Events

Mark Knight
Countryside Bank
Vice President- Business Banking
Debrah Goodman
Being Gay Today
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!
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. 

 
Andy de Fonseca
American Vintage Home, Inc
Marketing Manager
James Henderson
Chicago House and Social Service Agency
Corporate & Community Relations Developer
Rick Verkler
The Guesthouse Hotel
General Manager
Chip Allman
Naturally Fortified
Healthy Lifestyle Coach
Heather McRae
Chicago Financial Services - Heather McRae
Senior Loan Officer
Pamela Magnuson
Gay Wedding Chicago Site
Gay Marriage Illinois Wedding Officiant
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.
Carlos Marquez
Soreal Photo & Design
Owner
David Zak
Pride Films and Plays
Exective Director
Mark Keppy
@Properties--Mark A. Keppy
Realtor
Mark works with buyers and sellers in all price ranges and specializes in downtown and North Chicago areas. Not only is Mark a great Real Estate agent, but he is certified in Staging and designing homes for sale. Customer service and educating the client is Mark's top priorities. Knowing the market and passing the information on to his clients is what you can expect when you work with Mark Keppy. ''Real Estates MARK of Excellence''
Mathew Kulas
Spirit Seal Acupuncture
Gregory Perrine
Limelight Catering
Sales Manager
Colin Gorman
Countryside Bank
Assistant Director of Retail Banking
Olin Eargle
@properties - Olin Sells Chicago
Real Estate Advisor | ABR, CNE, GRI, RENE, SFR

Olin is proud to celebrate and work within our LGBT community. He has proven himself in the real estate industry with countless satisfied clients both from the sales and purchase sides of the transaction and is proud to be represented in the top 5% of all Realtors in Chicago. With over a decade in the business, Olin prides himself on knowing the Chicago market extremely well and acting not only as a Real Estate Advisor but also as a self described tour guide of the city. He graduated from the National Association of Realtors Real Estate Institute program in 2015 (GRI®). He is also an Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR®), a Certified Negotiations Expert (CNE®), Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE®). He is the team lead for the Olin Sells Chicago real estate team.

Adel Shaw
Spoil Me Hair Salon & Spa

Spoil Me is a Full Service Salon & Spa specializing in the latest trends and techniques for hair, skin, nails & massage therapy. Located in the historic neighborhood of Uptown, Spoil Me exudes a magnetic, urban vibe that is modern, hip and edgy.

Our job is to create, to have vision and to educate. Spoil Me Salon and Spa lives up to their name with a staff committed to delivering total satisfaction to their clientele. This commitment is a reflection of owner Adel’s 25 plus year reputation as a master stylist, platform artist and nationally renowned educator. 

Julia Buchwald
Vanille Patisserie
TOM BRASSELL
Brassell Design Consultants, LLC
Rickey Copley-Spivey
Parties & Special Events by Lettuce Entertain You
National Business Development Manager

In Rickey's current role, he relishes the opportunity to introduce new guests to the varied concepts under the Lettuce Entertain You umbrella. He uses his experience from the restaurant floor to craft parties for clients large and small in Chicago, D.C, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Outside of work, Rickey loves to travel, try new restaurants, be active and spend time with his husband Aaron Copley-Spivey.

Jorge Perez
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
Jared Boot
Jared Boot - Prudential Financial
Financial Professional
Jon Emory
Emory Behavior Solutions Inc.
President
Nicholas Pyan
Operation Click
Vice- president
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.
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. 

Terry Young
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Terry Young
Realtor
Residential real estate professional specializing in the marketing and purchasing of all types of residential properties including single family homes, condominiums, multi-family buildings, Elder Living, 1031-Exchanges, Home Staging and Green/Environmental Living and awareness.
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.
Joey Chiappetta
Property of Chicago
Owner // Managing Broker

Property of Chicago is a real estate brokerage led by Joey Chiappetta, a Top Producing agent in Chicago. A transplant Southern California in 2003, Joey combines passion, excitement and over 15 years of sales and marketing expertise in Chicago to give his clients results.   He started his real estate career in 2009 and, as quickly as 2012, became a Top Producer in the Chicago Association of Realtors.  Working in harmony with his client's goals, Joey uses his extensive knowledge of the Chicago market to deliver the best prices and smoothest transactions.

Dennis Centorbi
PREMIER TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
Director, Global Sales
I recognizes that every client is entitled to an equally successful experience. Recognizing the significant value in building relationships within numerous diverse markets, I have successfully positioned Premier Transportation Services as a sponsor of numerous LGBTQ organizations while continuing to grow an expansive client base with large corporations, small companies, associations and non-profits, worldwide. 

 
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 

Charles Barenbrugge
Barenbrugge Real Estate
Managing Broker/Owner
I am a Gay Real Estate Company Managing Broker/Owner. I have been working with buyers, sellers and landlords and tenants between Chicago's Gold Coast and North Shore for over 28 years. I have been serving our community, throughout the Chicagoland area, not only as a real estate broker but also as a mortgage loan officer. Prior to real estate, I worked in the poperty/casualty area of insurance for 10 years. I grew up in Glencoe and attended New Trier East High School - graduated in 1970 - and received my BA in Economics from the U of IL at Chicago Circle. When not assisting clients with their real estate needs, I love water aerobics and I'm teaching myself how to play the piano. I would love a chance to assist you with all of your real estate needs!
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
Randy Ford
First Story Strategies
Writer & Storytelling Strategist

Randy founded First Story Strategies to help nonprofits, small businesses and individuals use storytelling to talk about the work they do and the impact they have.

Randy has been using the principles of story for more than 20 years as a writer, journalist, media strategist and political aide. He was a radio journalist in his home state of Tennessee and led award-winning team coverage on the impact of tax policy on individuals and families. For 10 years he was a senior aide to a member of Congress and then joined LRG Public Affairs, heading up content, editorial, strategic communications and event services for nonprofit, for-profit and government clients.

Randy also performs in personal storytelling shows across the Chicago area.

Connect on LinkedIn.

Anthony DiFiore
Neverland Events and Artist Management
President
Dee McCord
The I Do Company
Sarah Sutton
Sutton Law, Real Estate Law Firm
Real Estate Attorney
Justin Fowlkes
The MedSpa at NSPS
MedSpa Director
Jeremiah Stevens
Advocate Aurora Health
Director of Development
Kyle Hustedt
Cabaret Project, LLC
Owner | Artistic Director
Kyle is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Cabaret Project. Hailing from Odebolt Iowa, this country boy found his voice and his home in the cabarets of Chicago. From the early days of Voltaire, Kyle knew this was the life for him, and thus The Cabaret Project was born. In addition to running the troupe as well as performing, he is part owner in The Monocle in St. Louis and serves as the entertainment director. Originally performing on cruise ships, he is a graduate of Luther College with a degree in Opera. Now living in the cabaret world, Kyle performs in a myriad of venues, and was lucky enough to be cast in a Super Bowl commercial alongside Jennifer Hudson. He is a founding member of Feathered Beaus, a male traveling ensemble, the newest troupe under the Cabaret Project umbrella of talent. 
Eric Layne
New York Life
Licensed Agent
My practice works with young professionals in the LGBTQ community.  As a member of this community myself, I understand the unique financial issues this market faces.  The process I walk through with my clients seeks to maximize each dollar, so my clients can spend time enjoying their hard-earned savings without worrying about their finances.  I value open and honest communication and am committed to building long-term relationships with all of my clients and their families.  I am proud to say that I have helped others in the LGBTQ community meet their financial needs.
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.  
John Josephitis
@properties - John Josephitis Real Estate
Real Estate Broker

I am 100% focused on reaching my clients' goals for a succsessful real estate transaction. I coach and make sound recomendations through each step of the buying or selling process.  We will work together as a team to make a seamless and successful transaction.  I am always accessible to my clients, either by phone, Facetime, email or text to ensure I keep in close contact with you throughout the transaction.  

ABR - Accredited Buyers Representative,    North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Illinois & Wisconsin Association of Realtors, SRS - Seller Representative Specialist, Military Relocation Professional & E-Pro Designations.

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!
Angenetta Frison
Barilla America Inc.
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.
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.

Kristy Ramsey
Von Poof Cotton Candy

Von Poof Cotton Candy elicits those warm heartfelt childhood memories through the playful power of fresh spun cotton candy. We offer handcrafted modern flavors that invite adults to be a kid again and kids to well, just be kids!  Take a gander at the site to see how we can turn your event into a whimsical, magic filled occasion, or pick up a few containers of your favorite flavor.

Roberto Herrera
Latin Techniques Dance Studio
Dance Instructor
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
Tony Abruscato
Flower Show Productions Inc
President
Affectionately called “Mr. Green Chicago” by his friends and supporters, Tony Abruscato is the president of Chicago-based Flower Show Productions, Inc. and founder of The Get Growing Foundation.

Tony has built on the legacy of the iconic event to create a flourishing, urban-style flower and garden show that not only welcomes spring in Chicago but educates waves of new attendees each year. It has become a show whereby it can turn any thumb "green".
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
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.
Scott Holtz
Holtz Group
Owner
I believe in working as my clients’ business partner. Together we develop the strategy that serves them the best for their website needs. My company is small enough to treat each client individually yet large enough to provide a wide range of website services. 

As a website designer and developer, I bring with me over 25 years of experience. I provide design programming and organic optimization for websites at reasonable prices. I can provide branding experience or match your existing work. My goal is for simple design and sites that are designed to work towards good organic search engine placement and most important - perform the way the client expects they should. 

In 2018, we purchased EvanstonHost. With hosting in our pocket we are now in the unique spot to be your solution. We work closely with other developers so they can use this resource, set up for developers to use. 
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.
Kristy Ramsey
Content Maven Media, LLC
Owner

My name is Kristy Ramsey and I am the owner of Content Maven Media.  Communication is key in relationships all the way up to the business world. Speech used to be the main form of communication years ago, but now, this is not the case.

Photo, Video, and Design are all services that Content Maven Media provides. Businesses can not be successful without one of these three components. The mission of Content Maven Media is to help businesses, brands and influencers tell their story in a high quality and engaging way. Our passion lies in helping our clients meet their communication needs through collaboration, quality, and service. We will use the latest technology and trends to produce cost-efficient, personalized, quality visual communication.

Please contact me so I can Help You Tell Your Story!

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