Elliot Richardson, Korey & Richardson
Founder & President
Elliot Richardson is a partner at the law firm of Korey, Cotter, Heather & Richardson, handling a variety of commercial litigation matters in both the federal and state court. Prior to running for Congress in Illinois’ 10th District, Elliot’s practice included civil rights litigation. Specifically, he represented client’s whose constitutional rights were violated.
Elliot has been involved in community service since his college days at Bradley University. Presently, Elliot serves on the Board of Directors for Childserv, a large and successful organization focused on helping at-risk children. Elliot is co-chair of the resource development committee of this organization. Elliot is also on the board of Youth Conservation Corp., a dynamic non-profit which provides training in the construction industry to at-risk children.
Elliot formerly served on the Board of Directors for Youth Communications, an organization that empowers children by teaching them crucial writing skills. He also served on the Editorial Board of the Chicago Bar Association and on the executive committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the CBA. Elliot also served on the YMCA Alliance Board.
Elliot received his law degree from the University of Dayton. In law school, he was a member of the Public Interest Law Organization and received the University of Dayton School of Law Pro Bono Publico Service Award. Elliot graduated from Bradley University with a degree in sociology and criminal justice and a minor in history.
Scott Baskin, Retired President & CEO of Mark Shale
Chief Executive Officer
Scott Baskin retired as President and CEO of Mark Shale in 2011. Mark Shale was Chicago’s largest independent clothing retailer with stores in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, and St. Louis. Prior to his business career, Scott served as Chief Legislative Assistant to the late Congressman Abner Mikva.
In addition to his professional experience, Scott is an engaged community leader. He is a board member of Uptown United, an economic development organization serving Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. He was an elected member of the Northside College Prep High School Local Council and chair of its finance committee, and past treasurer of the Center for Law and Social Work. He is a graduate of Vassar College and Northwestern University School of Law.
Melissa Ryzy, Newsweb Radio Company
As the Political Director of WCPT AM/FM, Melissa connects candidates and PACS to a Progressive platform that catapults their brand recognition. She serves on the Executive Board of the Small Business Advocacy Council and is the chair of the Membership Committee where she connects business owners and helps them build a referral network. Melissa also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Kenneth Young Center Board of Directors.
Larry Minutillo, BMO Harris Bank, Chicago
Board Vice President
Larry Minutillo is the Assistant Vice President and Bank Manager at BMO Harris Bank. He has over 17 years of banking experience in both personal and commercial banking services, and is passionate about ensuring that clients benefit from a rewarding and outstanding banking experience. Larry is also the former Chairman of the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce.
Jim Scordo, McGovern & Greene
Jim is a Certified Fraud Examiner and founding member of McGovern & Greene LLP, a public accounting firm with offices in the Chicago and Las Vegas areas. Jim has over 15 years of experience consulting on litigation matters and both internal and external fraud examinations for real estate, manufacturing, hospitality, gaming, construction, retail, and non-profit entities. He serves on multiple SBAC committees and is also President of the Greater Chicago Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Steve Banke, 3Points
Steven Banke is the CEO and Founder of 3-Points, LLC, a privately held IT Services organization located in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. Steve founded 3Points in 2002, which exclusively serves the technology needs small businesses and non-profit organizations. Steve is a life-long resident of the Chicago area, and has lived in the Western Suburbs with his wife Cheryl for the past 30 years.
Matt Gennuso, Gennuso Financial Group
Matt works with his clients to develop comprehensive financial plans, customized wealth management, retirement planning strategies and insurance programs based on their own personally-defined objectives and vision for financial success. He strives to be a trusted resource and deliver highly personalized service to assist my clients in achieving their unique financial goals- all while minimizing the impact of expenses, fees and taxes wherever possible.
Matt also works with small business clients from a wide array of industries, including manufacturing, technology, consulting, accounting, legal, and marketing. He has worked with companies in all phases of the business life cycle – from start-ups and entrepreneurs to fourth-generation family-owned businesses – to help them achieve financial success and protect the future of their businesses. He helps develop customized retirement plans to attract, retain and reward quality employees. He also builds comprehensive risk-management and insurance strategies unique to the needs of each individual company, and aids in the business succession and transition process for those who are looking to sell their company or pass it on to the next generation of ownership.
Dwayne Hirsch, Coldwell Banker
Dwayne is a Real Estate Broker with Coldwell Banker in Chicago, Illinois. He specializes in helping sellers, buyers, investors and renters achieve their goals in real estate. An SBAC member since 2011, Dwayne is a Member of the Executive Board, Policy and Membership Committees and also the host of the Hyde Park Happy Hour. Widely considered to be among Chicago’s best known networking professionals, Dwayne is committed to advocacy for small business and to the advancement of entrepreneurship in Illinois.
Stephen D. Ball, MB Financial
Stephen is Senior Vice President and Head of MB Financial Bank’s Business Banking group. He is responsible for products, goals, marketing, training, promotional initiatives, management, and production for all retail banking that pertains to businesses. Stephen has spent his 23 years of banking experience focused on the small business market. Along with his staff of 35, Stephen helps businesses with lending and cash management solutions while providing sound analysis of their financials.
Stephen is an experienced public speaker and published author. He has presented at Kent School of Law and various chambers of commerce and networking group events.
Board of Directors
Arthur Ehrlich, Goldman & Ehrlich
Arthur Ehrlich, Partner in Goldman & Ehrlich, has over 30 years of legal experience representing private and government employees, and small business employers in Chicago in Employment Law; Discrimination; ADA, Sexual Harassment; Wrongful Termination; FMLA; Whistleblowing; Negotiating Employment and Severance Agreements.
He became admitted to practice in the State of Illinois in 1984, and is admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; United States Court of Federal Claims. Arthur is rated as “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in legal ability and ethic.
Brett Gordon, Weigel Broadcasting
Brett has been an Account Executive at Weigel Broadcasting for over seven years. Weigel Broadcasting is a Chicago Based Broadcast Television and Radio Company with five local broadcast television stations including WCIU Ch. 26 “The U” and Me-TV. Brett’s main responsibilities include sales and providing local/national companies the opportunity to run their television/radio commercials in well-targeted programming.
Television and Radio advertising can have a huge effect on any given business. With a well crafted commercial and proper placement of advertisements, Brett believes that a business can grow leaps and bounds. He has led the way at Weigel Broadcasting as the #1 New Business Account Executive for 11 of the last 12 quarters. Clearly, advertising works!
Brett received his bachelors degree from University of Illinois with a major in psychology and minor in Spanish. In his free time, Brett enjoys taking full advantage of LIFE!
Dina Derman, Inland Bank
Dina Derman is Senior Vice President and Administrator for Inland Bank’s Customer Call Center, Internet Bank and Health Savings Division. Inland’s HSA is focused on serving consumers. employers, brokers and carriers with HSA and sales and service support. Dina served as the Senior Vice President for the Retail Division from 2007 until December of 2013 before launching the internet based eBank along with the national Health Savings Program.
Currently, Dina is developing a network of strategic partners to grow a niche market both regionally and as a national line of business. She served from 1998 – 2001 as an SVP and Regional Manager for National City Bank, now PNC. She brings over 30 years of banking experience, of which 20 years are in a management role.
Don Kindwald, Kindwald Law Offices, P.C.
Don is the principal of Kindwald Law Offices, P.C., a business-focused boutique law firm that is focused entirely on its clients. Don’s practice is one of the premier small business and construction law authorities in the Chicago area. Kindwald Law is founded on three basic tenets: Integrity, Experience and Results. These tenets remain as important to Don today as they were when he first began his practice.
Don has been a lawyer and businessman for over 25 years. This experience has allowed him to refine his legal skill set to provide cost effective results for virtually any challenge he encounters with a client. Simply put, Don knows business. Don knows the law. And Don knows how to solve problems. By treating each of his client’s problems as if it were his own, the relationship leads to open dialog and working together as a team.
Kindwald Law offers the experience level and assertiveness of a large law firm while allowing a one-on-one relationship with essential client contact at a more affordable cost, and with proven results.
Eric Zitron, Z-Marketing, Z-Marketing and Consulting
Eric is President of Z-Marketing and Consulting. Z- Marketing’s services include the negotiating and buying of all forms of advertising media that significantly increase the effectiveness of his clients’ marketing budgets.
In addition to implementing media schedules, his creative team will create ads and commercials that appear in Newspapers, Magazines, Radio, TV, Direct Mail and Digital platforms. Eric’s entrepreneurial background includes the launching of TV stations in Richmond VA and Chicago, Captivate Network, digital screens in elevators, a Cable TV Sales group for Cox Communications and Warner Communications, and a chain of retail stores called the Entertainers, in Norfolk and Va. Beach.
Z-Marketing partnered with the SBAC, the Daily Herald, and the Business Ledger to design and publish the SBAC Member Directory and Advocacy Review, which is mailed to every member and included in the Business Ledger. Eric serves on the Lake County Chapter Board and was a member of the 2015 SBAC Golf Committee.
Jack Quill, @properties
Jack is a Real Estate Broker with @properties, working with buyers, sellers, and real estate investors throughout the Chicagoland area. He brings 25 years of experience as a business owner and senior marketing and sales manager to his real estate business. He has been recognized for four years as a Chicago Magazine 5-Star Realtor, an honor given to less that 5% of all realtors. In addition to his service on the SBAC board, Jack is on the Membership Committee and leads the residential Real Estate Community.
Jerry Kalish, National Benefit Services, Inc.
Jerry is President of National Benefit Services, Inc., a Chicago-based employee benefit consulting and administration firm. His experience includes qualified plans, non-qualified plans and welfare benefit plans for publicly held companies, privately held companies, non-profits and municipalities. Jerry provides continuing education for the financial service industry, CPAs and attorneys.
He has completed the requirements for the professional designation, GFS® (Global Financial Steward) at a leadership development program at West Point. Jerry is a member of the Great Lakes TE-GE Council, one of five regional councils that maintain lines of communication between ERISA practitioners and the IRS TE-GE Division and the Department of Labor. He has been publishing The Retirement Plan Blog (www.retirementplanblog.com) since 2004.
John Gotschall is President and Owner of Coaching Financial Concepts and Coaching Insurance. Known locally and on the radio as “Coach Johnny G”, John has been a leader in financial services for Small Businesses for over 20 years. From group health to business insurance, 401K’s to executive benefits, Coaching Financial helps small businesses find the best coverage for their needs. Individuals and families are served through Coaching Insurance for home, auto, pet, wedding, and umbrella insurance policies.
The SBAC has benefited from John’s leadership since its inception – John has been on the board since 2015 and involved with the SBAC since 2011. His passion to serve extends into the community where he is on the board of ChildServ and also has served on the Golf Committee for the Kenneth Young Center.
Ken Kass, Mastercraft Marble & Granite
Ken has owned Mastercraft Marble & Granite since 1987. His company specializes in the design, fabrication, and installation of granite and marble kitchen/bathroom counter-tops, tub decks, wet bars, and outdoor granite counter-tops. They also repair cracked and chipped natural stone. Ken currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Small Business Advocacy Council North Shore Chapter.
Kim Hughes, State Farm Insurance
Kim Hughes is a part of the leadership team for State Farm Insurance. Prior to coming to Chicago, she was a State Farm agent for 16 years in East Grand Rapids, MI. Before her life at State Farm, she held positions with ITT, Hewlett Packard, the Detroit Red Wings, the Department of the Air Force and the International Trade Administration. Kim has been married to her husband, Gregg, an @Properties Relator, for 29 years. They have two children, Britt, 28, and Brandon, 26, along with a Yorkie Poo named Maki.
Marc Blumenthal, Law Office of Marc N. Blumenthal
Recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers for 2007 and 2012-2016 under the category Franchise/Dealership, Marc has been practicing law and advising clients since August, 1981. He specializes in franchise and trademark law and also practices corporate, leasing and copyright/entertainment law. Marc serves as an expert witness and consultant in franchise law. He divides his practice between litigation, transactional and disclosure work and is also active with other not-for-profit organizations.
Shawn Dorgan, Emmi Solutions
Shawn is a United States Army veteran and an accomplished healthcare professional with nine years of experience in sales, leadership, account management, service, and operations. He is the Regional Director for Emmi Solutions, a healthcare technology company that delivers superior patient engagement and education. His passion to serve extends into the community where he is on the auxiliary board for ChildServ and Embarc as well as an adviser at Bunker Labs.
Sue Karmer Harrawood, Peace of Mind Virtual Assistance
For over 12 years Sue’s firm has managed the operations and administrative responsibilities of small businesses across the nation. A veteran-support professional and leader, Sue began Peace of Mind Virtual Assistance in 2003. Whether clients are in Chicago, New York or San Francisco, they are able to focus on tasks they enjoy that generate revenue while entrusting their virtual professional with the management of administrative, bookkeeping, marketing, and operations responsibilities.
Sue’s clients (Attorneys, CFOs, CPAs, consultants, training firms, etc.) enjoy partnering with her firm; she and her team are a group of small business owners / veteran-support professionals who understand what it is like to run a small business on a daily basis. Sue also consults with business owners and executives to help them work successfully with their assistants through her “How to Work with an Assistant” program.
Danielle Ozer, Tandem HR
Danielle Ozer is the Executive Vice President of Brokerage Services for the Tandem Family of Companies (TFC). TFC provides custom, high-touch HR and benefits solutions to hundreds of businesses looking to create exceptional workplaces. With over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, Danielle leads an exceptional team dedicated to the company’s customer-centric values, striving to astonish individuals and organizations with excellent products and customer service.
Danielle graciously shares her time and expertise, both in and outside the office. She is an integral part of the TFC Executive Team, leading over 125 employees under four brands. Danielle is also a valued member of the Board of Directors of the DuPage Association of Health Underwriters (DAHU) and has been an active participant in the Small Business Advocacy Council since 2016.
Victor Miceli, Des Plaines Office Equipment
“Businesses should focus on business.” Or at least that is the core belief of Des Plaines Office Equipment’s Vice President Victor Miceli. Des Plaines Office Equipment services include print and network management, allowing companies to focus on running their business and less on technical issues that arise. With this core mission, Victor has allowed his customers to ease their frustration with office devices and focus more on their own productivity.
As the Vice President at Des Plaines Office Equipment for over 32 years, Victor is perceptive to industry changes. He knows what companies need to thrive in an ever-advancing technological world. In the past year alone, he grossed over 1.5 million in revenue and helped double the size of the information technology department at DPOE. He realizes the impact of IT issues on business efficiency and the urgent need for resolution that should have happened five minutes ago.
Victor is a member of many networking groups all over the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, including Lawyers Connecting, Northbrook Chamber of Commerce, Business Executive Association, SBAC, and Interactive Healthcare.
Karl Zimmerman, Steadfast
Karl Zimmerman started his web hosting company in 1998 at the age of 14 years old in his bedroom in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, as a hobby to feed his passion for internet technology. While attending Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, that company evolved from a hobby to a multimillion dollar IT company that today provides thousands of clients with flexible cloud environments, infrastructure hosting, and a full suite of reliable managed and security services. Through it all, Karl’s passion for technology remains, serving as the cornerstone of Steadfast’s principles aimed at helping customers achieve success.
Rob Halverson, Alphagraphics Chicago North
After college and graduate school, Rob’s professional background began in marketing and continued into banking and finally financial services. Throughout his career, regardless of the position or company, he was always passionate about both building relationships and all forms of marketing. Alphagraphics allows him to pursue both.
In 2015 Alphagraphics moved to Lincoln Park to improve customer service in the neighborhoods north and west of the Loop. His commitment to his customers is to provide state of the art products and solutions to help them increase their visibility both online and in print. Increased visibility combined with a consistent and persistent marketing and sales plan is one of the best strategies for virtually any business to grow and thrive.
Mike Cavanaugh, FinTech Ranger, LLC
As a broker and floor trader on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, Mike started his career providing market insight to clients from the wheat and bond pits. Later, Mike brokered futures and options on futures for individual clients and professional investors off the floor. From there, Mike founded Know Your Options, a registered investment advisor.
Mike has had articles published in the Wall Street Journal, Registered Rep Magazine, OIC Whitepaper, Investment News, Journal of Financial Planning, and many other publications.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Robert Harney, Open One Solutions, Inc.
Robert Harney is President & Founder of Open One Solutions, Inc. Robert’s vision has evolved into an enterprise grade “One Solution” to provide VoIP services for small to midsize businesses, educational & local institutions. We take you out of the telecommunications business so you can concentrate on what you do best… managing YOUR business.
Robert has collected a team of local talent who are experts in their field. Together they become the superpower that supports your vision of success. The Harney family is dedicated to seeing American business thrive & believes in supporting the local community. The family is involved with local charities as well as invests in other local business concerns. Robert is also on the board of a technology start-up. Robert has served on the Board of the SBAC since 2017 as well as one of the SBAC’s Premier Advocates.