Elaine Brodsky Robert Pasin
Mary Corbitt Clark Paul Spiegelman
Ken Lehman Tom Walter
Bill Main Therese F. Yaeger
Richard Panico

Elaine Brodsky

Elaine Brodsky is the former co-owner of CitiStorage, LLC.

CitiStorage is an archival storage and records management company with over 250 employees, located in Brooklyn, NY. The company, founded in 1990, grew into the largest independent, privately-owned, single-location records-storage company in the United States. At CitiStorage Elaine implemented innovative development programs for her employees, most of whom came from the inner city. The programs, the subject of several Inc. articles, were designed to encourage personal growth and promote teamwork throughout the organization. In 2005, the company received the Strive Employer of the Year Award for “demonstrating a commitment to providing second chances to individuals and assisting them in becoming productive members of society.” In 2007 Elaine was awarded the National Association of Women Business Owners’ Lifetime Achievement Award. A nationally recognized speaker, she has co-authored numerous articles on women in business and is currently mentoring women business owners.

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Mary Corbitt Clark

Mary Corbitt Clark is Assistant Dean at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In addition to serving as former Executive Director of Winning Workplaces, she has held senior management positions in organizational development consulting firms, specializing in small to midsize companies, and has established human resources functions for entrepreneurial ventures. She spent 14 years in career management and organizational development consulting with Jannotta, Bray & Associates, Right Associates and People Tech consulting. Early in her career, she served as Assistant Dean, Director of Admissions at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

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Ken Lehman

Ken Lehman is Founder and Chairman of Winning Workplaces.

Winning Workplaces is a non-profit helping organizations become great places to work. Prior to Winning Workplaces, Ken was Co-Chairman of Fel-Pro Incorporated, a family-owned and managed Skokie, IL based automotive gasket manufacturer. Fel-Pro was nationally known for family friendly benefits and harmonious labor-management programs and policies, and was consistently ranked as one of the top 10 companies to work for in America by FORTUNE and Working Mother magazines. It was also featured in the book “The 100 Best Companies to Work For in America.” Fel-Pro was sold in 1998.

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Bill Main

Bill Main is President of Landscape Forms Inc.

Landscape Forms is one of the world’s premier designers and manufacturers of outdoor commercial furnishings with an impressive client list that includes AOL, Hewlett Packard, Universal Studios, Harvard University, Nike, Cisco Systems, Disney, Chrysler, MicroSoft, and Marriott to name a few. Founded in 1969 by a landscape architect intent on providing stable employment for crews during the snowy Michigan winters, the business has grown into the leading site furniture manufacturer in the world with 246 employees. The team at Landscape Forms has built upon the organizational principles developed by Joseph Scanlon, focusing heavily on Identity, Participation, Competence and Equity as their touchstones. Landscape Forms, a company that has successfully doubled in size every six to seven years, rewards its team with hearty benefits and lucrative bonuses. In 2008, Landscape Forms was honored as a Top Small Workplace.

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Richard Panico

Richard Panico is President and CEO of Integrated Project Management Company, Inc.

In 1998, recognizing a pressing need across industries for top-drawer project execution, Rich founded IPM, which has since served over 250 clients, led more than 3,500 projects, and continues to grow in business and reputation with offices in Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco and Boston.The 90-employee firm serves a range of industries, including life sciences, agri-science and nutrition, healthcare, consumer goods, and industrial where flawless execution of complex endeavors is required for success. IPM differentiates itself through careful investment in employee development and by fostering a cohesive team rich in personal dedication and devoted to the values of integrity and honesty. Employees share in the rewards of the business through a generous profit sharing plan. Since 2007, IPM has also been listed by Inc. Magazine for four consecutive years on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies. In 2008, IPM was honored as a Top Small Workplace.

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Robert Pasin

Robert Pasin is CEO of Radio Flyer.

Robert heads the family business founded by his grandfather in 1917 – Radio Flyer Inc. – creators of America’s Original Little Red Wagon. He has served as the company’s Chief Wagon Officer since 1997, where he works with a wonderful group of passionate people whose mission is to bring smiles and create warm memories that last a lifetime. Under Robert’s leadership, Radio Flyer’s sales have more than tripled. By taking a “Good to Great” approach, Radio Flyer has gone through a complete cultural transformation resulting in a dynamic, goal-oriented workplace. In 2009, Radio Flyer was honored as a Top Small Company Workplace. In 2010, the 70 “Flyers” in the company’s Chicago headquarters were honored as the #1 “Best & Brightest Companies to Work for in Chicago” and the #2 “Best Small Company to Work for in America.”

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Paul Spiegelman

Paul Spiegelman is Founder and CEO of The Beryl Companies.

Spiegelman is leading a unique people-centric culture that has remarkably high employee and customer retention rates. Beryl has won “Best Place to Work” awards, including No. 2 “Best Medium Sized Company to Work for in America.” In 2010, Spiegelman was voted Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. He is author of Why is Everyone Smiling? The Secret Behind Passion, Productivity and Profit. His next book, written by the Beryl employees, is called Smile Guide: Employees Perspectives on Culture, Loyalty and Profit. While continuing to lead Beryl, Spiegelman is co-founder and CEO of The Small Giants Community, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting companies that choose to be great instead of big.

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Tom Walter

Tom Walter is CEO of Tasty Catering.

Walter has been a food service and real estate entrepreneur for 40 years. During this time he started 27 businesses, acquiring two. Founded in 1989 by three brothers and now with 54 employees, Tasty Catering remains family-owned and operated, offering catering and event planning solutions to Chicago area corporations. A successful brand in a crowded field, the company has defined its niche with high-quality food, value pricing and excellent service. The quickly growing company sees its loyal employee base with average tenure of more than six years as key to its success and fills most job openings by promoting current employees. A strong proponent of continued learning, Tasty Catering offers tuition reimbursement and flexible scheduling enabling employees to further their education in addition to generous benefits and profit sharing- a rarity in the industry. Tasty Catering has won numerous industry awards and in 2009 was recognized as a Top Small Company Workplace winner.

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Therese F. Yaeger

Therese F. Yaeger, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at Benedictine University.

Therese is an Associate Professor in Benedictine University’s Organization Development and Organizational Behavior Programs, teaching at both the graduate and doctoral levels. She designed Executive Development Programs for numerous companies including the U.S. Postal Service, John Deere, and the McDonald’s Corporation. Along with teaching, Therese has had many roles in management and has written more than 100 articles including eight books. She frequently presents at national and international conferences such as the European Group and Organization Studies Conference, the O.D. Institute and the American Psychological Association and is current President of the Midwest Academy of Management. In addition to her long tenure in academia, Therese is a small business owner managing, with her husband, a flooring installation company for the past 30 years.

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