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40 reasons for optimism

If our 2017 class of 40 Under 40 selections is any indication, Madison’s business future is in very good hands.

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Rebecca Brown

Director of Business Development
Creative Business Interiors
Age: 37

Her guilty pleasure involves the occasional use of salty language, and her favorite beverage is Jack and Ginger. Those two personal characteristics help explain why Rebecca Brown was bold enough to convince the principals of Creative Business Interiors that she could help close a revolving staff door and instill in new hires and existing staff the core principles upon which the business had been built. Brown says it took two years of difficult conversations, creative positioning, persuasive thought, and “delicate finesse,” but the company’s identity had gone out the door along with the talent that had come and gone. It was time for a change.

“They had invested the time in me, and it was time to show that I could invest the time in their people,” she states. Brown’s successful staff development has been rewarded, as she is one year into the new role of director of business development for the Madison office.

Marci Dubler

Employee Benefits Account Executive
M3 Insurance
Age: 29

Marci Dubler admits she stepped out of her comfort zone when she first joined M3 Insurance, but any consternation paid off as she’s exceeded several sales goals and received recognition for her efforts. At M3, Dubler says she has the freedom and encouragement to be herself. “For the first time in my professional career I am proud of what I do, and I am grateful that I have an opportunity to make a positive difference for my clients and for my community through my work.”

Her community giveback includes serving as a board member for the Cremer Foundation and 100+ Women Who Care, volunteering for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, and serving as a board member of Raise for DAIS. This year, she is also charged with raising $50,000 as the silent and live auction chair for the American Heart Association Heart Ball. On the home front, Dubler expresses herself through interior design, fashion design, and art.

Amber Swenor

Founder, Brand Strategist, Speaker
Strategic Partners Marketing
Age: 33

The phrase “chasing the dream” has almost reached hackneyed-cliché status, but it applies to Amber Swenor. Having the confidence and tenacity to start a business without investors or loans and become immediately profitable does not mean her chase is over. It actually has just begun with Strategic Partners Marketing, her marketing firm, Amberdella Consulting, a brand-development subsidiary she launched in November, and in her capacity as sales and marketing director for Kilter, a Madison-based startup. In 20 months with Strategic Partners Marketing she has transitioned from “me to we” by growing her staff to nine employees and contractors.

The personal brand of this classic-rock enthusiast includes hard-working values passed on by her parents but also a sense of community that comes with her work on the Madison Area Songwriter Conference & Festival, which makes its debut in June.


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