Communications & Ribbon Cutting Specialist

Karen Putman is the Communications & Ribbon Cutting Specialist for the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. In her role, she assists communications both internally and externally. She works collaboratively with the Member Engagement & Marketing Specialist and the Events Specialist to creatively and effectively promote Chamber programs that enhance businesses in the Greater North Aurora and Aurora Region. In addition, Karen specializes in ribbon cutting ceremonies and serves as the point of contact for any business looking to host a ribbon cutting celebration.

Karen received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Professional Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2022. Prior to joining the Chamber full-time, she was the Marketing & Communications Intern at the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce under the guidance of the Director of Member Engagement, Colleen Doyle. She is also from a family that owns and operates several small businesses in the Peoria area, making her in tune with the unique challenges they face. Along with growing up in the family License & Title business, she also has 10 year's experience working as a personal caregiver and a Retention & Recruitment Specialist in caregiver agencies. Her knowledge of small business operations, communications strategies, and content development help her craft engaging messages across various platforms. 

Outside the office, you will find Karen at her favorite coffee shop, local books stores, or biking along the river path where she resides in Naperville, IL.