About Affinity Marketing Management Bio


Jim Thompson, CTC

Jim's background is ideally suited to marketing consulting, as he's spent his professional career in the field, learning and then managing every aspect of the Marketing Mix. Some highlights:

  • Regional Sales Manager, Hallmark Cards, where he revitalized retail business in a previously non-producing territory
  • Advertising and marketing services agencies' management with clients in
    • Automotive additives
    • Cigarettes
    • Consumer associations
    • Franchise and non-franchise restaurants
    • HB&A
    • Leisure travel
    • Major League Baseball & Soccer
    • Residential real estate
    • Commercial roofing and flooring
    • Trade show displays & marketing
  • General Manager for a retail automotive and general merchandise publisher
  • General Manager for an insurance products company selling to financial institutions
  • Chief Marketing Officer, AAA Chicago Motor Club, its Member Services:
    • Insurance
    • Financial Services
    • Leisure Travel Agency
    • Membership
Jim's professional memberships include
  • Barrington, Illinois Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Lake County, Illinois Chamber of Commerce (where he co-chairs the Chamber's Marketing Committee)
  • BNI (Business Networks International)
Jim sits on the Executive Resources Network (ERN) Board of Directors, where he chairs the Marketing and Public Relations Committee

Jim's education

  • MBA from the University of Georgia ("Go Dawgs-Beat Tech!");
  • CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) from the national Travel Institute;
  • EMP (Executive Mastery Program) from The Executive Institute


Don Pryber

Don's background is ideally suited to providing management expertise and consulting services in the areas of leisure travel and human relations