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Beyond The Horizon – Taking Growth To The Next Level

Monday, February 17, 2014, 6:30 PM until 8:45 PM
City Gate Grill in Calamos Investments building -- Meeting Room at Plaza Level below restaurant
2020 Calamos Court
Naperville, IL  60563
Gregory G Gocek
Monthly in Western Suburbs
Registration is recommended
Payment In Advance Or At Event
• Select the appropriate registrant category that will result in the lowest fee. NB: The "no-fee" category is reserved for the speaker and his guests.
• No credit cards at the door, only cash and checks.
• Dress is business casual.
Registrants & Fees
You’ve developed a winning product or service. The macro-economic backdrop is increasingly favorable. Funding sources are seeking profitable situations. Entrepreneurship never lacks challenges, and this scenario poses one that can convert opportunity to reward. But with experience showing that just one out of nine start-up companies attain long term sustainable maturity, wisely selecting from a diverse menu of choices can make all the difference.  

Join us to hear experts who have navigated the related courses, both for their own companies and those of the many clients they have advised. Their presentations will address how to best position and evolve an organization towards future success, with special attention to acquiring, deploying, and refining the financial resources that fuel the development process. As a member of our February audience at our interactive forum, you will ideally come away with new ideas on important issues like:

Crafting and revising effective business strategies and tactics
Building organizational capabilities via hiring, training, and motivational rewards
Integrating organic and M&A-focused growth paths
Sourcing and deploying outside capital


John Bintz, Managing Director, Valuation Research Corporation

John has more than 26 years of experience in the financial services industry with well developed expertise in private equity, M&A and valuation analysis. He previously founded and led his own firm, Apple Tree Investments, and has worked for Dresner Investment Services and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Frequently sought by the media as an expert economic/financial analyst and host, he regularly appears nationwide at major corporate and educational events speaking on a wide variety of financial topics. He is an adjunct professor of finance at DePaul University (since 2008) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (since 2010). He earned his bachelor’s degree in financial administration at Michigan State University and his MBA in finance/economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Dan Weinfurter, Managing Partner, Chicago Growth Consultants 

Dan is the author of the recently published and favorably reviewed Second Stage Entrepreneurship: Ten Proven Strategies for Driving Aggressive Growth. His book distills lessons acquired as a successful serial entrepreneur over the past 25 years, leading several private equity backed firms to high rankings on the Inc 500 list, including his first startup (Parson Group) that attained the #1 position. Dan began his business career at General Electric, holding progressively responsible positions in its sales organization before moving on to entrepreneurship with Alternative Resources. He serves on multiple corporate and non-profit boards and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. A native of Wisconsin , he earned his BS and MBA degrees at Marquette University.

Finally, for an additional opportunity to hear Mr. Weinfurter, our peer Booth organization, the Booth Business Book Roundtable, will also feature him as a co-presenter for their February 20 event later that week at a downtown luncheon at the Union League Club. Further details are available at:

Sponsor: University of Chicago-Booth Graduate School of Business Entrepreneurial Roundtable, West Suburban Chapter
Location: Calamos Investments HQ, NE corner I-88 and Route 59, ground floor auditorium below CityGate Restaurant at east end of building

Moderator: Greg Gocek


March 17, 2014 – “Female Entrepreneurship- Distinction With a Difference”
   Featuring Hyde Park Angel Karin O’Connor, CEO Michele Honomichl,
    and serial entrepreneur Gail Zelitsky

April 21, 2014- “The Science of Salesmanship- Leveraging the Key Intangibles”
  Featuring Ryan Kubacki, President of Holden International

Chicago Booth ER thanks Calamos Wealth Management for its support related to our venue.