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September 29th, 2015
2 From Chicago’s Sentergroup Named Association Forum of Chicagoland and USAE Forty under 40 Award Winners

Chicago-based Sentergroup announced that Jean O’Brien, Director of Marketing & Communications, and Rachel Walsh, CMP, Director of Meetings, as Forty Under 40 award winners by the Association Forum of Chicagoland and USAE weekly newspaper.

The Forty Under 40 awards program, established in 2013, recognizes 40 up-and-coming association or nonprofit professionals who are under the age of 40, demonstrate high potential for success in leadership roles, and exhibit a strong commitment to the association management profession.

“To have two Sentergroup staff members recognized in this way is a tremendous honor and not only reflects on the numerous accomplishments of Jean and Rachel, but also on Sentergroup’s commitment to employing the best of the best to ensure our clients remain at the forefront of their industries,” says Craig Sondalle, President of

O’Brien and Walsh, along with their fellow 2015 Forty Under 40 honorees, will be recognized in a special Forty Under 40 Awards section of the USAE newspaper; during a Forty Under 40 Awards reception on Dec. 14 at the Ivy Boutique Hotel in Chicago; and during Association Forum’s Holiday Showcase lunch on Dec. 15.

“It feels very rewarding to be acknowledged for the dedication and passion I put into my work serving associations,” says O’Brien, whose association experience includes seven years with the American Osteopathic Association and a year and half with Sentergroup, directing the marketing and communications activities for the company’s entire portfolio of association clients.

Walsh, previously selected as a 20 in Their Twenties award recipient by the Professional Convention Management Association in 2014, leads Sentergroup’s Meetings and Education Division and has been with Sentergroup since 2008, planning and executing over 75 live and virtual events each year. “I am honored to be recognizedamong such a strong group of my peers with an award that showcases my commitment to the success of Sentergroup’s clients.”

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