CFBC President 2010 – 2011
The Forum experience has been an important part of my life. The ability to safely share our strengths and weaknesses cannot be overrated. The diversity of members, the wisdom and support from Strategic Partners, and the personal relationships all add value to the Chicago Family Business Council as well.
I have developed wonderful friends through my Forum and at the CFBC functions. When one of my Forum members, Chris Lutz, told me that “you get out of it what you put into it,” this inspired me to do more for the CFBC.
As I moved upward in leadership, Cari Murray-Kremer, the President before me, helped lay groundwork for new opportunities. We had a new office, more staff and a new director, Judy Hogel. Cari mentored me and was a driving force in addition to Brian McIlwee and Burt Klein, the hard working visionaries in leadership behind me. There were many strong leaders around me sharing in the same goals for FBC, which made the change to the Chicago Family Business Council at DePaul University an easier task than I had envisioned.
Despite the changes, the essence of what we do has not changed. Our members are the core. Joining the CFBC and Forum helped me realize solutions to problems I hadn’t yet faced, and in many cases helped me avoid them. Jim Liautaud, our founder, and I once discussed how ego interferes in relationships and that the methods we utilize help put those defenses aside. Our members are willing to listen without judgment and share their successes. We are in this together.
You were right Chris, and thank you. You get out of it what you put into it!