Tyler Balkin

Account Executive

Tyler Balkin, Walker Sands

Tyler Balkin is an account executive in the enterprise software and professional services practice at Walker Sands. She is responsible for creating successful media relations strategies that garner top coverage for clients. She works with a talented team to execute these strategies and build strong media relationships with target outlets.

Since joining Walker Sands in 2014, Tyler has secured her clients coverage in a wide range of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Crain’s Chicago Business, Fortune, Forbes, MarketWatch, CNBC and the list goes on.

Prior to joining Walker Sands, Tyler worked with Attention Partners in New York in the creative and technology department. Tyler graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in sociology and certificate in public relations.

Tyler is what some may call an “aca-nerd.” During her time at the University of Illinois, she was president of the all-female a cappella group the Illinois Rip Chords, where she lived the real-life version of Pitch Perfect.

Q&A with Tyler Balkin

What is your favorite book of all time?

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I read it in college for one of my sociology classes and ended up really loving it.

What TV or movie character best exemplifies you and why?

I guess I would have to say Tinkerbell from Peterpan. She may be tiny but she sure is feisty!

What is your favorite place in Chicago that isn't a typical tourist destination?

Glazed & Infused Doughnuts. What can I say I'm a die-hard doughnut lover.

Would you rather have the office stocked 24/7 with Starbucks coffee or Garrett's popcorn?

Garrett's all the way! Coffee gives me headaches.

The funniest thing to ever happen to you at Walker Sands was?

For Halloween my team dressed up as different Will Ferrell characters and I had to be Alex Trebek (taken from a funny SNL skit he did back in the day). They insisted I go full out and wear a wig and mustache. I looked nothing like him, but it was entertaining for all.

One thing people wouldn't know about you is?

I am the pickiest eater alive.

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would you live?

I would live in Capri, Italy. It's an island off of Naples and it's absolutely breathtaking!

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