CFBC President 2007 – 2008
I still remember getting a phone call from past FBC president, Mark Gilblair, telling me I was nominated to be second vice president of the Family Business Council. I was traveling for work, alone in a hotel room, and thinking, “Why do they want a next generation member to be a future president of their council?” The feeling it gave me was exhilarating, but also one that came with some curiosity and trepidation. Of course I accepted and shortly thereafter found myself in the center of the FBC universe.
I have always been the type of person to say yes when asked to volunteer for something, almost to a fault. Throughout my tenure in the FBC, I had served as chair on many committees. To me, the Council was a place I could hone my leadership skills and build confidence for my ultimate goal; to buy my own family’s business. For next generation members, the CFBC has so much to offer if you are willing to roll up your sleeves and put in a little extra time and effort.
Through the council, I was making friends who owned recognizable businesses all over Chicagoland. I was also, as a committee chair and future president, making a difference in their lives. The Council gave me some unique opportunities that I could never have dreamed of. I shared the podium with famous Chicago business Icons such as Doris Christopher, Michael Krasny, and even participated in a panel discussion for next gen members with Ivanka Trump. Here I was rubbing elbows with the type of people I strived to emulate, while at the same time beginning to become one. Today I am the sole owner of a thriving family business which I could not have done without my experience in CFBC.