August 12, 2016

American Marketing Association – Cincinnati Chapter Announces
2016-2017 Board of Directors
Chapter kicks off fiscal year with a new logo, new look, and a special address to the Greater Cincinnati Marketing Community by AMA CEO Russ Klein

Cincinnati – The Cincinnati Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA Cincinnati) announces its elected Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The 15-member volunteer board will oversee one of the strongest professional chapters of the largest marketing organization in the world, the American Marketing Association (AMA).

Gina Bonar, President of Steady on Sales, assumes responsibilities as Chapter President. A 2013 transplant to Cincinnati from Chicago, Bonar brings to the organization more than two decades of marketing and non-profit leadership.

“I can’t imagine a more exciting time to be part of AMA Cincinnati,” says Bonar. “This volunteer Board is incredibly talented, well-rounded, dedicated, and thoroughly energized to serve the vast marketing community in this thriving city.”

AMA Cincinnati Board of Directors assumed responsibilities July 2016 and continues through June 2017, and includes the following 15 voting officers):


Board Role Name Company Title
President Gina Bonar Steady On Sales President
President-Elect Travis Nipper Syndecis Strategy Chief Client Strategist
Immediate Past President Simcha Kackley Champion Home Exteriors Director of Marketing
Treasurer & Secretary David Alex Alex & Company CPAs Owner, CPA
VP Marketing, Communications & Special Initiatives Suzanne Buzek Vehr Communications Account Manager
VP Market Research Andy Noller SPINS Business Consultant
VP Membership Eric Brown United Mail Sales Executive
VP Programming – Shared Interest Groups & Workshops Carolyn Dickerson David C. Cook Digital Marketing Mgr
VP Programming – Signature Speaker Series Monica Nenni West Central Wine Owner
VP Strategic Alignment Dennis Devlin Consumer Clarity CEO
VP Strategic Partnership Mitch Tidman Palladium Marketing Managing Director
VP Talent Management Amy Goodman The Creative Group (TCG) Division Director & AVP
VP Technology & Innovation Sanjiv Karani Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Stanford Seed) Advisor: Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Leadership
Co-VP YP & Development Justine Daley GNGF Account Manager
Co-VP YP & Development Heather HIrsch Innominds Field Marketing Mgr


In May, the AMA Support Center unveiled the “Next AMA brand”. Cincinnati was among the first of all 74 chapters to adopt the new brand locally. With a new look, a new tagline, “Answers in Action”, and its first-ever Intellectual Agenda, the organization is squarely focused on its mission “to be the most relevant force and voice shaping marketing around the world; an essential community for marketers.”

Russ Klein addressing AMA Cincinnati at 84.51.

In a launch event on Thursday, August 11, AMA Cincinnati kicks off the fiscal year and the new brand with a special address by AMA CEO Russ Klein.

Klein recently explained the role of the Chapters in the broader AMA organization. “It is chapter leaders who’ve built a sense of interconnectedness and created a hardworking love of marketing in your communities, developing people’s fullest capacities to create something wonderful together. I think leadership today is about that sort of alchemy. Bring back the hidden dimensions of our human activities and interactions.”


Pictured above: AMA Cincinnati partial board. From left to right: Sanjiv Karani, Andy Noller, Justine Daley, Gina Bonar, Mitch Tidman, AMA CEO Russ Klein, Dennis Devlin, Travis Nipper, Suzanne Buzek, Eric Brown, Carolyn Dickerson, Monica Nenni. Photo credit: Natalie Pike.

Additional photos are available on the AMA Cincinnati Board of Directors Page, on the AMA Cincinnati Facebook page and the AMA Cincinnati Instagram.


About AMA Cincinnati
AMA Cincinnati has served the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region’s marketing community for more than 79 years. With nearly 400 members, it is one of the most active chapters in the country, offering a wide range of programming and services, from monthly Signature Speaker Series events to Shared Interest Groups to an emerging young professional network. AMA Cincinnati is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, supported by a thriving volunteer base and a mix of local sponsors and strategic partners. Additional information on AMA Cincinnati is available at


About AMA
The AMA is trusted by nearly 3 million marketing and sales professionals in 118 countries and across 74 professional chapters and 345 collegiate chapters throughout North America, the American Marketing Association (AMA) is the largest marketing association in the world. AMA serves organizations and individuals who practice, teach and study marketing across the globe. Its mission is to serve as a forum for connecting like‐minded individuals to foster knowledge sharing and relationship building; to be a trusted resource for marketing information, tools, education and training; and to advance marketing practice and thought leadership. For more information about the AMA, visit or follow the latest AMA news at @AMA_Marketing.