Education

Marian Hale
All Ceremonies Beautifully Done
Wedding minister
Marvin Korves
The SMB Help Desk, Inc.
President
Lucio (Lu) DiPaolo
Diverso Insurance Services
President
Diverso Insurance Services is a full service Insurance agency devoted to diverse product offerings to meet Personal and Business Insurance needs for all. We provide personal, professional help from a licensed Insurance Advisor who will identify your needs and work to find the best solution. Free insurance reviews of your current coverages, free insurance quotes for comparison are part of the no-obligation services we offer. As a client, easy access to your Personal Insurance Advisor, quick response times and a focus on service is what you can expect from Diverso Insurance Services. We also take pride in our affiliation with local Chambers and work within our community to promote growth, stability and trust within our community. We look forward to serving you!
Charles Stewart
The Heartland Institute of Financial Education

THE INSTITUTE

The Institute provides a unique, dynamic learning opportunity in the critical area of financial education. Course instruction occurs in the workplace or in privately hosted group settings. This offers employees and/or association members convenient access to education that will give them a better understanding of financial fundamentals.

The Heartland Institute of Financial Education was founded to provide this education.  Founder Alan Gappinger, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and long-time financial advisor, was well aware of this need for financial literacy education and recognized the unique role financial advisors could play in providing it.  He also realized the tremendous benefit there would be for individuals, businesses and other organizations to have access to this education through a national consortium of colleges and universities.

Marie Hale Ramos
Lipstic Logic
Marketing Visionary
Charles Barenbrugge
Dream Town - Charles Barenbrugge
Luxury Collection Specialist
Nicholas Pyan
Diverso Insurance Services
Licensed Agent
Jim Lopez
Universal Wellness Source
I am a Doctor of Chirorpactic, the founder of Healing Flower and an entrepreneur with over 16 years of health and education experience. Specializing in coaching and consulting a healthy lifestyle, passionate about lifestyle management, chronic disease, exercise, nutrition and supplementation, and a fundraising expert looking to create and increase revenue for your organization. 

 
James Henderson
Chicago House and Social Service Agency
Corporate & Community Relations Developer
Rick Verkler
The Guesthouse Hotel
General Manager
Renee Raville
Simple Life. Simple Health.
Owner
Simple Life. Simple Health. was created to provide urban dwellers with a slice of homemade healing for their soul by connecting them with mother nature through natural body care products that help you feel well in your own skin. Renee Raville, the owner and creator, expresses her rebellious penchant for social change and questioning the social norms that do not serve our community, such as those norms in the beauty industry that leave many people feeling less than and not enough, when they look in the mirror. Renee seeks to change this trend by combining degrees and certifications in holistic psychology, aromatherapy, herbalism and Chinese medicine to produce a product line that helps people feel better inside and outside. Her brand is as much as vehicle for social change as it is a holistic product and every aspect of product is done conscientiously.
David Zak
Pride Films and Plays
Exective Director
Mathew Kulas
Spirit Seal Acupuncture
TOM BRASSELL
Brassell Design Consultants, LLC
Jorge Perez
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
Jared Boot
Jared Boot - Prudential Financial
Financial Professional
Jon Emory
Emory Behavior Solutions Inc.
President
Barry Kozak
Law Offices of Barry Kozak
Daniel Johnson
Performance Mastery
CEO
Austin O'Regan
Chicago Sky - WNBA
Account Executive
Aaron Brow
Verve Consulting Group
Principal

Aaron Brow is the founder of Verve Consulting Group. He is a business executive with over 20 years of experience and expertise in the areas of Leadership and Organization Effectiveness consulting. He is known as a customer focused, forward thinking, problem solver that delivers high quality solutions that improve business results.

Aaron specializes in business planning, organization design, goal alignment, leadership development, team development, organization effectiveness and change management. In addition, Aaron is a certified Executive Coach, speaker on Leadership and has taught Organizational Consulting courses in graduate school programs.

 

Masah Renwick
Lakeside Law Group, LLP.
Esq.
Lakeside Law Group, LLP is a client-focused family law firm conveniently located in the Chicagoland area with suburban and Loop locations. We recognize that nothing is more important than family, and at Lakeside Law Group, your family is our business.

Divorce and family law issues can be traumatic, and we take pride in being there and supporting our clients from the moment they walk through the door. Our legal experience allows us to successfully navigate the court system and our life experience allows us to understand what you are going through. At Lakeside we have made it our business to fight for your family through the difficult times. We here at Lakeside Law Group, LLP take enormous pride in our entire community and look forward to helping all those who desire it.
Michele Wierzgac
Keynote Speaker & Author
It's no surprise that Michele Wierzgac, keynote speaker and author has been dubbed by the media as "Business Solutions From The Lady On The Harley."  Michele promises that you will all leave her solution-driven keynotes and workshops with at least one passionate, life transforming leadership tool. 
 
In her spare time, Michele is a Rider Coach for Harley-Davidson's Motorcycle Riding Academy.  She has a master's degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from Illinois State University, where she also earned an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and Athletic Coaching while playing volleyball on a NCAA scholarship.
Joey Conway
Events by Joey, LLC

Have a passion for bringing events to life that began organically with my first network — family.  From my earliest days, I would help my grandmother set up and entertain for her infamous dinner parties and social gatherings.

By the young age of six, inspiration had sparked.  This is when I knew that this would be my career.

I have been in the restaurant and catering industry for over 15 years Chicago credits that include: The Italian Village and The Glenview House.  It wasn't until I was appointed Director of Events and Marketing at Koi Fine Asian Cuisine where I was inspired to branch out and become a brand of my very own.  

The rest, is history. 

Luis Mota
Luis G. Mota, Real Estate Services
Real Estate Broker
Rhayanna Luz
Carnivale
Business Development Manager
Debora Pacchioni
Chicago Red Stars
Senior Partnership Coordinator
Brandon Patterson
Walgreen Co.
Patrick Dati
I Am Me
Author, Motivational Speaker and Advocate
Author, Anti-Violence Advocate and Motivational Speaker Patrick Dati Teams Up With Renowned Domestic Violence Expert Denise Brown to Address Domestic Abuse Impacting Gay and Straight Men and LGBTQ People

For Patrick Dati Press Inquiries, Contact:
Cindi Creager, CreagerCole Communications
(646) 279-4559, cindi@creagercole.com
 
To Book Patrick Dati for Speaking Engagements, Contact:
Stacy Anderson, The Elite Speakers Bureau
(949) 544-1410, info@theelitespeakersbureau.com
 
Learn More About Patrick Dati at: http://www.patrickdati.com


 
Samuel Rosenmayer
Samuel James Watches LTD
Founder/Owner

I started Samuel James Watches LTD with nothing but a vision of creating distinctive and reliable time pieces that expose individuality. As a watch collector, I could not stand that I was unable to find unique time pieces that didn’t look like a replications of everyone else’s watch. I grabbed a pencil and a sketch book and began drawing watch designs the way I’d want them to look. These designs did not look like anything I could find in existence so I decided to make the drawings come to life myself. I want to wear watches that turn heads and cause people to look twice at it. I rather stand out from a crowd than blend in it so if that resonates with you as well, check out my watches at www.SamuelJamesWatches.com  

Sincerely, 
Samuel James Rosenmayer
Samuel James Watches Owner/Founder 

David Gasinski
Chicago Psych Therapy Group, Inc.
Director of Operations
MIchael Frustini
Rollicking Buckaroo Pepper Jam
Founder and CEO
A highly personable and results-oriented manager with extensive retail experience possesses strong team-building and organizational skills. Excels in fast-paced environments, builds team morale and productivity while effectively increasing revenues and reducing costs. Enthusiastically builds business relationships in private and public sector producing win-win outcomes. Integrating proven experience and new insights in a lifelong learning approach to managing, contributes to the bottom line and overall operations excellence.

Specialties: Retail Trainer, Inventory Management, visual merchandising, Retail Management
Ricky Martel
Rollicking Buckaroo Pepper Jam
Public Relations
Anthony DiFiore
Neverland Events and Artist Management
President
Justin Fowlkes
The MedSpa at NSPS
MedSpa Director
Jeremiah Stevens
Advocate Aurora Health
Director of Development
Ben Turry
Tangerine Promotions
In an overcrowed market place let Tangerine Promotions show you how to get your brand noticed! From concept to implementation we will work with you to step by step and make the process fun.  
Meghan Costantino
Elite Private Search
Matchmaker
Hello new friends! My name is Meghan and I'm a matchmaker in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison for Elite Private Search. My goal is to bring single people together (both LGBT and hetero singles alike!) through networking, communication, intuition and, most importantly, kindness. Please feel free to contact me about personal as well as professional ideas. Or to just say hi!
Spencer Post
Back 2 School Illinois
Events Coordinator
Paul Wiemerslage
Meridian Psychiatric Partners, LLC
I provide individual and relationship psychotherapy, as well as training and clinical consultation for other professionals. I specialize in LGBTQ clients, substance abuse and addiction, depression, anxiety, HIV, compulsve behaviors and sexual issues. I have extensive experience working with non-traditional relationships/families, i.e. triads, open relationships, poly relationships. I also work with the Kink, BDSM, Leather and other communities. I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation to those considering therapy.
Steven Sartin
Back 2 School Illinois
Associate Director
AJ DeLeon
Innovare - Social Innovation Partners
Eboni Montsho
360 HR Solutions
CEO
Debora Pacchioni
DP Voltaic Energy Solutions
Renewable Energy Consultant

Debora Pacchioni @Voltaic is an energy assessment company.  I work with clients to help them increase their use of clean and green energy. The goal is to understand clients’ current level of consumption and find solutions to meet their needs in a more efficient and cost-effective way. Our services will increase the value, efficiency, and comfort of your home.

James Henderson
AMITA Health Housing & Health Alliance
Manager - Community Development
Fernando Schor
Compass - Fernando Schor
Real Estate Broker
Bob Stack
Optimized Veteran, LLC
Director/Owner
Sarah Leitten
Flora Chicago
Co-Owner of Flora Chicago
Stew Jamesson
Stewpendous Productions
Facilitator of Fun
I am a facilitator of fun and bring that glitter thunder energy to any event. I create customized Trivia show experiences for corporate and private events. I also take the fun to weddings and I emcee, drop the beats and incorporate fun games into the reception party.   We deliver escapism from the daily grind of deadlines, meetings, and responding to e-mails. Most importantly I'm on a mission to give the world what it needs most - PEACE, LOVE, & BEARHUGS
Mac Cherny
BNI Chicago
Director of Operations
Francisco Ramirez
Chimbly Consultants LLC
Co-Owner
Lee Neubecker
Enigma Forensics
President CEO
Lee Neubecker is the President and CEO of Enigma Forensics, Inc., a Chicago based Computer Forensics and Cyber Investigation consultancy. Neubecker assists fortune 500 clients, government agencies and private organizations with cyber-related investigations involving theft of electronic data, fraud, counterfeiting, and online identity unmasking.
Carolyn Jacob
Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology
Medical Director
Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology provides a comprehensive spectrum of dermatologic, cosmetic, and plastic surgery services. Our state of the art facility and Providers combine the finest in innovation, education, and research to offer our patients the highest quality of personalized and compassionate care to help you feel great in your own skin.
Andy Smith
A and N Mortgage Services, Inc.
Loan Officer
Andy is a Mortgage Loan Originator at A and N Mortgage Services. He originally worked with A and N Mortgage as a borrower, when he and his husband purchased their home together. The culture and inclusiveness of the company made Andy think it would be a great employer. Later that year, he started working for the company.
 
Andy prides himself on taking the time to get to know a borrower and work with them to help achieve their goal of owning property. He is able to offer conventional loans, as well as more specific products such as VA, FHA and jumbo loans.
 
Originally from the United Kingdom, Andy moved to Chicago in 2010. The experience of moving across the world and adapting to new cultures and systems gave him a huge appreciation of the challenges faced by new comers to the home buying process.  First time buyers should know, there is no such thing as a "stupid" question, and Andy will be there with you every step of the journey.
Hirman Ahmad
HIRMIE
Owner

Born and raised in Singapore, I moved to Chicago in 2010 and now consider the Windy City my second home. I am an avid traveler, skier and serial entrepreneur. I created HIRMIE - Handmade Crafts specializing in face mask lanyards during COVID19 pandemic and launched on October 1st, 2020. The mask lanyards are currently sold at a couple of small retailers in Lakeview, Wicker Park and Gold Coast neighborhood. The website is www.hirmie.com

I am also  the sole proprietor of Mr. Hirman, LLC dba ROYCE' Chicago (Japanese imported chocolate)  with 2 retail locations: 520 N. Michigan Ave (Shops at North Bridge) and 100 E. Algonquin Road (Mitsuwa Marketplace). My personal ethos is to Be Kind to All.

Marisa Gora
Kemora Landscapes