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The Paramount Group

Founded in 2011, The Paramount Group is revolutionizing the service industry through innovative and thoughtfully curated culinary and social experiences.   Based in Chicago’s West Loop, The Paramount Group is owned and operated by native Chicagoan Jodi Fyfe, who founded the company after 25 years at the highest levels in the catering, events and restaurant […]

Jodi Fyfe

Jodi Fyfe has served at the highest levels in the food and beverage industry for nearly 30 years. Prior to launching her company, she successfully led esteemed businesses like Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, the Four Seasons (Newport Beach, CA), ARAMARK and Blue Plate Catering. Fyfe founded Paramount Events in 2011 – the first business under […]

Kaushik Guha

Resourceful entrepreneur with an MBA in Finance and a CPA. Experienced in project management, restaurant development, economic consulting, corporate strategy, portfolio analysis, and budget analysis. Specific skills include Transfer Pricing, Accounting, and Valuation. Specialties: Transfer Pricing, Valuation, Financial Statement Analysis, Corporate Accounting.

Cory Warfield

Cory Warfield spent twenty years of his life working in and running restaurants and bars until one day he had it! His frustration? Scheduling! Every day was a struggle around labor %, bonuses, over- and under-staffing, and especially: on-call shifts!? This common practice is so awful that it’s quickly becoming illegal in a number of […]

Jack Lavin

Jack Lavin is the sixth President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce since the organization’s founding in 1904. He has more than thirty years of financial and management experience in both the public and private sectors. Throughout his career, Jack has focused on economic and business development in order to create […]

S2G Ventures

S2G Ventures (Seed 2 Growth) is a multi-stage venture fund investing in food and agriculture in the U.S. The fund’s mission is to catalyze innovation to meet consumer demands for healthy, sustainable and local food. S2G will identify sectors across the food system that are ripe for change, and form a multi-stage portfolio including seed, […]

O’Kelly Kasprak LLC

O’Kelly Kasprak is a full service architecture, interior design and project management firm known for bringing a hospitality perspective to all types of commercial spaces. Our portfolio includes a variety of hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues, sport and recreation facilities, theaters, corporate spaces, retail stores, and specialty projects. The essence of what makes O’Kelly […]

David Kasprak

Throughout his career, David has been leading design teams producing the highest quality restaurant, hotel, and retail designs, satisfying the needs of both clients and guests every time. His passion for creating personalized and expressive solutions, combined with a cooperative hands-on approach set a proven method for realizing full potential in any scale project. David […]

Capriotti’s Sandwich

Since our founding in Wilmington, Delaware in 1976, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop has done things differently, creating flavor profiles unmatched in the fast casual segment. Anyone can slice meat, put it on bread and call it a sandwich, but we have set ourselves apart with our passionate focus on the quality of our food and superior […]

Simona Blaugh

Simona Blaugh is the general manager of The Metropolitan, a Chicago business and social club located in the Willis Tower. She joined The Metropolitan in November 2017, overseeing the launch of the reinvention. Simona’s goal was to add purpose behind the project, creating a curated and aspirational experience. She continues to lead the creation of […]