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American Marketing Association Names Kim Guarino National Leader of the Year

CHICAGO, IL (May 14, 2007) Nominated by the DC chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA-DC), Kim Guarino is the second volunteer ever to receive the Outstanding Leader of the Year awarded by the American Marketing Association (AMA). The award is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes significant and consistent contributions to an AMA chapter and is sponsored by the American Marketing Association Foundation. The award was presented as an integral part of the Mission Possible theme at AMAs National Leadership Summit, April 20-23, 2007 in Chicago and as a result of the award, Ms. Guarino received paid registration and travel to the Summit as well as a lifetime AMA membership.

We have no doubt that Kim will leave her mark on the marketing field and be involved with AMA for life, stated Pat Lovenhart, AMA-DC president. We feel extremely fortunate to have worked with her and appreciate all her efforts to advance the chapter. In the last 12 months alone, she helped launch our new Executive Marketing Roundtable series and our Past Presidents Council to keep our most senior marketers engaged.

Collin Hageney, president of the AMA Professional Chapters Council said, Great AMA leaders are vision torchbearers for their local chapters. Ms. Guarinos involvement at all levels of chapter leadership, coupled with her ability to transform vision into accomplishments, embody her true spirit and commitment to AMA and the marketing field.

Professionally, Ms. Guarino leads EVOLVE, a brand strategy consultancy in Vienna, VA, and is an adjunct professor of marketing and entrepreneurship at George Mason University and Johns Hopkins University. And personally, she brings the values and ethics of a true public servant volunteering with several other community organizations including serving on the Business Alliance of George Mason University, Friends of Reston and IncSpire Incubator Advisory Boards. Her intellect and entrepreneurial spirit have inspired many, and she freely gives of her time to mentor and lecture on marketing and entrepreneurship.

AMA-DC is the third largest AMA chapter with more than 900 members serving over 600 organizations in the region, including Marriott, AOL, ExxonMobil, Unisys, Kaiser Permanente, Discovery Communications, PBS and The Washington Post. Its members span a diversity of industry sectors including associations, financial, media, government, professional services, technology, universities and non-profits. Its 75th Anniversary Celebration and Annual M Awards Gala (www.mawards.com) is this Thursday, May 17 at the Marriott where DCs award-winning marketers will be honored. For more information, visit www.amadc.org.

American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF) is the charitable arm of the AMA, the leading professional association for 38,000 marketers worldwide. For more than six decades, AMA has been the leading source of knowledge, career advancement and professional development for marketers. AMAs Professional Chapters Council provides leadership training, best practices and coaching to chapter leaders across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.marketingpower.com or http://appserver.marketingpower.com/AMAF.



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