• Digital Media & Marketing Pioneer

    Lee Kantz has been working at the crossroads of marketing, digital media, education and publishing for more than a quarter century. Learn about his unique background and skill set, and read his thoughts about digital marketing in The Digital Contrarian.

    Lee is a "geek executive" with the ability to plan your entire digital strategy, as well as roll up his sleeves and build your web site and all your digital marketing campaigns. Let Lee guide you on your digital journey.

    View Lee's latest work at Right At School and The Oak Park Education Foundation.

    Lee's Work Lee's Skills

Skills

A unique mix of skills that combines executive-level management with hands-on creative and technical expertise in the full range of traditional and digital marketing strategies.

Marketing Skills

Marketing Skills

Marketing leadership in online higher education and education enrichment, product leadership of the earliest online services for Britannica, Internet marketing leadership of a Chicago-based job board startup and considerable consulting in digital marketing strategy and implementation.

Strategy Skills

Strategy Skills

A results-driven and metric-based approach working at the center of revolutions in publishing, education and digital marketing, with P&L responsibility, cross-company team leadership, end-to-end product and service strategies and the development of new business opportunities.

Technology Skills

Technology Skills

C-level marketing, product and technology leadership of complex web sites dating back to 1993 and CD-ROM products before then. Hands-on experience in the full range of digital marketing techniques. Expert knowledge of HTML, CSS, content management systems, CRM and email marketing, SEO & SEM, social, and online analytics.

Leadership Skills

Leadership Skills

Management of multi-million-dollar budgets, 15 direct reports, direction of larger matrix-managed groups, integration of strategic acquisitions, reporting to investors and boards, and defining marketing, product and overall business vision.

Testimonials

A few words about Lee Kantz from former co-workers, superiors, colleagues, business partners, and more...

Neil L. Holman, Ph.D.

Dean Corporate Learning Solutions / Lake Forest Graduate School of Management

I have known Lee for more than twenty years. He is a bright, committed, and talented man who is devoted to strategy, marketing, and production. If you are looking for a combination of digital experience and thinking outside the box, Lee's your man.

Leslie Lancry

Founder / Language Stars

Lee is a driven marketing executive with amazing capability in the digital space! He created a brand new Language Stars website and video and tracked impressive SEM campaigns, e-blasts, website tests and retargeted banner advertising.

Deb Beckman

Marketing Consultant / Spirit West Marketing

Lee has watched the marketing world change in a dramatic way…and he’s already forgotten more than I’ll ever know. And while he may be a strategic thinker, he also understands that crazy ideas only go so far if you don’t have the time or money to execute.

Charles Evans

Associate Vice President of Student Affairs (retired) / University of Illinois

I am always impressed how Lee remained on the cutting edge of online marketing and social media. And how he was able to share and implement his knowledge, effectively, in a variety of forums.

Douglas Ryan

President, San Francisco and Chicago / Digitas

Lee has a unique skill set that bridges the IT and marketing disciplines.

Christine Wallace, Ph.D.

Vice President, Global Campus / Kettering University

Lee is a "can do" kind of guy. Hard-working, dedicated and willing to do what it takes to get the job done! Add to this, he is just a "nice guy," and you have the recipe for the kind of person that will make a difference on any project or possibility you have in mind. I have personally worked with Lee and found him to be someone who is bright, witty and willing to dig into a problem to help solve it! I highly recommend him.

Jade Sholty

Freelance Designer / Water Walk Media

Lee Kantz is one of the brightest and dedicated online marketing professionals I have ever worked with. He is a pleasure to work with, full of creative ideas, and he has a practical sense that helps guide projects to successful completion (while staying in budget). He gets the job done and makes the work fun. A great team player and leader.

Bill Petruski

Vice President, Global Clients / Mind Gym

As a marketing professional, Lee earned the respect of our entire sales division through his customer focused approach and thoughtful attention to our entire value-chain. Lee met regularly with senior members of sales to ensure that marketing strategies were continuously in line with emerging business conditions. Additionally, he is a funny, intelligent, thoughtful person. He would be a wonderful addition to any corporate culture. I hope to work with Lee again.

Sylvia Caballero

Marketing Manager / Amazon.com

As a direct report to Lee, I was able to learn from the best! Not only did he teach me new skills in marketing and communications strategies, but also showed me the importance of approaching each project with integrity. He is a wonderful mentor to young professionals--I would love the opportunity to work for him again.

Christopher Klaus

Solutions Architect / Information Builders

My team of web engineers worked to support Lee's business goals to further develop Monster's Learning Products. While working with Lee, I found that he has a amazing talent for producing returns that exceed revenue expectations. Lee also does a great job of communicating business requirements and collaborating with web engineers to make implementing these requirements easier. I certainly enjoyed working with Lee and I know my team enjoyed working with him

Career Highlights

University of Illinois Global CampusServing as Chief Marketing Officer of the University of Illinois Global Campus, the most ambitious online initiative ever at a major state university system.

Monster.comBuilding an education marketing division of Monster.com from nothing to $13 million in two years, including oversight of a strategic acquisition that Monster’s CEO called the company’s fastest return on investment of any acquisition in company history.

Language StarsServing as Chief Marketing and Enrollment Officer for Language Stars, the national leader in foreign language for kids, including overseeing the company’s launch into a second market (Washington D.C.) and greatly expanding digital marketing initiatives.

A transformational role at the center of Encyclopædia Britannica‘s transition to electronic mBritannicaedia, including project management of the first web-based encyclopedia in 1993, and editorial management of CD-ROM encyclopedias in 1990.

A December 2014 speaking engagement on Digital Marketing in Education in the U.S. at the DigiWise Summit in New Delhi, India, co-sponsored by The Hindustan Times and Google India.

Please contact me if you are interested in a complete résumé.

These are some additional companies and organizations where Lee has worked and consulted.

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