Ariel Berchtold: Director of Business Development













What do you do at Design Engine?

I am the new Director of Business Development 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. 

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

It is my job to help our company grow! I seek out new business opportunities, and create relationships with both new businesses and existing clients. I’m also in charge of managing a team and overseeing marketing strategies to help DE grow!  

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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