Love is in the air, and we have a lot of love and appreciation to go around–so much that, in addition to our February Board Member of the Month, Rafael Ortiz, we wanted to recognize all six (6!) of our Community Leaders who are the steady heartbeat of our chapter’s programming.

Please join us in recognizing and give a full-hearted “Congratulations!” to our February Board Members and Volunteers of the Month.

February 2019 Board Member of the Month: Rafael Ortiz

  • Professional role:  Senior Manager of Client Solutions at Engine Insight
  • AMA Volunteer position: VP Research & Insights
  • Reason for recognition (aka “AMA super power”): Our chapter relies on surveys to ensure that we are providing the high-quality programming and professional development experiences that benefit members and friends of AMA Cincinnati. To be done well, surveys need to be scientific, consistent, and expertly analyzed in order to be understood and used for actionable feedback. New to the role this year, Rafael has elevated this function within our chapter, cross-pollinating with other board members to ensure a robust survey was deployed for January Content Marketing Month programming, as well as a Volunteer Survey. If this isn’t a reminder itself–remember to take your surveys after a major AMA event!
  • Fun fact: “I’ve been known for busting out singing or humming for no reason at odd times and in odd circumstances!”

February 2019 Volunteers of the Month: Community Leaders

How do [we] love thee? Let [us] count the ways!

January presents a unique challenge for our Community Leaders: cover some aspect of content marketing specific to the discipline of their Community. All of our Community Leaders did that expertly, just as they do month after month, being the heartbeat of our programming. Get to know them, below.


Pat Frew

  • Professional role: Executive Director at Covington Business Council, Executive Director at Urban Partnership of Covington
  • AMA Volunteer Role: Job Transition Group Community Leader
  • Fun Fact: Starred as Tevye in the musical production of Fiddler on the Roof his senior year of high school.


Brian Lamar

  • Professional role: VP of Insights at EMI – Research Solutions
  • AMA Volunteer Role: Marketing Research Community Leader
  • Fun Fact: Brian competed against Joey Chestnut in world brat eating championships, most recently at Zinzinnati Oktoberfest.


Suzanne Parkey

  • Professional role: Brand Strategist, CEO and Founder at Parkey Design
  • AMA Volunteer Role: B2B Marketing Community Leader
  • Fun Fact: “I compete in barrel racing.”


Kendra Ramirez

  • Professional role: Digital Strategy, Execution and Trainer at Kendra Ramirez Digital Agency
  • AMA Volunteer Role: Digital Marketing Community Leader
  • Fun Fact: “I built a house to sell when I was 21 to help pay for college. We sold it before we even finished it.”


Mitch Tidman

  • Professional role: Managing Director at Palladium Marketing
  • AMA Volunteer Role: CX & Sales Enablement Community Leader
  • Fun Fact: “I’ve lived in five different countries. US, France, UK, Netherlands and Germany. Most Americans think I’m Australian … but I’m not.”


Barry Williams

  • Professional role: Director of Marketing at Cerkl
  • AMA Volunteer Role: Digital Marketing Community Leader
  • Fun Fact:  “I love baking. Those close to me have enjoyed many a misshapen bagel, prepared by me.”


Thank you, Rafael Pat, Brian, Suzanne, Kendra, Mitch and Barry! Keep up the great work.