Just got my mom tickets for this show and found the commercial promoting the episode I was on. Hilarious.

"Steve Helps a Mom Play Matchmaker. Plus the most affordable Family Weekend Getaways!" (by Steve Harvey)


"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."

- Nietzsche

Where has Mahlmann been? Back Into Blogging and a New Look for Mahlmann Media

Where has Mahlmann been?

After over 6 months of no blog posts, I am finally ready to return to Tumblr and let everybody know what has been going on in my life.  If we’re connected on my favorite social sites; Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIN, you haven’t missed too much.  I created profiles on Instagram (obsessed) and Pinterest (never use it). I have come to understand the complicated world of email marketing far more than I would have ever imagined. I started diving heavily into Wordpress and the study of Inbound Marketing practices, Instead of just partnering with professionals, I have become a lot more familiar with online marketing skillsets like SEO and PPC management and I’m learning more every day. I have fallen back in love with writing as well as acknowledged the fact that content is king, so even if I didn’t love it, I still needed to start doing it. I have made it a point to master graphic and web design in 2013 and I have started taking small steps into the photography and video editing arena. I threw an event called #ChicagoCares that raised over $5,000.00 for stateside victims of Hurricane Sandy and recently started a personal 30 day self-improvement project called The Chibernation that I can’t wait to share with all of you. I left my full time job as the Director of Marketing at Kumbuya and I’ve thrown myself completely into my own business, Mahlmann Media. My old roommates from high school moved out, I graduated into the biggest bedroom/bathroom combo I have ever had and I now have two beautiful, down-to-earth, but super wild female roommates. I have finally opened the door to the possibility of slowing down and finding someone to share the journey with and I am about to launch my companies new website with a marketing push to compliment it!  The new site launches on Monday, but it will be up this weekend as I test and edit so feel free to take a peek and let me know what you think! That’s all for now, but expect more very soon!  :)


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Take a peek at the most recent event I put together.  The event was called The Nature of Influence and the goal was to bring influencers together to discuss how to better organize, amplify and monetize their influence.  We brought 50 of Chicago’s biggest influencers together from all different walks of life… pro sports, restaurateurs, event producers and marketers, philanthropists, radio personalities, tv hosts, marketing pros, pr gurus, members of the media and entrepreneurs.

The event was networking to start with food from Stout Barrel House and Galley as well as Stoli cocktails crafted by Femme Du Coupe and led into a panel discussion. Take a peek and follow along with the Nature of Influence at to find out more about the next one!


Favorite new music blog. :) Check it.

A friend James Goeke @jamesgoeke is always posting up links to mixes and videos and songs that I end up loving, but haven’t heard before.  I just learned he has a blog where all of these magical tunes are organized and shared and I wanted to share the music with all of you.

Check it out! 


Kumbuya | A Social Network That Helps People Get What They Want

I took a new position as the Director of Marketing with an internet start-up based out of Chicago recently and I have had quite a few people asking me the same thing…  

What the hell is Kumbuya?

I figured I’d give you a little description to give you an idea, but I’d love for you to visit the site in its beta format, poke around and give it a feel for yourself.

Us in a nutshell…

Kumbuya is about coming together to get what you want — anything from achieving a goal like running a marathon, to a deal to save money with your friends at a local restaurant. Tell the world what you want, meet people who want the same things, and connect with businesses that will meet your demand. Log in through Facebook to participate, or click “Explore” to see what the world wants.

I’d love to hear what you think of the site and the idea in general!  Happy browsing!


Chris Mahlmann

Director of Marketing


20 W. Kinzie #1500

Chicago, IL 60654



Happy Valentine’s Day to the only good woman left!  Love you mom!


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10 Questions That Create Success

Thanks for sharing this Amber Rae!  :)


"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."

- Buddha