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David Molo

Results-driven business leader with user-centric approach to manufacturing. CORE COMPETENCIES Operations & Marketing Strategy Product Development & Engineering Strategic Partnerships & Business Development Asian and US-based Manufacturing & Supply Chain Brand Licensing & Contract Negotiations Promotional Products Industry 

Ryan Ruskin

Ryan is responsible for business development and general management for The Ruskin Group, a 126-year- old family packaging company founded by his great grandfather. The Ruskin Group is recognized as a world leader in sustainability and e-commerce packaging, and consists of three business units that supply a wide range of products, specializing in paperboard folding […]

Brian Polatsek

Previously served as director of international and national MEP projects for Mehandes Engineering with a total construction value of over 1 billion dollars. Personally led the design approach and managed all aspect of the project design. I always strive to maximize my skills, ingenuity and innovativeness that will provide the highest value to my clients. […]

Harold Rice

Strategic thinking, multi-talented executive with an outstanding reputation of turning around underperforming global operations for a high profile enterprise. Recognized for developing maintenance and cost management programs, establishing performance expectations and measurements, implementing training to optimize employee productivity, and turning around dissatisfied customers. “Big Picture” mentality in interpreting challenges and instituting realistic cost-effective solutions to […]

Biju Kulathakal

Biju is the Co-founder and CEO of Halo Investing where he leads the strategy, product and technology. He was one of the early co-founders of Redbox. In addition, he was a founder and the past Chairman and CEO of Trading Block Holdings, an online brokerage firm specializing in option traders. Biju received a BS in […]


Founded by architect Sheldon Smith in 1853, our “born on” date might suggest that we’re a traditional design and engineering firm, but we left old-fashioned mindsets at the curb decades ago. Today, SmithGroup is an award-winning, multi-national organization that employs research, data, advanced technologies and design thinking to help clients solve their greatest challenges.  Working […]

Biju Nair

 As President and CEO, Biju Nair is responsible for the execution and strategy of HYLA’s global business. He leads the company’s expanding effort to grow the company’s global strategic vision, with a focus on bringing new technology solutions and new business opportunities to the forefront. He is responsible for all aspects of ensuring the company’s […]

John Oskin

John Oskin is the Chief Executive Officer of Sage Clarity, developing solutions to enable the “Next Generation Manufacturing Enterprise.” The goal is to provide leading edge manufacturing solutions to enable the hyper information enabled workforce of the future. Sage Clarity is a leading provider of Industry 4.0 and Manufacturing Intelligence solutions, developing cutting edge concepts […]

We All Code

We All Code is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching and inspiring youth ages 7 to 16 to code. Our free workshops provide hands-on instruction by volunteers from the Chicago developer community inspired to share their passion. Our curriculum exposes students to analytical problem solving to build whatever they might imagine.   – Founded as […]

Thomas Flake

Thomas Flake founded Bcause in 2012 and has served as the firm’s Chief Marketing Officer and Board Member since January 2014. After leaving an 8.5-year career in the Navy, in 1994, Tom started a business, Synergy Consultants, which provided computer education seminars, software development and outsourced desktop support to the Internet Service Provider (ISP) community. […]