Every month, Tenant Advisory Group hosts an Executives Bruncheon to provide an opportunity for Chicago business leaders to build new, meaningful connections and discuss topics relevant to running a business.
During May’s Executives Bruncheon, attendees were prompted with two questions: “What is the best thing that’s happened to you in the last few weeks both personally and professionally?” as well as the “Best advice you’ve gotten?” Here are a few of the lessons shared in response:
Michael Alvarado, Partner, Davis Friedman- I brought over three new capital partners which will sustain the firm. I attended my first college visit with daughter. My son who is seven also did a lemonade stand, and made $20. Now my son wants to make $80 to give everyone in the family $20.
Advice: Drop everything for a new client. Focus on caring for the client.
Alex Newmann, Co-Founder & CEO, FinanceFuel- I closed some VC money, my team is growing, and things are moving forward. Half of business is a mental game. You have to focus on doing the right thing. I also get to be around my family more.
Advice: Learn how to sell and you’ll never go hungry.
Donncha Carroll, Partner, Axiom Consulting Partners- I built a product development team around data analytics. I’m also going to Ireland to visit family and friends.
Advice: Better to be approximately right than accurately wrong.
Joe Blandford, President, Greatline Communications- The economy is the good news which means I’m making money. My youngest daughter also wants to rejoin the business.
Advice: You can get what you want in life if you can help enough people get what they want.
Colin Hogan, Managing Partner, Demo Duck
Konstantin Nedyalkov, President, Tiamat
Bob Domenz, CEO, Avenue Inc
Greg Maddox, Partner, Cultivate Advisors
Sam Pagan, Founder & CEO, Fundingdocs
Michael Alvarado, Partner, Davis Friedman
Len Llaguno, Founder & Managing Partner, KYROS Insights
Joe Blandford, President, Greatline Communications
Alex Newmann, Co-Founder & CEO, FinanceFuel
Donncha Carroll, Partner, Axiom Consulting Partners
Page Ciesemier, CFO, Gage Hospitality Group
Taylor Gaines, CEO, Social Gaines
Maverick Eguia, Co-Founder, Veme.ly
Glenn Hafner, Managing Partner, HD Investment Group
Tarik Khribech, Founder & CEO, ChoreRelief
Every month, Tenant Advisory Group hosts an Executives Luncheon to provide an opportunity for Chicago business leaders to build new, meaningful connections and discuss topics relevant to running a business.
During one of April’s Executives Luncheons, attendees were prompted with the question, “What efficient, creative and impactful ways do you use to stay on the radar of your clients, potential clients and networking partners?” Here are a few of the lessons shared in response:
Carol Cesaretti, Managing Partner, Quintairos, Prieto,Wood & Boyer- Ask clients what they want and give that to them. Basic monthly newsletters work, but also get out there to get to know them. Do free lunch and learns.
Jonathan Rothstein, Sr. VP, MB Bank- Set up a few in person meetings every day. Host breakfasts, lunches & dinners. People do business with people they like, so you need to be out there meeting people and making connections for others. Be involved in the community.
Bill Himmelstein, Founder & CEO, Tenant Advisory Group- I use a marketing and PR firm called Fetch for content generation. I also host events to bring people together.
Jon Berbaum, President, Highland Solutions- I made a habit on Monday mornings to spend 30 minutes going through LI and CRM to touch base with people I haven’t talked to in a while. I also read a lot and forward those articles to people of interest.
Melissa Dotson, President/ Owner, Rieke Corp- We host lots of events at our facility and help with our network’s fundraisers.
Mary Ann Rose, President, Tamar Productions, Inc- Write thank you notes, and hold special promotions.
Natasha Marriner, President, Klein Hall- Be relevant to clients. Get in front of them. Deliver gift baskets, and ask: what else can we be doing for you? Who can we introduce you to? Lead with value.
Tom Olivieri, President, Devon Bank- Stay in front of your network via social media. I do lots of networking with COIs and even take prospects to see live music.
Paola Meinzer, Marketing Director, Manning Silverman- Identify their needs and try to meet them. Belong to organizations and associations and bring clients to those events.
Jelani Rucker, VP, BD at Zekelman Industries- Cultivate a huge presence on social media. Utilize interesting content that is relevant to the end user.
Morrie Elstien, Founder & CEO, MorrieConnects- Use the approach of helping people meet each other. Ask “How can I help you grow your business? and Who do I know that you’d like to meet?” That’s the best way to form a relationship.
TAG Executives Breakfast Guest List
Carol Cesaretti, Managing Partner, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer
Stefanie Jenkins, Owner, Jenkins, Advising, Director of BD, Vault Innovation Group, Chief Fundraising Officer The Next Foundation
Thomas McMenamin, Managing Partner, Masuda Funai
Jonathan Rothstein, Sr. VP, MB Bank
Bryan Engel, Partner, PBG Financial Services
Bill Himmelstein, Founder & CEO, Tenant Advisory Group
Jon Berbaum, President, Highland Solutions
Morrie Elstien, Founder & CEO, MorrieConnects
Melissa Dotson, President & Owner, Rieke Corp
Mary Ann Rose, President, Tamar Productions, Inc
Jeff Asperger, Partner, Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle
Natasha Marriner, President, Klein Hall
Christopher Gandy, Founder, Midwest Legacy Group
Tom Olivieri, President, Devon Bank
Paola Meinzer, Marketing Director, Manning Silverman
Peter Karnowski, President, Great Point Capital
Jelani Rucker, VP & BD, Zekelman Industries
Erryn Cobb, CEO, Fetch IMC
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