Jonathan Lurie was born in Willimantic, Conn. However, except for working in Brussels for two years, Chicago and neighboring suburbs have been his home since 1981. Using a blend of creative and analytical skills, Lurie has held a variety of executive positions in communication, business development and association management. To colleagues and clients he has a reputation for creative ideas, passion, and energy. He is also known for his sarcasm, which is occasionally humorous. An unabashed student, Lurie has studied art since his parents enrolled him in an oil painting class while in the second grade. In 2017, he earned a painting certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Continuing Studies program.