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EVENT PLANNING: City of Chicago declares Carlos Zambrano Day in Pilson

Working with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Cubs in the fall of 2007 to declare Carlos Zambrano Day in Pilsen was one of the highlights of my career. Zambrano had just signed a record-setting $91-million contract so his profile was the highest of his career. I also negotiated with Telemundo and Hoy for exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of what turned out to be the largest Spanish-language book signing event in Chicago history. More than 1,000 people filled the sidewalk and street. Alderman Solis provided 24 Chicago police officers as security and they closed 18th Street so that food vendors and mariachi bands could provide additional entertainment in the comfort of a traffic-free block party. It was the career highlight for more than a dozen people in our office and the office atmosphere was incredibly positive for months after the event.