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Nilles & Associates was founded in 1994 as a boutique marketing consultancy in the San Francisco Bay Area, acclaimed for launching start ups and innovative products during the technology boom-or-bust era. Now located in Chicago, N&A continues to bring informed market research, marking communications, public relations, publications, content, professional development, and advocacy services for clients in all market spaces and places.


A Jill-of-all-trades, Kathleen brings more than 30 years of strategic and tactical experience in all aspects of marketing.  She is well-respected for both her 30,000-foot perspectives as well as nuts-and-bolts practical solutions for her clients.   

About 10 years ago, Kathleen  became attuned to issues within the U.S. education system and sought a master's in gifted education to complement her dual bachelor's degrees in journalism and business.  Her passions include helping all children receive the appropriate education services they deserve.

Creative Chief

Kathleen Nilles


Denise has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing communications, advertising and promotions for corporate, consumer, and non-profit entities, including retailers and direct marketers. She works with Nilles & Associates clients to create new brand identity and collateral systems, cross-team communication, budget adherence, production workflow, project management, and digital asset management. 

Project Boss

Denise Notz

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