Our February Chicagoland Pricing Professionals Network Lunch Event Was a Great Time for All!


Nathan L. Phipps
Senior Consultant, Wiglaf Pricing

Published February 13, 2023

Over 40 attendees joined us on February 8th for our Chicagoland Pricing Professionals Network (CPPN) lunch event at the historic Union League Club of Chicago. It was great to meet and converse about pricing with attendees from across the Midwest.

We had 2 speakers at our event. First, Anne Warren (AVP of Pricing Strategy at DirecTV) shared her experience and insights into what drives pricing success. We were happy to have you, Anne! Second, Tim J. Smith (Founder and CEO at Wiglaf Pricing) discussed his Pricing Spine-o-Meter, a framework for rating company pricing capability and execution. We are all glad to have you back, Tim!

Next event

Our attendees had a great time, and we are already planning for our next CPPN lunch event at the Union League Club of Chicago on Tuesday, July 11th. Our featured speakers will be DeAnne Hammer (Pricing Operations Director at 3M Safety and Industrial Business Group) and Tim J. Smith (Founder and CEO at Wiglaf Pricing). Get your tickets today!


We want to give a big THANK YOU to Vendavo for sponsoring our CPPN lunch event! We are very glad that Daniel Cakora and Greg Gault from the Vendavo team could join us.

We also want to acknowledge Vendavo for giving back to the pricing community. Vendavo has great pricing software. You should check them out.

Additionally, thank you to the Professional Pricing Society for sponsoring our CPPN lunch event on Wednesday! We’re very glad that Janci Demyun from the PPS team could join us.

Janci shared some of the upcoming education offerings from PPS with our group. If you want to be a pricing professional, you really need to check out their CPP (Certified Pricing Professional) program.

We also want to give a special thank you to two of Tim’s students for volunteering to take photos at our event, Keyur Brahmbhatt and Yousef Shahatit. They are both interested in a career in pricing, so don’t hesitate to reach out to them if you are hiring!

Finally, the event did happen to land on my birthday, so thank you to everyone who helped me to celebrate and eat the amazing hazelnut-chocolate cake that the Union League Club provided us.

We cannot wait to see everyone again in July!


About The Author

Nathan L. Phipps is a Senior Consultant at Wiglaf Pricing. His areas of focus include pricing transformations, marketing analysis, conjoint analysis, and commercial policy. Before joining Wiglaf Pricing, Nathan worked as a pricing analyst at Intermatic Inc. (a manufacturer of energy control products) where he dealt with market pricing and the creation of price variance and minimum advertised price policies. His prior experience includes time in aerosol valve manufacturing and online education. Nathan holds an MBA with distinction in Marketing Strategy and Planning & Entrepreneurship from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and a BA in Biology & Philosophy from Greenville College. He is based in Chicago, Illinois.