Elena Disabato

Elena Disabato

Chicago, IL, US



I am a focused, driven creative professional with 18 years’ experience in marketing and communications. My experience across a wide range of industries with a 10-year focal point in the highly demanding AEC sector makes me uniquely qualified for a marketing leadership role with a leading global AEC firm. I specialize in crafting messages that seamlessly deliver facts and uplift without embellishment while maintaining brand consistency. 

Most recently I was the Marketing Manager for a privately held engineering firm. I was responsible for tracking all domestic sales efforts, creating proposals, writing award/conference abstract submissions, external communications, and managing a team of two. Prior to this, I produced graphic and written content for AEC firms and vendors of all sizes, an advertising agency, and a myriad of other companies as a consultant.

My real-world experiences have been aided by a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a minor in English & Contextual Studies awarded in 2000 from Syracuse University. In 2014 my skills were enhanced when I achieved certification as a LEED Green Associate.

I am currently seeing a position where my leadership and creativity with both graphics, layout and writing will be used to communicate a company’s message to both internal and external clients.



A+C architects, Remote - Skokie, IL, Director, Marketing

+ Marketing strategy, collateral, content, websites/SEO, social media, events
+ Remote / On-site / Hybrid | Current role
Independent marketing freelancer specializing in creative concept visualization, realization
Current project: Website for psychology practice, (under construction, launch Summer 2019) - Original content development, Squarespace implementation, SEO optimization
Recent project: Website for art and marketing consultancy, - Original content development, Squarespace implementation, SEO optimization
Recent project: Caterpillar Apparel SS20 industry launch. Event planning services for runway fashion show, to-the-trade presentations and evening hospitality event targeting 50+ international investors (May 2019)

Aug 2018 - Feb 2019

dbHMS, Chicago, IL, US, Marketing Manager

• Manages marketing team including staff development, reviews and hiring
• Supervises and participates in the development of all marketing materials
• Leads overall development and implementation of marketing and sales
strategy for the firm
• Partners with leadership in developing and executing firmwide marketing
--Public relations | Speaking engagements | Awards | Photography | Social media |
Special events | Press Releases
• Researches project opportunities to facilitate early teaming with clients
• Conducts post-award debriefings with prospects regardless of outcome to
optimize response strategies
• Engages potential clients and consultants in business development activities
--Represents firm to clients, business associates and industry-related organizations
• Develops and maintains sales / marketing data in project management
• Creates and tracks proposals

Feb 2016 - Jun 2018

SmithGroup, Chicago, IL, US, Senior Marketing Coordinator

• Designed, wrote, edited and compiled custom proposals and interview materials to secure billable project work in 7
practice areas across 10 offices
--Partnered with national Marketing Managers to manage multi-office pursuits
--Performed research on interview Selection Committees to formulate presentation strategy
--Maintained database of all sales efforts | Prepared quarterly reports
• Internal communications
--Newsletters | Video | Sharepoint content
• External communications
--Press releases | Cover letters | Project profiles | Approaches | Resumes
• Managed social media content and campaigns via Twitter and Facebook
--Corporate Facebook Administrator | Internal educational social media seminars
• Developed/implemented annual PR plans to strategically place Chicago projects in industry outlets
• Created/held workshops to advance personnel knowledge of and involvement with Marketing efforts
• Lead office/community initiatives
--2015 CANstruction Team Leader | Content/Graphics: Earth Week, Holiday Events

Aug 2012 - Feb 2016

Williams Lea, Chicago, IL, US, Project Manager

Managed workflow and team responsibilities for projects ranging from web design to integrated digital + print campaigns
Developed and managed proprietary systems to track annual budget of $500k + project time frames
Created cost estimates for each project based on previous comparable efforts, estimated time frames + hourly rates
Worked with internal Global Marketing division to develop internal- and external-facing collateral

May 2012 - May 2012


Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, Bachelors, Illustration/English

Major in Illustration/Graphic Design with Minor in English & Contextual Studies. Semester abroad in DIPA program. 3.86/4.0 GPA / Golden Key National Honors Society

Aug 1996 - May 2000

Syracuse University in Florence, Florence, IT, DIPA

Fine art, art history, Italian

Jan 1999 - Jun 1999

Areas of Specialization