by Leo Jakobson | January 04, 2017

Lois M. Le Menager, an incentive industry pioneer who built Rosemont, IL-based Marketing Innovators International, Inc., into one of Chicago's largest private firms and one of the largest women-owned businesses in the country, passed away last month.

Le Menager, 82, passed away peacefully on Dec. 28, according to her family. She is survived by her husband, Spencer H. Le Menager, son Richard Blabolil, president of Marketing Innovators, and daughter Sherry Blabolil-Das, a former executive vice president of the company, as well as her six grandchildren and one great grandson.

As Chairman of the Board and CEO of Marketing Innovators, the firm she founded in 1978, Le Menager built an incentive marketing industry leader, that was recently ranked 40th in DiversityBusiness.com's list of the Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in the U.S., as well as a Top 500 Diversity Owned Business. She has been an active participant in incentive industry organizations over the years.

Le Menager was well ahead of her time in adding gift certificate/card awards to the standard merchandise catalog when Marketing Innovators partnered with JCPenney and American Express in 1980.

Le Menager was also very active in her community and beyond. Her volunteer activities ranged from organizing concessions at her children's high school football games to serving on the board of Junior Achievement, which offers schoolchildren the opportunity to gain experience in entrepreneurship, as well as work-readiness and financial literacy programs. She was an active supporter of many charitable causes, among them the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Wounded Warrior Project.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to one of the following organizations:


Le Menager's full obituary, a condolences and tributes page, memorial candles, and an area where photos can be viewed and added can be found in her Book of Memories can be found at Wenban Funeral Home's website

She will be missed.