ITA Spotlight: Americaneagle.com, Tim Ahlenius, Director of Digital Strategy
Monday, November 12, 2018
Posted by: Gary Hotze
Tim Ahlenius, Director of Digital Strategy, Americaneagle.com, @tahlenius
Our #1 goal is our customer's digital success - if they succeed, we do!
Chicagoan by birth or relocation?
How did you come to work with Americaneagle.com?
Through a former co-worker who was working at AE.
What about Americaneagle.com was appealing?
There were a few things that appealed to me about Americaneagle.com. The big thing was that it was a family-owned business that worked with clients of all sizes internationally. They weren’t a niche agency, only working with e-commerce or associations clients – they ran the gamut concerning experiences with all industries.
What other roles have you held in the industry? How did they lead you to where you are now?
I was the Cofounder of a web design agency where I played multiple roles for seven years (sales, server maintenance, programming, project management, analytics, SEO, design). After that, I joined another Chicagoland agency where I was the Director of Web Marketing and Senior Project Manager.
By having experience in a multitude of areas, it helped me to lead the strategy team at Americaneagle.com. From there, I pulled from all of those past experiences to engage with clients to ensure we are building out the best strategic roadmaps, digital skills for their needs.
Out of all the positions you've held, which one is the most interesting?
Current position as Director of Digital Strategy
What do you like most about what you do?
I love the constant change in technology and finding new creative, innovative ways to utilize those technologies to achieve customer objectives.
Of which achievement at Americaneagle.com are you most proud?
Samaritan Health Services, an Americaneagle.com client, won a Best In Class IMA Award. I played an integral part of the team that worked on this project, so it was great to see the big win!
What’s your outlook on the local tech industry?
Chicago is a growing market and with Americaneagle.com having expanded our downtown office this year, this has raised awareness for more local talent.
The tech industry is continually growing allowing for plenty of opportunities in the future!
What do you think are the top issues facing the Illinois tech community?
I don’t think there are any significant issues in Illinois. I believe there are a lot of tech businesses within the Chicago tech hub and just competing with others for top talent is a challenge. However, we’ve seen exponential growth and success with the people we have hired allowing us to be an industry leading agency.
This one is all you! Tell us anything. Any topic at all.
The constant innovations with phones and tablets are intriguing for the way we consume digital experiences. Moving forward conversational commerce, and AI driven technologies will be setting a new standard for how consumers interact. We look forward to developing great experiences for the industry through the work we do at Americaneagle.com.