3Points’ Year in Review, 2019

Delilah Bennett — Account Manager

My favorite part of 2019 was being welcomed into the 3Points family (and Chicago!) in June. I came in with two years of business development experience and some marketing internship experience, and I was eager to step into the PR field — a field in which I have always wanted to work — and apply my transferable skills. I thought that working with fintech clients would be an exciting added challenge.

Chris Brendza — Account Coordinator

2019 was a year of growth in many ways for me, ordered around a couple big life events: graduating college and starting my career. Professional growth came quickly; one of the things I’ve appreciated most about my time here so far at 3Points is how much responsibility I was given from the get-go. While it led to some initial anxieties (see below meme), it propelled me to move forward and gain experiences I wouldn’t have gotten — or at least wouldn’t have gotten yet — elsewhere. So I think my highlights of the year, at least professionally, were moments that marked this growth: taking over the account of my first client, Hehmeyer; taking my first work trip to the Big Apple; and leading my second client, a soon-to-launch equities exchange, through an important media moment in their growth.

Me evaluating myself after running an update call

Spencer Doar — Content Strategist

Part of the fun of coming onboard at 3Points stems from the opportunity to meet up and network with people and businesses from industry segments outside the scope of my prior work in the listed derivatives space. (And, as luck would have it, I still get the opportunity to operate in those trading circles, given our fintech clientele. 🙏)

Bailey Doyle — PR Intern

My biggest highlight of 2019 was joining the 3Points team. From the end of my first interview, I knew that 3Points was going to be a place where I was going to learn a lot — that’s the reason I decided to join the team. 3Points has been so helpful in growing my professional skill set. The team has fostered an environment of learning and always encouraged me to be creative and take charge of projects, which is not something you see every day when it comes to being an intern at a company.

Maddie Hayden — Account Coordinator

To the tune of my fellow 3Pointers, this year has been defined by change for me as well. Last winter, I rang in the new year with one of the biggest changes of all — packing up my bags and moving to Chicago, hundreds of miles away from the state I grew up in. Throughout all this change there have been so many milestones, lessons learned, and successes, but in 3Points fashion, I will keep it to my top three.

Nicole Hopkins — Account Manager

My favorite part of 2019 was joining the AWESOME 3Points team in June. I came in with about three years of public relations experience from all different industries, which gave me a unique perspective. I was both excited and nervous to jump into the complicated world of fintech. However, soon after, I realized I could take some of the PR tricks I learned over the years and use them to help our clients at 3Points.

Lorna Kiewert — Account Director

One of my favorite moments in 2019 was our all-company outing to Metropolitan Brewing, a craft brewery in Avondale. [You may remember them from our blog about the Chicago beer and tech industries.] Not only was it fun to tour and sip craft beer, but it was the first time the new 3Points team (in our current iteration) spent quality time together outside of the office. If you’ve never been to Metropolitan, the brewery has a scenic outdoor deck that sits along the Chicago River, and during that team outing, you could feel the unity and camaraderie building among the team.

Drew Mauck — CEO

For me, one of the big highlights of the year has been getting more involved in the Chicago tech scene. 3Points has represented Chicago tech clients for a few years now, and of course we have been involved with T4Youth since co-founding the event in 2014. This year, however, seemed to be a turning point, where it’s not just us telling people we cover Chicago tech — the Chicago tech world is coming to us. This year was my first year serving on the board of TechForward, the philanthropic arm of the Illinois Technology Association. I was invited to speak at 1871 and at the FUND Chicago Conference. And most importantly, 3Points continued to expand our Chicago Tech expertise, helping clients in industries ranging from cannabis tech to restaurant tech to healthcare tech. I’m looking forward to continuing to grow our local tech presence in the new year.

In all honesty, I am humbled by the fact that the Chicago Tech community has embraced 3Points

Katie O’Shea — Content Manager

There have been a lot of great milestones for 3Points this past year, due in large part to the cultivation of a team with an even greater range of abilities than we had one year ago. Getting to work with Maddie to start putting the development of 3Points’ Chicago tech practice into high gear has been awesome — I know that our Chicago tech team will only gain momentum in 2020.

Jeffrey Rabin — Design Lead

When I look back at my experiences this year at 3Points, I think my biggest accomplishment was the creation and launch of our new website. When I was first brought in as a design intern, 3Points was on the cusp of a rebrand. When I asked if a new website or a website overhaul would be part of these efforts, I was shocked to hear that the team saw this as a projected goal for the start of the new year. It was April, and I knew that if I put my head down, collaborated with every team member, and worked my tail off, I could produce a new website for 3Points to launch in conjunction with our rebrand.

Sam Svoboda — Content & Analytics Director

One of the biggest highlights for me this year was assembling our new team. And particularly for me, it was exciting for me to see our content team grow to its strongest-ever iteration. What started half a decade ago as just me writing blog posts and website copy for clients has grown into a four-strong team of complementary skill sets. While Katie has been our official proofreader for a few years now, this year we also added Spencer’s fintech/journalism expertise, as well as Jeffrey’s design chops to make sure our content looks as good as it reads. It was also another year of expanding our video and photography efforts, with a few different client videos and a number of client headshots. Heading into 2020, I can’t wait to see what we can do with a full year of this content team in action.

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