Owner and Creative Director of The Cresta Group, Joan has produced every conceivable kind of corporate and marketing communication ranging from film, video and websites to television, print and meetings. Her awards include being elected delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business-serving as vice chairman of the Illinoit delegation, YWCA Entrepreneur of the Year, New York NAWBO Entrepreneur of the Year, being listed in Who's Who In America, as well as over 200 industry and festival awards for excellence in print, multi-image, video and film production.
She serves on the YWCA Board of Directors, Northwestern University Committee of 100, Committee of 200, The Chicago Network, International Women's Forum, Economic Club of Chicago, Girl Scouts of Chicago, various charitable organizations and was Past President of the National Association of Women Business Owners.
Beugen has a B.A. from Northwestern University, School of Speech with a Major in Theatre. She resides in Chicago and is married to Shel Beugen and has one daughter, Sara and two grandchildren.