BLAM Productions, Inc. was founded in June 2006 by Bryan McGonigal, a reliable, self-motivating, creative individual with solid organizational skills. Key elements of this service company include considerable experience in the fields of communications, sales, marketing, computers and various types of media. Though small in stature at this moment, long-term goals would be to expand the offerings and create a larger creative corporation and media outlet.
UPDATE - October 2009: it should be noted that effective the second half of 2009 - and for the foreseeable future - BLAM Productions Inc. will cease the bulk of its operations and become part of Chicagoland Entertainment Group LLC. This is the ownership corporation of McGonigal’s Pub, a traditional Irish Pub located in Barrington Illinois and scheduled to be open for business in early 2010. This is a relatively major undertaking, so unfortunately all available services previously offered through BLAM will be extremely limited.
Background: Before launching BLAM Productions, Bryan enjoyed a successful fifteen year career (1991 - 2006) with Medline Industries, Inc., a major medical supply manufacturer and distributor. Approximately half that time was spent in the Corporate Marketing department while occasionally splitting time with Sales, which included profitability analysis and heavy involvement with the “dot-com” vendors back in the early 2000’s. Initially the marketing position emphasized involved sales promotion management and data analysis, but eventually moved into more online development, design and promotions.
Bryan started and directed all corporate e-mail marketing efforts and had significant involvement with the development and functionality of www.medline.com. He was also the creator and full manager of Mednet, the corporate intranet used daily by thousands of office and branch employees. These particular duties also included the overall management of most internal corporate communications, along with being the chief editor and writer of The Medlines corporate newsletter for over four years. Documentation review and organization for the sales force and corporate departments was another main focus, as was divisional support for presentations, writing, graphics, special promotional projects and a good amount of ad-hoc systems/software support. Before the marketing position, Bryan worked as a sales representative, in product management and as a supervisor; each position proved to be extremely helpful in honing strong work ethics, creative thinking and a variety of useful computer software skills.
Many of these skills translated over to work with Bryan’s current hometown, where he constructed and managed the original village website, and for five years was the chief editor of the quarterly village newsletter.
Going back a bit further, for sixteen years (1986-2002) Bryan co-ran a small mobile disc jockey business, and in a related industry also spent some time working in radio - both on-air and production. Additional employment prior to 1991 includes three years in sales and product management/development for All Tile, Inc. and over six years (spanning high school and college) at Flip Side Records. Bryan earned his degrees in Economics and Psychology at Loyola University Chicago (1987), and was a 1983 graduate of Palatine High School - significant to mention in that he has been involved in past reunion efforts and was the committee chairman for the 25th reunion.
In 2008 BLAM Productions Inc. became a strategic sales and marketing partner with CareView Communications, Inc., a company which provides tech solutions to the healthcare industry. Previously, BLAM devoted nearly a year of full-time efforts towards the growth and development of Premier Packaging Systems, Inc.
Bryan’s spare time away from work is spent with his family (wife Laura and son Alex), keeping active with weightlifting & sports, serving on his village board and also volunteering time towards Busy Brains Children’s Museum, which is scheduled to open in Lake County, Illinois in 2010.