Staff Directory

CFA Society Chicago

33 N. LaSalle St., Suite 910, Chicago, IL 60602-1086
Phone: 312-251-1301              Fax: 312-251-1303


Shannon J. Curley, CFA
Chief Executive Officer
Ph: 312-251-1301

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Shannon J. Curley, CFA, joins CFA Society Chicago with more than 25 years of investment management and financial operational experience. He has been a Charterholder since 1997, and has been a member of the CFA Chicago since 2004. Previously, Curley worked at UBS O'Connor, LLC as a Director of the Long/Short Equity Hedge Fund. He has held various financial and investment positions in New York, Houston and St. Louis before moving to Chicago. Curley has a MBA in Finance from Tulane University, a BA in Economics and BA minor in Mathematics from Fairfield University.
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Kim Augustyn, CMP
Director, Programs and Sponsorship
ph: 312-251-1301 x.13

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Kim Augustyn, CMP is a meeting, trade show and event industry professional with more than 20 years of experience. She excels in relationship management and negotiations with clients and vendors.

Prior to joining CFA Society Chicago, Ms. Augustyn was the National Sales Manager focused on the Central region for Team San Jose, an organization focused on promoting San Jose as a destination to stimulate economic development. Previously she spent 11 years with Navy Pier, the Metropolitan Pier& Exposition Authority in Chicago. In 2003 she was promoted to Sales Manager and generated $2.7 million in rental business and $15.9 million in food & beverage during a six-year time frame. In 1999, Ms. Augustyn joined the organization as an Event Manager. She successfully oversaw more than 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, ballroom and meeting room space for corporate, association, trade and social clients. Ms. Augustyn was also an Assistant Fundraising Director for the House Republican Campaign Committee. During her tenure there, she coordinated statewide fundraising efforts that raised more than $8 million in three years.

She is an active member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and served on the MPI-CAC Board of Directors from 2012-2014, overseeing the Membership Recruitment Committee. She is also an active member of Association Forum of Chicagoland and Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). An Illinois native who currently resides in Chicago, she also enjoys volunteering with numerous non-profits and enjoys traveling, reading and outdoor activities.
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Nicole Harris, CAE
Director, Member Relations and Outreach
ph: 312-251-1301 x.14

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Nicole Harris is an association professional with more than 10 years of experience in membership, volunteer management, and chapter relations. She has demonstrated proficiency in leadership training, strategic planning and development, budgeting and program management.

Prior to joining CFA Society Chicago, Ms. Harris was the Director, Constituent Services for the Academy of General Dentistry an organization dedicated to is to serving the needs and representing the interests of general dentists, to promote the oral health of the public, and to foster continued proficiency of general dentists through quality continuing dental education in order to better serve the public. Ms. Harris first began her career at a trade association in the Information Technology and Membership departments in 1990. She worked with chapter leaders and volunteers with the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) and Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). In addition to working with AGD constituents, Ms. Harris is actively involved with the Association Forum of Chicagoland, serving as the Association Forum 2012-2013, Chair, Workforce Diversity Committee, Association Forum 2010-2011 Diversity Scholarship Selection Subcommittee Chair, 2008-2010 Component Relations Shared Interest Group (SIG) Chair. In 2007 she was named one of six 2007-2008 Association Forum Diversity Scholars. Ms. Harris earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2014.

In June 2011, Ms. Harris received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from DePaul University. She serves as a mentor to a junior at Holy Trinity High School through the PEAK (Partnership to Educate and Advance Kids); a program provides opportunities for at-risk youth to achieve academic and personal success through a quality, values-based education and the guidance of caring adult mentors.
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Pari Patel
Director of Marketing and Communications
ph: 312-251-1301 x.16

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Larisa Bezak, CAE
Manager, Member Services and Operations
ph: 312-251-1301 x.10

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Larisa Bezak is an association professional with over 5 years of experience. She has experience with member relations, governance, membership database maintenance, and administrative support.

Prior to joining CFA Chicago, Ms. Bezak was the Membership Coordinator at the American Association of Endodontists, a dental organization dedicated to excellence in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care. She began in the executive department where she worked closely with the Board of Directors and member committees and then transitioned into the membership department.

Ms. Bezak received her B.A. in psychology with a minor in sociology from the University of Iowa. She enjoys running, reading and volunteering with Best Buddies of Illinois as a member of their Associate Board.
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