Derrick Lilly



708.308.2562 | |

I am a business-minded creative professional with over eight years of experience developing specialized content for target audiences. My talents revolve around brand development, communications, photography and writing.

Experience :

Illinois CPA Society

05.13 – present (Manager)

07.08 – 05.13 (Specialist)

The Illinois CPA Society is a leader in accounting and finance professional education and advocacy.

// Editorial

+ Managing Editor of INSIGHT Magazine, published quarterly for 24,000 readers

+ Feature writer on business management and accounting & finance industry trends

+ Relationship manager and content editor for multiple freelance contributors and columnists

+ Staff Photographer (Portraits/Editorial/Events)

+ Lead design and production of four specialized digital newsletters (push email)

+ Track and report on digital publication campaign performance

+ Maintain annual production and delivery schedules

+ Content manager of Publications website CMS assets

+ Manage reprint licensing

// Advertising

+ Manage relationships with outside advertising sales staff

+ Review and report on financial performance of advertising sales campaigns and initiatives

+ Analyze and report on website and digital publication ad performance metrics

+ Track and audit advertising sales revenue, commissions and invoicing

+ Collect and deliver or place advertising creative assets

+ Main internal contact for advertisers, partners and sponsors

// Marketing

+ Lead annual Media Kit design, production and distribution

+ Lead design of Publications marketing collateral

+ Internal, cross-departmental copywriter and editor



09.13 – present

I am available for freelance, consulting and collaborations.

// Specialties: Writing, photography, social media, marketing and brand development

+ Past clients: Ancient Owl Brewing, Brainwavz Audio, CTC Audio, The Sound Apprentice


Seeking Alpha

06.12 – present

Seeking Alpha is a premier market news and financial analysis website with over 4M users.

// Freelance writer providing actionable investment ideas and commentary

// Travels abroad to report on meaningful corporate developments and stories


Village Supplies

10.06 – 07.08

Village Supplies was a Chicago-based distributor of art, drafting and architectural supplies.

// Sales rep for consumer (B2C) and corporate (B2B) clients

// Managed order picking, packing and shipping on reducing fulfillment times and costs


The Phoenix

08.06 – 12.06

The Phoenix was Governors State University’s bi-monthly student newspaper.

// Led the newspaper’s initial redesign following a multi-year hiatus

// Managed pre-press design and production, and contributed supporting editorial and photographs


Flatfile Galleries

05.06 – 08.06

Flatfile Galleries was a West Loop Chicago photography and contemporary art gallery.

// Prepared exhibit space, created floor plans and placed artwork for three exhibitions
// Maintained and catalogued inventory for display, storage, sales and shipping



Governors State University

08.05 – 12.06

// Media Communications/Journalism

// Graduated with Honors



// Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop | Canon Digital Photo Pro | Microsoft Office Suite | QuarkXPress

// Graphic Design USA 2010 American In-House Design Awards – Certificate of Excellence

// FORUM Magazine | The Kentucky CPA Journal | The Journal Entry | Executive Memo

// Society of Professional Journalists

// See LinkedIn profile for recommendations and work samples

// Photography | Mountain Biking | Golf |  Action Sports | Travel | Audio | Conservation | Investing


References :

Rosa Garcia: Creative Services Manager, Illinois CPA Society – 773.259.0626

Mike Serafin: Graphic Designer, SRAM/Freelance – 708.439.3941

Marie Reece: Director, IPC Systems, Inc. – 312.758.6209

Kevin Quinn: Chief Information Officer, Numark Credit Union – 708.408.0085

Michele Courtney: Research Associate, Freelance – 708.724.6670

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