Our Story

For more than 40 years Marketing Innovators has been a leader in the Employee Engagement and Experience marketplace. We are people serving people. We are woman-owned, family operated and employee driven. That’s our mission and our focus.

At MI, we live for the chance to turn our skills and passion loose for you – to make your brand your people – to make your people your brand. Because a strong business needs a strong brand and a great employee can have a huge impact on how your brand is perceived by your customers.

When your employees have great experiences at work, it shows. They’re much more likely to be motivated and engaged, and that reflects on every interaction they have with your customers.

That’s why we’re here to help you create great experiences at every touchpoint of your employees’ journey, from their recruitment all the way to retirement. By working with our expert staff and best-in-class technology, you’ll save time, grow revenues, and put your best “face” forward while appreciating and developing your people.

So whether it's recruitment, recognition, incentives, loyalty or anniversary, please give us a call, and we can collaborate on a plan that brings out the “exceptional” in everyone.

Lois M. Le Menager, an incentive industry pioneer who founded and built Marketing Innovators into one of Chicago's largest private firms and one of the largest women-owned businesses in the country, passed away on December 28th, 2016.

Lois was well ahead of her time in adding gift certificate/card awards to the standard merchandise catalog when Marketing Innovators partnered with JCPenney and American Express in 1980.

She was also very active in her community and beyond. Her volunteer activities ranged from organizing concessions at her children's high school football games to serving on the board of Junior Achievement, which offers schoolchildren the opportunity to gain experience in entrepreneurship, as well as work-readiness and financial literacy programs. She was an active supporter of many charitable causes, among them the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Wounded Warrior Project.

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1978

Launched the headquarters in Rosemont (suburb of Chicago).

1980

JCPenney gift card partnership commenced and became an authorized American Express representative.

1985

Personal "point bank" system created.

1991

Multi-gift card award voucher launched: Visa Prepaid Card introduced as a redemption vehicle.

1995

Performance tracking system launched.

1998

Visa Debit Card redemption introduced.

2000

Online bulk ordering of awards launched.

2003

Global recognition launched in 62 countries.

2004

Performance tracking becomes suite of functionality.

2006

Launched unique Online Award Collection, featuring merchandise, individual travel, and special events.

2012

Exceeded $200 million in sales for the first time

2014

Launch of "express" engagement platform speeds development and onboarding of new clients for MI's PPM Suite product.

2016

American Express Serve partnership announced.

Today

Celebrating 40 years as an incentive industry leader, MI supports your brand by creating and maintaining an engaging employee experience! Contact us today!