Meet ILEA Chicago Member - Rachel Krieger

Rachel Krieger, Sales Manager at Blue Plate, joined ILEA Chicago June of 2015 to help broaden her network of industry professionals.  Rachel first started her journey with ILEA in San Francisco (2010-2013).  Once she made the move to Chicago, her connections from ILEA San Francisco encouraged her to continue her involvement in ILEA by joining the Chicago Chapter where she currently participates on the MarComm Committee.  Rachel agrees that this was one of the best decisions she made in her transition into a new city.  ILEA Chicago helped her make instant connections in her targeted industry which quickly turned into friendships that helped make a new city feel like home.

Getting to Know You Q & A ...

What made you interested in participating in ILEA Committees and future Leadership?   My colleagues from the San Francisco ILEA Chapter as well as my boss, Jennifer Perna.  Jennifer also encouraged me to join a committee and it has been the single best decision I've made as it has allowed me to develop deeper relationships within ILEA Chicago.

What would you say are the benefits for participating in our ILEA committees? The more involved you become within an organization, the more meaningful it becomes.  Joining the Chicago MarComm committee has allowed me to work with industry experts that I wouldn't normally have an opportunity to work with as well as given me a chance to hone skills I wouldn't normally use on a day to day basis.  I really enjoy the challenge.

What's your advice for those unsure where to start in becoming active in ILEA? I highly encourage anyone considering it to get involved to not only become a member, but join a committee.  

What's the biggest benefit to attending the ILEA Greater Chicago Chapter programs?   The educational programs.  Another huge benefit to attending these programs is the ability to network with industry experts who live all over the country.

How has ILEA made a difference in your career?  I prefer to work alongside people who I trust and ILEA has given me the chance to truly get to know various vendors with whom I have worked with over the years.  I am then excited to recommend my friends in ILEA to my clients.  

What's one thing most people don't know about you?  I went to Culinary School at the CIA in Hyde Park New York!

To reach Rachel Krieger or to find out more about Blue Plate contact Rachel at at or (312) 377-0965.

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