Edward Swiderski is a marketing technologist, entrepreneur, and business growth specialist. Ed currently leads Digital and Business Development groups at Legacy Marketing Partners, who acquired his startup, Kambio Group in June of 2013. Ed focuses on strategy and implementation to help clients embrace new processes, tools, and techniques to enhance their brand, gain maximum exposure, and grow revenue. He also co-authored "Pinterest for Business", the first globally printed guide to business marketing on Pinterest, and has been featured in Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, and several other highly acredited business publications.
Ed co-starred on ABC's The Bachelorette, where he was selected as the final contestant.
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.
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!
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.
Ed also mentors for SPARK, which provides life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States.
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.
Ed writes for the Tribune Company's ChicagoNow blog EdorAlive - a weekly blog spanning from consumer electronics to enterprise technology.
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.