with colleagues in a broad range of industries and believes firmly that processes and organization are the keys to supporting an association.

Mindy Taylor
Association Manager

An established non-profit leader, Mindy brings to our team both her business experience and her passion for providing superior customer service. Mindy is focused, detail oriented, creative and fun to work with. She is the lead with several of our association clients and provides support for others. A team player through and through Mindy is always up for the challenge and continues to strive for excellence in whatever role or responsibility she is fulfilling. There is never a task that is too big or small for her to give her entire energy to.

Trent Synder
Association Support

An ambitious and creative event specialist, Trent brings to our team an ideal combination of work ethic, practical business skills and customer service experience. Trent is able to balance many tasks simultaneously and never gets rattled. In many ways Trent is the backbone of our organization as he plays a part in almost everything we do in the office. In addition, Trent sings in an a cappella music group so his talents extend well outside of just the office!

Linda Whitlock
Executive Producer, Team Building

Linda has designed and executed thousands of interactive events over 20 years, making innovation and customization integral to Corporate Event Interactive’s (CEI) business model. This, in combination with her leadership & producing acumen, make each event a new experience. Linda is passionate about helping corporations give back to the local community. An active contributor to the meetings and events industry, Linda is Past President and Board Member of ILEA-Chicago Chapter and plays a key role in several MPI committees. She has guided CEI as President since 2000, earning multiple awards, including: “Best Team Building Company” “Best Vendor” and numerous “NICE Awards”.

Elliott Lonsdale
Production Coordinator – Team Building

Elliott Lonsdale is an award winning film and event producer. With his experience as a line producer in the film and commercial world, Elliott has experience supporting producers to keep a custom designed project under budget and on schedule to meet tight deadlines while exceeding client expectations. When it comes to events, Elliott prioritizes the client experience to make sure participants not only enjoy themselves, but have an experience they’ll remember for a lifetime. He received his BA from The Ohio State University and his MFA from DePaul University in Chicago.

“Ed and his team have become part of our ILCBA family. They are professional, highly organized and responsive. Equally important they allow our leadership team to enjoy the many benefits of being actively engaged in a professional association of your peers, without all the clerical responsibilities bogging us down.”  Mona Naser, President, Illinois Creditors Bar Association