The Chicago Pre-Sales Community aims to help our neighbors advance in their careers, meet practitioners across industries, and serve as a voice for the profession in the broader community.

Vision 2020

Chicago’s technology industry is growing fast. Sales engineering has played, and will continue to play, an important role in its development. During our inaugural year, we will educate ourselves on the profession and its role in Chicago’s myriad industries, develop a culture of service, and create a framework to ensure the organization’s long-term viability.



James Kaikis, our founder, moved from San Francisco to Chicago to open Showpad’s new North American headquarters, and set out to create a pre-sales community. Over the last eighteen months, he organized two events, inviting Chicago sales engineers (and all the variants thereof) to learn from each other. Building off these initial successes, he and a few others formed the Chicago Pre-sales Council, a group tasked with expanding the organization’s presence in the community and defining its goals for the future.


We will host panels, so members can hear from leaders in the field; social hours, for members to learn from each other; and technology presentations, to stay informed of the latest trends.


We believe pre-sales is an underexplored way to bring more people into the technology industry; our group is uniquely poised to help our neighbors enter, and advance within, the field. Over the coming year, we will establish partnerships with Chicago’s broader community, building off the great work already being done in the private and public sectors. We also intend on sharing our collective good fortune directly, by donating our time and money.


To ensure the continued growth of our community, we must develop a framework for making decisions together, balancing efficiency and fairness. We will, accordingly, more clearly define the duties and tenure of the Council, the roles and responsibilities of membership, and how we make new ideas real.


The easiest way to get involved is to attend one of our events. We welcome anyone who wishes to join, but our intended audience is those responsible for, or interested in, the technical aspects of the sales cycle. Our membership includes sales engineers, solutions architects (consultants), and technical account managers, among many others.  We also encourage you to contact us with any critiques, questions, or suggestions.


Chicago Pre-Sales

Are you a Sales Engineer, Solutions Engineer, Pre/Post Sales Engineer, Technical Consultant, Solution Consultant or Solutions Architect? Looking to get into this type of role? Join Us Today!

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