Jennifer Fortney – President, Cascade Communications
Jennifer Fortney started Cascade Communications in 2001 after a strong desire to combine her passions and diverse marketing background into a career.
With 20 years as a performer in the arts, Jennifer has worked in entertainment, arts, sports, radio, television, restaurants and nightclubs as a marketing professional. She also has a strong background in hi tech, Internet, consumer products, startups, promotions, copywriting, crisis communications, fundraising and special event planning.
Today, Cascade Communications handles public relations for several area businesses including; Bungalow Loungebar, RateMyBuilderOnline.com, Fizz Bar & Grill, Que Syrah Fine Wine Shop, John Robert Powers Chicago, Boomerang Nation, LLC, My Sommelier, Ltd., Webster’s Wine Bar, Field Trip Factory and the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum.
Jennifer has conducted freelance media relations for Edelman Worldwide, BSMG/Weber Shandwick, Leo Burnett, Corporate Technology Communications, CKPR and the Reilly Group. Clients include: The US Army, Maytag, Harley-Davidson, Motorola, Angel Soft – Angels in Action Awards, and SC Johnson.
Jennifer has received placements for clients in The New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, Chicago Social, Boston Globe, Bon Appetit, Fast Company, Esquire, the “Today” show, Food Network, Digitalcity.com, Metromix.com and ABC.com amongst hundreds of radio, TV, print and online hits across the country. She was also included in a 2002 Crain’s Chicago Business piece on telecommuting and small businesses.
Before starting her own boutique firm, Jennifer was with BSMG Worldwide, now Weber Shandwick, and Knoll Communications. A native of Kansas, Jennifer held the post of Director of Promotions and Marketing at Twister 106.9, KTPK-FM. While in radio, she managed concert promotions, CD releases and all station advertising and publicity. She also worked with the Kansas City Royals Baseball Company, KNSS-AM, and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.
Jennifer has a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism, Business Communications from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. She also holds a minor in Music – Vocal Performance. In her spare time, Jennifer conducts volunteers with local not-for-profits and writes for a local website. She is Director of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce Marketing and Auction With A Vision Committees and sits on the Board of Directors. Jennifer resides in Chicago.