Marisa Vrona’s passion for recruiting runs deep, as her mother has been in the business for years. “At a young age I knew never to accept a counteroffer,” Vrona quips. Her nickname at the office is the Margin Queen, having been recognized the last five quarters for her above-goal margin pricing. Joining WunderLand in 2012 after five years in public relations, Vrona swiftly proved her recruiting chops and has become a key contributor to WunderLand as well as a valuable brand ambassador. In 2016, Vrona grew her gross profit almost 100% from the first quarter to second quarter and is on her way to surpass $2 million in all-time sales. Vrona is equally passionate about her involvement with the nonprofit Chicago HOPE, where she mentors underprivileged high school students by providing career insight, résumé assistance and life advice. Always prepared and ready to impress, Vrona is known to her friends as the “hostess with the mostess” for her fabulous Oscar parties and holiday events. She’s also a self-proclaimed list-maker, with a growing list of Chicago restaurants she wants to try (current count: 72).