Ariel Berchtold: Business Development Manager













What do you do at Design Engine?

I am the new Business Development Manager at Design Engine. I oversee team marketing, create new business opportunities and maintain existing business relationships and help Design Engine develop long-term marketing and business strategies. .

What is your educational background?

I graduated from Loyola University in 2011 with Bachelor’s degrees in History and International Studies. 

What are your work experiences?

I come from a marketing background, as well as a writing/research background, and have owned my own content-creation company for 5 years. This has allowed me to work in a variety of fields, from wine sales to financial services and everything in between. 


What is your favorite quote?

“Unless you are a pizza, the answer is yes, I can live without you.” – Bill Murray

What is your favorite Chicago spot / event / thing to do?

I have so many it’s hard to decide! I love being able to experience all the different cultural festivals Chicago hosts, and one of my favorite weather-permitting activities is waking up to run along the lake shore.

Favorite industry resources?

Obviously I’m going to shamelessly plug our website here, but I also really love Typewolf, and believe that anyone with a website could benefit from the APA Handbook. 

Favorite internet meme?







How would you explain Account Management in three sentences or less to an 8-year old?

Account management deals with sales and relationships with particular customers. An Account Manager manages the relationship with the client of the account(s) to which they are assigned. Essentially, it’s our job to answer questions, touch base and provide information to our clients.  

If someone wrote a biography about you, what will the title of the book be?

I actually already did! It’s in the works, and is expected to be published (hopefully) within the next year. It’s Called “Besides That Mrs. Lincoln” (taken from another one of my favorite adages “Besides that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the show?”) 

Other Interests

Hockey, reading, Beyonce, coffee, 711 slurpees, true crime podcasts/novels, hot sauce, bourbon, naps, museums, DIY projects

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