Editors Intro:

For those who may not know, the COEDC Advisory Council is a conduit of information between business, community leaders and government. The council meets monthly to share information and work together towards sustainable economic growth. It is made up of 45 influential members consisting of industry leaders, community shapers and elected officials. One of these members being Nikki Csek!

The aim of the Meet the COEDC campaign is to share with our community who the Economic Development Commission is and showcase the COEDC Advisory Council members who play critical role guiding the regional economic development service.

Nikki Csek is the CEO of Kelowna-and Kamloops based NowMedia Group of Companies. NowMedia is a six-division powerhouse, which includes digital marketing agency Csek Creative, the KelownaNow and NowCities online news platforms, d6 Print Studio, 16 Flights Publications, Level Up Events and IVA Productions.

Along with being a valued member of the Advisory Council, Nikki is a valuable member of the region’s business community. She has been an active member (and Past President) of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, The Downtown Kelowna Association, Kelowna Women in Business, Okanagan Business Referral Group, BABES in Business, The Sales Lead Network and Kelowna's Premier Referral Group.

With over 30 years in sales, she has a successful track record in helping businesses identify strategies to grow. She is passionate about understanding how businesses are reaching their clients, where they are at in their business cycle and bringing in marketing initiatives, implementing technology and setting up systems and strategies to advance them for years to come.

Continue reading to learn more about Nikki’s outlook on industry specific trends and forecasts for the Central Okanagan! And check in each Monday to meet a new member of the Advisory Council, and to learn why they love to live and work in the Central Okanagan!

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What organization are you from and what is your role?

CEO of NowMedia Group of Companies. 

  • Csek Creative - Marketing and Branding Agency
  • NowCities - 7 Online News Platforms in the province (200+ on deck - EXCITED) KelownaNow, KamloopsNow, VictoriaNow, PentictonNow, VernonNow PrinceGeorgeNow and ShuswapNow live 
  • d6 Print Studio - print and signage company
  • 16 Flights Publications - Magazine Publications (Faces of Kelowna/Kamlooops/Victoria/Penticton, I am Women, Level Up Business Report, Best of Kelowna/Kamloops/Victoria/Penticton
  • IVA Productions - Video and Photography services
  • Level Up - Bringing highly sought-after public speakers to our region
  • CSuites - Luxury Penthouse and Unique Properties for short term rentals 
  • TreeHaven - Real Estate Development - Commercial and Multi Family Developments
  • New Atlantica - MetaVerse, NFT and more.  

What excites you about the future of your respective sector?

The industry of marketing and media is constantly evolving to meet the needs of consumers and businesses. We were early adopters in the transition from traditional to digital and have enjoyed our work tremendously over the 24 years in guiding businesses and not for profits in what to do when. 

Why is participating in the Advisory Council important to you?

I truly believe that it is an honour to have a voice (and ears) at tables that have much smarter more experienced individuals than myself. It is meaningful to have an opportunity to share the knowledge we have specifically from the perspective of businesses within our region that we work with. We have a diversified portfolio of clients ranging from SMBs, too large enterprise, publicly traded companies, government and not for profit organizations. We are able to share their experience at the table on topics that matter to them and hope to inform and influence the direction of COEDC regarding programs, advocacy, voice, representation on issues/opportunities/challenges within our region. 

Why do you love living and working in the Okanagan?

The Okanagan is such a unique area. It as been incredible to watch the transition from beaches and peaches to a thriving city with many employment opportunities in public and private sectors. The future is bright. 

Learn more about NowMedia Group here