Today is a Special Day: CDM Media’s 10th Anniversary

Wow. It’s been an incredible ride. From early on I set the goal of being the number one company in the C-Suite marketing and demand generation space. It was a bold idea for what was a very new and somewhat unknown market. Through the ups and downs (and there have been plenty of both) there haven’t been many constants in my life—my family, location (Chicago/Hawaii/NYC), and strangely enough—you, the CDM Media community; EMPLOYEES, CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS alike. From my first founding days at the company (when I was deeply in need of sleep, more bootstrap money and some outside reassurance that I was doing the right thing), to the incredible rush of sealing our first deal with a Fortune 500 client within 90 days of ‘opening the doors’, to becoming one of America’s fastest growing private companies’ just six short years later. It felt like the sky was the limit and the great thing from my perspective is, it still is! Even in the darkest hours of the past decade, when I’ve felt the most alone, dispondent and over-extended, you’ve been there too.

I get to see a lot of you in person at our office locations, summits and events around the world. But I also get to see you right here online—on LinkedIn, Twitter or through email. Your support, loyalty, empathy, and unwavering belief that CDM Media could and would do great things has been astonishing and a challenge that I constantly strive to meet.

People say that time flies, and I’ve learned that it certainly does when you don’t need look at the clock each day. I suppose in any way you look at it (3,652 days, 87,648 hours or 5,258,880 minutes) 10 years is a long time and I’ve just been lucky enough to be afforded that opportunity to be at CDM Media. Very few things in our lives or in the world last that long—the average tech startup struggles to make it to the two year marker! For that, I’m honored and humbled that you’ve stuck with us all that time, and I promise that in the decade ahead, CDM Media will deliver in the areas you need most by supporting team members, partnering with all of our customers and executing upon our plan. We will strive to be the best company you would wish to be associated with.

Whilst I reminisce about the past ten years today, I am thinking much more about CDM Media’s future. I believe whole-heartedly in our plan and in the market we serve. We believe in assisting with human connections that others find arduous and sometimes impossible. We aim to support our clients sales and marketing goals through the power of ‘face-to-face’ C-Suite marketing. To secure large enterprise clients, the good old handshake and two humans finding a common ground is here to stay AND so are we. We will strive to bring invaluable business connections together along with supreme content curation supported by the best thought-leaders in our industry, whilst delivering remarkable events and services that everyone can gain benefit from.

Thank you for the ten remarkable years of partnership, warmth, friendship and support. We have accomplished a lot together and I absolutely couldn’t have done it without you. But what matters most now is what we do next. As we move along that path, I hope you’ll keep holding us to high standards, and telling us when we’ve met your expectations and when we’ve let you down.

Thank you for helping make CDM Media a fantastic company now and for decades to come.

Here’s to the next 10 years:

With deep appreciation,

Glenn Willis

Feels good to be back…CDM Media named in Inc. 5000 for second year in a row!

The Inc. 5000 list of the 2015 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the U.S. was released today, and I am thrilled to announce that CDM Media has earned a spot on the list for the second year in a row! We made the list based on our massive achievement of 73% growth over the past three years, so safe to say, today is a proud day!

Our team has just celebrated CDM Media’s 8 year anniversary (the photos showcase the fun). We’ve only been in Chicago for 4 years, yet we made the ’Top 200′ Chicagoland companies and the ’Top 400′ nationally in our industry, ‘Advertising & Media’.


From the days of the original Hawaii office to building out an expansive creative space in Chicago as our HQ, the mission has stayed the same of creating meaningful, lasting business connections through engagement and interaction. And that couldn’t be done without our great team. This announcement is another huge milestone for CDM Media and our talented and tenacious team are to thank for all of our accolades.

But we’re not done yet – in 2015, we’ve expanded our Chicago headquarters into River North, moved into funky loft-style offices in the heart of NYC (Flatiron District) developed an outstanding and intuitive app that will change the events industry, and increased our events portfolio by 32%, ALL WHILST POSTING 44% YOY REVENUE GROWTH AS OF JUNE 30th!

We see our future being very bright. C– Suite Marketing initiatives continue to be top-of-mind for our clients, C-Suite clientele continue to search for intimate, content-rich environments that produce first class executive collaboration, IT Spend continues to grow for the vast amount of Global 2000 companies, and we’re acquiring and developing the best talent in the events world.

We’re lucky to say success today is ours because of the heart that is poured into CDM Media, and thanks to Inc. 5000 for reminding us why we’re proud for earning our spot on this list.

Well done to the best team in the business and cheers to the adventures to come.

Glenn Willis

Founder & CEO

CDM Media named in Inc. 5000

I’m extremely proud to announce that in the last 24 hours the Inc. 5000 list was released and that CDM Media has earned a spot on the list. The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest growing private companies in America and we have a stellar placement at # 2523, in our first year on the list. We rank 54th amongst Chicagoland companies on the list and 104th nationally in our industry, ‘Advertising & Media’. We earned our spot based on our whopping 150% growth over the last three years.

Inc. 5000

This award is recognition of the hard work that every CDMer has invested in growing this company to the point where “the leading B2B technology marketing and media firm” isn’t just a tagline, it’s our reality. We started from humble beginnings, in a tiny little office with a handful of employees back in Hawaii in 2007 and today we are a company that boasts a global market presence, a portfolio of products that touch over 25 different countries and we have the ‘BEST’ team there is to have.

We got to where we are because of our team’s dedication, focus, and commitment to serving Fortune 500 execs with an exquisite service and attention to detail. We have an innate ability to provide platforms where C-Suite decision makers have a place to network, peer-on-peer in different event environments – a capability the likes of which no one had ever seen before. Because of those efforts, our message has resonated with some of the biggest tech companies in the world, just as it has since Cisco signed on as our very first client!

This is a proud day for me, and for every CDMer – we’ve built a great company by working together as a team and through those short/long (whichever way you decide to look at it) seven years we have achieved much and helped our clients reach the heights that they deserve.

Well done to all and here’s looking forward to the next exciting chapter.

Glenn Willis

Founder & CEO