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Edward Swiderski is a digital marketing executive and thought leader with over twelve years of industry experience. Ed co-founded Kambio Group, a digital agency based in Chicago, which was acquired by Legacy Marketing Partners in June 2013. His current role is Senior Vice President at Legacy Marketing Partners, where he manages the Digital and Business Development groups.  Legacy Marketing Partners is an independent experiential marketing agency that inspires passion for brands by engaging people through integrated live + digital campaigns. Specific areas of expertise include: events, field marketing, and digital. Headquartered in Chicago, Legacy has 350 employees located in 40 markets nationwide.
 
Ed also co-authored Pinterest for Business, the first globally printed business guide for Pinterest, the fastest growing social network in the world. The book has been featured in Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, and several other highly accredited business publications.  
 
One more fun fact:  Ed co-starred on ABC's The Bachelorette, where he was selected as the final contestant.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Swiderski 

Professional History

Ed began his career with Voyager.net as an intern while attending Michigan State University, where he founded GreenCanyon, a web development firm.  Upon graduating, he immediately, began driving business solutions for Magenic a national leader of Microsoft consulting services. Mr. Swiderski was then invited by Microsoft to join the company as an Enterprise Services Executive, with Microsoft Consulting Services, where he was responsible for managing 8 states in the Midwest region, specifically focused on enterprise solutions. Ed's core responsibilities included sales, account management and orchestrating enterprise web and and infrastructure engagements.

An entrepreneur at heart, Ed eventually left Microsoft to start-up Kambio Group, a Chicago-based digital marketing agency.  In June of 2013, Kambio was acquired by long-time partner Legacy Marketing, one of the nations largest independent experiential marketing agencies based in Chicago, IL.  Ed now serves as Senior Vice President of Digital and Business Development.

Community & Alumnus Involvement
While Ed is a nerd by trade, his true passion is education.  After receiving his Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University, Ed signed up for the Alumni Association and almost immediately began building his Spartan network.  He started advocating MSU by becoming the vice president of the regional Chicago Club, and eventually in 2009 was asked to join the Alumni Board of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences, where he currently serves with a select group of Spartans from around the country (and is humbled to be in a group with some of the smartest and most successful individuals he knows).  Ed continued studying the Masters of Information Systems program at DePaul University.

Streetwise
If you live in Chicago, there's a good chance you've come across a Streetwise vendor at some point.  While Streetwise vendors are all over the city, many people don't fully understand the core mission of the organization--including myself until being asked to join the board.  Becoming a board member has opened my eyes to the homeless and underemployed people of our city.  I could not be more proud to be serving on a board with such incredible people.  Currently I serve on the board as the Marketing Committee Lead and Strategy Committee Team Member.  Read more about Streetwise here!  And I'd be happy to take you to lunch to help you better understand our mission and how you can help!

Mentoring
Ed is actively involved in mentoring.  He enjoys working 1-on-1 with hand picked students selected by the MSU College of Communication Arts & Sciences Board.

Mike Smiy is graduate student of the prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California, and an Advertising major at Michigan State University prior to that. His entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the entertainment business have been fundamental in the formation of his new production company, Hueline Pictures.

sparkEd also mentors for SPARK, which provides life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States.

GEOTF
Ed is also a founding director of the Global Education Open Technology Foundation, which partners up with other technology organizations around the globe to bring technology to less privileged students.  After volunteering for local Chicago High Schools, Ed began to understand some of the epidemic education issues America faces.  As a result, he formed GEOTF and continues to facilitate joint community events with groups like Deloitte and Chicago Tech Academy. 

          

Journalism/Media

Ed co-authored "Pinterest for Business", a business marketing guide focused on leveraging the fastest growing social media network, Pinterest.

Ed writes for the Tribune Company's ChicagoNow blog EdorAlive - a weekly blog spanning from consumer electronics to enterprise technology.

 

Television
Outside of his professional career, Ed has also co-starred on ABC's The Bachelorette, where he was selected as the final contestant.  Ed then went on to compete on ABC's The Bachelor Pad where appeared on every episode of Season 3.