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Ric Sweeney Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award

Ric Sweeney Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award

ric sweeney award

This award recognizes and rewards outstanding professional chapter leaders whose contributions have added significantly to the American Marketing Association’s goals.

Ric Sweeney


This award was named in in honor of Ric Sweeney, former AMA Chairman of the Board, former Professional Chapters Council President, former Cincinnati Chapter President and member of the AMA since 1996.

Recipients of the award exemplify the passion, talent and determination of the AMA volunteer.

Current Recipient

Gina Bonar, AMA Cincinnati

Gina serves as an AMA Cincinnati Board Member in the role of CMO Roundtable Leader and VP Programming for the Executive Marketer Community. She also serves as a Mentor in the chapter’s Mentorship Program, an Account Lead for AMA Cincinnati Agency, and a member of the Sponsorship and IGNITE! Conference committees. Nationally, she continues to serve as a volunteer on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI committee and the national awards program exploration committee under the leadership of the Professional Chapters Council (PCC). She has been a part of the AMA Cincinnati community and Board for a decade, serving as President in 2016-2017, and as a member of the PCC 2018-2021.

A long-time Chicagoan transplanted to Cincinnati in 2013, Gina is the Founder and Lead Marketing Partner at 5 Whys Marketing. She is a writer and strategist with a focus on digital content strategy, development, and delivery for clients across industries and around the world. She has served as US Marketing Leader at Mercer, Lead Client and Industry Marketer at Deloitte, and various marketing and communications roles at Exelon, USG, and Golin Harris. Gina holds an MS IMC/PR from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a Kellogg MBA.

Community involvement is a true passion for Gina. During her time in Chicago, she served on boards and/or advisory committees of several nonprofit organizations, including the Network of Executive Women (now NextUP), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Illinois young leaders committee, Life Span, Women Employed, and Lakefront Supportive Housing (now Mercy Housing Lakefront). She earned the Jefferson Award for Community Service for work on skills-based volunteering at Deloitte. She finds her balance through gentle yoga practice, her “Winey Women” friend/networking group, and many walks with her beloved dogs Jester and Dickens.

2022 Recipient

Craig Lund
Craig Lund, AMA Toronto

Craig Lund is a marketing and business development professional specialized in selling to the C-suite marketer. Having launched three businesses in the past 12 years in the Canadian & US Market for both Canadian based and Global companies in media, consulting and marketing resource management, he has developed an affinity and passion for connecting the dots for the marketing community.

As President of Marketing Talent Inc. Craig provides leadership for the Canadian and the US operations, where he helps Fortune 500 companies manage their marketing resources utilizing an innovative approach of leveraging interim and permanent staffing solutions . 

An AMA Past President, he is the current Secretary and VP Mentorship for the Toronto Chapter, where he oversees the development of programs that give AMA members C Leader access and to help foster a greater sense of community for the industry. 

He has been a contributing writer on career development for industry publications such as Marketing Magazine &
Strategy Magazine, and as a columnist for Metro news as a business book columnist.

In his free time Craig is a water polo player, cyclist and fitness enthusiast – which allows him to enjoy cooking and entertaining friends and family… along with his other obsession, his Rhodesian Ridgeback Bianca.

Previous Recipients

  • 2021- Robin Tooms, Houston Chapter
  • 2020- Angela Brusche, Austin Chapter
  • 2019- Stacy Armijo, Austin Chapter
  • 2018- Karen Albritton, Triangle Chapter
  • 2017- Evan Carroll, Triangle Chapter
  • 2016- Dennis Devlin, Cincinnati Chapter
  • 2015- Amy Gerhart Favreau, Richmond Chapter
  • 2014- Christine Mathers, Houston Chapter
  • 2013- Paul Stark, Chicago Chapter
  • 2012- Tom Dennis, Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter
  • 2011- Myles Bristowe, Boston Chapter
  • 2010- Colin Hageney, Houston Chapter
  • 2009- Harvey John Morris, Chicago Chapter
  • 2008- Carol Shea, Cincinnati Chapter
  • 2007- Kimberly Guarino, Washington, DC Chapter
  • 2006- Mary Ann Keeler, New York Capital Region Chapter

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