Welcome to the Chicago Chapter!

Our Chicago Chapter was founded by James Kaikis, Naz Irani, Matt Preven, Josh Berg, and Nate Schneeman.

Our Chicago chapter includes Members from the companies Salesforce, Akamai, Sprinklr, Slack, and many more.


What can you gain by joining PreSales Chicago?

  • Grow your professional career by attending events and webinars where leaders in the pre-sales space share their experiences and tips/tricks

  • Network with your peers to overcome day-to-day challenges by learning and collaborating with one another

  • Prosper by making meaningful connections with your future colleagues 

To get involved with PreSales Chicago, visit the website, join the Meetup, connect on LinkedIn, and join the Slack channel!

Meet The Organizers

James Kaikis

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James Kaikis is the Founder of the Chicago Pre Sales Community, and a current Solution Engineering Leader at Salesforce, after multiple years building teams in start ups. James is dedicated to building a community for Pre-Sales professionals in Chicago and helping elevate the brand of Sales Engineering. When not working, James enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and being active.

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Naz Irani is a self-motivated, results-driven, and authentic sales leader with ten plus years of experience in building and leading high-performing technical teams, technology consulting, and client management. She thrives in fast-paced, high-growth environments and enjoys challenges, particularly focused on starting up, growing, and transforming teams to quickly gain synergy, maturity, and overall success. She is passionate about uplifting the PreSales function, building a Leadership community, and promoting Women in Tech, and her efforts in these areas through the Chicago PreSales Community and PreSales Leadership Collective are admirable.

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Matt is a passionate Pre-Sales professional with experience in the Marketing and Ad-tech spaces. He has expertise in providing client services and consulting support in Programmatic Display, Dynamic Creative, Ad-Serving, Paid Social, E-mail & Event Marketing / Advertising. Matt was born in Queens, NY and lives in Oak Park, IL. He loves his wife, his dog, rock climbing and an obscene amount of coffee.

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Josh has a decade of varied experience in the technology industry, working in sales engineering, partner management, and client services roles across the private and public sectors. After living in D.C., the Bay Area, and New York, he is happy to call Chicago home and is excited to help contribute to the growth of its technology community.

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Nate works with clients and partners to understand their most important challenges and goals for their business and help them find the optimal solution. He is based in the Chicago suburbs with his wife, two kids, and wants to give back to the business and broader community within our region.

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