Executive Networking with Tenant Advisory Group


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 May’s Executives Luncheon, attendees were prompted with two questions: “What’s the toughest part of running your business and how do you manage through it?” Here are a few of the lessons shared in response:

Joe Blandford, President, Greatline Communications- The hardest thing was to figure out how to be more demanding of people and be a stronger leader. Be bold in asking for what you want. Hoping that other people will know exactly what to do never works.

Phillip Barreda, Executive VP, CMSDC- It’s all about relationships at the end of the day. Not about selling.

Erryn Cobb, CEO & Founder, Fetch IMC- If it’s not a process, it’s a problem.

GUEST LIST:

Dawn Hershik, President, Hershik Enterprises

Jim Lencioni, President, Aria Group

Jonathan Rothstein, Senior VP, MB Bank

Ani Rangarajan, Co Founder & COO, Realync

Tim Schumm, Founder & President, Lucas James Talent Partners

Joe Blandford, President, Greatline Communications

Morrie Elstien, Founder & CEO, MorrieConnects

Phillip Barreda, Executive VP, CMSDC

Paola Meinzer, Marketing Director, Manning Silverman

Michael Favia, Managing Partner, Michael Favia Law

Christopher Gandy, Founder, Midwest legacy Group

Erryn Cobb, CEO & Founder, Fetch IMC

Executive Networking with Tenant Advisory Group


May 8 Executive Networking Event

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.

 

GUEST LIST:

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

Executive Networking With Tenant Advisory Group


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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

Executive Networking With Tenant Advisory Group


Executive Networking Event

Every month, Tenant Advisory Group hosts an Executives Breakfast 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 Breakfasts, attendees were prompted with the question, “What are your tips for managing time?” Here are a few of the lessons shared in response:

Bill Himmelstein, Founder & CEO, Tenant Advisory Group – Prioritize what’s important, and schedule everything you can. Delegate what you’re not good at to focus on what you enjoy most and are best at.

Vickie Rock, Principal & CS/RPR, Victoria Legal + Corporate Services – Schedule what’s important. Utilize time blocking.

Trisha Daho, Founder & CEO, Empowered – 1. Be fully engaged in whatever you are doing at the moment. 2. Only check your email 3x a day max. 3. Time blocking- get 3 blocks of 50 minutes a day to work on things that matter most. Create absolute boundaries and walls around those increments.

Pradeep Kandimalder, CIO, Cvent – Focus on a mission and vision for a day. Group things to organize your email.

Carl Utz, Director of Sales & Sr. Account Manager, Andromeda Technology – You can’t do everything yourself.  You need to delegate to people who can do the job better.

Brian Black, Relationship Development Manager, Tenant Advisory Group – Everyone is busy but are we getting things done? Time batching has been huge. Be intentional on how you want to feel at the end of the day.

Dr. Ari Levy, Founder & CEO, Shift – What are the metrics that matter? Personally and professionally. How are you spending your energy? Are you showing up for what matters? That which you measure improves. Your mind and body seeks to create patterns. Be ruthless about your weaknesses and be open to asking for help. Learn how to embed the right habits that get the right results.

Craig Evans, President, Precision Healthcare Consulting- Know when to get away from work to recharge your batteries.

Greg Topel, CBO, Tanvas – Every moment is precious. In the first stages of being an entrepreneur I was a servant to everyone. Ask yourself: Is this something I can do later — do I need to do it right now? Fold that into priorities of what absolutely needs to get done today.

Cathy Jama, Executive Vice President, Tenant Advisory Group – You need me time. For me, Friday is admin day.  It’s important to look ahead and plan ahead, so I minimize how often I look at emails.

Terry Hush, CEO, Roji Health Intelligence- I’m a huge delegator.  I used to do it all myself and then had an awakening when writing the company blog.  I went from scheduling days and goals on spreadsheets and became the email deletion queen. I cultivate leadership rather than managing.

Paul Detlefs, President and EOS Implementer, The Prestwick Group, Ltd. – I do not allow technology in sessions. You have to control the technology rather than it controlling you. Also, have a quarterly or at least annual planning pulse-  for your business, departments and personally for your long term vision and plans. Weekly planning discipline is critical. Get an assistant so you can elevate yourself to your unique abilities that you enjoy doing and are good at.

 

TAG Executives Breakfast Guest List

Paul Detlefs, President and EOS Implementer, The Prestwick Group, Ltd.

Terry Hush, CEO, Roji Health Intelligence

Cathy Jama, Executive Vice President, Tenant Advisory Group

Greg Topel, CBO, Tanvas

Craig Evans, President, Precision Healthcare Consulting

Dr. Ari Levy, Founder & CEO, Shift

Brian Black, Relationship Development Manager, Tenant Advisory Group

Carl Utz, Director of Sales & Sr. Account Manager, Andromeda Technology

Pradeep Kandimalder, CIO, Cvent

Trisha Daho, Founder & CEO, Empowered

Vickie Rock, Principal & CS/RPR, Victoria Legal + Corporate Services

Bill Himmelstein, Founder & CEO, Tenant Advisory Group

Executive Networking With Tenant Advisory Group


Executives networking event with TAG

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 March’s Executives Luncheons, attendees were prompted with the question, “What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made and how did you overcome it?” Here are a few of the lessons shared in response:

Jeff Asperger, Partner, Meltzer Purtill & Stelle LLC: I gave too much credence to people and was being too nice. Don’t let people take advantage of you.  Be slow to hire and quick to fire. Be polite and respectful and compliment when appropriate, including adversaries.

Bill Bast, Principal, Thornton Tomasetti: The biggest mistake I made was to start my own business. I did it too young and went home to PA to do it. Don’t give 100% at the office and have nothing left to give others like your loved ones.

Stefanie Jenkins, Director of BD, Vault Innovation: I have the tendency to over promise. No matter what you’re doing in family, business or life, figure out what you bring to the table and be that person. Your mission is to create and connect so that other people are empowered.

Lee Travers, CEO, iammoney: Not being present.

Tim Roach, Co-Founder & CEO, Lendr: You have to understand how to fail fast, recover and understand the process of how to recover. Define what success is to you. Knowledge is power and so is having core values as a company. Live them. Understand vision. I utilize 5 year plans. Not 10 year plans. Profitability is key.

Muhammed Azfar, Managing Partner, Auctus Group INC: Hire people with values that align with yours. Be slow and methodical about hiring and quick to fire. Hire for value. Values train for skill and strategies train for choices.

Tim Schumm, Founder & President, Lucas James Talent Partners: I went from leading a team of 10 to leading a team of 70. I brought the same approach to all the team members and when I individualized my approach, I had much better results. Always put yourself in other people’s shoes.

Kate Winston, Agency Lead, Strategy & Growth, envisionit: I said no to a big ad agency and was the right hand person for owner of the agency. I was told “Sometimes a C+ is just fine.”- that offended me, but she was right. Know when it needs to be an A and know when it can be a C.

Erryn Cobb, Founder & CEO, Fetch IMC: Don’t wear too many hats. Invest in key team member’s professional development sooner. I followed my dad’s example: There’s no gray between right and wrong. Set a standard to live by.

Bernie Dyme, President and CEO, Perspectives LTD: I didn’t allow myself to make mistakes. It’s ok to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. Gratitude is very important. Teach your children gratitude.

Daniel Porcaro, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Porcaro Stolarek Mete Partner, LLC: I left a lot on the table when I sold my first large business. I could have grown it larger myself. 25% of customers provide 90% of revenue. Last 50% of clients provides less than 4% of revenue. Fire bottom 50% of clients. With extra time, over serve the top 50% of your clients. Then you care about A clients and A prospects.

Jonathan Rothstein, Senior Vice President, MB Financial Bank: Delegating needs to happen and you need to focus more on your team and sense of urgency. Be slow to promote and manage expectations of employees. Life work balance. Never ask anybody to do something you wouldn’t or couldn’t do yourself. Everyday try and do a kind gesture and leave the world a better place.

Paola Meinzer, Partner, Manning Silverman & Co CPA: Working in corporate America I did not keep a balance in my life. I gave all my time to the company. Be yourself. Don’t try and be anyone else. Embrace who you are.

Jerry Doorhy, Partner, J.J. Doorhy & Associates: My biggest mistake was waiting too long before going on my own. You’re never too important to mop the floor. You get more bees with honey.

Morrie Elstein, President, MorrieCONNECT: Start understanding how valuable the people you know are. Pay it forward. You never know what’s going to come back.

 

TAG Executives Luncheon Guest List

Erryn Cobb, Founder & CEO, Fetch IMC

Jonathan Rothstein, Senior Vice President, MB Financial Bank

Jeff Asperger, Partner, Meltzer Purtill & Stelle LLC

Barbara Best, Founding Partner & Principal, Capital Strategies Investment Group

Daniel Porcaro, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Porcaro Stolarek Mete Partner, LLC

Ruth Minnick, Global Business Development Manager, Client Executive, Unispace

Morrie Elstein, President, MorrieCONNECT

Stefanie Jenkins, Director of BD, Vault Innovation

Bernie Dyme, President and CEO, Perspectives LTD

Tim Roach, Co-Founder & CEO, Lendr

Paola Meinzer, Partner, Manning Silverman & Co CPA

Kaitlyn Hedger, Associate General Agent Assistant, Midwest Legacy LLC

Terri Crittenden, CEO, Fredman Design Group

Kate Winston, Agency Lead, Strategy & Growth, envisionit

Jerry Doorhy, Partner, J.J. Doorhy & Associates

Lee Travers, CEO, iammoney

Bill Bast, Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

Muhammed Azfar, Managing Partner, Auctus Group INC

Tim Schumm, Founder & President, Lucas James Talent Partners

 

 

Executive Networking With Tenant Advisory Group


Executives networking event with TAG

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 March’s Executives Bruncheon, attendees were prompted with the question, “What do you to do build stronger relationships?” Here are a few of the lessons shared in response:

Atish Doshi- I send articles that help me connect with people. I also try and remember how I met each person.

Dave Norris- I approach relationships differently depending on the person. I will ask for a receipt of a family dinner or upgrade a team member on the airplane. You have to keep employees involved. For clients, start with providing a good service, but it’s also important to spend as much time as possible with them, ie a round of golf.

David Wiers- I’m a fan of lifelong learning and challenging teams to grow and learn both personally and professionally. I also do the same for my clients.  I focus on culture and taking care of my people internally and externally.

Bill Himmelstein- With meeting 8-10 business owners every week, I had to do something to stay in front of everyone while adding value and not being salesy. I created the monthly executives bruncheon and luncheon as a way to bring the best people in my network to meet each other and learn through a topical discussion.

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

TAG Executives Luncheon Guest List

Carl Utz, Partner, Andromeda Technology Solutions

Martha Bell, Principal, Tilton, Kelly + Bell

Joel Wilcoxen, Former CFO, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago

Atish Doshi, President, Founder, Black Sheep

Brad Farris, Founder & CEO, Anchor Advisors

Liz Tilatti, CEO, ZipFit Denim

Mike Perich, CEO, Sewing Supplies Division of Bernina International

Mike Levin, Owner, Total Insurance Services

Dave Norris, COO, RedRidge Finance Group

Scott Glickson, Partner, McGuire Woods

David Wiers, Founder & CEO, Satori Energy

Brian Stumm, Partner, Stumm Insurance

Andy Mack, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, SnapMobile

Daniel Wang, CEO, Jexet Automation

Jon Wunderlich, President, Nyco Products Company

Kim Stapleton, Founder & CEO, The Network Effect

Alicia La Hoz, Founder & CEO, Family Bridges

Emily Lonigro, CEO & Founder, LimeRed

Lucas Ward, Co Founder & CTO, Kin

Jill Kerrigan, Founder & CEO, JAK Creative Design

Jamie Horn, CEO, Horn Design

Sherrin Ross Ingram, CEO- International Center for Strategic Planning, Vistage Chair, Chairman of the Board- DuPage Housing Authority Of Counsel- Tressler LLP