THE PUBLIC STRATEGIES PARTNER FOR CHICAGOLAND LEADERS
We connect our clients to the stakeholders they need to achieve their goals. We are distinguished by our unique insight into civic dynamics and our creative ability to transform challenges into opportunities. We collaborate with leaders to advance their long-term objectives and promote shared success.
INTRODUCING THE WORLD TO CHICAGO
It is another beautiful day on the lakefront where the elegant yachts of Chicago’s First Lady Cruises glide effortlessly, internationally-recognized symbols of the best way to see the most iconic sites of the Windy City. Operated by third-generation owners Bob and Holly Agra, Chicago’s First Lady Cruises and its sister company, Mercury Sightseeing Boats, have hosted millions of tourists, Fortune 500 corporations and global dignitaries during the companies’ eight decade history. With help from Haymarket, the cruise companies’ partnerships with the Chicago Architecture Center and the City are stronger than ever. Now, the city’s most prominent maritime ambassadors are working with City and Federal leaders to break new records in tourism and promote Chicago as a global destination for culture, commerce and economic opportunity.
AN AMAZING PLACE WHERE KIDS COME FIRST
The new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago – and the child’s hand which indicates its presence – is a ‘beacon of hope’ for families in their time of greatest need. From the hospital’s campus expansion efforts in Lincoln Park to its historic relocation to downtown Chicago, Haymarket has helped Lurie Children’s navigate complex community impact issues so that it can grow to achieve its mission. As the organization continues to expand its care network, Haymarket will be by its side to help foster relationships that exemplify Lurie Children’s values and promote its unique focus on children’s well-being.
CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR CHICAGOLAND’S DIVERSE COMMUNITIES
Resurrection University College of Nursing and College of Allied Health was outgrowing its suburban facility. Faced with a nationwide nursing shortage and the need to expand access to job training for underrepresented communities, the University began to explore options for relocating its facilities. With the help of Haymarket, the University forged a $4.7 million financing partnership with the City of Chicago allowing it to establish a new campus in the Humboldt Park Commercial TIF District. Millions of dollars in additional federal funds made further investment possible in the heart of Chicago’s Hispanic community. Today, the University has more than doubled its enrollment. Its students boast the highest certification pass rates in the state and the University itself serves as a thriving engine of economic opportunity for Chicagoland’s diverse communities.
...navigates you through your most complex challenges
Thomas P. Coffey
Chairman and CEO
Tom Coffey has spent his career helping Chicagoland’s most influential leaders achieve the highest levels of success. For more than two decades, elected officials, top performing executives and civic leaders have relied on Coffey’s counsel to expand their enterprises and navigate complex public challenges. A veteran officer of the United States Marine Corps, Coffey honed his skills as a partner in the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis and then as leading strategist to the campaign culminating in the historic election of Chicago’s first African-American Mayor. He went on to represent the Mayor and the City of Chicago in local government, the Illinois Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Since founding Haymarket, he has become one of Chicago’s most respected public strategists, known for his intellect, keen insight and ability to earn the trust of diverse stakeholders. He is recognized as a leading expert in government financing and urban development and is known for his exceptional community organizing and problem solving skills. Coffey’s unique capacity to connect with key audiences, tackle tough issues and build consensus drives his clients’ objectives while creating lasting opportunities for shared success.
...understands government and communities.
Vice President, Public Affairs
Julie Derrig enables clients to work effectively with government and manage complex issues impacting local communities. A skilled political strategist, Derrig has been involved in numerous campaigns and has raised millions of dollars for candidates ranging from local officials to presidential contenders. She has also had leading roles in high profile public benefit and economic development projects throughout the Chicago area. Clients count on her understanding of policy and civic dynamics to help them negotiate public processes and build strong relationships with government and community leaders.
Julie also received a Master’s degree in Political Science from Northeastern Illinois University.
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