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AMA Philadelphia Announces Rising Star Award Winners

The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Marketing Association is pleased to announce Allison Girone, Marketing & Communications Specialist at Aramark, and Jeff Paolini, Digital Communications Strategist at the Philadelphia Zoo as the recipients of the 2018 AMA Philadelphia Rising Star Award. The award recognizes emerging leaders in marketing who showcase exceptional growth and contribution to the profession, as well as increased levels of leadership and responsibility in their career.

Allison’s work in gaining critical client and consumer insights, overhauling field communications, and focusing on continuous improvement were noted as significant achievements by our judging panel.  Jeff was recognized for his work leading digital initiatives that have positively impacted the online experience for millions of people affiliated with the Philadelphia Zoo. Finally, both Allison and Jeff have dedicated time giving back through volunteerism in our marketing community.

“This inaugural award is part of AMA Philadelphia’s new and exciting recognition program, which aims to celebrate and showcase talented individuals in our marketing community at different stages of their career,” stated Bernie Clark, President of AMA Philadelphia. “On behalf of our nearly 500 AMA members across the greater Philadelphia region, I would like to congratulate Allison and Jeff as our 2018 Rising Stars!”

The nominees and award winners were recognized in a special presentation by Jenna Armato, VP of Recognition Programs, during this year’s SuperBowl Smack Down event held on February 7th at the Victory Beer Hall @ Xfinity Live.

AMA Philadelphia would like to acknowledge all the talented marketers who were nominated, as well as those who participated in the nomination process. Click here to learn more about all the nominees for the Rising Star Award.


For more information please contact Jacqueline Cooper, Director of Public Relations, AMA Philadelphia.

About AMA Philadelphia

As the American Marketing Association’s founding chapter celebrating its 85th anniversary year, AMA Philadelphia remains focused on serving marketers at every stage of their career through opportunities to connect, educate, empower, and providing access to thought leaders and resources to advance their careers and perspectives.