One Hope United is a not-for-profit dedicated to serving children and families by focusing on early childhood development, community based family services, and placement and residential care. President and CEO, Charles A. Montario-Archer, discusses how much leadership makes a difference when working in a nonprofit setting. Leadership, he explains, is about fellowship, and fellowship is dependent on leaders being present and following through. From providing reliable serves to examining needs, every step requires the leader to be present and willing to listen. One of the biggest challenges in a nonprofit, Montario-Archer explains, is securing funding from different avenues. A successful nonprofit always has to search for funding to be able to provide their services. Montario-Archer also discusses the importance of treating nonprofit employees with the same amount of care and dedication that they provide their clients with. Learn more about One Hope United and Montario-Archer by watching the full BizCast HQ video.
One Hope United is a private human service organization that offers a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs including early education, foster care, adoption, residential, and other support services. What began in 1895 as a children’s home in Chicago now serves 9,000 children and families each year in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Florida and employs nearly 800 passionate and talented professionals.
Dr. Montorio-Archer is a nonprofit entrepreneur, child and family advocate, attorney and author. He co-founded The THRIVE Network in 1996 and served as its CEO for another 11 years before successfully merging the organization with The New York Foundling. THRIVE assists individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout New York City.
Dr. Montorio-Archer has written three books, most recently Everybody Paddles: A Leader’s Blueprint for Creating A Unified Team, which provides a management model for reaching strategic alignment and accelerating organizational change through respect, collaboration and leadership. He holds a bachelor of science from Lincoln University, a master’s degree in public administration from CUNY Baruch College, a JD from Brooklyn Law School and a PhD in public policy from Walden University. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, Brooklyn, NY. Then from 2004 to 2007, he served as the Associate Executive Director for the InterAgency Council of Developmental Disability Agencies, Inc, where he advocated at the city, state, and federal levels for program development, business sustainability, and policy and regulatory reform.
In addition, Dr. Montorio-Archer has served on numerous boards, presented two TEDxTalks (“The Friendship Clause” and “IDENTITYphobia”), contributes to Forbes and Huffington Post, and has been featured on television, radio, print, and other media outlets.
Jared Kaplan is the CEO of Opploans, an online consumer finance platform aimed at consumers that lack access to traditional financing. Opploans looks at where a client can get the best lender service and where they fit best based on their risk profile – even if that isn’t Opploans. Kaplan takes customer service very seriously. He believes that the biggest thing you can do to ensure the success of your company is to provide unbelievable customer service at every turn. One challenge that he addresses is how to maintain that level of customer satisfaction in the face of rapid company growth. One way a company can tackle that is to make sure that it is employing an amazing team, and not to be afraid to sometimes dive in and do the work yourself, even if you don’t know exactly what to do in every situation. But, Kaplan states, the top priority is to do right by the customers. Learn more about Opploans and Kaplan by checking out the full BizCastHQ video.
OppLoans is the highest-rated online lender in the non-prime customer market. With faster funding, significantly lower rates, total transparency and unmatched customer service, OppLoans offers financial inclusion to underbanked borrowers by providing long-term, fully amortizing bridge financing at significantly lower rates than competitors. OppLoans holds an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau, an average customer rating of 4.9/5 stars on Google and a 95-percent approval rate on LendingTree. The firm strives to evolve its customers out of the subprime space by reporting on-time payments to all three credit bureaus and providing free, standards-based financial education tools.
Jared Kaplan is the Chief Executive Officer of OppLoans. He has transformed the business from four storefront Chicago lenders to a best-in-class technology platform that enables more people to borrow responsibly in the face of financial emergencies. OppLoans is the highest-rated lender and services provider to the underbanked.
In 2018, Jared was ranked the 8th highest-rated CEO on the Top CEO list by Glassdoor and named a finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year. Under his leadership, OppLoans has placed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies for the past three years, the firm was named a 2018 "Best Workplace" by Inc. Magazine, America's sixth-best place to work by Glassdoor, a number-one personal lender by LendingTree and a “Leader in Quality and Innovation” by the Center for Financial Services Innovation.
He is the co-founder and former Executive Vice President of Insureon, the leading online agency for small business insurance. At Insureon, Jared helped the company achieve over 1,700% revenue growth while building its customer base to more than 175,000 small businesses.
Prior to Insureon, Jared led financial services investing for Accretive LLC, a unique early-stage private equity firm that designs, funds and builds new businesses. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and is a die-hard Detroit sports fan.
The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is dedicated to helping people realize the stake they have in making the world a better place. Through hands-on educational programs, they teach the difference between up-standers and bystanders, and make a strong case for speaking up for what’s right. Susan Abrams, the CEO of the Center, discusses some challenges that the Museum has faced over the years. Abrams made a solid plan to strengthen the Center’s financial position to enable them to address different opportunities to share survivor stories and make them interactive, integrating innovative holographic technology to make that plan a reality. Abrams has made it the mission of the Museum to prioritize telling survivor stories so that they might be heard for generations and never forgotten. Learn more about the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center and Susan Abrams by watching the full BizCast HQ video.
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center honors the Survivors and victims of the Holocaust and transforms history into current, relevant, and universal lessons in humanity. Through world-class exhibitions and programs, the Museum inspires individuals and organizations and provides a universal wake-up call to action: Take history to heart. Take a stand for humanity.
Susan Abrams was appointed CEO of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in April 2014, with more than 25 years of nonprofit, for-profit, and business management experience. Under Susan’s leadership, the Museum is leading globally in Holocaust and museum education, recently opening the groundbreaking four- gallery permanent exhibition, the Take a Stand Center, including the interactive, holographic Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience. To support this new exhibition and other Museum goals, with Abrams’ leadership the Museum launched in 2015 and completed in 2017 its $30 million Commit to the Future Capital Campaign.
Susan was recognized as Innovator of the Year and Executive of the Year (Stevie Awards for Women in Business, 2016) and as an Influential Woman in Business (Daily Herald Business Ledger, 2017), and under her leadership, the Museum was recognized as Leader Institution of the Year (Illinois Association of Museums, 2016) and received a 2017 National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for a museum. In 2018, the Museum received the prestigious Media and Technology GOLD Muse Award (American Association of Museums) for its Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience.
Susan previously served as the COO for JCC Chicago where she oversaw the $34 million organization’s businesses, executed at over 30 Chicagoland locations. Susan has held leadership positions at Northwestern University and Chicago Children’s Museum, where she was instrumental in the planning and execution of the museum’s move to Navy Pier. She also has worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and an analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Ms. Abrams holds an MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where she was an Austin Scholar and an Ardis Krainik Scholar, a BSE from the Wharton School and a BA from the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. She is the author of The New Success Rules for Women: 10 Surefire Strategies for Reaching Your Career Goals (Random House, 2000) and regularly speaks to students, alumni, and professional women’s groups on related topics.
Abrams serves, through the Governor’s appointment, on the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission. She is a member of The Chicago Network and C100, which connects leading Northwestern alumnae to female students, graduates and the University to further the advancement of Northwestern women. Abrams previously was a member of the Chicago Children’s Museum Board of Directors, the Board of Advisors for Kellogg’s Center for Nonprofit Management, and the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors for Leadership Illinois, for which she was in the Class of 1997.
NewFounders believes in unity through problem solving. We build and facilitate the development of tools that lower the barriers of entry into politics. Our first tool, the EveryElection iPhone app and web site, puts 300,000 elections into the palm of your hand, with easy directions to when and where to vote. We're part of a growing surge of leaders that includes Women’s March, Indivisible, Flippable, Swingleft, Demlabs, Wall-of-us, RunForSomething, VoteRunLead and many more.
Our first ever NewFounders conference was October 18th at UIC forum in Chicago and brought in over 700+ activists, leaders, candidates, and thinkers! See here for a video recap here. The conference had a focus towards coordinating for 2018 and beyond, and focused deeply on areas like seat strategy, activism, voting, elections, data and candidate training. We also launched our ChangeMaker app, found online here, and raised over $5300 in one day alone! The site continues to raise money online and please head there today and join a team or donate to our efforts across the new fleet of leaders building America 2.0
Genevieve Thiers is an disruptor, entrepreneur, speaker and investor that lives in the Chicago area. Her first company, Sittercity.com, is America’s first company to take caregiving services online. Sittercity.com now has millions of users and new locations in the UK and Canada.
Genevieve was recognized by President Bush at the White House as the Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur Champion of the Year for 2006, and her companies have won over 18 major awards, including the CEC Momentum Award, the WBDC Rising Start Award, a CNN Young Heroes feature, the UPS Out of the Box Award, the INC 500 list, and more. Genevieve has been featured thousands of times in the press for her work, by the TODAY show, Ellen, the View, MSNBC, the CBS Early Show, CNN, Live & Style, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Redbook, Parents, Parenting, Marie Clare, TIME, Better Homes and Gardens, Working Mother and more. She has lectured or spoken at the TED Global, Cusp, Amex, Groupon, Enova, Inland, the CEO Conference, the Heartland Conference, Microsoft, Harvard business school, Kellogg, Columbia, Babson, Boston College, U Chicago and for hundreds of other entrepreneurial groups around the country. She is the author of the book Love at First Sit, and frequently writes for various tech publications in the Chicago area.
Genevieve has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs throughout her career. She is on the board of the CEC, which has created 1871, a co-working space in Chicago. Genevieve teaches classes at 1871 and is a frequent mentor and teacher within the space. She is also an investor in TechStars and the Firestarter fund, and in several female-run new tech startups that target women and lesser-known industries. A mother of twins, she speaks regularly on the lack of women in tech and how to right the balance. She is a Chartwell speaker, and see her profile on their site here: http://www.chartwellspeakers.com/speaker/genevieve-thiers-exclusive-speaker/
PeachCap democratizes financial services for mainstream America through scaling the family office model.It specializes in investing, tax, finance, Global Research and Analytics. Founder and CEO, David Miller, discusses the importance of recognizing the blindspots and having good communicating with your team to help you learn grow and learn from failure. According to David, the toughest challenges facing in the Financial Services industry currently, are understanding and knowing how to balance the human and digital touch, margin compression, broker dealer space and being able to navigate that with all the necessary regulations that are currently in place. Learn more about PeachCap and Miller by watching the full BizCastHQ video.
PeachCap has been providing fully integrated tax and wealth services to financial advisors and their clients for over 30 years. Our experts, technology, and internal collaboration empowers our financial advisors to create the most comprehensive and personalized investment strategies available. With PeachCap, you will not be getting advice from separate silos. We are one of the few firms offering a cohesive, integrated team that works together on your behalf to help you assess and define your financial objectives. At PeachCap, we believe in winning together!
David Miller, CFP®, believes in making an impact wherever he can and supporting organizations that further the betterment of society. David is a progressive thought leader in the financial services industry, where he has been an integral connector in helping the industry bridge the disconnect with millennials and older generations. He is the author of Wealth Kryptonite and Founder and CEO of PeachCap, a conglomerate of financial, tax, and accounting companies including a broker-dealer, Registered Investment Advisor, CPA Firm, and Asset Management company. He holds his Series 27, 24, 7, and 66 licenses and has held compliance, financial operations, sales, and supervisory principal roles both with a Fortune 50 Company and in the small business space.
Harry Gray is the President of AVT, an insertion valve technology company dedicated to solving the problem of the United States’s aging infrastructure. AVT provides the service of dealing with infrastructural problems without disrupting the system – repairing water main valves without shutting off water, and gas lines without shutting off gas. Gray believes that it is important to build a team of people who truly believe in the service that they are providing. He also knows that it’s crucial to have people willing to put the work into building up a company that is experiencing rapid growth and change. Learn more about Gray and AVT by checking out the full BizCastHQ video.
ClockSpring|NRI is a Houston-based manufacturer and provider of high-performance critical infrastructure construction and repair products and associated engineering support and training services.
Clockspring|NRI solutions are used to construct, maintain, and rehabilitate pipelines, natural gas distribution lines, high-consequence industrial pipework, electrical grids, and civil structures. ClockSpring|NRI composite pipe repair systems and inline insertion valves are used in more than 75 countries and include industry-leading products such as Clock Spring™, Syntho-Glass® XT, Scar-Guard®, Contour, and DiamondWrap® composite products, as well as the award-winning AVT EZ Valve™ for water and gas lines.
All ClockSpring|NRI products are easy to install, cost-effective to deploy, and durable for decades.
Harry is President of AVT and Operating Committee Chairman at Clock Spring NRI. CS-NRI is the high-performance critical infrastructure company, and the world’s leading manufacturer of highly engineered products for the repair of pipe-based critical infrastructure, as well as leader in valves and metal gasket technologies. Previously, he was appointed to CEO/COO/GM roles in the technology, software, aerospace, retail, energy, financial, business services, food, consumer, and manufacturing sectors, with P&L leadership roles spanning from the middle market to several multi-billion dollar enterprises in the Fortune 100.
Harry was Managing Partner of a Bain & Company spinoff and has been a board advisor to many leading investment funds and corporations. He is co-creator of the Change Acceleration Management Process (ChAMP), a transformational methodology for strategy execution and the foundational offering of Execution Gurus.
Prior to being a senior private equity professional and portfolio company strategy leader at a $35B global investment firm, he was a corporate finance/M&A professional at two leading investment banks; first at Alex Brown & Sons and then as a Vice President at Wasserstein Perella.
Harry was a commissioned US military officer and agent of the US Treasury. In addition to various combat-line and staff responsibilities, he was appointed to the US Navy’s elite warship construction program at General Dynamics.
Harry is an Adjunct Professor and Resident Fellow of The University of Texas at Dallas, and he has authored numerous articles in "Institutional Investor". He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy (BS) and Columbia University (MBA), where he was the Bibeault Scholar.
Specialties: C-level leadership and board governance; strategy and execution; turnarounds/restructuring; corporate finance and M&A; M&A integration
Scott Hansen is dedicated to helping small business owners get to the next level in their business. By looking at specific sales marketing and productivity strategies, he helps businesses get off the ground and into their market. He explains that his consulting firm helps businesses set themselves apart from other companies that might be doing the same thing they are. Standing out, Hansen says, is one of the most important things you can do to help build your business. Consistency, he adds, is also crucial, and starting with an end-goal in mind before you do the work can help you to realize that goal every step along the way. Learn more about Scott Hanson Consulting by watching the full BizCastHQ video.
Scott Hansen Consulting helps small business owners increase revenue, scale their business and acquire more lucrative clients by providing them with proven lead generation, sales, marketing, and productivity strategies; while helping their business become more profitable. What makes Scott Hansen Consulting unique is plain and simple. It gets massive results for business owner clients and help them solve their biggest problems so they can scale their business.
We start with a simple, no obligation phone call so we can gain a better understanding of who the clients are, what type of clients/customers they are looking to acquire and what makes them different/better/unique when compared to the competition.
Scott is the CEO of Scott Hansen Consulting. SH Consulting is a company that works with small business owners helping them create competition crushing marketing and sales funnels that will ultimately help grow revenues and dominate their marketplace. The goal when working with SH Consulting is to help the business owner client increase revenues, grow profits; while in turn, helping them blow past limiting beliefs. This is done by utilizing the Ultimate Success System that focuses on the “5 Part Profit Formula”; allowing the business owner to focus on the areas of the business that produces maximum output for success.
Accolades about Scott Hansen and SH Consulting
• Six Figure Coach magazine ranked Scott as one of top business coaches in the world
• Scott’s work has been seen in: ABC, NBC, FOX, Inc, Business Innovators.
• Has helped client reach multiple 7 figures in revenue that got this client on the INC 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States.
• Contributing writer for the top rated business magazine (Entrepreneur Magazine)
• International Best Selling Author
• Has helped his business owner clients increase revenues by millions of dollars
• Creator/host of one of the top business podcasts in the world
• In demand national speaker
Lakeview Pantry is a community food access point for over 8,000 families on Chicago’s North Side. Kellie O’Connell, the CEO of the Pantry, knows that it’s important to choose courage over comfort when you’re doing as important work as her company. She also knows that innovation to expand the number of people receiving the services Lakeview Pantry provides is paramount. Instead of relying on the brick-and-mortar shop that was set up over 50 years ago, she and her team research ways to engage with the community online, letting people have options and different ways to access food services. One of the challenges that comes along with any non-profit work is finding and securing funding for the cause, and using that money to stay true to the mission. O’Connell also discusses corporate social responsibility, giving ideas to other companies on how they can be socially responsible by volunteering and donating. Learn more about Lakeview Pantry and Kellie O’Connell by checking out the full BizCastHQ video.
Lakeview Pantry is the largest food pantry in the city of Chicago. Operating on the North Side for over 47 years, we serve over 8,000 individuals through 40,000 site visits, distributing over 1.4 million meals every year.
Our mission is to eliminate hunger in our community by providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people, increasing the independence of our clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs, and raising awareness of hunger and poverty and work towards solutions to eliminate them.
Our vision is to be a stable presence in the communities we serve and to be a model of compassionate, effective, and collaborative service delivery.
Our ultimate goal is the eradication of hunger and poverty in our communities.
We provide on-site food distribution, a home delivery service for the homebound, distribute free clothing and have a case management program to help clients connect with other services they may need to address the causes of food insecurity.
Kellie O’Connell serves as Lakeview Pantry’s Chief Executive Officer. In her role as CEO she works in partnership with the Board of Directors to design, communicate, and implement the strategic vision of the organization. Kellie leads a staff of 20 and leverages the efforts of nearly 4,000 volunteers to distribute over 1.4 million meals to the North Side’s low-income residents every year. With an annual budget of over $5 million, Kellie is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization, ensuring delivery of the highest quality services to the Pantry’s most vulnerable neighbors, while safeguarding its financial stability.
Kellie joined the organization in January of 2016. During her first years in the role, she successfully closed a capital campaign; renovated and moved to a larger, permanent headquarters; and doubled the Pantry’s geographic service area encapsulating the majority of the North Side of Chicago. As a result, Lakeview Pantry increased its clients served by 25% and revenue by 65%. In addition to the three core food programs, the Pantry also expanded its social service programs and added behavioral health offerings.
Kellie comes to Lakeview Pantry with over 18 years in the nonprofit sector. She was most recently Director of Advancement at Northwestern Settlement House. Prior to joining the Settlement, Kellie was a consultant for various nonprofits and government agencies, and spent eight years at the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), the nation’s third largest public housing authority, including serving as the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Public Affairs.
Kellie holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. As a Chicago native, Kellie loves spending her spare time in the city she grew up in, exploring everything it has to offer with her daughter, Brennan.
Tenant Advisory group works with businesses to help with their real estate needs. They represent tenants by finding space, negotiating leases, and helping to purchase and sell commercial properties. Bill Himmelstein, the Founder and CEO of Tenant Advisory Group, has learned a couple of lessons that come along with starting a business. The most important lesson, he says, is to get out of your own way. Stick to focusing your time and energy on what you’re good at, and bring in talented and dedicated people to do the rest. He also says it’s integral to the company to learn from others and to listen to your team about their goals, and be an empowering and trusting manager. To learn more about Himmelstein and Tenant Advisory Group, watch the full BizCast HQ video.
TAG is committed to bringing best-in-class commercial real estate services to every end user. We use years of experience to understand all critical issues as it pertains to your business to get you the right office space and the best transaction. We have developed a customized process designed to specifically provide an optimal solution for each company’s office space needs.
Focused on integrity, accountability, and continuing education, TAG gives the same attention to detail and expertise to all sized users. As a BBB A+ rated company, we bring an unmatched level of experience and education to represent the best interests of the tenant.
I am the founder and CEO of Tenant Advisory Group, commercial and residential real estate brokerage firm focused on helping tenants and buyers get the most out of their business and residential space.
I have been a tenant and buy-side representative in the commercial real estate industry for over 18 years, saving my clients an average of $15,000 per employee in leasing costs and over 20% in purchase prices. I have a deep understanding of lease and buy-side negotiations and how to get the most concessions out of a landlord or seller. Additionally, my vast network of top professionals has been a tremendous help to my clients in executing their transactions and growing their businesses.
I have earned my CCIM designation (Certified Commercial Investment Manager) and my Managing Broker's license. I specialize in representing tenants in their lease negotiations and buyers in their purchase negotiations, be it a restructure, renewal, relocation, or purchase. We typically save our clients in excess of 10x our fee, which is paid by the landlord.
Steve Melchiorre understands how important company values are to ensuring the future success of the company. As the CEO of Stratosphere Networks, a managed IT services, cybersecurity and consulting firm, he tries his hardest to lead by example, instilling the values that make his company stand out into every one of his employees. Melchiorre also discusses the importance of staying ahead of the curve in a rapidly changing and growing market. In the tech industry, there are changes being made every day – and it’s critical to be innovative if you want to be successful. Human capital, he says, is also critical, and having the right people can truly push a company to greatness. To learn more about Stratosphere Networks and Melchiorre, watch the full BizCast HQ video now!
Stratosphere Networks is a Chicago-based multifaceted IT and Cyber Security managed service provider focused on delivering comprehensive technology services and solutions to meet and exceed the always-changing, diverse business needs. Since 2003, Stratosphere Networks has grown exponentially and continues to provide the best-in-class and cost-effective solutions to businesses in all industries.
Steve Melchiorre is the co-founder and CEO of Stratosphere Networks and Converged Communication Systems (CCS). A serial entrepreneur, Steve founded his first company while he was in high school, and his second company, which he established in college, grew to have more than 200 repeat clients. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and business from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.
In 2002, he started working for a company that sold Avaya telecommunications solutions. As a top performer, Steve became part of the company's president's club and won a trip to Las Vegas. Through his telecom work, he met Kevin Rubin (the current president Stratosphere Networks and CCS), and they founded CCS in 2003.
In its first year, CCS brought in $116,000 in revenue, and since then the company has seen its revenue increase by an average of 30 percent year over year, reaching over $9,000,000.00 in 2018. Steve was appointed to represent CCS on the Avaya SMB Business Partner Council in 2009, and the company has also won numerous awards, such as the Channel Partners 360° award, Inc. 5000, and CRN MSP Elite 150.
In 2010, Steve and Kevin launched Stratosphere Networks, a multifaceted managed IT and cybersecurity provider. They built a state-of-the-art Network and Security Operations Center (NOC/SOC) in Evanston that uses the latest technologies, diagnostic tools, and monitoring solutions to provide proactive support. Stratosphere is the only IT provider in Chicago to be named one of Crain's Best Places to Work for 5 years in a row (2015-2019).
Stratosphere Networks and CCS are also dedicated to giving back to the community. Steve serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Lawrence Hall, a social services organization that provides high-quality care for abused and neglected young people and their families in the Chicago metropolitan area. Additionally, Stratosphere Networks supports the International Justice Mission and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital with monthly donations. Stratosphere and CCS also have a corporate policy that encourages staff members to give back by providing them with two additional paid days off for the purpose of participating in volunteer work.
CJ Montano is the Managing Director of Forte Group, a full service custom software delivery partner that targets enterprises looking to accelerate their business and evolve their software engineering practices. Montano discusses some of the challenges and opportunities that he has faced in an innovative market space, noting that the two often go hand in hand. Innovation, he says, is moving at such an incredible pace that it’s hard to keep up – so it’s incredibly important for enterprises to focus their time and resources in innovating. Building software with predictable, frequent, high quality is difficult, but it’s an issue that needs to be solved to put yourself ahead of the competition. Montano also gives some advice to growing businesses, saying that problems should be evaluated from as many perspectives as possible. Learn more about Forte Group and CJ Montano by checking out the full BizCast HQ video!
Forte Group is a global software services and solutions company for businesses seeking exceptional engineering talent and extraordinary software. We work with IT enterprises, business leaders, and technology companies to accelerate and evolve applications that consistently achieve valuable business outcomes. We’re headquartered in Chicago, with delivery offices in Belarus and Ukraine.
C.J. is an immersive leader and quality craftsman who works with IT enterprise teams to overcome large-scale engineering complexities. Through the realization of simple, but proven techniques, CJ helps technology and business leaders achieve constant value in small steps.
C.J. often compares software engineering to fine craftsmanship. In 2015, he founded Agile Unicorn, an agile solutions consultancy startup. Prior to launching the business, C.J. worked in agile engineering, quality assurance, and product management leadership positions with kCura (now Relativity), CME Group, and Echo Global Logistics. In 2017, he joined forces with Forte Group to bring his vision of a high-value managed service to life.
For him, everyday learning and practice–both professionally and personally–is the most enjoyable part of life. Outside of work, he’s an avid hockey player, intermediate woodsmith, and hobbyist guitarist. He earned his B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a graduate of a top-three boarding school in America, Choate Rosemary Hall.
Demeko Taylor is an executive real estate broker with Compass. With over eight years of experience and a specialty in residential real estate, Taylor knows some of the challenges that come with a growing real estate market – the lack of inventory being one of those challenges. He gives some advice on how to overcome this. Cultivating a close personal relationship with clients and making sure that they are well taken care of will keep you on their mind in the future, both for their own real estate needs and referrals. It’s important, Taylor says, to be realistic about expectations, to always listen to the client, and to treat others how you want to be treated. To learn more about Taylor and Compass, check out the full BizCast HQ video.
Compass is a real estate technology company with a powerful end-to-end platform that supports the entire buying and selling workflow. We deliver an incomparable experience to both agents and their clients all in the service of the Compass mission: to help everyone find their place in the world. Founded in 2012 by Ori Allon and Robert Reffkin, Compass operates in 17 regions across the United States: New York, Los Angeles and Orange County, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., Miami, Naples, The Hamptons, Santa Barbara and Montecito, San Diego, Dallas, Seattle, Philadelphia, Greenwich, Westchester, and Aspen.
As your Koenig Rubloff real estate broker, understanding and achieving your real estate goals is my highest priority. Neighborhood knowledge and market insight, along with outstanding personal service are the cornerstones of my business. As a part of one of the leading brokerages in the Chicagoland area, I can offer you advanced tools and resources. Whether you are buying or selling, I will provide guidance at each step of the way. I invite you to contact me to discuss your next steps.