For Media Relations Account Executive, Amanda Regan, DuPage County is home
Born in Edward Hospital and raised right here in DuPage County, Amanda has been a happy resident of the city of Naperville almost her whole life. She is a proud alumnus of Waubonsie Valley High School, the same school that her mother graduated from in 1981. Amanda holds a degree in Corporate Communications from Northern Illinois University – one of the 19 accredited colleges and universities in DuPage County.
Today, Amanda plays an instrumental role at MACLYN, a Naperville-based creative agency that has been helping local businesses across DuPage County tell the story of their brand. As a Media Relations expert, she also helps global brands such as Dunkin’ grow their presence in major local markets.
But the best part about her job is working with a close-knit team of creatives, strategists and account managers – in a collaborative and supportive environment.
“I love the culture at MACLYN. The open-concept office allows me to build relationships with people in positions I wouldn’t typically work with. Plus, everyone is so warm and friendly.”
Amanda has many reasons for choosing DuPage County.
Amanda recently moved back to DuPage County after living in Florida. Her job took her there 5 years ago when her company relocated to the sunshine state. But the warm weather couldn’t keep Amanda there for too long – “it just wasn’t for me,” she expressed.
Staying close to family and friends tops her list. Like Amanda, her sisters too chose to live and work in DuPage. While one of them is a teacher in Wheaton, the other studies Radiography at the College of DuPage and works at Edward Hospital – joining the wave of people who are finding work in healthcare, the fastest growing industry in DuPage County.
But Amanda has other reasons to choose DuPage too. “I’m not a city girl…I guess I’ve never been one,” she confesses. In DuPage County, Amanda enjoys the best of both worlds – the opportunities and experience of living in a big city – minus the hustle and bustle of big city life. Plus, the short commute from work means that she gets to spend more time with family and friends.
It is no wonder then that once you’ve lived in DuPage County, it’s hard to imagine life anywhere else. “My mom still lives in the same house where I grew up,” she beams with pride and nostalgia.
In the future, Amanda hopes to buy a house and settle down in the county. She sees herself playing a bigger role at MACLYN – driving the expansion of the agency’s PR wing and being part of DuPage County’s growth story.