Linda worked her way through a Chicago-based firm designing for clients such as Sara Lee, Serta, and Keebler, prior to starting Pear Design with Norbert Marszalek in 1992. She brings over 20 years of brand-identity design development with an intuitive sense that connects her quickly to clients’ needs and inspires design solutions that exceed expectations. Linda has won many design awards, been featured in design annuals, served on jury panels for numerous design competitions, and currently teaches at Chicago Portfolio School.
Linda’s interest in consciousness study led her to become a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner and a Certified Clinical Hypnotist trained in hypnotherapy. Experiencing the benefits of her own transformation, this work illuminated her desire to integrate her personal and professional paths. Combining her branding and entrepreneurial experience with her consciousness study and innate coaching ability, lent itself to developing the processes that uncover the spirit of your brand.
Norbert has been a professional graphic designer since 1985. He started at a small suburban graphic design studio before heading to a mid-sized Chicago-based design firm where he met Linda Jackson. Working side-by-side on Fortune 500 clients, they developed a creative synchronicity that led them to establish Pear Design in 1992. Norbert’s passion for the visual arts continues to inspire and direct his design solutions. He has won numerous design awards and has been featured in design annuals.
Norbert’s successful approach to logo and brand identity design development begins with being fully present and actively listening to the client. He then gives visual expression to his own interpretation of the client’s challenge. Norbert maintains his love of design, “When the message finally surfaces through the ‘perfect’ design there is nothing more satisfying.”
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PARTNER
Laurel has more than 30 years of experience in management, coaching and consulting with individuals, small businesses, Fortune 100 companies and schools. She has degrees from Cornell University in Hotel Administration and Columbia University in Organizational Psychology. Her passions include sustainable businesses, quality management and helping people of all ages find their home in the world of work.
Laurel has spent many years immersed in leadership, career and organizational development studies, working one-on-one with the country’s leading experts. This work led to the creation of a model for career and leadership development, the foundation for her popular Bright Livelihoods workshops and a book she has completed called Born To Do: The Practical Guide To Loving Your Work. Her previous books include Career Masters and Born to Do You: Life Direction for Teens.
Sara worked in the corporate sector for over seven years before jumping in solo as an independent contractor. In the 6+ years that have followed she has helped bring over 40 websites to life across a myriad of industries and for everyone from personal websites and small start-up companies to large, multi-faceted e-commerce websites. Her website philosophy is best summarized by this: “Your website should not only look great, but it should be easy to use and make your administrative live simpler.”
Sara currently resides in sunny Los Angeles and in addition to her website work she devotes the rest of her time to her acting and artistic work, her philanthropic organizations (A Cause for Entertainment, a breast cancer research & patient support organization, and Get It Girl, a female filmmaker empowerment organization), her nerdy DND habits, and her sweet cats.
SEM & SEO PARTNER
Jon is a Consultant of Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for small/medium business and corporations. He utilizes all of the latest information and technology in order to help turn your business into a lead-generating machine via the Internet. Jon has helped build the online branch of multiple companies throughout the Chicago area and beyond, while implementing a pay-for-performance model based on results-driven strategies. He specializes in building brand authority and trust with the search engines, and ranking our client’s websites in order to generate more traffic, leads, and revenue.