Our Team

Maria Christopoulos Katris, CEO

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Maria Christopoulos Katris is the CEO of Built In, a network of all-inclusive online hubs for local tech communities. The Built In platforms connect talent to startups, profile local tech company news, aggregate and publish data on the sector (launches, fundings, acquisitions) and host events.

The company currently operates four sites in Chicago (BuiltInChicago.com), Los Angeles (BuiltInLA.com), Colorado (BuiltInColorado.com) and Austin (BuiltInAustin.com) and is headquartered in Chicago.

Maria is an intrapreneur and entrepreneur who has 12 years' marketing, strategy and consulting experience and has worked in diverse industries including: healthcare, technology and in-home services. Immediately prior to joining Built In Chicago, Maria founded Nanny Boutique, a Chicago-based nanny placement agency, which she sold within 2 years.    

Maria has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Miami University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Marketing.  Maria serves on the advisory boards of Caregiverlist.com, Social Media Week Chicago, the Chicago Innovation Awards and TechWeek. 


Adam Calica, Head of Product

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Adam is a startup lover and all around tech geek. He was Employee No. 2 at Built In Chicago and does everything from product/dev management, site design, Infographics, data analysis, to customer support, and everything in between.







Rebecca Davidson, Head of Business Development

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Rebecca is a lifelong Chicagoan with a passion for the local startup community. As the Head of Business Development at Built In Chicago, Rebecca plays a hand in helping grow and promote young tech companies and veterans alike; from helping startup's recruit using BIC's job board to connecting large companies with the local tech community through sponsorship and events.







Tessa McLean, Head of Content

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Tessa is a Chicago native with an extensive background working within the startup community. As Head of Content, Tessa is responsible for content management and all digital marketing efforts for Built In.







Garrett Reim, Staff Writer

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Garrett has followed the tech scene since his days at Pepperdine University. He is fascinated by the imagination and pragmatism needed to grow a startup, and has high hopes for Chicago’s future. With all of the creative talent nested in Chicago he looks forward to reporting on a lot of new and visionary companies. He is an avid runner and hiker- activities that also make him a foodie.






Emerson Dameron, Staff Writer

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Emerson Dameron is a writer on startups, technology, and more. He is also an occasional comedian, radio host, and cat rescue volunteer, and is interested in pretty much whatever is going on


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