Networking with Tenant Advisory Group

The May Executives Breakfast and Luncheons offered a place for insightful conversation and networking between local, Chicago entrepreneurs. Attendees were given opportunities to provide business advice and share valuable experiences with one another.

Guests at the Executive Breakfast were given the discussion topic of best practices pertaining to attracting top talent. Here are a few of the many responses:

Craig Stout, CEO, Stout, Risius, Ross: It is all about the core values of the firm and who they are. Retain the best things from large firms and leave the worst things. Be super transparent, follow open book management and create a team environment. I have the most luck when someone in the firm knows a potential new hire. If it doesn’t feel right don’t do it.

Tomer Yogev, CEO, TandemSpring: Strength-based leadership development is key. Most people are aware of what they are not good at. It’s about getting in touch with individual strengths and understanding the things that people are strong at and bring that to the forefront.

Entrepreneurs at the Executive Luncheon were asked how to best navigate growth and what they wish they had done differently. Here are some of their responses:

James Scherzinger, Managing Partner, Cray, Kaiser, Ltd: I would have spent more money and time on staffing needs. Also, trying to leverage our staff to a greater degree, get them acquainted with softer skills and groom everyone for leadership roles.

Ryan Mannion, EVP & Brand Strategy, Symmetri Marketing Group: There is no need to grow so quickly. I suggest building capabilities one at a time and get focused around specific verticals. Scaling knowledge and expertise is important. Focus on the right clients.

Thank you to all who attended!

If you’re a business owner with 20+ employees and are interested in attending future TAG events, please email Bill Himmelstein at

TAG Executives Breakfast Guest List

Bob Berland, President, Berland Communications

Barbara Best, President, Capital Strategies Investment Group LLC

Bruce Billmeyer, Partner, BCU Risk Advisors

Jake Dayan, CEO, Community Tax

Brian Deutsch, Founder, XV Venture Capital

Andrew Maloney, Owner, CNS+T

Mike LaVista, Founder, Caxy

Amy Leafe McCormack, CEO, McCormack Schreiber Legal Search

Mohammed Saleem, President, AES Services

Ann Simms, COO, American Planning Association

Kathy Steele, Founder & CEO, Red Caffeine

Craig Stout, CEO, Stout Risius Ross

Rosemary Swierk, CEO, Direct Steel & Construction

Tomer Yogev, CEO, TandemSpring


TAG Executives Luncheon Guest List

Jeff Asperger, Partner, Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle

Mark Bromberg, Director of Operations, GKIC

David Diamond, Managing Partner, Kutchins, Robins & Diamond

Morrie Elstein, Vice President, Cendrowski Corporate Advisors

James & Michele Gustin, CEO and President, Fig Media

Ryan Mannion, EVP & Brand Strategy, Symmetri Marketing Group

Dan Porcaro, CEO, PSM Partners

Mark Rickmeier, CEO, Table XI

Arabel Alva Rosales, President and CEO of AAR & Assocs. Ltd, Co-founder, Principal and Producer of Latino Fashion Week

Jonathan Rothstein, Senior Vice President, MB Financial Bank

Michael Rothstein, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Tabet DiVito & Rothstein

James Scherzinger, Managing Partner, Cray, Kaiser, Ltd

Joanna Sobran, CEO, MXOtech

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