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November 2013 | Volume 26 | No. 11


roCKFord ParK disTriCT aPProvEs ada TransiTion Plan

People You Should Know


By Paul Anthony Arco

The 2013 Class of Twenty People You Should Know.

Lauren Davis loves Rockford. And her passion for her hometown is evident by the many hats she wears. Not only does she own a graphic design business, Davis runs a clothing and musical records store with

her husband, and she serves as executive director of Winnebago We Buy Local, a group of local, independent businesses and organizations that network and promote involvement in the community. For her efforts, Davis was named as one of 20 People You Should Know, leaders recognized by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. A crowd of more than 350, including past recipients, turned out for the chamber’s third-annual celebration on Oct. 17 at Prairie Street Brewhouse in downtown Rockford. “It’s humbling to be recognized for my work,” Davis said. “I’m all about supporting local businesses, and that’s what drives me to do what I do. I hope this

year’s class of leaders can work together to provide even more leadership for our community, and keep the positivity moving forward.” As in past years, the 20 recipients represent various industries, including banking, nonprofit, education, law and healthcare. The honorees were chosen for their civic, economic and cultural contributions to the Rockford area. “It’s exciting to be part of such a fantastic group of people,” said recipient Tyler Smith, owner of Tyler’s Landscaping and a Rockford Park District commissioner. “It’s important to support your community. Everything I’ve more on page 11

The Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners approved in October its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan, which will guide its accessibility improvement efforts over the next 10 years. The plan was developed with citizen and staff input and assistance. Financed through the Special Recreation Tax, and Repair and Replacement CIP funds, the plan is estimated to cost about $2.3 million over 10 years to meet updated ADA compliance standards. Since 1990, the Rockford Park District has spent more than $2.75 million from the special recreation tax fund and from its regular capital bond fund to improve accessibility. In 2010, new ADA standards were adopted, which for the first time includes accessibility guidelines for recreation-related facilities such as golf courses, swimming pools and playgrounds. The district reevaluated its parks and facilities to develop its plan.


healthcare industry luncheon Nov. 14 • Giovanni’s, Inc. For more info, see page 31

Manufacturing Day 2013

A day to influence Flu sEason is hErE. TiME To vaCCinaTE

By Teresa Beach-Shelow

visit us online at: ■ online registration ■ keynote speaker video clips ■ event photos ■ list of Chamber events Questions? 815-987-8100

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On Oct. 4, 22 manufacturing companies in the Rockford region joined more than 800 in the United States to celebrate manufacturing. The State of Illinois, Winnebago County, Machesney Park, Loves Park and the City of Rockford endorsed Manufacturing Day 2013, with the sole purpose of influencing those who visited the area companies. Attendees represented all ages -- 4 through 80! Visit for photos and stories on the open houses that took place on that day. At Superior Joining Technologies, Inc., we treated visitors to pastry rings and coffee, but the real excitement surrounded the technology. Rockford

Robotics and two NIU Motorsports teams explained how to match technology with giving back to the community and supporting studentoriented programs. Each of the 22 Rockford regional companies that participated had its own focus … and the attendees loved it! The Rockford Chamber of Commerce more on page 3

The Winnebago County Health Department has opened its seasonal flu vaccination clinics. Recommendations are for all individuals six months and older to receive a flu shot. The season can begin as early as October, but most commonly peaks in January or February. Rates of infection are highest among children. Even if you were vaccinated last year, the WCHD recommends getting an annual flu shot, as flu viruses constantly are changing, and the vaccines often are updated from one season to the next. A person’s immune protection from vaccination also declines over time. For clinic information visit


November 2013


President’s Message VIEWPOINT

Enterprising States Formula Still Relevant As we see our respective legislative bodies, both state and federal seemingly continue to not address significant issues to boost our overall economy, I took some time to review a report issued less than two years ago on what enterprising states are doing to redevelop their economic model to spur growth. The state of Illinois sits near the bottom in terms of robust economic development and cutting edge approaches to addressing economic issues, other states have taken hold of addressing their future through substantial policy change. In the ebb and flow of the global economy, states can no longer rely solely on strategies of keeping costs low and providing incentives to attract footloose, commodity-based branch plants or offices. Instead, states must create the right business climate that allows companies and entrepreneurs to create 21st century jobs. Dramatic changes in the scope and scale of the global economy have significantly altered the nature of foreign competition. Jobs are the new currency for leaders across the globe, and those who can create good jobs will own the future. With 95% of the world’s customers now living outside our borders, trade

with other countries is a key part of our economy that will continue to be important long into the future. Businesses need a highly skilled workforce – which includes many workers with certificates or two-year degrees – that is able to perform the jobs of a 21st century economy. States that are able to get students involved in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and math – will be the most competitive. Innovation, now the essential driving force for creating and sustaining economic opportunities, is much more multidisciplinary and global in scope than ever before. Innovation and market cycle times are much shorter and continue to accelerate. This makes it more important than ever that states provide the tools, support, and tax and regulatory environments for companies to continuously innovate without onerous delays and burdensome costs that put their entrepreneurs and businesses at a competitive disadvantage. Generally, the states fostering economic growth and creating jobs today – and those most likely to grow in the next decade – are defined by the following broad policy approaches:

■■ Parlaying their natural resources and historically competitive industry sectors into 21st century job-creating opportunities ■■ Paying attention to and addressing their competitive weaknesses their companies’ ■■ Supporting business development efforts to reach an expanding global marketplace ■■ Creating a fertile environment and workforce for a technology-based and innovation-driven economy ■■ Investing in infrastructure – digitally and physically engineered – that meets the operating requirements of business and connects businesses to markets and customers ■■ Getting government, academia, and the private sector to collaborate effectively to make sure that more new ideas developed by companies and in research labs scale up into industries ■■ Taking steps to make existing firms more productive and innovative, creating an environment in which new firms can emerge and thrive ■■ Maintaining an affordable cost of living for middle-skilled and

middle-class employees ■■ Promoting Einar K. Forsman Rockford Chamber education, of Commerce workforce development and entrepreneurial mentoring to continually fill the talent pipeline ■■ Fostering an enterprise-friendly business environment by cleaning up the DURT (delays, uncertainty, regulations, and taxes), modernizing government, and fixing deficiencies in the market that inhibit privatesector investment and entrepreneurial activity. State policies and programs that most effectively promote job creation are rooted in market reality. This means building on the existing core industries and technological advantages of a state while pursuing opportunities in growing and emerging sectors. Building on and sustaining existing economic momentum remains a key means of guaranteeing success in the future. Source: Praxis Strategy Group, June 2012


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Manufacturing Day Continued from front page

organized a tour schedule, and facilities opened their doors to local high school students. These students toured one to three of the companies, then attended a follow-up event by Rock Valley College, with Bob Trojan as emcee. Regal Cutting Tools treated each student to lunch, and eight area entities, representing manufacturing education, training and hands-on student applications (like Rockford Robotics or Lego League), presented. The event hit on the skills needed to participate in any of these programs — all opportunities for the students who were interested. Student feedback was solicited with Made In Rockford giveaways and students sent thank you notes: “I learned that non-destructive testing was possible. I loved the laser cutter — it was cool!” “This experience taught me how fun a manufacturing job could be.”

Why Manufacturing Day? Manufacturing Day is the brainchild of Ed Youdell, president of Rockfordbased Fabricators and Manufacturers Association. With a serious workforce shortage in the industry, he dreamed of an event that allowed the community to see what goes on inside manufacturing facilities. In its second year, Manufacturing Day has grown to more than 800 national and 22 local events. Last year there were just over 200 national and 16 local events. Manufacturing Day was an

Thank you to the regional companies that participated in 2013: Franklin Display Group GE Aviation Gleason Cutting Tools Corporation PRO ARC, INC Midwest Aero Support, Inc. Parker Hannifin Superior Joining Technologies, Inc. Azimuth CNC, Inc. Dial Machine Inc. Header Die & Tool, Inc. Industrial Molds Ingersoll Machine Tools, Inc. Rock Valley College Rockford Linear Actuation, Inc. Rockford Toolcraft, Inc. Specialty Screw Corporation Triangle Metals Inc. UTC Aerospace Systems Woodward, Inc Accurate CNC Machining Forest City Gear Regal Cutting Tools opportunity to enjoy the pure excitement, interest and attentiveness of the students and guests, as technicians described their roles and functions. Mark your calendar for next year’s event, Oct. 3, 2014, and think about participating!

did you Know? ■■ Manufacturing was the fourth largest employer in the United States in 2011, behind health care and social assistance, retail trade, and accommodation and food services? ■■ Illinois was one of five states with more than 500,000 manufacturing jobs in 2011, along with California, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania? Total employment from those five states accounted for 32.5 percent of all manufacturing jobs. ■■ $29.75 was the average hourly wage for manufacturing jobs in 2010, compared to $27.47 for non-manufacturing jobs. ■■ Manufacturing was one of the top three employers in 26 states in 2011. ■■ 59.7 percent of the total known dollar value of U.S. exported goods in 2011 came from manufacturing. Wholesale industries accounted for 22.9 percent, while 16.9 percent came from all other industries. ■■ 44.3 percent of the total known dollar value of U.S. imported goods in 2011 came from manufacturing companies. Wholesale industries accounted for 31.4 percent, while 23.8 percent came from all other industries.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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For information about advertising contact Customer Service at 815-987-8100. The VOICE of the Rockford Business Community (USPS 784-120). ISSN number 1086-0630, is published monthly by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, 308 W. State St., Ste. 190, Rockford, Illinois 61101. Periodicals postage paid at Rockford, Ill. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: The VOICE of the Rockford Business Community, 308 W. State St., Ste. 190, Rockford, IL 61101.



November 2013


Member Profile PROFILE

Left to right: Fran Morrissey, John J. Morrissey, Mary Beth Clausen and John F. Morrissey.

Morrissey Family Businesses: From basement business to four entities By Paul Anthony Arco In the 1970s, John F. Morrissey started an accounting business from the basement in his home. Today, that small operation has grown to four entities and one of the most respected organizations in Rockford. Morrissey Family Businesses includes John Morrissey Accountants; Staff Management, Inc., a human resource management and consulting firm; and Market Dimensions, Inc., a payroll and payroll tax business. And, the family owns MPower HRIS Solutions, a human resource information systems company. “We’ve been able to do things for our clients in each business that we could never have done without the others,” said John J., who owns the business with his parents, John F., and Fran. “The most important part of our business is people, both our clients and our colleagues. But providing a great value to our clients has been possible because of the synergy created by the multiple lines of business. And the biggest upside is getting to work together as a family.” It started in 1972, when John F. started his home-based business, before moving to a small office on 7th Street, and later relocating to Court Street. Fran also worked in the business, and young John J. was in high school when he started helping with payroll. In 1983, Staff Management, Inc., was formed from Fran’s idea to offer human resource outsourcing to companies. She provided critical leadership to this company for many years, earning both local and national recognition for her efforts. In 1992, John F. and Fran were able to co-locate the businesses by building their current location on Spring Creek Road. John J. left Rockford to attend college at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. After working for the accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand in Omaha, Neb., and New York City, John J. joined Gateway 2000, a Fortune 500 computer company, as its treasurer and chief accounting officer. After a yearlong assignment in Sydney, Australia, John J. and his family moved back to Rockford in 1998. “I was convinced that I’d never come back, but then my parents approached me,” he said. “They were looking for

someone who could help run the family business. Those experiences I had with big companies in various cities and industries were huge for my career. I never would have had those experiences if I had returned to Rockford immediately after school.”

Challenges, Blessings of Family-Owned Business Like any company, there are challenges in a family-owned business. “There are days when business is good, and there are days when it doesn’t feel as good,” John J. said. “But at the end of the day, you’re still family. You don’t let the aspect of business affect the family. It continues to be a tremendous blessing to spend quality time with my parents, and to get to know them as business people. We’re business people, we’re family, and we’re friends.” Morrissey Family Businesses, with nearly 50 employees during the peak of tax season, work throughout northern Illinois with a variety of companies and industries. Most business is done with small businesses that are representative of what we see in our region. They’ve also done significant work for larger corporations such as AMCORE, John Deere and Caterpillar, Inc. Community support also is important to the Morrisseys. The owners serve on numerous boards and they encourage their employees to do the same. “It’s the right thing to do,” said John J. “It’s in our DNA.” And now John F. and Fran’s daughter, Mary Beth Clausen, has rejoined the business after recently moving back to Rockford. It’s one more person who understands the business and the family behind the name, said her brother. “We have an outstanding team of professionals,” John J. added. “Business is about people, and the better we serve our customers, the better chance our business has to succeed and grow.”

The Morrissey Family Businesses Principals: John F., Fran and John J. Morrissey 5919 Spring Creek Road Rockford, IL 61114 815-282-3900



November 2013

What you said about …

Rockford Chamber Regional Business Expo, Sept. 19, 2013 “I have been meaning to email you ... but have been extremely busy, DIRECTLY as a result of connections made at the business expo! It was particularly good this year in terms of identifying new opportunities for public radio. It was well organized, and I am sure it was good for the entire Rockford community. Thank you for offering such a great business event!” -- Janet Fischer, corporate support representative, 89.5 WNIJ & 90.5 WNIU, Rockford

♦ “We at Kilbuck Creek, really enjoyed the expo. It was a good location, and we got a lot of exposure for Kilbuck Creek from it -- not only from potential customers, but from other businesses interested in partnering to serve our guests! We met many people who work for the Rockford Chamber, and they were a pleasure to meet -- so friendly and helpful, always ready to serve. I love the Rockford Chamber and what it does and how it treats its members, and we are so glad we became members.” -- Mona Ames, event coordinator, Kilbuck Creek, Monroe Center, Ill.

♦ “This event brought exposure to our products - the panizza, the panino and our seasonal pumpkin bars -- as well as providing exposure for our catering business. We enjoyed participating in this event and meeting other Chamber members, and we look forward to participating again in 2014!” -- Frank and Mary Ann Savitski, business owners, Panino’s Restaurants, Rockford

♦ “I really look forward to the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. It’s great to see new potential customers, and a wonderful opportunity to follow up with existing clients. We look forward to this event; it’s a “must be there” kind of event. I know that the Chamber staff spends a lot of time in preparation, and it really shows. I would highly recommend the expo for any company that’s looking at business expansion.” -- Michael K. Broski, president, Entré Computer Solutions, Machesney Park

Renewable Energy Expo to Showcase Best Practices Area organizations turn ideas into reality Winnebago County, Freedom Field, the Illinois Renewable Energy Association and Rock Valley College will host the first expo for area individuals and businesses on renewable energy practices. The Winnebago County Renewable Energy Expo will take place Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Attendees will learn about renewable energy options and funding, exchange information with industry experts already using renewable energy practices, discuss policy and market adoption barriers, and gain a better understanding of how practices are applied. Topics will include transportation, utility scale generation, building integration and controls technologies, green roofs, large and small scale solar PV and solar heating/cooling, wind, manufacturing, waste to energy, and recycling/repurposing. Speakers will include former Rockford Mayor Doug Scott, director, Illinois Commerce Commission; Howard A. Learner, president and executive director, Environmental

Law and Policy Center, and Bob Vogl, founder, Illinois Renewable Energy Association.

Area Organization Held Up as Leaders During the luncheon, Winnebago County Chairman Scott Christiansen will honor area organizations, designated as leaders in renewable energy initiatives. Chairman Christiansen in October announced these 36 organizations, who are firsttime recipients of the Winnebago County Renewable Energy Expo Leadership by Example recognition awards, for employing practices such as wind and solar power to waste-toenergy to renewable energy building integration. Cost to attend is $20 and includes a continental breakfast, education sessions, box lunch and exhibit viewing. Register at by Nov. 1 to guarantee a lunch. For questions call Chet Kolodziej, Freedom Field, 815-621-8004 or visit www. or www.


November 2013

Scott Johanek (left) and Matt Johanek’s company, Muto Brothers, supports artists, and their non-profits of choice.

Brothers’ partnership results in innovative product offerings By Sherry Pritz, EIGERlab The Johanek brothers, whose strong suits are both diverse and complimentary, started a business together creating an innovative product line named Muto Bags. Scott Johanek explained their unique product line and business model, “Every lid/lining has a purpose: whether it is helping artists

and charities or having a unique lid for your passions and hobbies.” When developing Muto, the brothers had the same vision: a company that could assist in supporting both artists and charities, and be manufactured in the United States. The product, a messenger bag that has a customizable, removable lining and detachable “lid” or frontal flap, can

display a person’s creative artwork or reflect a unique message and logo. The lid can showcase any image or design and can be easily interchanged with a functional lid or another custom lid. Scott Johanek said, “Our bags are an open-sourced consumer product where anyone can design or come up with ideas for lids and linings.” With Muto’s business model, both the artist whose art is chosen for a lid and the charity of the artist’s choice benefit from the sales of lids: 80 percent to the artist; 20 percent to the artist’s charity of choice. A local artist, Sherry Pritz, Pritz Photography — with her On the Waterfront image, Davis Park: Neon — was chosen through a competition, along with four other artists for the initial kickoff of the Muto Bags offerings. Her local charity of choice is Noah’s Ark.

FastPitch Winners The Johanek Brothers put their new product to the test when they competed in, and won, both the 2012 Pitch Olympics in Madison, Wis., as well as the FastPitch Competition in Racine, Wis. Winning the Racine


FastPitch resulted in the opportunity to present Muto Bags during Rockford’s Regional FastPitch World Series Event held in January, 2013, where they were connected with business development experts, bankers and private investors. What’s next for Muto Bags? They have new lids and linings ready for consumers. The new linings include designs specifically for: photographers, moms and tailgaters (a cooler). Their new lids include: biker safety, an expandable travel version and water bladder for both camping and hiking. To fund this venture, the Johanek brothers chose to go in the direction of contemporary crowdfunding, utilizing Indiegogo; named one of the top 10 crowdfunding sites for fundraising by Forbes. Dan Cataldi, director of the EIGERlab shared, “The Johanek brothers have the wherewithal and talent to potentially grow a company and create jobs in our region. We look forward to assisting them on their journey.” Sherry Pritz is marketing coordinator at EIGERlab, Rock Valley College.

The power of a shared vision By Joel Sjostrom, RAEDC The Rockford Area Economic Development Council understands the importance of a shared vision. Ours has been in place since the launch of our Rockforward! campaign in 2008: Enhance wealth creation in the Rockford Region by marketing the area and helping employers retain and create quality jobs. The RAEDC works closely with many partners to serve as a onestop resource for clients, to improve the competitiveness of the region and to engage the community in the work of economic development. This has been a shared vision by our investors, our board and our staff; pooling our resources and working together to accomplish what we cannot do alone. At the RAEDC Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20, we will discuss the strategic accomplishments achieved by our organization, working with our many partners, and the regional collaboration that is necessary to continue our work in the future. This collaboration is why we’re excited that our keynote speaker is Tom Gendron, chairman & CEO of Woodward, Inc., who will discuss the vision of the new Rock River Regional Transformation initiative. Its vision starts with the idea of working together as a community

to develop a shared plan through alignment of goals and objectives in Joel Sjostrom an inclusive, RAEDC public process. This inclusive process will result in the transformation of our community into a prosperous region for all of our residents. The RAEDC has served as a catalyst to the transformation group, and is committed to being a part of this community development process, especially as it directly relates to marketing the area to potential new employers, helping current employers retain and create quality jobs, and developing our workforce to successfully fill these jobs. We believe that there is great power in a shared vision; an image of the future we want to realize together. We invite you to attend our annual meeting to learn more about this process and how you can become involved. To register, please visit or call 815-969-4261. Joel Sjostrom is chairman of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council.



November 2013

Next Generation Manufacturing Strategies

Study shows what it takes for U.S. manufacturers to excel

Customer-Focused Innovation. Develop, make and market new products and services that meet customers’ needs at a pace faster than the competition. Superior Processes/ Improvement Focus. Record annual productivity and quality gains that exceed the competition through a companywide commitment to continuous improvement. Human-Capital Management. Secure a competitive performance advantage by having superior systems in place to recruit, hire, develop and retain talent. Supply-Chain Management and Collaboration. Develop and manage supply chains and partnerships that provide flexibility, response time and delivery performance that exceeds the competition. Sustainability. Design and implement waste and energy-use reductions at a level that provides superior cost performance and recognizable customer value. Global Engagement. Secure business advantages by having people, partnerships, and systems in place capable of engaging global markets and talents better than the competition.

The American Small Manufacturers Coalition on Manufacturing Day, Oct. 4, released a summary of results from the 2013 Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study, which measures manufacturers’ readiness, support systems and resources, and performance in six key strategic areas necessary for world-class manufacturing and future success. The data showed that manufacturing organizations that achieve world-class status in at least two of the NGM strategies and maintain industry-average levels in the other four areas are in the best position for long-term survival. However, the 2013 data also finds that most of these manufacturers – successful as they are today – aren’t investing in the strategies that will carry their firms into tomorrow. “The study data identifies an enormous execution gap – the difference between the numbers of firms that recognize the importance of a particular NGM strategy, and the number that comes close to or that achieved world-class status in that strategy,” said John Brandt, founder & CEO of Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI), which conducted the research.

What the Survey Found

manufacturers are taking initiative to address talent shortages: 69 percent of manufacturing executives have the leadership and talent to drive worldclass customer-focused innovation, but only 37 percent have talent development programs to support world-class customerfocused innovation. ■■ Most manufacturers have the tools, technologies and business equipment they need today, but those tools won’t meet the needs of the future. Only 11 percent of manufacturers describe their tools and business equipment as “stateof-the-art” and capable of providing longterm support for world-class supply-chain management. ■■ 33 percent of manufacturing executives anticipate a planned leadership succession in the next five years, and another 28 percent of executives indicate a succession may occur. “Given the global competitive landscape and constant change through technology, it is no surprise that the Next Generation Manufacturing study highlights that small and medium-sized manufacturers must continue to transform in order to remain competitive,” said David Boulay, IMEC president. “The real challenge before us, manufacturing and economic develop leaders alike, is to focus on closing this execution gap so we can remain competitive.”

■■ Ninety percent of manufacturers believe superior process improvement is important, whereas only 44 percent of those manufacturers are near or currently at world-class status in process improvements.

A Focus on Sustainability

■■ While human capital management is an issue, NGM data suggests few

In Illinois, Beall Manufacturing has focused on the “sustainability” strategy

and found that by working with IMEC and Ameren ActOnEnergy, they have been able to upgrade two inefficient natural gas furnaces through results from a feasibility study and incentives of the energy program. Beall expects to see about $50,000 in cost savings annually and are realizing significant environmental benefits in the form of reduced emissions. Focused on process improvement and human capital management, Fusion OEM pursued a multi-stage process of implementing lean in the front office by analyzing processes related to quoting, buying and ordering. Additionally, the contract manufacturing firm introduced the rest of the production and management teams to lean principles, taking all 50 employees through the lean introduction and simulation training. Through the organization-wide efforts, Fusion has seen an amazing positive culture shift. “We’ve been able to get rid of inefficient work, and people were able to weigh in on the process,” said Craig Zoberis, president of Fusion. “Now we have a lean, happy culture. I can’t measure it, but I can feel it.” The complete 2013 NGM Study results will be released in early November and shared with the manufacturing community through IMEC and regional partner organizations. For the summary contact afitzgerald@imec. org or call 888-806-4632 or visit www. Manufacturing News is sponsored by IMEC


November 2013

RPS partners with post-secondary institutions

High school students can earn dual college credit In September, more than 5,000 Rockford Public Schools students gathered at the BMO Harris Bank Center to talk with local experts about more than 150 careers. It was a huge success thanks, in part, to the support of local businesses. The goal of the daylong event was to expose students to the wide variety of careers that are available in today’s workforce. In the next month, many of those students will have to choose which academy best fits their interests. For example, students who enjoy creative writing, brainstorming new ideas, computer science, learning a new language, drawing or visual arts are probably best suited for BAMIT (Business, Arts, Modern World Languages and Information Technology). Those who enjoy science, understanding how the human body works or caring for others should pick HS (Health Sciences). The EMITT (Engineering, Manufacturing, Industrial Trades, and Technology)

and Human Services Academies also will offer a wide variety of interesting options for students.

Pathways to Success I’m very excited for these students and the opportunities they have before them. We have partnered with many extraordinary post-secondary institutions to enable students to earn college credit and/or nationally recognized career certifications through a three-year sequence of courses called pathways. One example of a pathway offered in our EMITT Academy is our Aerospace Pathway. Our partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University allows students to pursue a flight track. Currently offered at Jefferson High School, the track begins with a Principles of Aerospace Science course, then continues with a Flight 1 class, where students can test for a ground pilot license, and finishes with a more advanced Flight 2 course. This


partnership with ERAU is one of only two partnerships in Illinois. Additionally, through Rock Valley College, students can earn dual credit and career certification through the Advance Now Program. Courses are offered to support all four academies, including offerings in accounting, automotive service technology, aviation maintenance, emergency medical technical, foundations of fire service, graphic arts, health occupations, precision automated technology and welding technology. We’re also working with the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, Northern Illinois University, Rasmussen College and Rockford University to bring more opportunities to our students. We want to give our students an advantage as they pursue college and employment beyond graduation. In addition to our robust portfolio of Advanced Placement opportunities, RPS is committed to utilizing the academy model to partner with outstanding higher education partners throughout the region to ensure all of our students leave RPS ready for both college and career. Dr. Ehren Jarrett is superintendent of Rockford Public School. The views expressed are those of Dr. Jarrett’s and do not necessarily represent those of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.


November 2013

Rockford University PERSPECTIVE

Treating employees equitably What really is ‘fair?’

“It just doesn’t seem fair.” How often have you heard an employee, or a team of employees, make that claim? What is implied in this statement? Why do workers feel they are being treated unfairly? From a managerial or leadership perspective, it is fundamentally important to understand and address this issue. Employee turnover and absenteeism, declining productivity and increasing worker complaints could be symptomatic of underlying problems. While there are many reasons that might cause workers to feel a situation is unfair, one particular issue may relate to the perceived inequitable treatment of some or all of the workers. For example, compensation differences among employees performing essentially the same function may result in employees feeling they are treated inequitably. Of course, there are legitimate reasons for compensation differences, such as seniority or shift pay. Employees, however, may not feel the reasons are legitimate or credible. As an analogy, many scoff at the salary negotiations of professional athletes. We listen in disbelief or disgust, as a basketball player rejects a $15 million per year contract offer. We ask: “How can someone be so egotistical and out of touch with reality? Can’t they afford to live on $15 million per year?” Well … yes. For the athletes, however, the dollar figure represents a benchmark to compare themselves against other basketball players or professional athletes. If Kobe Bryant makes $30 million per year, why should LeBron James earn only $19 million per year? It fundamentally revolves around the issue of fairness or perceived equity.

All a Matter of Perspective According to John Stacey Adams’ Equity Theory, people continuously compare outcomes and inputs to outcomes and inputs of others. When the two ratios don’t equate, they believe an inequity exists. It is understandable that LeBron would feel an inequity exists if his pay is lower, and he averaged 26.8 points per game while leading the Miami Heat to the NBA Championship, while Kobe averaged 27.3 points per game, and the LA Lakers lost in the first round of the playoffs. I really am not an NBA fan, and I also question the legitimacy of the salaries athletes earn, however, the example is a good way to illustrate the concept of Equity Theory. Using this same model and logic, one could argue that educators, police officers, social workers and pastors, for example, should be paid more than professional athletes. These people benefit our communities and society in a far more

Gary A. Lubbert profound Rockford University way than do professional athletes or entertainers. Moreover, the inputs, such as the education required for these occupations, exceed those of the sports or entertainment world. To me … “It just doesn’t seem fair.”

Steps for a More Equitable Work Environment As a manager or leader, what can be done to create an atmosphere of perceived equity? While there are no guarantees, here are some guidelines to enhance the probability of creating a more equitable working environment. First, work with the employees to establish specific performance goals. Employees can assist in the development of realistic but challenging goals. In addition, employee input is essential for goal ownership. Second, clearly articulate the rewards to accompany those goals. Again, ask for employee input. Some workers may consider bonuses or vacations as more attractive while others may simply prefer recognition or job flexibility. Third, provide the support and resources necessary to accomplish the goals. Without support, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish the agreed-upon goals. Fourth, be understanding and empathetic and realize being equitable doesn’t mean treating everybody equally. For example, a new employee who makes an honest mistake may be treated differently than a veteran employee who makes a similar mistake. Fifth, be flexible as conditions inevitably change. Goals, rewards and/ or practices may need to be re-examined and altered depending upon the circumstances. Given today’s increasingly competitive global environment, creating an organizational culture in which employees feel they are treated fairly is vital. Organizations that fail to create such an environment undoubtedly will experience the symptoms mentioned earlier. Realize great people are difficult and costly to replace. Today’s leaders proactively need to create a collaborative environment in which employees are fully committed, rather than compliant, to achieving organizational goals. Perceived equity will go a long way to fulfilling that objective. Gary A. Lubbert is associate professor of business administration at Rockford University. The views expressed are those of Lubbert’s and do not necessarily represent those of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.



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First-ever Travel Media Showcase Rockford already reaping benefits Strategic marketing is something that Chamber members know is an absolute necessity. When the Rockford Region hosted more than 70 professional travel writers at Travel Media Showcase here in late August, we scored a marketing win for the region. One of the largest travel writers’ conferences in the nation, Travel Media Showcase brought together journalists and exhibitors for only the second time in Illinois, and the first time ever in Rockford. The positive results are already showing up from the journalists who attended the four-day conference. They’re writing articles, blogging, tweeting and otherwise promoting the Rockford area as a familyfriendly, affordable vacation spot with many unique sites and attractions. When prospective visitors read about great places to see and they read about Rockford, it piques their interest and adds a lot of credibility to our other marketing activities such as ads, brochures and other media.

25-Plus Articles Already Appeared More than 25 positive articles in

John Groh Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

national and regional publications like the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Sun Times and many websites like have already surfaced. Journalists are raving about our sites and attractions such as Tinker Swiss Cottage, Volcano Falls, Anderson Japanese Gardens, Discovery Center Museum and more. The production company for Travel Media Showcase tracks all articles at

‘Best Yet’ Other communities that have hosted this conference have seen articles for at least a year after the event. Immediate feedback from journalists who attended the conference in previous years has been extremely positive. Many said it was the best yet, and that the Rockford Region has set the bar very high for next year’s host city. We are formally following up with the journalists to see if they need more information, photos or are interested in a

return trip. The relationships we build with them will reap benefits for many years. We want to thank the many partners who helped us showcase many highlights of the Rockford Region. We appreciate our many sponsors including the Illinois Office of Tourism, sites and attractions that donated admission, Rockford Park District, LaMonica Beverages and Northern Illinois Wine Trail. In addition to the half-dozen customized tours we created for the writers, we offered a tradeshow at Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center. Most trade shows offer trinkets stamped with the name of an exhibitor. This was different; RACVB partnered with local Etsy shop owners to provide unique, locally made items for the journalists. Etsy is an online marketplace for unique goods. People around the world connect to buy and sell custom goods and crafts. The travel writers received gift certificates that they redeemed from Rockford’s Etsy vendors for products such as scarves, jewelry, gloves and stationery. These distinctive ways to position the Rockford area will continue to differentiate us as a preferred vacation spot. It will add to the $326 million that visitors added to our local economy in 2012.

RACVB Staff Promotions Bridget French was promoted to director of marketing and public affairs. She will develop strategies to plan, direct and implement all marketing policies and programs, as well as communications and public affairs programs. She joined the RACVB as marketing manager in 2011.


Travel writers visited Rockford in August and are now writing about us as a vacation destination in national publications and global websites. The writers received gift certificates they redeemed from Rockford’s Etsy vendors (above) as part of the Travel Media Conference. Lindsay Arellano received a promotion to director of sales and service. She will oversee the RACVB’s sales and service teams and continue to work with key sports events clients primarily in the soccer, softball and baseball markets. Arellano has worked at the RACVB for 12 years, most recently as senior sports sales manager. John Groh is president/CEO of the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The views expressed are those of Groh’s and do not necessarily represent those of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.


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ever been involved in, I’ve felt that I get more out of it than I put in. “A big part of my day job is helping our community grow,” he added. “Rockford is notorious for beating ourselves up. No one is harder on us than we are. We need to stick together as a community and make things happen. There are so many good things going on in Rockford, and people need to recognize that.”

Dedicated, Yet Humble “I love working with leaders because of their commitment and dedication to the community,” said Einar Forsman, president & CEO of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. “They love being here, they’re excited about this event, and they appreciate the honor. They’re humble about their leadership, but they understand what this is about, in terms of recognizing who they are and making connections in the community.” Recipient Tom Budd, president & CEO of Rockford Bank & Trust, understands that full well. In 2005, Budd saw an opportunity to start a local bank dedicated to small businesses and their owners. “I’m flattered to be recognized, and thankful for the team I’ve built and the clients we have. I think it’s great that the Rockford Chamber of

Commerce recognizes leaders, because it inspires other leaders. We can’t have enough leaders in this community.”



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Continuing to Pay it Forward Each of the first two People You Should Know classes have followed up their honor by getting together, exchanging ideas and working on various ways to impact the community. Forsman and this year’s recipients expect more of the same from the new honorees. “The previous groups have joined together to work on a project, and I know they want to get this new class involved as well.” Forsman encourages chamber members to start thinking about nominees for next year’s class. “The purpose of coming together is to build relationships and work as a group to improve our community.” Budd agrees. “I can’t wait to learn the stories of the other leaders recognized, to see ways we can work together. It’s a great opportunity for us to make a difference.” Soon, the chamber will distribute a special magazine to members that profiles each of this year’s recipient. The magazine’s cover was unveiled at the event. The reception was presented by Reno & Zahm LLP. “Reno & Zahm has been vital to this event,” Forsman said. “They recognized at the time this idea was conceived just how important it is for us to honor our community leaders.” n more on page 12

Chamber President Einar Forsman addresses the PYSK 2013 attendees.

Rich Walsh, Jamie Cassell, Honoree Steve Larsen, and Mike Broski.

Honoree K. Edward Copeland celebrates with his family.

Jeff Fahrenwald, Lauren Kepler, and Kelly Davit.

(left) a capacity crowd attended the event. For more photos of the One Event, look for your issue of the One publication and visit



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2013 Twenty People You Should Know

The following are exerpts of the inductees bios from the Rockford Chamber’s One publication. For the full story, look for the One publication in your mailbox or go online at

Tom Budd President & CEO, Rockford Bank & Trust In 2005, local banker Tom Budd, along with a partner, founded Rockford Bank & Trust Co. with eight employees and a focus on commercial banking. In just eight years, the bank has grown to 50 employees, two locations and a full line of commercial, retail, mortgage, and trust and investment services.

Jeff Makeever Patent Attorney, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren P.C. Jeff Makeever moved to Rockford to join Sundstrand as a research and design engineer. Shortly after receiving his law degree, however, Makeever went to work for a private practice, before opening a Rockford office for Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, where he is the chairman of the firm’s intellectual property practice. Makeever is president of the Winnebago County Bar Association.

Rev. K. Edward Copeland Senior Pastor, New Zion Missionary Baptist Church Rev. K. Edward Copeland left private legal practice in 1989, to commit his life to the ministry. Copeland has helped transform the area around his church; he invested money to purchase 13 vacant lots, razed five dilapidated houses and grew a community garden. His book for associate ministers, “Riding in the Second Chariot,” and his workshops have helped develop future pastors.

Lauren Vanags Davis Owner, Culture Shock & Lauren Davis Creative Lauren Davis is a busy person. She and her husband run a small retail business, called Culture Shock, which led to a second business, Lauren Davis Creative, a marketing firm. In addition, Davis is co-founder of Winnebago Buy Local, a group of nearly 150 local firms banded together to support and cultivate small, independent businesses.

Teresa Beach-Shelow Owner, Superior Joining Technologies, Inc.

Teresa Beach-Shelow and her husband, Thom, started Superior Joining Technologies Inc. (SJTI) in their garage 21 years ago. Today, the company is growing. They sponsor robotics and motorsports competition for college and high school students, and initiate summer youth manufacturing camps. For her efforts, Beach-Shelow has been the recipient of several national awards in manufacturing.

Ron Clewer CEO, Rockford Housing Authority Ron Clewer joined the Rockford Housing Authority three years ago and was named chief executive officer last year. He worked at William Charles Real Estate and operated his own custom furniture/draperies and restoration business before joining RHA. Clewer is mostly self-educated, although he recently earned an associate’s degree and will pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Brad Gummow Managing Director – Investment Officer, Gummow Wealth Advisory Group of Wells Fargo Advisors Brad Gummow knows the importance of money. He’s held memberships on various councils around the country, written a book, and has been recognized by national publications as one of the top wealth managers in the area. Twenty years ago, Gummow and his wife, Georgeann, created a foundation, which funds programs that build character for youth.

Paul Logli CEO, United Way of Rock River Valley As State’s Attorney, Paul Logli prosecuted people who had fallen into the pipeline of the criminal justice system. Now, he’s trying to prevent people from getting to that point as the leader of the United Way. Among his accomplishments: improving overall financial conditions and fundraising, creating community partnerships and launching a 211 phone system for confidential referrals.


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2013 Twenty People You Should Know Dr. Fred Sweet Founder, Rockford Spine Center

In 2003, Dr. Fred Sweet opened Rockford Spine Center, one of the leading medical facilities in the country. Sweet and his partners are fellowship trained spine surgeons who perform several hundred spinal surgeries a year. Sweet has traveled the world treating impoverished children, and visits Walter Lawson Children’s Home in Rockford to provide orthopedic care at no cost.

Jeff Kaney CEO, Kaney Group, LLC As a little boy, Jeff Kaney dreamed of becoming a pilot. As an adult, he enrolled in the Air Force, became a C-130 pilot in Desert Storm, and later a commercial airline pilot. Today, he owns Kaney Group, a collection of aerospace businesses with operations in eight states. Kaney also works to help Rockford’s business and civic development.

Mike Brown CEO and President, YMCA of Rock River Valley Since taking at the YMCA two years ago, Mike Brown has driven development with a variety of community outreach programs. Membership has grown to more than 25,000, with visits up by 25 percent. About $450,000 is now spent annually to give needy families access to programs. Facility enhancement and expansion is in the Y’s future, with possible new sites in Cherry Valley and west Rockford.

Staci Hoste General Manager, Northern Public Radio WNIJ - WNIU Staci Hoste grew up in Sycamore listening to the Northern Public Radio stations. Years later, she went to work for WNIU and WNIJ, Rockford and DeKalb, before becoming the station general manager. In the past year, Northern Public Radio has raised $1 million in local contributions. Hoste also serves on boards of art, health and radio organizations.

Gary Kaatz President & CEO, Rockford Health System Gary Kaatz has devoted his life to healthcare. He started in healthcare administration at Rush Presbyterian – St. Luke’s Medical Center, where he spent 18 years, before moving on to become CEO at a three-hospital healthcare system in Youngstown, Ohio. Kaatz took over as chief of Rockford Health System in 2000. Under his leadership, the system has received numerous recognitions for quality and patient safety.

Pam Maher CEO, KMK Media Group, Inc. Pam Maher, a former news reporter, co-founded KMK Media, a Rockford-based marketing communications agency. In addition, Maher serves on the boards of the Rockford Park District Foundation and Riverside Community Bank, and helped start GiGi’s Playhouse three years ago. She was the youngest board chairman in the history of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

Gordon Eggers President & CEO, Crusader Community Health

Gordon Eggers has set up remote rural medical clinics in New Guinea, and Africa; and worked in the Sudan and the Samoan Islands. For 18 years, he served as a physician assistant at Crusader Community Health, before taking over in 2005. Under his leadership, Crusader has added a Women’s Health Center; a nurse midwife program, and upgraded its three main facilities.

Tyler Barden Smith Founder and President, Tyler’s Landscaping Services, Inc. In 1987, Tyler Smith started Tyler’s Landscaping Services, Inc., which has expanded into a full-service nursery and developer of the area’s natural habitat. His family’s Smith Charitable Foundation gives substantial in-kind donations of landscaping service and materials. Smith is president of the Natural Land Institute and a Rockford Park District Commissioner.

David A. Schertz CEO, Northern Region OSF Healthcare David A. Schertz has worked his way up from unit manager to chief officer of the OSF Northern Region, part of OSF Healthcare. He oversees the operations of Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford; a community hospital in Escanaba, Michigan; and the activities of over 500 physicians and nearly 3,000 employees.

Sandy Stansell Division Administrator, Rockford Fire Department/911 Division Sandy Stansell has worked her way through the ranks as Rockford Fire Department’s 911 division administrator. She oversees day-to-day emergency and non-emergency operations. She helped institute the Emergency Medical Dispatch policy; was appointed chairman of the newly formed Illinois Training Standards Board Committee; and was key in developing the Standardized Basic Training curriculum for all 911 centers in Illinois.

Dr. Ehren Jarrett Superintendent, Rockford Public Schools, District 205 Dr. Ehren Jarrett comes from a family of educators: his two grandmothers and several aunts were teachers. In July, Jarrett, took over as the leader of the Rockford Public School District. Among his priorities: overseeing the new Alignment Rockford initiative; improving facilities; and holding meetings with employees at all schools to “improve and build our culture.”

Steven Larsen Conductor and Music Director, Rockford Symphony Orchestra Steven Larsen has been conductor and music director of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra for 23 years. He brought fullystaged opera to Rockford in 2006 and 2008, and has grown the concert season from seven to 18 performances. Larsen’s been named Illinois Conductor of the Year and the orchestra honored as Illinois Orchestra of the Year.



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Tips for protecting your identity In the course of a day, you may write a check for groceries, charge tickets to a ball game, rent a car, mail your tax returns, change cell phone service providers, or apply for a credit card. In each transaction, you reveal bits of personal information, like your bank and credit card account numbers; your income; your social security number; or your name, address, and phone numbers – a goldmine of information for an identity thief. Once a thief has that information, it can be used without your knowledge to commit fraud or theft.

Identity Theft is a Serious Crime People whose identities have been stolen can spend time and money cleaning up the mess the thieves have made of their good name and credit record. They may lose out on job opportunities, and loans for education, housing or cars. They may even get arrested for crimes they didn’t commit. Can you prevent an identity theft? As with any crime, you cannot completely control whether you will become a victim. But according to the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, you can minimize your risk by managing your personal information cautiously.

How Identify Theft Occurs

granted to their employer; or by posing as ■ receiving credit cards for which you did a landlord, employer or someone else who not apply. may have a legal right to your report. ■ denial of credit for no apparent reason. ■ They may rummage through your ■ receiving calls from debt collectors or trash, the trash of businesses, or public companies about merchandise or services trash dumps. you didn’t buy. ■ They may steal personal information they find in your home. Or steal your mail, including bank and credit card statements, credit card offers, new checks and tax information. Once identity thieves have your personal information, they may use it to commit fraud or theft. For example: ■ They may call your credit card issuer to change the billing address on your account. The imposter then runs up charges on your account. Because the bills are being sent to a different address, it may be some time before you realize there’s a problem. ■ They may open a bank account in your name and write bad checks on the account. They may open new credit card accounts in your name. When they use the credit cards and don’t pay the bills, the delinquent accounts are reported on your credit report.

If Your Personal Information Has Been Lost or Stolen

If you’ve lost personal information or ■ They may establish phone or wireless identification, or if it has been stolen from service in your name. you, you can minimize the potential for ■ They may file for bankruptcy under identity theft if you act quickly. Financial accounts: Close accounts your name to avoid paying debts they’ve like credit card and bank accounts incurred under your name or to avoid eviction. They may get a job or file immediately. When you open new accounts, place passwords on them. Avoid fraudulent tax returns in your name. ■ They may buy a car by taking out using your mother’s maiden name, your

Skilled identity thieves use a variety of ways to gain access to your personal information. They may get information from businesses or other institutions by stealing it while they’re on the job; bribing an employee who has access to these an auto loan in your name.They get records; hacking these records; Or: identification such as a driver’s license ■ They may steal your wallet or purse. issued with their picture in your name. They may steal your personal information through email or the phone by saying they’re from a legitimate company and claiming that you have a problem with your account. They may complete a “change of address form” to divert your mail to another location.

You can check your credit report by ordering a copy from the three nationwide consumer-reporting companies. If you have lost any personal information – or if it has been stolen—you may want to check all your reports more frequently for the first year. To order your free annual credit report, visit:; call toll free 1-877-322-8228 or complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it to: annual Credit Report Request Service, PO Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. You can print the form from Do not contact the three nationwide consumer-reporting companies individually; they provide free annual credit reports only through www.

■ They may give your name to the police during an arrest. If they don’t show up for the court date, a warrant for arrest is issued in your name.

How to Tell if You’re a Victim If an identity thief is opening new credit accounts in your name, these accounts are likely to show up on your credit report. Monitor the balances of your financial accounts. Look for unexplained charges or withdrawals. Other indications of identity theft can be:

■ They may steal your credit or debit card numbers by capturing the information in a data storage device known as “skimming”. They may swipe your card for an actual purchase, or attach a device to an ATM machine where they may enter or swipe ■ failing to receive bills or other mail. This your card. ■ They may get your credit reports by could mean an identity thief has submitted abusing the authorized access that was a change of address.

birth date, the last four digits of your SSN or your phone number or a series of consecutive numbers. Social Security number: Call the toll free fraud number of any of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies and place an initial fraud alert on your credit reports. An alert can help stop someone from opening new credit accounts in your name. Driver’s license/other government issued identification: Contact the agency that issued the license or other identification document. Follow its procedures to cancel the document and to get a replacement. Ask the agency to flag your file so that no one else can get a license or any other I.D. from them in your name. Once you have taken these precautions, watch for signs that your information is being misused, and that your identity has been stolen. If that happens, file a report about the theft with the police and file a complaint with the FTC as well. If another crime was committed – for example, if your purse or wallet was stolen or your house or car was broken into – report it to the police immediately.

For More Information The FTC publishes a series of publications about the importance of personal information privacy. To request free copies of brochures, visit or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). Source: Federal Trade Commission. Also found at


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Guest Perspective INSIGHT

An alternative to environmental cleanup New soil remediation technology Historically, environmental cleanups have been expensive, time consuming and disruptive to business owners. Cleanup for some types of wastes can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars per ton, take years or decades to complete, inconvenience business owners, and keep property sales transactions from taking place. Due to recent advancements of insitu (in-place remediation) technology, there is a new alternative available. Reactive chemicals such as oxidizers and reductive products, or biological agents, are injected into the soil and groundwater to clean up contaminants. This technology has been shown to significantly lower the cost for remediation. In addition, recent advancements in the application methods also have made remediation possible for some sites considered impractical. Superior Environmental Corp (Superior) recently completed such a remediation project in Downers Grove, Ill. A former dry-cleaning site, now an active laundromat, had perchloroethylene (PCE) concentrations in the soil beneath the building that measured up to 29,000 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg or parts per million). The owner considered demolishing a portion of the building to access the contamination and dispose of it at a landfill, which not only would have disrupted the current tenant’s business, but also would have cost around $400,000. Using an injection delivery method developed by Badger Injection Solutions, LLC, Superior injected an oxidizer beneath the building to remediate the contaminated soil.

Chris Lee Superior Environmental Corp.

The project was completed for under $80,000, saving the client money and keeping his tenant’s business in operation. Remediation occurred in weeks, not years. Superior partnered with Badger Injection Solutions in 2012 to expand its remediation capabilities. The system is a remedial technology for the treatment of pollutants in soil or groundwater that is different from other injection methods, because it uses a patented technology of pore space dilation, which enhances the permeability of the soils in the subsurface and assures accurate placement of remediation agents in the subsurface. Developed with the assistance of NASA scientists, engineers, regulatory agencies and the U.S. Air Force, the patented pore space dilation method allows the system to deliver injectable products about 30 to 40 feet horizontally. Injecting horizontally allowed for the remediation in Downers Grove to be completed without disruption to the current business owner or operation. The Badger Injection System not only can be used beneath buildings, but also to clean up contamination beneath railroad tracks, roadways, parking lots and gas stations. Chris Lee is senior project manager at Superior Environmental Corp’s Rockford office, 866-785-4123. The views expressed are those of Lee’s and do not necessarily represent those of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.



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Young Professionals

The little city that could The power behind positivity

When asked if I’m the glass half-full or half empty sort of girl, I don’t know if I really have an answer. Depends on the beverage, depends on my mood, depends on the type of cup, depends on my situation. Am I dying of thirst? Is the glass a wine glass, and is it a good pour? Am I eating a cookie and hankering for a glass of milk? Because of all of this, I can’t really answer what “type of glass” girl I am. However, I can safely say with this ridiculous bout of overthinking that this simple metaphor means I really enjoy data and ask “why?”… a lot. This drive for data and constant questioning led me to think about a topic I’ve seen pop up more and more within our local media, be it on individual’s Facebook pages, Rockford blog posts, or event news articles and stores: positivity and Rockford. Well, not even positivity AND Rockford. … I’d say positivity VS. Rockford. At least, that’s how I feel some days. For some reason, I’ve observed that many people think that positivity is making Rockford’s problems worse, or at least not helping. They view positivity as a mask that the “man” is trying to pull over our eyes. They view positivity as a way to brush what’s happening underneath the rug, so to speak. After noticing this growing trend, I realized that the idea that positive thinking and Rockford has become something for people to be angry about. And I have to say, that puzzles me.

Power of Positivity From an early age, we are taught to believe in ourselves. From “The Little Engine That Could” (“I think I can, I think I can! …”) to every athletic ad that dared us to be greater, stronger and better versions of ourselves – the message always focused on the positive, not the negative. In the corporate world, suggestions for improvement are coached in a positive manner. For example, “I really like what you did with this project, and I believe that your talents fit it, but I think we have an opportunity to improve the design even more. Is this something you can do?” Customer service members are

trained to greet every customer Caitlin Ludwig with a smile. IGNITE Co-Chair Every selfimprovement or business improvement book you read is drenched in the power of positivity, and the harm of negative self-talk. Not once have I flipped open a selfimprovement book or asked for advice from a trusted friend or mentor and received the answer: “Well … have you beat yourself up about it well enough yet? I mean, you’ve really gotta focus on the negative. …”

Solving Problems Faster For some reason, a large portion of our city thinks negativity is the only answer – that positivity clouds our judgment and pollutes the water, so to speak. In these people’s minds, we don’t even deserve to hold a cup, let alone fill it up or pour it half-way out. We’ve gotta earn the cup before we get the beverage, apparently. Don’t get me wrong, positivity in itself will not solve our problems. You can’t smile away crime, unemployment or budget issues. But putting yourself (or our community) in a positive mindset will help. It’s been proven time and time again through multiple industries. My suggestion is to take a real, honest look at where we are as a community (and maybe even start with us as individuals)! Where are our problem areas? Where are our strengths? What can we do to improve? Where do we already rock? Regardless of the questions we are asking, framing them in a positive light will do wonders for our attitude, which I’m guessing will help us solve the problems faster. Haven’t we beat ourselves up enough? Let’s try some positivity. I think we’ve tried negativity long enough. Caitlin Ludwig is a co-chair on IGNITE’S Reach team and a marketing specialist for Blackhawk Bank. Visit The views expressed are those of Ludwig’s and do not necessarily represent those of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

Customer services company to hire 350 in Rockford APAC Customer Services, Inc., a global provider of sales, customer care, technical support and backoffice services for some of the most recognized brands in the world, announced plans to hire at least 350 individuals with customer service experience at its Rockford site through

spring of next year. The new positions will support service initiatives by phone and back-office channels for two major clients in the broadband/satellite and telecommunications. Qualified candidates should apply with APAC Customer Services, Inc.,

Roaring Rockford drew 75 in “Roaring 20s” style to raise funds to benefit IGNITE.

Event raises funds to sponsor IGNITE memberships Roaring Rockford: Great Gatsby was a success! Held at the Clock Tower Resort, 75 professionals came together to raise funds to benefit IGNITE’s mission to attract and retain talent to the Rockford Region. The group raised around $2,500, signed up new members at the event and had a great time! Special thanks to our ace sponsor, SPX, and our king sponsor, Blackhawk Bank. Thanks to our queen sponsor, Rasmussen College, and our jack sponsors, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Energy Dynamics and Stillman Bank as well! IGNITE members now join free of charge. Download an application at www.igniterockford. com. For more great pictures, visit our Facebook page.


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Holiday Shopping FAQs

Guest Perspective

What is Cyber Monday?

“So, what does your company do?”

Answering this question correctly is critical to your success You’re at a Chamber event, meeting up with colleagues or yes, stepping into an elevator, when the conversation turns and someone asks, “So, what does your company do?” It’s an easy question, and you may be tempted to respond with an equally easy answer. Don’t do it! Being able to answer this question correctly is as critical to your success as a well written business plan. Here’s why and what you can do to make sure your elevator speech rises to the top.

The Elevator Speech The answer to, “So what does your company do?” often is referred to as an elevator speech because it is a short, concise summary of your business. By short we mean really short -- like 25 to 35 words. Why? Because you only have that amount of time between floors to accurately (and hopefully engagingly) share the information. Thus, the term ‘elevator speech.’ The elevator speech is an opportunity to make a first impression, shape perceptions and open the door to unknown opportunities. Your well crafted elevator speech ultimately begs the question, “Can you tell me more?” and could be followed by further conversations, or better yet, an appointment to discuss business opportunities. Unless you’re a master of improv, you’ll need to spend time crafting and practicing your elevator speech, so here are some hints to developing this powerful tool within your communications tool belt.

Remember the 5 Ws – What, Who, When, Where and Why In journalism, they ask you to answer five questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why? What do you do? For whom do you do it? When might your product/service be useful? Where are you (could refer to your region or industry space)? Why is your business unique/important/best in the industry? Example: “ACME Corporation produces high-quality anvils to Coyotes seeking creative ways to eliminate pesky Road Runners in the desert region of Looney Tunes. Our products are guaranteed to be delivered within seconds of placing the order!” In this example, I’ve shared what (high-quality anvils), for whom (Coyote), when (when seeking to eliminate pesky Road Runners), where (desert region of Looney Tunes) and why (because products are delivered within seconds of placing the order).

Refine. Refine. Refine.

Emily Hartzog PR Etc.

An elevator speech should be well thought out, and may even seem sales-y, but it can’t be clumsy. Keep refining it until it flows naturally and is something you quickly and easily can pull out at a moment’s notice.

Adjust to your audience. Like any good message, it’s not a one-size-fits-all. Your message may have different iterations, based on your audience. Going to an industry conference? Feel free to throw in some meaningful industry jargon to help communicate your value. Or stick to layterms that help someone without a shared background understand your business. Since a good elevator speech is short, you won’t likely bore your recipient but you should adjust what comes next by reading body language. Is the person with whom you are talking leaning in slightly? Is the head tilted to the side? These are cues that s/he is interested in what you are saying. Are the brows furrowed? That can be a sign of confusion — you may need to clarify something you’ve said. Is the body closed off, with arms crossed in front? Might be a cue that there’s no real interest in hearing more, so smile and wait for an invitation to continue or shift conversation.

recognize that many people like shopping early to spread out spending. As a result, many retailers are putting holiday merchandise on the shelves Ready to Shop? in September – specifically Black Friday decorations and greeting Super Saturday cards, which many people Cyber Monday buy months in advance.

The Monday after Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday is the online retail equivalent of Black Friday. The term was coined in 2005 by NRF’s Shop. org division based on a clear consumer behavior in 2003 and 2004. Retailers noticed that many consumers, who were too busy to shop over the Thanksgiving weekend or did not find what they were looking for, shopped online that Monday to find bargains, often from work. Many took advantage of the highspeed Internet connections available at work, as many had dial up modems or no Internet connection at home.

Are traditional retailers hurt when people shop online? Most retailers have no preference when it comes to whether customers shop in stores or online or even through their smartphones – as long as they shop with them. Retailers know their customers like to shop in a variety of ways, and they have adapted to ensure customers can shop anytime, anywhere.

Why are retailers putting holiday merchandise out so early? Each year, about 40 percent of consumers begin their holiday shopping before Halloween. While most retailers do not begin holiday advertising until at least October or November, they

Is Black Friday the busiest shopping day of the year? NRF does not monitor or track sales by day. However, ShopperTrak, which counts foot traffic at malls, reports that Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, followed by “Super Saturday” and the Sunday before Christmas.

Why have retailers changed their return policies? Some retailers make return policies more lenient during the holiday season, understanding that there may be a lag time between when a gift is purchased and received. However, many retailers also have begun to change their return policies to account for an increase in return fraud. Last year, according to NRF’s Return Fraud survey, retailers estimated they would lose $2.9 billion due to return fraud during the holiday season. Source: (National Retail Federation)

The National Retail Federation projects 2013 holiday sales to rise 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion. In 2012, holiday sales increased 3.5 percent. On average, holiday sales have increased 3.3 percent for the last 10 years.

Practice makes perfect.

Shopping Trend: Retail Curious

You may feel silly talking to yourself in the mirror, but a little practice does indeed make perfect. An elevator speech is a one-and-done deal, so you can’t afford a misstep. Practicing in front of a mirror or recording yourself and playing it back can provide useful insights. So go ahead … no one’s watching. As business professionals, we spend time and energy making sure our messages are perfect – that they communicate value and hit the appropriate key audiences. But, as we all know, opportunities can present themselves in the unlikeliest of places. You should be prepared to showcase your talents and capabilities at any moment. So, the next time someone steps into the elevator and asks, “So, what does your company do?” your message will be ready to take you to the top floor.

In this age of smartphones, Vision Critical surveyed 6,000 to determine the extent that tweeting, pinning or liking an item drove consumer purchases. It published its findings in the whitepaper, “From Social to Sale,” and looked specifically at how the three biggest social networks -- Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter -- affected customers’ decisions to buy, either in-store or online. In recent years, brick-and-mortar retailers have expressed concern over the practice of “showrooming” — or using smartphone features to make price comparisons on products and services while browsing in stores, then purchasing them online. Researchers, however, have noticed another trend — “reverse showrooming,” where customers browse online, then buy at the brick-and-mortars.

Emily Hartzog is an account manager with PR Etc., a communications firm that provides strategic direction, project oversight and implementation in the areas of public relations, marketing, social media and events. The views expressed are those of Hartzog’s and do not necessarily represent those of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

■■ Social media drove online and in-store purchasing equally. ■■ Browsing Pinterest drove more spontaneous purchases, compared to the other social media networks. ■■ Liking or favoriting an item on Facebook inspired the most purchases overall, due to the sheer volume that use the platform -- 73 percent, versus only 15

Showrooming. When a shopper visits a store to check out a product but then purchases the product online from home. This occurs because, while many people still prefer seeing and touching the merchandise they buy, many items are available at lower prices through online vendors. As such, local stores essentially become showrooms for online shoppers.


percent who claim to use Pinterest. According to Vision Critical, it’s important to ask your customers … ■■ Which social websites they visit. ■■ Which networks they log onto regularly and how often. ■■ Which networks they post to and how often. ■■ Which product and service categories they like to browse. ■■ What kinds of photos, videos and stories they find engaging on each platform. ■■ Whether or not they bought your product after sharing or favoriting it?


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Guest Perspective INSIGHT

Need to de-stress? Just breathe

In fall, 1621,

the Pilgrims, early settlers of Plymouth Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest, an event many regard as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag, the Native Americans in attendance, also played a lead role. The event became a national holiday 150 years ago (Oct. 3, 1863) when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving always should be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping.

THANKSGIVING DAY: November 28, 2013


Gobble. Gobble.


Number of places in the United States named after the holiday’s traditional main course. Turkey Creek, La.; Turkey, Texas; Turkey, N.C., and Turkey Creek, Ariz. There also are two townships in Pennsylvania with “Turkey” in the name: Upper Turkeyfoot and Lower Turkeyfoot.

Number of members of the Wampanoag American Indian tribal grouping, as of 2010, roughly half of whom reside in Massachusetts.

25.3 million Number of U.S. residents of English ancestry as of 2012. Some could very well be descendants of the Plymouth colonists who participated in the first feast — especially the 684,000 currently living in Massachusetts.

The Feast

254 million

The number of turkeys raised in the United States in 2012 — up 2 percent from the number raised during 2011.

768 million pounds

The forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2012. Wisconsin was estimated to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 450 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts (estimated at 210 million).

2.6 billion pounds

The total weight of sweet potatoes — another popular Thanksgiving side dish — produced by major sweet potato producing states in 2012. North Carolina (1.2 billion pounds) produced more sweet potatoes than any other state, followed by California, Mississippi and Louisiana.

XX.X billion pounds

The undetermined amount of weight gained after the holiday meal. Source: U.S. Census Bureau

In my line of work, one book I find myself referring to all the time is “Full Living Catastrophe-Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness.” In it, Jon KabatZinn, Ph.D., states, “Our beliefs about ourselves and about our own capabilities as well as how we see the world and the forces at play in it all affect what we will find possible. How we see things affects how much energy we have for doing things and our choices about where to channel what energy we do have.”


Stopping to take a few slow breaths allows you to check in with yourself and your current physical reactions.

should happen is that the ribs expand

Unconscious musculoskeletal habits or tension is one example of how we waste our energy. Holding tension for no functional purpose as well as the exaggerated emotions stored behind that tension affects how much energy we have at any given moment. Bringing awareness into this moment by breathing is one easy way to release tension. Stopping to take a few slow breaths allows you to check in with yourself and your current physical reactions. There essentially are two types of breathing patterns. Abdominaldiaphragmatic ventilation is associated with slow, rhythmic respiration rate and large tidal volume. Upper chest/thoracic ventilation is associated with the opposite: rapid, irregular respiration rate and low tidal volume. So, for the purposes of relaxation and daily respiration, the abdominal-diaphragmatic breath is ideal. Its effects are associated with increased parasympathetic (relaxation) dominance, decreased heart rate, decreased blood sugar and lactate level, decreased fatigue and increased oxygen to the brain and heart.

falls, and lastly the belly falls back down

The Breathing Technique Let’s begin. First, find a quiet relaxing place. A chair, recliner or bed will work. Once you understand your patterns, it will get easier to do it anywhere, anytime, even in stressful situations. With your


and supported,


denise nichols Motivate Personal Physician Rehabilitation

place your hands or arms around your ribs and low abdomen. Take a slow breath in through your nose and out through your nose. Try to do a slow three-second count in and a slightly longer four- to five-second count on your exhale. Notice the first thing in your body that moves on your inhale and again on your exhale. Do your shoulders lift? Belly push out on the exhale? What outward, as your lungs fill with air, then the chest rises, then the belly rises. Look for the same order on the exhale: ribs, chest, belly. The diaphragm contracts and the ribs fall back inward, the chest towards the spine. You might find this is the complete opposite of what you are doing naturally. But this is the way you typically breathe when sleeping. The chest, ribs and belly (the container) expands or lengthens as the lungs fill with air when you inhale, and then it all gets smaller or contracts when the container empties. This is the muscle work of the diaphragm, the dome-shaped muscle under the rib cage. The diaphragm often is overlooked in its important role in the core. But it is the top of the container, the roof, and if it is not allowed to function optimally, it can negatively affect the rest of the core, our pelvic floor, abs and back muscles. One easy way to begin working on your core and floor muscles is to practice diaphragmatic breathing a few times a day. Notice how you feel before and after. Relaxed? Energized? Peaceful? These are three things we seek on a daily basis, yet we have the power to access them quickly and easily. Just breathe. Denise Nichols, OTR/L, BCB-PMD, is a physical therapist with Motivate Personal Physician Rehabilitation. The views expressed are those of Nichols’ and do not necessarily represent those of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.


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Holiday handcrafted items for sale in Byron Byron Forest Preserve District hosts its 22nd

annual Holiday Gift Sale on Nov. 2, at the Jarrett

Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. More than 30 vendors will

sell handcrafted items, including Christmas ornaments and decorations,

candles, wreaths, quilts, dolls, wood carvings, wooden furniture, baskets, birdhouses and more.

Free Breakfast with Santa, 9 to 11 a.m., and door prizes from items

donated by booth vendors.

Free admission. For more information, call 815-234-8535, ext. 224.

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Holiday store opens just for kids

House to showcase 2013 holiday décor trends Children’s Home + Aid will host its Holiday Showcase House and Children’s Holiday Shoppe. The Holiday Showcase House will open on Nov. 9 and 10 in a classic 1929 Jesse Barloga home at 2125 Oaklawn Ave., in Rockford. Local designers will adopt a room and transform the home into a holiday masterpiece, featuring 2013 holiday décor trends. Admission is $10 at the door; $8 in advance. The MotherHouse Crisis Nursery’s Children’s Holiday Shoppe will be open at 5846 E. State St., on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Dec. 3 to 21. Children will have their own place to shop for an

assortment of gifts, priced from $1 to $8. They will be assisted by holiday elves, as their parents wait in the adjoining area. Children’s Home + Aid protects, educates and counsels more than 40,000 children and families, and for 130 years has helped to shape public policy in child welfare, early childhood and juvenile justice. For more information or to volunteer, call 815-720-2162 or visit www.

National Retail Federation’s top tips for smart holiday shopping ■ Shop after 6 p.m. the evening before a sale is advertised to begin. Many retailers program the registers the night before, so the sale may already come up in the register, even if they have not changed out signs on the selling floor yet. Ask the associate in advance for any possible upcoming sales, especially on bigticket items. ■ Prepare a list to use while you are shopping. Make sure to include alternative selections in case you are unable to find some of the items on your list. ■ Avoid crowds by shopping during stores’ early and late extended hours. ■ If you are looking for specific advertised items, take the complete ad with you so that you don’t end up in the wrong store looking for a specific price. ■ Staple a gift receipt to the merchandise tag in case it needs to be returned or exchanged. Keep your original receipts with any warranty paperwork for the life of the warranty. ■ Shop safely! Watch your personal belongings at all times including handbags and purchases, especially at the register when you can get easily distracted by the transaction itself. ■ Save yourself the headache: let the charity group at the mall wrap your gifts for you. This will save you a lot of time and free you up to do other things on your holiday to-do lists.

■ When shopping online, have your credit cards and address book handy. Many websites have timed windows to complete a transaction, so you need to have shipping information at your fingertips. ■ Only buy gift cards from reputable retailers, not through online auction sites. Gift cards sold through online auction sites may be counterfeit or have been obtained illegally. ■ Make sure you have personal credit card information available at home in the event you lose a credit card while shopping. Important back up information includes customer service phone numbers, PIN numbers and account numbers. ■ Be vigilant. Make sure to stash your cash in a safe place within a wallet while shopping. When paying with cash at the register, only pull out of your wallet what the amount totals, not the entire stash. This also applies to personal items you carry through the stores, including shopping bags and purses. ■ When parking in a large parking lot, make sure to keep all items in the trunk of the car and out of sight. It also helps to park near a light if you know you it will be dark by the time you are done. Mentally locate the nearest security office or officers in case an emergency occurs, so you can easily track down appropriate personnel.

Source: (National Retail Federation)



November 2013

Members Caught on Digital ON DIGITAL Ceremonial ribbon donated by SERVPRO of Rockford.

Lucha Cantina, Inc., held a ribbon cutting for their Grand Opening on Oct. 1 at 1641 N. Alpine Road., Ste. 212, Rockford.

YMCA of Rock River Valley held a ribbon cutting and grand opening for its new interactive center, The Exploritorium, on Oct. 3 at 200 Y Blvd., Rockford.

Rockford Education Association held a ribbon cutting for their new location on Oct. 10 at 7029 Rote Road, Rockford.

Amberwood Care Centre held a ribbon cutting for their newly remodeled facility on Oct. 23 at 2313 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford.

Healthcare Plus held a ribbon cutting for their business expansion on Oct. 18 at 5301 E. State St., Ste. 205, Rockford.

Healing Pathways – Cancer Resource Center held a ribbon cutting for their new location on Oct. 18 at 3921 E. State St., Ste. D, Rockford.

Victory Golf Range held a ribbon cutting for their grand opening on Oct. 18 at 7003 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park.

Glenwood Center Ltd., held a ribbon cutting for their newly remodeled facility on Oct. 23 at 2823 Glenwood Ave., Rockford.

YMCA of Rock River Valley held a ribbon cutting and tours of its corporate headquarters on Oct. 16. The Y recently moved back to its original space at 220 E. State St., Rockford.

Blain’s Farm and Fleet held a ribbon cutting for their grand opening of their new façade and remodeled facility on Oct. 24 at 4725 W. State St., Rockford.


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Community Events COMMUNITY Rockford Chamber members appear bolded. Thank you for your support of your fellow Chamber members.

Clarcor Pavilion, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Registration required at or call 815-986-4357.

Friday, November 1

Christian Life Schools presents its Eagle Alliance Dinner, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Radisson Hotel, 200 Bell School Road, Rockford, to raise funds for technology, academics, arts and athletics. Includes silent auction. Register at www.clsalliance. org or

The Charlotte’s Web division of Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center presents the Piper Road Band’s 40th Celebration/ CD Release Party, 7 p.m., Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St., Rockford. Call 815-964-9713 or visit

Saturday, November 2

Barbara Olson Center of Hope presents its fifth-annual 9-Pin Bowling Tournament, 12:30 p.m., at the Forest Hills Lanes, 7742 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. Costume contests, three games, raffles, door prizes, desserts and more. Register with Dominic Eterno, 815-871-2097. Shelter Care Ministries presents Gathering of Friends, 2 to 5 p.m., with tours of four Shelter Care locations (218 7th St., 2237 7th St., 1208 8th St., and MAYA’S House, 215 N. Court St.). Final presentation with refreshments by Josef Barbados at Jubilee Center, 4 to 5 p.m., Court & Park Street. Contact Carol West, or call Shelter Care, 815-964-5520.

Sunday, November 3

Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, presents Smashing Pumpkins, 1 to 4 p.m. Unwanted pumpkins become parking lot projectiles when flung from a giant trebuchet. Call 815-963-6769 or visit www.

Tuesday, November 5

University of Illinois Extension presents Serve it Safely, a seminar on safe food-handling practices, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Rockford Public Library, east branch, 6685 E. State St., Rockford. Registration required at or 815-986-4357. Entré Computer Solutions presents its TechX 2013 technology expo with breakout sessions, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Clock Tower Resort, 7801 E. State St., Rockford. Guest speaker is John McDonough, president & CEO of the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship Chicago Blackhawks. Register at Call 815399-5664 or seminars@entrerock. com for more information.

Thursday, November 7

University of Illinois Extension presents a symposium on Season Extension and High Tunnel Production, 8 a.m. to noon, Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden’s

Thursday, November 14

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center presents guitarist Ron Rawhoof, 5:30 p.m., Emerson House, 420 N. Main St., Rockford. Complimentary wine and refreshments. Call 815-964-9713 or visit

Friday, November 15

Rockford Public Library presents Senior Skype, 1 to 3 p.m., Nov. 7 and 14, East Branch Friends community meeting room, 6685 E. State St. Registration required at 815-965-7606.

Kantorei, The Singing Boys of Rockford, presents its secondannual Real Men Sing Gala Dinner, 6 p.m., Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road, Rockford. Include hors d’oeuvres, dinner, entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets at 815-963-2544 or www.

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Saturday, November 16

Rockford Symphony Orchestra presents Love of Nature, a performance with pianist and Rockford native Jesse Parker, 7:30 p.m., Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford. Tickets at 815-965-0049 or www.

Remedies Renewing Lives presents its eighth-annual Ball, 6 to 11 p.m., Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road, Rockford. Reception, dinner, guest speaker Judge Joseph Bruce, Clutch Cargo band and live and silent auctions. Reserve with Janet Johnson, jjohnson@remediesrenewinglives. org, 815-966-1285 or www.

Join the Rockford Park District, 9 to 11 a.m., at the Atwood Center in Seth B. Atwood Park, 2685 New Milford School Road, for a brief lesson and pitching in to help with maintenance. Visit www. or call 815987-8800.

Sunday, November 10

TruTV’s Impractical Jokers perform their signature brand of comedy, 7:30 p.m., Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford. Tickets at 815968-5222 or

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center presents former Boston Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Ann Hobson Pilot and violinist Tai Murray, 2 p.m., Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St., Rockford. Call 815-964-9713 or visit

Tuesday, November 19

Tuesday, November 12

Judson University’s School of Leadership and Business will host an Informational Enrollment Meeting for graduate and undergraduate degrees, 6 to 7 p.m., 1055 Featherstone Road, Rockford. RSVP to Kathleen Siedenburg, kathleen.siedenburg@info.judsonu. edu or 815-209-6939.

Rockford Park District’s Atwood Adult Hiking Club hosts a Hike, 9 a.m., at Aldeen Park, 623 N. Alpine Road. Visit www. or call 815987-8800.

Wednesday, November 13

TLC’s Buddy Valastro, star of the popular TV shows Cake Boss and Next Great Baker, 7:30 p.m., Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford. Call 815-968-5222.

Rockford Public Library presents Bank on It: The Basics of Personal Finance, 1 to 3 p.m., Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. Taught by Woodforest National Bank. Registration required at 815965-7606.

Northern Illinois SCORE presents Online Marketing With Google AdWords and AdWords Express, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., with Vern Wanner at EIGERlab, 605 Fulton Ave., Rockford. Register at http://bit. ly/10ZTBmK or call 815-962-0122.

Rockford Public Library presents Understanding How the Affordable Care Act Can Benefit You, 1 to 4 p.m., East Branch Friends community meeting room, 6685 E. State St. Presented by Mary Hallock, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois. Registration required at 815-965-7606.

Thursday, November 21

NIU Rockford Club presents Fostering an Ethical Work Environment, a breakfast and panel discussion with the College of Business, 7:30 to 9 a.m., NIU Rockford, 8500 E. State St., room 215. Panel members from Northern Illinois University, SmithAmundsen,

LLC and Alpine Bank. Register at or call Cass Young, 815-753-3760. Northern Illinois SCORE presents Networking and Client Event, 5:30 p.m., EIGERlab, 605 Fulton Ave., Rockford. Register with Tanya Bates, tanya.bates@scorevolunteer. org or visit

Friday, November 22

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, stand-up show with Peter Story based on the bestselling book by John Gray, 8 p.m., Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford. Call 815-968-5222. Philoptochos Society of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. 5th St., hosts a Lunch, Gift Shop & Bazaar, Nov. 22, 10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join for lunch both days, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Homemade Greek bread and pastries for sale. Call 815-9638625 to preorder.

Saturday, November 23

Family Counseling Services presents Dancing with the Rockford Stars, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center. Local area celebrities will be competing for Rockford’s 6th Annual Mirrored Ball Trophy. Local favorite band Missing Links will be on hand for all of the “rest of us” to party and dance the night away. Call 815-962-5585 or visit dancewithrockfordstars. com for more info or to make reservations. Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory presents its 13thannual Memorial Luminaria, 4 to 6 p.m., Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road, Rockford. Brief program at 5:30 p.m. Loved one’s photograph can be incorporated in slideshow. Email staceyb@ by Nov. 16. Call Stacey Bonacorsi, 815226-2273, for questions. Arthritis Foundation hosts its 2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk, 8:30 a.m., at the Rockford Park District’s Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Competitions for adult competitive runners, adult walk/non-competitive runners, and students. Visit 

Friday, November 29

Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, presents Uncanny Science, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Nov. 29 to 30. Science demos and seasonal arts and crafts. Call 815-963-6769 or visit



November 2013

Guest Perspective INSIGHT

Is music the key to success?

Improves intelligence, teaches teamwork, sharpens self-discipline That was the headline of a New York Times op-ed on Oct. 12. The author, Joanne Lipman, makes the case that serious music training leads to success in non-musical careers. Lipman asked that question to leaders in government and industry who had seriously studied music. Almost all claimed a direct relationship between music studies and their present-day success. Music enhanced their creative thinking, fostered collaboration and increased listening skills. Music helped them weave together different ideas and to focus simultaneously on the present and future. Consider this brief list: ■■ Condaleeza Rice, former Secretary of State, trained to be a concert pianist. ■■ Steven Spielberg, director and filmmaker, plays clarinet and is son of a pianist. ■■ Bruce Kovner, hedge fund billionaire, studied piano at Juilliard. ■■ Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, played clarinet and saxophone professionally. ■■ Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, guitarist (still plays guitar in a rock band). Lipman notes, “Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement.” Playing music requires complex interaction between the optical, auditory, motor, memory and language-processing areas of the brain. Reading musical notation and understanding musical rules and syntax develops superior spatial intelligence. Mastering difficult music teaches the value of perseverance and hard work. Playing in an ensemble teaches teamwork skills and discipline. Music is a means of selfexpression that contributes to self-esteem. It is “doing,” not simply observing, active rather than passive.

Art Justifies Itself How can it be that we have allowed music education to decline and even disappear? Ars gratia artis. This Latin phrase appeared at the beginning of old MGM movies. It means “Art for Art’s Sake.” Art justifies itself, and doesn’t need to be defended in terms of utility, moral value or financial worth. A noble concept, but hard to communicate, much like describing colors to one who has never seen. Years ago, I got a phone call from one of my high school choral directors. The school board was about to vote on whether to cut his position; would I please speak to the board in defense of the music program? “Of course,” I replied, and compiled a long list of studies showing the value of high school choral music. He was appalled: “Oh no, you can’t use any of this! Music

Steven Larsen Rockford Symphony Orchestra

is about beauty, not statistics and dollars. I only want you to tell them how important music is in your life. Anything else would demean the art.” I did what he asked. Hoping to hitch my cause to the wisdom of a Founding Father, I read them a quote from John Adams: “I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy … geography, commerce and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, tapestry, and porcelain.” For me, this was an inspirational prophecy of America’s greatness. Adams’ generation had fought for liberty, so that America could prosper through science, commerce and industry, creating a world in which art would be its crowning achievement, the highest aspiration of humankind. When the economy faltered, unemployment soared and tax revenues declined, then our educational system naively turned to “useful” and “productive” subjects, and dreams of art deferred to the future. It was an exercise in faulty logic: If A (liberty), then B (prosperity), then C (art): If NOT B (prosperity), then NOT C (art). It never occurred to them — or to most school boards who cut music programs — that art can create prosperity! In 2011, Arts and Entertainment was worth $591 billion, four percent of our Gross Domestic Product, surpassing Construction, Waste Services, Utilities, Mining, Corporate Management and Agriculture. This reflects only money spent directly on Arts and Entertainment. How could one ever measure the effect of music on the careers of people who don’t work in that industry, like Rice, Kovner, Greenspan or Allen? In the end, the board cut his position, citing (of course) statistics and dollars. Ironic, isn’t it, that we call music “the universal language,” but have so much trouble talking to those who have never learned to “speak” it? NBC Chief White House correspondent Michael Todd, who went to college on a music scholarship, credits music for his success. “Playing that solo one more time, working on that one little section one more time,” taught him that “There’s nothing like music to teach you that eventually if you work hard enough, it does get better. You see the results.” May we all look forward to seeing the results here! Steven Larsen is music director of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. The views expressed are those of Larsen’s and do not necessarily represent those of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.


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the News IN Members THEin NEWS

1. Bob Ryder

2. James Hansberry

3. Michael J. Williams

4. Jim Polsean

5. Craig Thomson

6. David Roach

7. Mary Ann Matus

8. Bridget French

9. Courtney Oertel

10. Ryan Shaulis

11. Ben Luedke

12. Lindsay Reed

13. Dawn Hernandez

14. Sara Love

15. Janet Michalsen

16. Karen Paquin

Board Appointments, RETIREMENTS

Employee/Community Recognitions, Awards

Darrell Hines and Steven Slowinske were voted onto the Barbara Olson Center of Hope board.

Ballard Companies, Inc., honored Troy Dull (27), Jim Polsean and Jim Sahlstrom (28) for 20 years of service, and Larry Spitzmiller (29) for 30 years.

Jennifer Deuth Fritts, AIA, LEED AP, project architect, Larson & Darby Group, was appointed to a five-year term on the Village of Roscoe Zoning Board of Appeals. Bob Ryder (1), communications specialist, KMK Media Group, joined the Carrie Lynn Children Center’s Friends board. James Hansberry (2), executive vice president, Rockford Bank & Trust, was appointed to the Rockford Symphony Orchestra board, and Lori Diaz, senior vice president, to the Golden Apple Foundation board. Michael J. Williams (3), executive director, Rock River Training Corp., was reappointed to the Illinois Workforce Investment Board.

New Hires, Promotions, Retirements Jim Polsean (4) was promoted to project manager in the electrical division of Ballard Companies, Inc., and Craig Thomson (5) hired as a project manager in the Pro Com Systems division. Shelter Care Ministries hired Alan Gibby as its new director of development. LDR Cleaning & Restoration promoted David Roach (6) to general manager/VP of operations. Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois hired Mary Ann Matus (7) as corporate donations manager. Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau promoted Bridget French

17. Gregory Saunders

18. Ned Gillette

Reno & Zahm partner Ian Linnabary (30) was named to four top legal lists in Leading Lawyers magazine and holds the distinction of being the youngest Leading Lawyer in Winnebago County.

Judson University welcomes alumni in September from its first graduating classes, including Carol (Thompson) Hunt, one of the first African-American students to attend Judson College when it opened in 1963. (8) to director of marketing and public affairs. Comfort Keepers, northwestern Illinois, hired Susan M. Smith as its new marketing and business development manager. Randy Foss joined Alpine Bank as a mortgage lender at the Roscoe branch. Courtney Oertel (9) joined Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful as special gifts and programs manager. Ryan Shaulis (10) returned to Rockford civil engineering and land surveying consulting firm Arc Design Resources, Inc., as assistant project manager. Ben Luedke (11) was hired to help Healthcare Plus start the senior care division, and Lindsay Reed (12) hired to promote client satisfaction and quality care. Keller Williams Realty Signature welcomed the following the real estate associates to its team of real estate professionals: Rick Hamann, Dawn Hernandez (13), Sara Love (14), Janet Michalsen (15), Karen Paquin (16) and Gregory Saunders (17). Ned Gillette (18) was promoted to

19. Mary Ann Laudicina

20. Dr. May Hashimi

director of Robert W. Baird & Co., and Mary Ann Laudicina (19) to registered client relationship specialist. Rockford Health System welcomed the newest members of its breast cancer fighting team: May Hashimi, M.D. (20), hematology/oncology; Elisha Robinson, M.D. (21), breast surgery; Liza Kim, M.D. (22), plastic surgery; Ronald Washak, D.O. (23), F.I.C.S., F.A.C.O.S., plastic surgery, and Hosne Begum, M.D., hematology/ oncology. 1st Step Chiropractic, S.C., welcomed Dr. Hannah Orem as an associate chiropractor. Alpine Bank promoted Karen Dolan (24) to business services manager and officer, and Leda Vogl (25) to compliance officer in its risk management department. First National Bank and Trust Company appointed Theresa Wendhausen (26) to branding and communications officer. Wipfli hired Melissa Blaser as a senior manager and Teri Downey as a manager of its Financial Institutions Practice’s risk advisory regulatory compliance team.

21. Dr. Elisha Robinson

22. Dr. Liza Kim

Matt Reynolds (31), vice president, consumer sales manager, Blackhawk Bank, was awarded a diploma from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rick Dreher (32), managing partner and chairman, Wipfli LLP, was named one of 2013’s Most Admired Peers in accounting by Inside Public Accounting. Judson University and LULAC Council #5236 awarded Latino students with $5,000 scholarships: Monica Agama, Alegandra Fabian and Kristina Fisher. Three other students were recipients from previous years: Kevin Lopez, Leticia Joy Perez and Mary Lou Bartolon. Blackhawk Investment Group’s financial advisors, Nancy Heidt (33), Karen Vodden (34) and Dave White (35), were recognized by Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.’s Financial Institutions Division for record third quarter revenue. Aletha Beard (36), employee benefits team, Spectrum Insurance Agency, passed the required Affordable Care Act and Marketplace exams for certification on the federally facilitated marketplaces.

Of GENERAL INTEREST Anne Fridh and Sarra Reichwald,

23. Dr. Ronald Washak

24. Karen Dolan



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Members in the News

25. Leda Vogl

26. Theresa Wendhausen

27. Troy Dull

28. Jim Sahlstrom

29. Larry Spitzmiller

30. Ian Linnabary

31. Matt Reynolds

32. Rick Dreher

33. Nancy Heidt

34. Karen Vodden

35. Dave White

36. Aletha Beard

37. Bradley L. Gummow

38. Dr. Tajinderpal Saraon

39. Kristin Comer

40. Bruce Graham

41. Shirley Geiser

42. Bonnie Arrington

43. Brandon Latino

44. Bethany Pederson

45. James Rozinsky

46. Nancy Salsbury

47. Eve Whitaker

48. Warren Zeigle

Bradley L. Gummow (37), managing director – investment officer, PIM portfolio manager, Gummow Wealth Advisory Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, attended Barron’s Top Advisors Summit in Orlando. He was a recipient of the 2013 Five Star Wealth Manager award. Tajinderpal (Tony) Saraon, M.D. (3*), cardiologist at Rockford Health

System Heart & Vascular Center, published a study on the connection between a patient’s endurance during a preoperative stress test and surgical outcomes in the June, 2013 issue of American Journal of Cardiology. Kristen Comer (39), director of marketing, Morning Star Village senior living and Northern Illinois Money Smart Week 2013 co-chairperson,

spoke at the National Conference for Money Smart Week at the Federal Reserve Bank at Chicago in September. Bruce Graham (40), Spectrum Insurance Agency, attended the Pekin Insurance Chairman’s Conference in Galena in September. Graham, Shirley Geiser (41), Bonnie Arrington (42), Brandon

Latino (43), Bethany Pederson (44), James Rozinsky (45), Nancy Salsbury (46), Eve Whitaker (47) and Warren Zeigle (48) attended the Pekin Agents Meeting in Loves Park in September. Graham and Salsbury attended the Ziglar Corporation - Born to Win Business Growth Workshop in Rockford in October.


November 2013


Issues to Watch LEGISLATIVE The following is current Illinois legislation in employment and civil law, and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s positions.

EMPLOYMENT LAW Employee Background Check Act (HB3005) Provides that employers may not conduct criminal history inquiries with respect to a candidate for employment until after the employer has received an application from and interviewed the candidate. Sponsor: Rep. Mayfield (D-Waukegan) Status: Lost in House 24-80-3 Illinois Chamber Position: Neutral Veterans Day Act (HB3058) Provides that an employer shall provide each employee who is a veteran with paid or unpaid time off for Veterans Day, Nov. 11, if the employee otherwise should be required to work on that day, in accordance with the provisions of the act. Sponsor: Rep. Willis (D-Northlake) Status: Re-referred to Rules Committee Illinois Chamber Position: Support Prevailing Wage Records (HB3223) Significantly increases the information small contractors must provide on its certified payroll for work performed on a public works project. The new information to be included: gross and net wages, hourly wage rate, hourly overtime rate, start and stop times, hourly fringe benefit rates, plan sponsor and plan administrator of each fringe benefit. Union contractors would be exempt from reporting the fringe benefit information. Reporting of net wages may infringe on a worker’s privacy by disclosing wage assignments, child support, etc. Sponsor: Rep. Beiser (D-Alton)/Sen. Frerichs (D-Champaign) Status: Passed House and Senate Illinois Chamber Position: Opposed Minimum Wage Increase (SB0068) Language not yet introduced. Sponsor: Sen. Lightford (D-Chicago) Status: Postponed – Executive Illinois Chamber Position: Oppose Family Medical Leave (SB1190/ HB0927) Allows family medical leave up to 12 weeks for birth or adoption of grandchild. Working with sponsor to amend the bill. Sponsor: Sen. Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights)/ Rep. Gabel (D-Evanston) Status: Placed on 3rd Reading /Rereferred to Rules Committee Illinois Chamber Position: Oppose Homeless Bill of Rights Act (SB1210) Sets forth certain rights of homeless persons. It would create a new discriminatory action in the Illinois Human Rights Act that may affect an employer’s ability to inquiry about an applicant’s housing status or address.

Sponsor: Sen. Silverstein (D-Chicago)/Rep. Welch (D-Westchester) Status: Placed on Calendar Order of Concurrence House Amendment 1/ Passed House as Amended 76-33-0 Illinois Chamber Position: Oppose Parkinson’s Disease (SB1253) Provides that any condition or impairment of health of a firefighter, emergency medical technician, or paramedic that results directly or indirectly from Parkinson’s disease resulting in any disability to the employee shall be rebuttably presumed to arise out of and in the course of the employee’s firefighting, EMT, or paramedic employment and shall be rebuttably presumed to be causally connected to the hazards or exposures of the employment, except as otherwise specified. Sponsor: Sen. Holmes (D-Aurora) Status: Re-referred to Assignments Illinois Chamber Position: Oppose Workers’ Comp. Workplace Injury Definition (SB1429) Defines a workplace injury as an injury that occurs in the course of employment. Chamber initiative. Sponsor: Sen. McCarter (R-Vandalia) Status: Re-referred to Assignments Illinois Chamber Position: Support Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Act (SB1708) Requires employers to make specific disclosures to domestic workers regarding terms of employment. Requires written contracts. Establishes provisions for duration of shifts, meal breaks, sleep and rest periods, paid time off, and other matters. Sponsor: Sen. Silverstein (D-Chicago) Status: Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading Illinois Chamber Position: Oppose Social Networking Accounts (SB2306) Senate Floor Amendment #1 provides that the restriction on an employer’s request for information concerning an employee’s social networking profile or website applies to only the employee’s personal account. Also stipulates that in regards to an employee’s professional online account used for business purposes of the employer, nothing in the subsection shall prohibit or restrict an employer from complying with a duty to screen employees or applicants prior to hiring or to monitor or retain employee communications as required under Illinois insurance laws or federal law or by a self-regulatory organization as defined by Security Exchange regulations. Sponsor: Sen. Radogno (R-Lemont)/ Rep. Sandack (R-Downers Grove) Status: Passed Senate and House Illinois Chamber Position: Support Smoke Free-Privacy Exempt (SB2312) As amended, allows employers that provide treatment for patients with

a cancerous condition to consider tobacco-use in their hiring policies for prospective employees. Sets forth protections for current hired and allows prospective employees to appeal any adverse action taken by their employer for violation of a tobacco-use policy. Sponsor: Sen. Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) Status: Lost in Senate 21-18-5 Illinois Chamber Position: Support

Civil LAW

Asbestos Tort Actions (HB0153) Prohibits disclosures of asbestos trust fund claims in tort action. Madison County leads the state in asbestos litigation. Prevents double dipping. Sponsor: Rep. Kay (R- Edwardsville) Status: Re-referred to Rules Committee Illinois Chamber Position: Support Concealed Carry (HB0154/HB0997) Allows the Department of State Police to issue a license to carry a loaded handgun to those that meet qualifications and specified fees. The bill allows those to carry a handgun concealed or openly, and on person or in vehicle, except in prohibited locations. Licenses must be renewed every five years. Sponsor: Rep. Reis (R-Olney)/Rep. Phelps (D-Harrisburg) Status: Re-referred to Rules Committee/Re-referred to Rules Committee Illinois Chamber Position: Reviewing Concealed Carry (HB0183) Does not provide protection for employers to prohibit firearms in parking lots. Sponsor: Rep. Lang (D-Skokie)/Sen. Raoul (D-Chicago) Status: Passed House 102-13-1/ Place on 3rd Reading Illinois Chamber Position: Oppose Human Rights Protection Orders (HB2763) Provides that it is a civil rights violation for an employer to refuse to make certain reasonable accommodations in the workplace for an employee protected under an order of protection. Sponsor: Rep. Scherer (D- Decatur) Status: Re-referred to Rules Committee Illinois Chamber Position: Oppose Concealed Carry (SB1284) Allows the Department of State Police to issue a license to carry a loaded handgun to those that meet qualifications and specified fees. The bill allows those to carry a handgun concealed or openly, and on person or in vehicle, except in prohibited locations. Licenses must be renewed every five years. Sponsor: Sen. Forby (D-Benton) Status: To Subcommittee on Firearms Illinois Chamber Position: Reviewing Joint and Several Liability (SB1414) Amends and re-enacts provisions of the Civil Practice Article of the Code

of Civil Procedure concerning actions on account of bodily injury or death or physical damage to property based on negligence or product liability based on strict tort liability. Sponsor: Sen. Dillard (R-Westmont) Status: Re-referred to Assignments Illinois Chamber Position: Reviewing ‘May Issue’ Concealed Carry (SB2193) Provides no discretion for employers to prohibit firearms in parking lots. Only protection on firearms in parking lots is a locked box. The bill as amended trumps the property rights of employers. Sponsor: Sen. Forby (D-Benton)/Rep. Phelps (D-Harrisburg) Status: Placed on 3rd Reading/ Passed House as Amended 85-30-1 Illinois Chamber Position: Opposed As Amended

Learn How Rockford Serves Refugees Join the Rockford Chamber’s Government Affairs Council Nov. 8, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St. Visit (events) or call Heidi Garner, 815316-4312. The Diocese of Rockford/ Catholic Charities will present on the Refugee Resettlement Program. Migration and Refugee Services carries out the commitment of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to serve and advocate for refugees, asylees and forced migrants, immigrants and others on the move. Special concern is given to the most vulnerable among them, such as: minors unaccompanied by parents or adult guardians, and the victims of human trafficking. This commitment is rooted in the Gospel mandate that every person is to be welcomed by the disciple as if he or she were Christ Himself and in the right of every human being to pursue, without constraint, the call to holiness. There are 15 million refugees worldwide who have fled their homelands because of persecution due to their religious or political beliefs. The goal of the Refugee Resettlement Program is to provide a compassionate response by assisting refugee families to begin their new life in America. The program provides initial food and housing, meets the family at its point of arrival, and assists in obtaining social security cards, enrolling children in school, providing English classes for adults, and health screenings and physical exams for all. It also provides cultural orientation and helps refugees find a job with the goal always to achieve early selfsufficiency.



November 2013

Business Briefs BUSINESS BRIEFS Rockford Chamber members appear bolded. Thank you for your support of your fellow Chamber members. Discovery Center Museum opened its new Build It! Make It! exhibit in the 5,000-sq.-ft. space of Woodward Exhibit Hall. The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 5, features building toys and materials, from LEGOs, K’Nex and Lincoln Logs, to cardboard and giant foam blocks. University of Illinois Extension is accepting applications for its 60hour master gardener education training program, which begins January, 2014. Volunteers give back a minimum of 60 hours in the Rockford area. Contact Meghan Bowe, or 815986-4357. Rockford Park District dedicated the David F. Johnson Accessible Fishing Pier. Located south of the Auburn Street bridge near Symbol along the Rock River, the pier has lowered railing sections to provide anglers with disabilities a place to rest their poles and have an unobstructed view of the water. Funding for construction came from private donations. First National Bank and Trust earned the Electronic Payments Association’s 2013 PayItGreen Seal of Approval by motivating customers and businesses to make electronic their first choice for payments, bills and statements. SwedishAmerican Health System announced plans to acquire Rockford, Ill.-based Physicians Care Network Inc., by January, 2014. The independent physician association is a group of physicians who incorporate to contract with insurance companies and which will ensure local participation in BlueCross BlueShield’s HMO Illinois product into 2014. Wipfli LLP closed its offices on Sept. 26 and associates volunteered with Harlem Community Center and Rockford MELD.

Rock Valley College Center for Learning in Retirement celebrated 20 years and has grown to a membership of more than 2,100 older adult learners and from five classes in 1993 to 155 in 2013. Thayer Lighting, Inc., a business specializing in retrofitting commercial lighting systems for maximum energy efficiency and light quality, received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Development Center – Chicago, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). SwedishAmerican Health System held an open house on Oct. 12 for its new Regional Cancer Center at 3535 N. Bell School Road in Rockford, near Riverside and I-90. The 63,000-sq.-ft., free-standing center is a collaboration with UW Health and its University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center and offers radiation therapy, medical oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services, and holistic and support services. SwedishAmerican Hospital completed a $4.6 million renovation to its medical imaging department, which includes a newly remodeled teaching room/conference room with updated technology for use by staff and its School of Radiography. Discovery Center Museum opened its Secret Garden exhibit, filled with gardens, a pathway, native plants and natural materials, between its outdoor Dino Dig and Woodward Hall. Wipfli LLP launched a website, www., to guide businesses and health care providers in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Business executives also can sign up for Wipfli Alerts & Updates with tips issued by e-mail. Siena on Brendenwood, a Rockford retirement community, won a Mature Online Marketing Business Award for Best Internal Resident Communications.

Rockford MELD announced that Lucille O’Neal, author, motivational speaker and mother of Shaquille O’Neal, will be the guest speaker at its annual celebrity event on Feb. 6. SwedishAmerican Hospital earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for healthcare quality and safety in lung cancer care, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke care. Although it is a misconception that the RAMP organization builds ramps, it did work with the Home Builders Association of the Greater Rockford Area to build a ramp for a woman unable to get out of her home on her own due to physical limitations. Rockford Spine Center doctors successfully performed on more than 70 patients a new procedure to correct severe deformities of the spine, Transforaminal Anterior Release, which corrects fixed sagittal imbalance and segmental kyphosis without cutting through bone. RyCOM, a marketing company in Rockton, had a record year in 2013 with projects including new websites for the Roscoe Area Chamber of Commerce, The Radio Kid and Superior Industrial Equipment, and marketing, design and branding for Barrick Switzer Long Balsley & Van Evera LLP and Bogdan Insurance. Wipfli LLP launched Wipfli Connect for Manufacturing, a software solution powered by Microsoft, that lets product and equipment manufacturers optimize every aspect of the customer lifecycle — from sales, to production and delivery, to service after the sale. Woodward, Inc., announced on Sept. 18, its board of directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.08 per share, payable on Dec. 2 for stockholders of record as of Nov. 18. Rockford Park District dedicated the new gym floor at Washington Park Community Center in October.

PR Etc., was hired by FitMe Wellness, at Brynwood Shopping Center in Rockford, for marketing, advertising and public relations. It was hired by Chicago-based Doculabs as its Agency of Record to oversee marketing, website redevelopment, social/digital media activities, public relations and national outreach. Brian Thomas Photography completed work for a community wall at Riverside Community Bank’s Perryville location with images of local landmarks and events and a large-scale cityscape of downtown Rockford. Stenstrom celebrated its 60th anniversary with an event at Giovanni’s, with proceeds benefitting the Rock Valley College Foundation. Judson University approved a new program, a master’s of leadership in ministry. Its school of leadership and business started a master’s of business administration to begin in spring, 2014. KMK Media Group, Inc., completed video production of a commercial for television and online viewing by Comfort Keepers of Northern Illinois, a company helping seniors through assisted living. Chicago Rockford International Airport hosted its first annual UPS Plane Pull in October. Teams competed to pull for 20 feet an aircraft weighing more than 200,000 pounds across the tarmac, with proceeds benefitting the United Way of Rock River Valley. LaVoz Latina will move to its new location on Dec. 12 at 730 N. Church St., Rockford; the building formerly occupied by Rockford Business College. A grand opening celebration will be held in late spring and plans are underway for a capital campaign.


November 2013

Get to Know Your Ambassadors Name: Lisa Radant Company: Shelter Insurance Position: Agent How long have you been an Ambassador? One year What do you like most about being an Ambassador? The really great thing about being an Ambassador is meeting others who are involved in the community. I have lived in the Rockford area for almost 22 years, and I had no idea of the number of worthwhile events and causes that are hosted throughout the area. Being an Ambassador has helped me to come out of my shell and get involved with organizations like Rosie’s Birthday Club and the Ethnic Heritage Museum. I also enjoy going to businesses in the community and finding out what they do, what they want to accomplish and how they impact Rockford and the surrounding areas. I have met so many wonderful people just though being an Ambassador, and I encourage others to join us!

STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND CIRCULATION 1. Publication Title: The VOICE of the Rockford Business Community 2. Publication Number: 784-120 3. Filing Date: 09/27/2013 4. Issue Frequency: Monthly 5. Number of Issues Published Annually: 12 6. Annual Subscription Price: $25 7. Complete Mailing Address of Known Office of Publication: 308 W. State St., Ste. 190, Rockford, IL 61101-1104 Winnebago County. 8. Complete Mailing Address of Headquarters or General Business Office of Publisher: Same as above. 9. Publisher: Rockford Chamber of Commerce, 308W. State St., Ste. 190, Rockford, IL 61101-1104. Editor: N/A Managing Editor: Doug Hessong, same as above. 10. Owner: Rockford Chamber of Commerce Complete Mailing Address: 308W. State St., Ste. 190, Rockford, IL 61101-1104. 11. Known Bondholders, Mortgagees, and Other Security Holders Owning or Holding 1 Percent or More of Total Amount of Bonds, Mortgages, or Other Securities. Full Name: N/A Complete Mailing Address: N/A 12. Tax Status (For completion by nonprofit organizations authorized to mail at special rates.) The purpose, function, and nonprofit status of this organization and the exempt status for federal income tax purposes: Has Not Changed During Preceding 12 Months. 13. Publication Title: The VOICE of the Rockford Business Community 14. Issue Date for Circulation Data: September 2013 15. Extent and Nature of Circulation a. Total Number Copies (Net Press Run) Average No. Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months: 6,000 Actual No. Copies of Single Issue Published Nearest to Filing Date: 6,000 b. Paid Circulation (By Mail and Outside the Mail) (1)Mailed Outside-County Paid Subscriptions Stated on PS Form 3541: Average No. Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months: 260 Actual No. Copies of Single Issue Published Nearest to Filing Date: 267 (2)Mailed In-County Paid Subscriptions Stated on PS Form 3541: Average No. Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months: 3,090 Actual No. Copies of Single Issue Published Nearest to Filing Date: 3,109 (3) Paid Distribution Outside the Mails Including Sales Through Dealers and Carriers, Street Vendors, Counter Sales, and Other Paid Distribution Outside USPS® : Average No. Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months: N/A Actual No. Copies of Single Issue Published Nearest to Filing Date: N/A (4) Paid Distribution by Other Classes of Mail Through the USPS (e.g. First-Class Mail®) Average No. Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months: N/A Actual No. Copies of Single Issue Published Nearest to Filing Date: N/A c. Total Paid Distribution (Sum of 15b(1)(2),(3), and (4))

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Lead: Common health hazard in the home The Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD) is stressing to parents the importance of having children tested and taking other steps to reduce the risk of lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can affect every system in the body and is known to cause growth, hearing, speech and learning delays, as well as loss of IQ. Because lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, and yet an estimated 250,000 U.S. children have elevated blood-lead levels, which are linked to learning drawbacks, behavior disorders and eyehand coordination problems. The WCHD currently is accepting applications for the Creating Lead Safe Rockford program, which provides funding to households of children under the age six to help fix lead hazards. Applicants must be from Winnebago or Boone counties. Income guidelines apply.

Call Carmelo Porta-Gonzalez, 815-7204112, for questions.

Three Ways to Protect Your Family Get Your Home Tested. Most houses built before 1978 are likely to contain some lead-based paint. However, it is the deterioration of this paint that causes a problem. Before you buy an older home, ask for a lead inspection. If you live in an old home, get an inspection or a risk assessment. Federal law requires that all sellers and landlords disclose the results of any lead inspections prior to renting or selling a unit. Get Your Child Tested. Children 6 years of age and younger, and who live in older housing, are at highest risks for lead poisoning. Even if your young children seem healthy, ask your doctor to test them for lead or call the WCHD, 815-720-4130, to schedule a blood lead level test. Get the Facts. The Health Department can provide helpful information about preventing childhood lead poisoning. Visit

Regional, National Indicators THE ECONOMY Population Clock As of October 20, 2013: U.S. 316,915,933

World 7,119,007,454

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Midwest Manufacturing Output Increased in August The Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index (CFMMI) increased 1.5 percent in August, to a seasonally adjusted level of 96.7 (2007 = 100). The Federal Reserve Board’s industrial production index for manufacturing (IPMFG) moved up 0.7 percent in August. Regional output rose 4.0 percent in August from a year earlier, and national output increased 2.8 percent. Monthly Index

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November 2013

Membership Renewals Thank you to members who renewed with the Rockford Chamber of Commerce in September, 2013.

Advanced Rockford Eye Care

Midwest Community Bank

Advanced Window Systems

National Cooperative Rx

Amberwood Care Centre

Nelson Fire Protection

American Red Cross, Rock River Chapter BelRock Asphalt Paving Inc. Benson Stone Company, Inc. Bergstrom Inc. Brian F. Soltys, D.D.S. Briargate Management, LLC C. G. Group Inc. CliftonLarsonAllen LLP CMM & Associates ComElec-East, Inc. Community Bank of Rockford, A Division of The Harvard State Bank Courtyard by Marriott/ Rockford Cronies Grill Crystal Precision Drilling, Inc. Culver’s Restaurant D B Schenker DeVry University and Keller Graduate School of Management Employee Benefit Association of Northern Illinois Giovanni’s, Inc. Gordon Flesch Company, Inc. Healthcare Plus Home Environment Center of Rockford, Ltd. Honquest Family Funeral Home With Crematory Howe Freightways, Inc. Ken McEachran Agency, Ltd. Kiwanis Club of Rockford Leland L. Freberg, CPA, LLC Lincolnshire Place M & W Grinding of Rockford

Panino’s Restaurant (North Main) Panino’s Restaurant (East State Street) Pathfinder Wealth Management, Inc. Pelion Actuarial Services QPS Employment Group Rock River Water Reclamation District Rock Valley Apartments Rockford Apartment Association Rockford Area Hotel-Motel Association Rockford Register Star Saco USA (Illinois) Inc. Sam’s Club, A Division of Wal-Mart Stores Shadow Trucking, Inc. Stewart & Associates, Inc. T6 Broadband Thayer Lighting, Inc. The Alliance The Pension Specialists, Ltd. Van Galder Bus/A Coach USA Co. Veterans Industries Wesley Willows Windstar Lines Winnebago County Bar Association Winnebago County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Winnebago County Schools Credit Union

Membership: 101 MEMBERSHIP

Is it time for a Chamber Check-up? E Is your contact information up-to-date? E Do you know what’s new at the Chamber?

E Are you using the cost-savings programs? E Do you know how to increase your membership ROI? We have listened to our members — Diane Navickis is now the Member Relations Manager. With numerous years of Customer Service, Sales and Corporate Training experience, Diane will work with all Chamber members to ensure their engagement and satisfaction. She will be systematically reaching out to every Chamber member to discuss their goals and how we can help achieve them. You may contact Diane at 815-316-4315 or dnavickis@ to schedule your Chamber Check-Up today!

Membership Loyalty

Whether B2B or you just want something to eat, look to your membership! With approximately 1,200 members, your Chamber membership has everything you need for your business or personally. Take a look: • Eats & Treats • Trees to Keys • Health to Wealth • The Arts & Parks • Travel to Gravel • Cars to Bars • Nuts & Bolts • Meds to Sheds • Gaskets to Caskets • Homes to Phones

Make a Pledge Today –

Support businesses that support the growth of our business community!


November 2013

New Chamber Members MEMBERS

ATS Medical Services, Inc.

Setting the New Standard and Raising the Bar in Emergency Medical Services 6419 Material Ave. Loves Park, IL 61111 Bradley Bull 815-963-5001

Benassi Family Dentistry Personalized Dental Care in a Comfortable and Caring Atmosphere 735 N. Perryville Road, Ste. 2, 61107 Stan Goral 815-397-2752

Charles Schwab Among the Largest Money Market Fund Managers and Providers of Retail Index Funds 801 N. Perryville Road, 61107 Mark Gerard 414-491-8126

Christian Life Schools CLS Offers the Convenience of PreK-3 through Grade 12 on One Campus 5950 Spring Creek Road, 61114 Gregory Zies 815-877-2600

Eyewear Express Our Focus is to Improve Your Vision and Make You Happy 575 S. Perryville Road, 61108 Cory Dugas


Upcoming Chamber Events



Next Level Health Cooperative

Ribbon Cutting, Seagren’s Avon Beauty Center, 9 to 10 a.m., 621 S. Perryville Road, Rockford.

A Multi-Disciplinary Health Care Delivery System including Clinics, Doctors, Seminars & Employee Wellness Programs with Community Outreach 2835 McFarland Road, Ste. D, 61107 Dr. Emmett Blahnik 815-708-6195

Friday, November 1

Tuesday, Nov. 5 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Forest Hills Country Club 5135 Forest Hills Rd., Rockford

Rockford OMS

Business Women’s Council

Oral Surgeons, Dental Implants, Wisdom Teeth Removal 425 Roxbury Road, 61107 Mary Edlen 815-226-4700

LoRayne Logan, workplace Staffing, workplace Staffing, presents, “Career Moves — Knowing and Spotlighting Your Strengths and Abilities.” Ms. Logan was recognized as the 2013 Woman Business Owner of the Year by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

The Connection Contact Services Center

In December, we have our Giveback program. This year’s recipient is Carpenter’s Place. We will be accepting donations at our November and December lunches. Items needed: Chap-stick, Comet Cleanser, Dish Soap, Individual Size Tissue, Laundry Detergent, Light Bulbs, Masking Tape, Mops, Brooms, Dustpans, Pine-Sol or Lysol, Scrub Sponges, Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Personal items: Disposable Razors, Shaving Cream, Stick Deodorant (men & women).

The #1 Outsourced Call Center Solution 1975 Harlem Road Loves Park, IL 61111 Regina Blakely 815-639-9296

The Literacy Council Basic Adult Education and English as Second Language Classes and One-on-One Tutoring 982 N. Main St., 61103 Cindy Waddick 815-963-7323


Sponsor: Siena on Brendenwood.

Wednesday, November 6

Good Morning Rockford! with the Advantage Club Originals, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 7675 Walton St.

Friday, November 8

Government Affairs Council, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St., Rockford. The Diocese of Rockford/Catholic Charities presents on the Refugee Resettlement Program. To join, contact Heidi Garner at 815-316-4312.

Tuesday, November 12

Advantage Club – Superstars, noon to 1 p.m., Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford. Contact Thomas Conwell, MSI Reverse,

Wednesday, November 13

Breakfast Buzz, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford. Dr. Bill Gorski presents, “SwedishAmerican from 1804 to 2013: A Historical Journey.” Sponsored by McGladrey. Ribbon Cutting, Next Level Health Cooperative, 1 to 2 p.m., 2835 McFarland Road, Ste. D, Rockford. Advantage Power Network Club, 11:45 a.m., Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Road, Rockford. Contact Teri Watts, United Commercial Realty, Advantage Club – Originals, 11:45 a.m., various locations. Contact Tiffany Staman, Carpenter’s Place, 815-964-4105, ext. 221, or tiffanys@



Upcoming Chamber Events Thursday, Nov. 14 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Giovanni’s, Inc., 610 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford

Healthcare Industry Luncheon

Philip W. Eaton, president/CEO, Rosecrance Health Network, presents, “Potholes in the Behavioral Health Infrastructure,” on the importance of behavioral healthcare for a healthy community. Sponsors: BMO Harris Bank (presenting); Humana, Rosecrance Health Network, and Rockford Spine Center (gold); SwedishAmerican Health System, and Employers’ Coalition on Health (ECOH) (silver); Alpha Controls & Services and Rock Town Consulting (bronze).

Thursday, November 14

Manufacturing Survey and State of the Industry, 7:30 to 10 a.m., Franchesco’s Ristorante, 7128 Spring Creek Road, Rockford. Sponsored by McGladrey. IGNITE: Lunch Outside the Box, noon to 1 p.m., Rockford University, 5050 E. State St., Rockford. Darcy Bucholz presents, “Rockford’s current employment environment and how the Workforce Connection is supporting it.”

Tuesday, November 19

Chamber 101 with Speed Networking, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. NEW LOCATION FOR 2013 at a private meeting room at Benson Stone Company, Inc., 1100 11th St., Rockford. Sponsored by MembersAlliance Credit Union.

Thursday, November 21

IGNITE After 5: Michael’s Restaurant, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., 4002 E. State St., Rockford. Networking with young professionals from across the region.

Tuesday, November 26

Advantage Club – Superstars, noon to 1 p.m., Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford. Contact Thomas Conwell, MSI Reverse,

Wednesday, November 27

Advantage Power Network Club, 11:45 a.m., Forest Hills Country Club,

5135 Forest Hills Road, Rockford. Contact Teri Watts, United Commercial Realty, Advantage Club – Originals, 11:45 a.m., various locations. Contact Tiffany Staman, Carpenter’s Place, 815-964-4105, ext. 221, or tiffanys@

DECEMBER, 2013 Tuesday, December 3

Business Women’s Council: Give Back, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Road, Rockford. Sponsored by Siena on Brendenwood.

Tuesday, December 10

Lead 360: December Breakfast, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road, Rockford. Sponsored by Rockford Park District (presenting) and SwedishAmerican Health System (keynote). Advantage Club – Superstars, noon to 1 p.m., Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford. Contact Thomas Conwell, MSI Reverse,

Wednesday, December 11

Advantage Power Network Club, 11:45 a.m., Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Road, Rockford. Contact Teri Watts, United Commercial Realty, Advantage Club – Originals, 11:45 a.m., various locations. Contact Tiffany Staman, Carpenter’s Place, 815-964-4105, ext. 221, or tiffanys@ Ribbon Cutting, Charles Schwab, 4 to 6 p.m., 801 N. Perryville Road, Rockford. Thursday, Dec. 12 11:30 am - 1:15 pm Radisson Conference Center 200 S. Bell School Rd., Rockford

Education Outlook Luncheon BMO Harris Bank (presenting), Humana, and SwedishAmerican Health System (gold).

November 2013 Member Anniversaries Thank you to the members who celebrate their anniversaries with the Rockford Chamber in November, 2013.

35-Year Member

Crusader Community Health on West State Street, Woodward Campus for Community Health Care Title Underwriters

Olson Enterprises LLC

15-Year Member

30-Year Members

D & S Marine Inc.

Crusader Community Health Belvidere Crusader Community Health on Broadway, Uram Building

5-Year MemberS

65-Year Member Target Commercial Interiors


November 2013

Fifth Third Bank K-I Machine Tool & Production Inc. Sexson Orthodontics, Ltd.

ADVERTISERS Advertisers Index

Ahern Fire Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Riverside Community Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

The Alliance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC) . . . . . . . . . 6

Alpine Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 BMO Harris Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Brian Thomas Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Broadmoor Agency. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Comcast Business. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Rockford Bank & Trust. . . . . . . . . . . . 12, 16 Rockford Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4, 8, 20, 23 Rockford Health System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Fast Mailing Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Rockford Housing Authority. . . . . . . . . . . . 12

First National Bank and Trust Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Rockford Public Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Sikich LLP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Fish Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Stillman Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

IMEC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

SwedishAmerican Health System . . . . . . . 10

Leading Lawyers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Thayer Lighting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

McGladrey LLP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. . . . . . . 8 RACVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Van Galder Bus Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Victory Golf Range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren P.C.. . . . . . . 13

Winnebago County Renewable Energy Expo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Reno & Zahm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Wipfli LLP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Chamber Staff / Call 815-987-8100.............................................. Direct Line

Einar K. Forsman, President & CEO.......................................... 815-316-4304

Heidi M. Garner, Executive Assistant to the President.................... 815-316-4312

Doug Hessong, Director of Publications & Technology................... 815-316-4338 Lynette Jacques, Advertising and Sponsorship Executive............... 815-316-4317

Vee Jevremovic, Manager of Education Programs and Events.. ........ 815-316-4337 Cyndie Landis, Financial Assistant.. .......................................... 815-316-4300

Joy Moriarty, V.P. Finance.. ..................................................... 815-316-4316 Stacy Mullins, Director of Events.. ............................................ 815-316-4302 Diane Navickis, Membership Relations Manager.......................... 815-316-4315 Mary Ann Suprenant, Membership Development Manager.............. 815-316-4336

Joan Sundvall, Membership Contact Coordinator......................... 815-316-4320

Chamber Board of Directors & Officers Executive Committee


Chairman of the Board Richard Walsh SwedishAmerican Health System

Romero Bennett Blue Sky Insurance Agency, Inc. Andrew Benson Benson Stone Company, Inc.

Vice Chair Patti Thayer Thayer Lighting, Inc.

Ryan Brauns Rockford Consulting & Brokerage

Vice Chair Richard Zumwalt OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

Paul Callighan ComEd, An Exelon Company

Treasurer Larry Bridgeland Mid-City Office Products Immediate Past Chairman Mike Broski Entré Computer Solutions

Joe Castrogiovanni Giovanni’s, Inc. Dr. Rena Cotsones Northern Illinois University Darlene Furst Furst Staffing Jeff Hultman Riverside Community Bank

Penelope Lechtenberg Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP Michael Mastroianni Rock Valley College Paul McCann Stanley Steemer Pat Morrow Alpine Bank Amy Ott Chicago Rockford International Airport Mark Peterson CBL Associates Cherry Vale Michele Petrie BMO Harris Bank Timothy Rollins WilliamsMcCarthy Daniel Saavedra Saavedra Gehlhausen Architects Henry Seybold Rockford Health System

Pat Shaw McGladrey LLP Somchan Thatsanaphon K-I Machine Tool & Production Inc. Tim White UTC Aerospace Systems Jennifer Wood CPA

Ex-Officio Directors Don Thayer Rockford Area Economic Development Council Einar K. Forsman President & CEO, Rockford Chamber of Commerce John Groh Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

December 2013 Special Sections:

Financial Planning Non-Profits For information on advertising, call 815 987-8100

November Voice 2013  

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