An award-winning advocate, presenter, marketer and sales professional, Corey Axelrod, MBA is recognized for his advocacy work, ways to use technology to increase brands’ market share, and radical new ways of thinking about the sign language interpreting profession and education of deaf and hard of hearing children.

Corey Axelrod is a native Chicagoan with a background in digital marketing and business development. Corey currently serves as a creative account manager with Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD). Prior to CSD, Corey founded Synergetic Business Solutions, a digital marketing communications firm. Corey has also served as a digital marketing coordinator for Purple Communications, director of marketing and business development for Hager Productions and senior field sales manager for Vector Marketing. Corey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and a master’s in business administration (MBA) from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Fourth generation with deafness in his family, Corey is also passionate about civic and rights advocacy. It is his goal to serve as a leading voice in protecting and advancing the interests of the deaf and hard of hearing community. Since 2015, Corey has served as the president of the Illinois Association of the Deaf. Corey also currently serves as a member of the Illinois School for the Deaf Advisory Council and the Chicago Hearing Society Advisory Council. From 2014 to 2016, Corey served as the chairperson of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Outreach Committee and, prior to this, served on the NAD’s Employment Task Force. On a more local level, Corey has also served as a commissioner on the Village of Arlington Heights’ Commission for Citizens with Disabilities.

Outside of his work and advocacy, Corey spends his time with his better half, Jennifer, and their two dogs that are nicknamed ‘Big and Little Terrors’ (BLT).

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