April 15, 2009

Carolyn Gerard, Gerard Design 630-355-0775
Jini Clare, Clare Communications 630-983-9964

Gerard Design Named One of the Best Places to Work in Illinois

(Warrenville, IL) — The visionary leadership and team-building focus of Gerard Design has led to the company being selected as one of the 2009 Best Places to Work in Illinois. Headquartered in Warrenville, this award-winning strategic branding and design communications agency has grown to 15 employees and serves numerous Fortune 1000 clients. Yet this deadline-driven company nurtures family-friendly practices, open communications, professional development, healthy lifestyles and a strong entrepreneurial spirit.

According to Carolyn Gerard, principal of the firm, “When we put the right people in the right places at every level of our organization, it created magic. We all do what we love and love what we do. The rest, like creating an environment that fosters a team spirit, just came naturally.” She added, “Every day we bring a passion to collaborate with each other and our clients, and to make them our number one priority. It’s simple and it works!”

Creative Director Patrick Schab agreed. “You know that you work in a great place when you look forward to going back to work after a weekend to see the team, which includes clients and co-workers.” He observed, “The one thing that makes Gerard Design so successful is the team’s effort to support one another. Not only do I see this from co-workers, but I also see how clients interact with the team, and their willingness to drop barriers and have honest conversations to determine needs and goals. It all comes down to personal comfort with the entire team and our understanding of what it takes to make our client the hero.”

The Best Places to Work awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of The Business Ledger, the Society for Human Resource Management — Illinois State Council, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the Workforce Boards of Metropolitan Chicago, the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago and Best Companies Group. This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. For more information on the Best Places to Work in Illinois program, visit

Gerard Design will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Illinois awards ceremony coordinated by The Business Ledger on May 19 and will be profiled in a special publication by The Business Ledger on June 29. The final rankings will be announced at the event.

Gerard Design is located at 28371 Davis Parkway, Suite 100, in Warrenville. For more information, please phone Carolyn Gerard at 630-355-0775 or visit