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  • GIV Mobil launches in Lombard, Schaumburg Apr 10, 2014 5:08 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features GIV Mobile, which recently opened kiosks in Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg and Yorktown Mall in Lombard. While it offers subscribers a 4G network and no contracts, like most others, GIV Mobile also donates 8 percent of your plan cost to a charity of your choice.

  • From India to Naperville, CTO aims to keep innovating Apr 9, 2014 8:55 AM
    Kukec's People features Sanjib Sahoo of Naperville, who went from humble beginnings in India, to Naperville and Chicago, where he heads technology for TradeMonster.

  • Website aims to make your moves seamless Apr 4, 2014 9:46 AM
    Moving from one home to another can be a very stressful process. A suburban woman is working to change all that. A website launched in May 2012 was founded by CEO Jennifer Morehead of Winnetka with two partners and they aim to help people with all aspects of an upcoming move.

  • Wadsworth animal lover helps aging pets groom in place Apr 1, 2014 8:39 AM
    Kukec's People features Abbey Trobe, perhaps Lake County's first mobile pet groomer. She has taken a lifelong love of pets on the road, especially to accommodate aging pets so they can get their spa treatments.

  • MBA students to start using intuitive technology for online courses Mar 27, 2014 1:29 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features Career Education's American InterContinental University that plans to expand its Intellipath technology to its MBA online learning program.

  • Generations run Volo’s Fish Lake, while generations have returned Mar 24, 2014 4:58 AM
    Kukec's People features Volo's Fish Lake Resort and how five generations have kept it moving ahead for 75 years.

  • MetroMile offers car insurance by the mile Mar 21, 2014 10:58 AM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features MetroMile, which offers pay-per-mile auto insurance as well as a device to monitor your mileage and an app to track trips, gas use and give engine diagnostics.

  • Wheaton couple offers phone message service with twist Mar 14, 2014 9:39 AM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features a couple who launched a Wheaton-based business that uses web and telephony technology so family members, churches or other organizations can look in on aging parents or other shut-ins.

  • GlenOaks Hospital carpenter builds career Mar 10, 2014 7:05 AM
    Angie De Christopher has always felt that being a carpenter was a natural path for her. But being the only woman on a work crew, especially when constructing commercial buildings over the years, often brought different reactions. “Sometimes it’s been tough, because I felt like I always had to prove myself,” said De Christopher, 45, of Burr Ridge. “But once they saw I could hold my own, I was accepted,” she said.

  • New app offers consumer protection for devices Mar 6, 2014 2:30 PM
    Bob Hanson of Cary wants to make sure consumers have enterprise-quality protection on their devices. That means, get a free download of ViaProtect, an app that offers technology, on the same level used by businesses, in order to protect your privacy and avoid identity theft, said Hanson, vice president of sales for Oak Park-based ViaForensics.

  • Naperville woman a third-generation Realtor who perseveres Mar 3, 2014 5:47 AM
    Jen Conte, broker/owner of Re/Max Professionals Select in Naperville, is the third generation in her family to be a Realtor. So she takes her business to heart, aiming to carry on a tradition established by her grandfather. But she topped that recently by winning "top office" in the state under the category, Most Closed Residential Sales for RE/MAX Northern Illinois in 2013.

  • Suburban tech companies, others on world stage Feb 27, 2014 4:23 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features sububan tech companies displaying their products and services for the first time in Barcelona, Spain, during the Mobile World Congress. They were part of a delegation of 15 companies hosted by the state.

  • From ER to digital photo booths, couple says ‘cheese’ at events Feb 27, 2014 3:11 PM
    Kukec's People features Fred and Victoria Skeppstrom of Wilmette, who own a local franchise of TapSnap, a new digitized photo booth that allows smiling clients to dress up the photo, e-mail it to themselves or others, or post it on Facebook.

  • Lincolnshire entrepreneur tees off with new Feb 17, 2014 5:19 AM
    Gary Cohen of Lincolnshire isn’t much of a golfer. He just dabbles, he says. But that hasn’t held him back from taking on the CEO position at EZLinks Golf in Chicago and relaunching an upgraded to provide discounted tee times. The website offers reservations at about 1,250 golf courses nationwide, the Caribbean, Mexico and elsewhere. From that group, about 100 courses are in the Chicago and suburban area. “It was a little difficult to find great tee times online before, so we were trying to make it easier for people to golf locally and find great discounts,” said Cohen, 52. Cohen has been with EZLinks since August 2012 and jokingly said the website’s launch happened during the Polar Vortex about a month ago. But that didn’t stop some duffers from reserving times in Hawaii, Mexico or other warm areas. The company also provides an answering service for those golf courses. The New York born-and-raised Cohen came to the Chicago area to earn his MBA at the University of Chicago in the late 1980s and then plunged into the entrepreneur’s lifestyle. He cofounded Cruise Technologies in Arlington Heights and then MusicNow, which was later sold to Circuit City and then to AOL, he said. Just before joining EZLinks, Cohen was senior vice president of marketing and customer experience at Oakbrook Terrace-based Redbox. So how did he go from movies to golf? It’s all part of the entertainment experience. “There was a great opportunity here with a dynamic, growing technology company,” he said. And like Redbox helped to change the DVD industry, he aims to help EZLinks change the golf booking industry, he said. “I’m the type who spends more times behind the scenes to help build businesses and focus on the consumer,” he added. Zurich exec in D.C. Lindene Patton, chief climate product officer for Zurich Insurance in Schaumburg, testified last week in front of U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs at a hearing on “Extreme Weather Events: The Costs of Not Being Prepared.” Zurich is committed to creating sustainable and resilient communities and Patton shared with the committee an insurance industry perspective on the current state of our nation’s resilience to extreme weather events and the economic importance of investing today in improving resilience. Restaurant owner to mark 50 Edward Wolowiec will mark 50 years this June for his Port Edward Restaurant on the Fox River in Algonquin. The restaurant has been featured in the past by “Check Please” and “Best of Chicago” and received the “Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.” FastTrack Jeff Thames, director of franchise sales for Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop, a national sandwich chain known for its gourmet subs, is expanding to Elgin and is planning to open 10 locations within the next few years. ... Mark Panzer, president and CEO of Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy Inc., will join Hoffman Estates-based Sears holdings as senior vice president and president of the pharmacy. He will be responsible for the oversight and leadership of the company’s pharmacy business under the Kmart format, both in-store and online. Executive Director Skip Strittmatter said she has promoted Beth Marchetti to deputy director for the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau in Oak Brook. She has worked for the DuPage CVB since December 1999. ... Earvin “Magic” Johnson, former point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, was at Northbrook-based Allstate last week to talk to kids about the role of education in his life, including the importance of staying in school and his transformation from athlete to businessman. Jim Drury, vice president of Glen Ellyn-based Drury Design, said the company has been awarded Best Of Houzz by Houzz, the platform for home remodeling and design, in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Founded by Gail Drury in 1987, Drury Design was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. ... Broker agents Roz Iaccino, Lakshmi “Sue” Veeramasuneni and Kathy Berger have joined the Glen Ellyn office of RE/MAX Suburban. Owner Nick Utech opened Second Chances Antiques & Resale in Lake in the Hills. ... Kathryn E. McGough is the new account executive at Trust Company of Illinois in Downers Grove. ... Daniel J. Studebaker, a financial representative with The McTigue Financial Group of the Northwestern Mutual in Oak Brook, has been appointed a college unit director, where he will recruit and train financial representative interns and mentor interns. ... Executive Chairman John Cahill will move to nonexecutive chairman of Northfield-based Kraft Foods Group Inc.’s board of directors on March 8. • 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 Follow Anna Marie Kukec on LinkedIn and Facebook and as AMKukec on Twitter.

  • DuPage Realtor of year traces roots back to Iowa farm Feb 10, 2014 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Realtor Pat Callan, managing broker and owner of Realty Executives Premiere in Wheaton, who has been in the industry for about 40 years and remains active with his professional associations here and nationwide. His extensive work in the profession led to achieving the Realtor of the Year from the Illinois Association of Realtors. He'll accept the award April 2 at a banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield. And it all began with a farm in Iowa.

  • Every device you use touches a data center, and more are expected here Feb 7, 2014 2:02 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features the proliferation of data centers around the suburbs, due to the explosion of smartphones, tablets and other devices. You cannot touch a text or email without it going through a data center somewhere in the world.

  • Oak Brook chef aims to bring the farm to your table Feb 3, 2014 11:12 AM
    Kukec's People features Carol Buckantz, who turned an interest in her grandfather's restaurant and some cooking classes into a lifetime career as a chef. The Schaumburg resident recently became the executive chef at Oak Brook Hills Resort and aims to create new farm-to-table events.

  • Darr wants to spread WINGS nationwide to help domestic abuse victims Jan 27, 2014 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Rebecca Darr, who helps countless victims of domestic abuse through WINGS, is in the midst of expanding the shelter in Chicago and plans to go national in a couple of years.

  • MyQ Garage offers universal appeal for smartphone users Jan 24, 2014 10:59 AM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features Elmhurst-based Chamberlain, which has launched MyQ Garage, its first product that works with other brands of garage door openers remotely through your smartphone. It also has a sensor to ensure no one is caught when the door is closing.

  • MyQ Garage offers universal appeal for smartphone users Jan 27, 2014 12:05 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features Elmhurst-based Chamberlain, which has launched MyQ Garage, its first product that works with other brands of garage door openers remotely through your smartphone. It also has a sensor to ensure no one is caught when the door is closing.

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