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  • Chocolate drink turns into a sweet racing business for Buffalo Grove company Aug 25, 2014 5:09 AM
    Kukec's People features Steve Ginsburg of Deerfield, who owns and operates Buffalo Grove-based RAM Racing and founded the Hot Chocolate Race.

     
  • After Jewel, UPS, how do consumers stay safe from data hacks? Aug 23, 2014 12:58 PM
    What's next to protect you from data breaches that seem to crop up almost daily? Kukec's eBuzz column tells how new technology can help.

     
  • Griller Gerrish fires up ideas for 25th anniversary Aug 19, 2014 9:15 AM
    Bryan Gerrish of Arlington Heights has a yard full of Weber grills. During the summer, you may see about a dozen or so. His favorite is the Performer with both gas and charcoal. “I always have a number of grills in the yard. It's grill envy,” said Gerrish, 59. He also happens to be CEO of Weber Grill Restaurants, owned by the family behind Palatine-based Weber-Stephen Products, maker of the Weber grill. When not in his Rolling Meadows office, Gerrish has been firing up his grill a lot this summer, trying out different recipes as he and his colleagues enjoy tweaking the menu in the restaurants.

     
  • Arlington Heights dog lover honors pets with online artwork Aug 14, 2014 5:47 PM
    Joe Russell grew up having a dog around the house and even had a dog while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. .Now, the Arlington Heights man owns and operates Laughing Dog Artworks, an online e-commerce business that creates, produces and sells dog-themed, framed art and T-shirts. The business was inspired by C.M. Coolidge’s “Dogs Playing Poker” painting, he said.

     
  • Hanover Park man ditches convenience for franchise Aug 11, 2014 11:18 PM
    Humza Khan of Hanover Park loves buildings. He loves what you may not notice, like the ceiling, the floor plans, the color and the design. So it’s no surprise that the 28-year-old left behind a secure job with his family’s 7-Eleven businesses to pursue his dream. He has taken his test to obtain a license as an inspector and aims to launch his own franchise of Pillar to Post, a building inspection firm, by early September. “Growing up in Chicago, one of the most beautiful cities in the world that contains incredible architecture in the hundreds of buildings, I was always interested in buildings and design,” Khan said. “I would notice crown moldings, cabinetry, floor plans of houses and just overall color schemes and think about the design style of each structure. It was a passion that slowly grew as I got older.” He said he once considered a career in interior design but was more interested in the overall area of real estate, architecture and remodeling. “I initially began researching different business opportunities within the architecture and real estate areas and after several months of research, I found Pillar to Post,” he said. The franchise appealed to him because it combined the two things he has always loved and has been good at, architecture and people skills, he said. “The business plan and methodology guided a new business owner to succeed and their code of business ethics allowed for a newcomer to provide honest, necessary, informed information regarding a building so a potential buyer can have peace of mind in their purchase,” he said. Khan was born in downtown Chicago. At 3, his parents moved to Hanover Park. When he was 18, he began working at 7-Eleven in Glendale Heights, owned by his older sister’s husband. For the next 10 years, he worked with his brother-in-law and they expanded the business and opened two additional locations, one in Park Ridge and another in Glendale Heights. Khan began as a sales associate and worked his way up to general manager of the two Glendale Heights stores. The experience has taught him about customer service and customer satisfaction to build loyalty. He said after much thought and deliberation, he decided it was time to combine his passion with his business skills and create something for himself. “Starting this company has been wonderful and terrifying at the same time,” Khan said. “It takes a lot of courage and confidence to leave an existing profitable family business to go out and try to follow my dreams.” He also wants to help people build their own dreams as well. “My goal is to continue to build and grow and help the residential community of my hometown to buy and sell property with confidence,” he said. Rosemont legacy continues Jacqueline Stephens Breisch is a new associate in the Lake Forest office of Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP. She has extensive experience in family law cases involving custody, maintenance, child support, property division, and finding creative solutions to deal with complex financial matters associated with divorce. The Rosemont native recently moved back to her hometown where her grandfather, Donald E. Stephens, was the founding mayor of Rosemont and served for nearly 50 years. Her uncle, Brad Stephens, took over as mayor in 2007. Specialist now at Lutheran General Anastasios Raptis of Libertyville is the new stem cell transplant medical director at Advocate Lutheran General in Park Ridge. Raptis is a hematology/oncology specialist, with nearly 30 years experience in performing all types of stem cell/bone marrow transplants and was recruited from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. FastTracks Meghan O’Kelly was named the Young Professional of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America Chicago at its annual Skyline Awards Gala. The group recognizes the best communications practitioners, campaigns and tactics in the Chicago area. O’Kelly, a Hoffman Estates native and 2004 graduate of Fremd High School, is the corporate relations division manager for the Midwest region at Northbrook-based Allstate Insurance Co. Owner Sheryl Martinec cut the ribbon on her new Flour Shoppe Bakery and Confectionary in Cary. Those who were on hand to welcome Martinec included Lynn Caccavallo, associate director of the Cary Grove Chamber of Commerce; Dave Evans, the chamber board president; Brad Ball, executive director o the chamber; among others. Tom McDonald has been appointed regional sales manager of Corporate Life & Pensions at Zurich Global Life in Schaumburg. ... Andre Richards is the new director of brand strategy and management at Oak Brook-based Delta Dental Plans Association, a dental benefits provider. ... Kaylee Phalon is the new financial adviser at Edward Jones at Naperville’s Fifth Avenue Station. She joins Financial Advisor Mark Putbrese, who has served clients in the Naperville area for about 20 years. Glenview native Megan Tamte, founder and CEO of Edina, Minnesota-based Hot Mama stores, has changed the company name to Evereve. It will open at the Main Street Promenade in Naperville on Aug. 20, and is one of the company’s eight Illinois locations. It’s also the first brick-and-mortar store nationwide to make the name change. ... Beth Wagner is the new marketing coordinator at Black Diamond Plumbing and Mechanical Inc. in Crystal Lake Stephanie Nelson of Park Ridge, event manager for CDM Media said the Chicago-based company has recently expanded to New York and Cardiff, United Kingdom. It is a business-to-business technology, marketing and media firm that specializes in reaching executives through events and strategic online content. • There’s more to business than just the bottom line. We want to tell you about the people that make business work. Send news about people in business to akukec@dailyherald.com. Follow Anna Marie Kukec on LinkedIn and Facebook and as AMKukec on Twitter.

     
  • United’s app now includes passport scanning for quicker check-in Aug 7, 2014 4:23 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features United Airlines updated app which now allows customers to scan their passports on their smartphones in order to check in at least 24 hours before their scheduled departure.

     
  • Geneva optometrist focuses on new technology Aug 4, 2014 5:06 AM
    Kukec's People features long-time Geneva optometrist who is now offering genetic testing to his patients.

     
  • MoxieJean.com grows by selling used kids clothing Aug 4, 2014 11:22 AM
    Arlington Heights-based Moxie Jean, an online resale shop, helps busy parents but or sell used children's clothing. Business has been so brisk that the company plans to double its staff by the end of the year.

     
  • Des Plaines tech firm is real gem for entrepreneur Jul 28, 2014 12:52 PM
    Kukec's People features Mitul Gandhi was part of a family of jewelers in India. He said he was the so-called black sheep. Instead of jewelry, he gravitated toward technology. Now, he's the co-founder and chief architect of Des Plaines-based SeoClarity.

     
  • FinalRoadMap.com offers more than final bucket list Jul 24, 2014 5:05 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features Darien-based FinalRoadMap.com, which offers consumers a digital vault filled with documents that can indicate what they want as final wishes. It goes beyond what typical wills or other legal documents provide by offering your final wishes for even the most smallest thing.

     
  • Barrington mortgage pro helps Hispanic families Jul 21, 2014 4:50 AM
    Kukec's People features Eduardo Paras of Barrington, who helps Hispanic families obtain mortgages to buy homes.

     
  • Glen Ellyn entrepreneur forsakes tech’s nomadic life Jul 14, 2014 4:58 PM
    Kukec's People features Saad Rehmani of Glen Ellyn who forgoes his father's world travels to stay here in the area. But he recently left innovative Redbox and has settled at Kapow.

     
  • Online, mobile ER registration streamline process Jul 11, 2014 7:10 AM
    Lake Forest Hospital's emergency room has launched an online check-in system for patients with nonlife-threatening illnesses. Beginning July 1, patients were able to complete online forms to start the check-in process and let ER staff know when to expect them. The online check-in started at its related Northwestern Grayslake Emergency Center last summer, said spokeswoman Kelly Klopp.

     
  • Religion fuels Libertyville financial expert to help, advise Jul 7, 2014 5:04 AM
    Kukec's People features Roch Tranel, founder and president of The Tranel Financial Group in Libertyville, who follows his christian values in business as well as in the community, where he enjoys cultivating leaders.

     
  • Itasca’s Knowles takes microphone to new level Jul 3, 2014 12:58 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features a new digital microphone that will be going into new smartphones and other devices that will eliminate swiping the screen when turning on and off any calls. The device will also allow you to transfer data just by holding up the smartphone to another device.

     
  • Young Naperville entprereneur honored Jun 30, 2014 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Zakery Kates, owner of Naperville-based Simple Edge web marketing firm, who serves on a number of boards and volunteers at countless events, especially for Kids Matter and the Naperville Jaycees. He’s also a member of the Naperville Chamber of Commerce and was recently recognized by the chamber’s Small Business of the Year Awards in the category of Young Entrepreneur. He’s only 25.

     
  • Fusion of talents, food focus of couple's new BBQ restaurant Jun 23, 2014 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Alice Banach of North Barrington, a rock-and-roll fan, who turned her enjoyment of that era and love of cooking into a new restaurant called Rock 'N Ribs in at the Village Square Shopping Center in Lake Zurich. She and her husband, Terry Banach, opened in May and then held a grand opening last week.

     
  • Samsung’s 110-inch TV with hefty weight, price tag Jun 20, 2014 11:14 AM
    As technology changes, so do televisions. And perhaps one of the biggest and costliest now on the market is featured at Glenview-based Abt Electronics and Appliances. The Samsung ultra high-definition LED TV, which is 110 inches and 3-D enabled is on display at Abt. And despite a price tag of $150,000, one already has been sold. Read about it in Kukec's eBuzz column.

     
  • Naperville ad exec makes global plans at 23 Jun 16, 2014 6:12 AM
    Kukec's People features Wilbur You, founder of Naperville ad agency, YouTech and Associates, which he hopes to take global. And he's only 23.

     
  • Apps to help you get the most out of summer Jun 12, 2014 4:03 PM
    Check out these news apps that are designed to help you get the most out of summer. One that will help you navigate the massive Naperville Ribfest this summer, and the other will help you to navigate available parking in Chicago.

     
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