In 2012, Anthony Anderson retired as the Vice Chair and Midwest Area Managing Partner of Ernst & Young, after a 35-year career with EY, where he served for six years in the Los Angeles area as managing partner of EY’s Pacific Southwest region and as a member of Ernst & Young’s governing body, the Americas Executive Board. Mr. Anderson is an Independent Board of Directors member of Excelon since 2013. He currently serves on the boards of AAR Corp., Avery Dennison Corporation, and Marsh & McLennan.
Matt Gambs leads Wintrust Financial Corporation’s Community Impact team, and has 25 years of experience in financial services. Prior to Wintrust, Gambs served as the President and CEO of both Bloomingdale Bank and Trust and Diamond Bancorp. Gambs serves on boards including the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Turning Pointe Foundation and Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Gambs served in the Marine Corp Reserves, while earning a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science from Regis University. He also earned a Master’s Degree from North Central College.
Antonio Gracias is the Founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Investment Officer of Valor.
Antonio founded Valor in 2001. He has over twenty years of experience in private equity
investing. Antonio currently serves on the board of Tesla, Inc.and is a director of several
Valor portfolio companies, including Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), Harmony
Biosciences, Bird, and Cloud9.
Antonio is actively involved in philanthropic activities. He is a member of the board of
directors of The Aspen Institute, a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a member
of the board of directors of World Business Chicago, a member of the board of visitors of
the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a member of the board of
visitors of the University of Chicago Law School. Antonio also recently joined the Advisory
Council of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at University of Chicago. He is a past
trustee of the Field Museum.
In 2015, Antonio was appointed to the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship
(PAGE) Program, chaired by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. The program is a
first-of-kind collaboration among the White House, entrepreneurs, the Department of
Commerce, the Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID) partners. He is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow, an Aspen Institute program designed to
engage the next generation of leaders in the challenge of community spirited leadership.
In 2008, Antonio received the Immigrant & Refugee Contributions Award for Entrepreneurial
& Business Leadership from Changing Worlds, an educational arts non-profit organization.
Prior to founding Valor, Antonio was the Founder and Managing Member of MG Capital where
he acquired and acted as CEO for several manufacturing and technology related companies.
At MG Capital, together with the team that is still together at Valor today, he developed the
operational skills that Valor uses to help its portfolio companies achieve scale and enhance
their value. Prior to MG Capital, he was at Goldman Sachs & Co.
Antonio holds a joint B.S. and M.S.F.S. (honors degree) in International Finance and Economics
from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He also studied corporate structures
and economic development at Waseda University in Tokyo. Prior to completing his Masters,
Antonio returned to Japan as a Nikko Securities Fellow. Antonio holds a J.D. from the University
of Chicago Law School
James C. Leonard, MD, is president and CEO of The Carle Foundation, the non‐profit parent company of an integrated network of health care services based in Urbana, Ill. Prior to becoming CEO in 2000, Dr. Leonard served in various administrative leadership roles for the Foundation. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1981. Dr. Leonard is one of the Becker’s Hospital Review 100 great leaders in healthcare for 2018. He is past chair of and current member of the Illinois Hospital Association Board and served on the American Hospital Association board of trustees.
Juan R. Luciano is Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of Archer Daniels Midland Company. Mr. Luciano joined ADM in 2011 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was named President in February 2014, and in January 2015 became the ninth Chief Executive in ADM’s 112-year history. He became Chairman of the Board in January 2016. Before joining ADM, Luciano had a successful 25-year tenure at The Dow Chemical Company, where he last served as Executive Vice President and President of the Performance division.
Douglas (Doug) Oberhelman was elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caterpillar in 2010 and previously held the role of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Caterpillar from 1995 to 1998. Mr. Oberhelman has extensive philanthropic interests and has served as Vice President of Wetlands America Trust, Chairman of the Easter Seals Foundation of Central Illinois, Director of the Gilmore Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of World Resources Institute and is a member of the Nature Conservancy’s Latin America Conservation Council.
William (Bill) Osborn is former chairman and current member of the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University. Prior to that, Mr. Osborn spent his career at Northern Trust until 2009. He was Chairman and CEO of Northern Trust Corporation multibank holding company and the Northern Trust Company bank from 1995 through 2007. Other directorships include Abbot Laboratories, Nicor Inc. and the Tribune Company. Bill has been an Independent Director of Caterpillar since 2000. Mr. Osborn graduated from Northwestern University and Kellogg School of Management.
James Reynolds, Jr. is founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loop Capital. A 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, Mr. Reynolds established and led the Midwest Municipal Bond Sales Desk at PaineWebber in Chicago early in his career. In 1997, Mr. Reynolds collaborated with Albert R. Grace, Jr. to form Loop Capital, where he has led the firm to becoming the largest minority-owned financial services firm and one of the largest privately-held investment banks in the United States.
Carmen Rossi was born and raised in Frankfort, Illinois. Mr. Rossi received his B.S. and Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Rossi completed his academic career at Northern Illinois University, where he received his Juris Doctorate and currently practices commercial law, focusing on contracts and appellate court drafting. Mr. Rossi is also a restauranteur and entrepreneur. In 2015, Mr. Rossi proudly introduced 8 | A Hospitality Company, which manages twelve restaurants and employs over 400 individuals in the Chicagoland area.
Scott Santi is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Illinois Tool Works Inc. Mr. Santi joined ITW in 1983 and has spent his entire career with the company. He was elected Executive Vice President in 2004 and named Vice Chairman in 2008. He became the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in November of 2012 and was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2015. Mr. Santi graduated from the University of Illinois in 1983 with a B.S. degree in Accounting and received a Masters in Business Administration from the JL Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University in 1992.
Bob Sehring is the CEO OSF HealthCare, where he oversees all inpatient, outpatient, and ambulatory operations. Sehring joined OSF in 2002 as Vice President of Business Support Services at OSF HealthPlans, and since has held positions including CEO of HealthPlans, CEO of Ambulatory Services, Chief Ministry Services Officer, and Central Region CEO. Prior to OSF, Sehring held various executive positions with Aetna, New York Life, and Metropolitan Life Insurance. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Public Accounting from Hofstra University, Uniondale, NY.
As president of A. Lucas & Sons, Margaret Hanley is responsible for the day-to-day financial, management and personnel decisions within one of the oldest steel fabricators in the country, where she has been employed since 2004. For the past four years, Hanley successfully run and grown her family business, which is the oldest business in the city of Peoria, founded in 1857.
Earning three degrees from Bradley University, Hanley balances the responsibilities of running a multi-million-dollar company with her commitments to volunteerism and her family. A. Lucas & Sons is dedicated to giving back to the community and recently donated materials and labor to fabricate and replace the damaged gates at Springdale Cemetery. Hanley founded the West Peoria SHINE Foundation, an organization that assists elderly citizens in the neighborhood by visiting with them and running errands to make their lives more fulfilling. She has served as a teacher representative and volunteer for Junior Achievement of Central Illinois, and currently serves as president of the Peoria Warehouse District, working to revamp and revitalize the area.
Hanley is a graduate of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School and serves on Bradley University’s Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Advisory Board. She was also the first woman elected to the board of the Central Fabricators Association.
Margaret Hanley is always striving to improve the quality of life in central Illinois.
Melissa Y. Washington serves as Senior Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs. Washington leads legislative affairs, external affairs, large customer services and economic development for ComEd. She also oversees ComEd’s relationships with civic and charitable organizations.
Washington joined Exelon in 2003 and has held several roles of increasing responsibility for Exelon and ComEd throughout her tenure with the company. She most recently served as Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs.
Prior to that role, Washington served as Vice President of External Affairs and Large Customer Services where she built and sustained relationships with municipalities, communities and large customers.
From 2014-2016, she played a leading role in the successful merger between Exelon and Pepco Holdings while serving as the Vice President of Corporate Affairs in Washington, D.C. Washington also served as Vice President of Regulatory Policy and Strategy for ComEd, where she managed the company’s relationships with the Illinois Commerce Commission and its staff, as well as other regulatory bodies. Before joining ComEd’s regulatory team, she was the Director of Investor Relations for Exelon. In that role, she was responsible for communicating Exelon’s value proposition, financial results and performance drivers to the financial community.
Washington is a board member of the Metropolitan Planning Council, Illinois Manufacturing Association (IMA), the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and Intersect Illinois. She is also a board member and fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago. In addition, she serves as the executive sponsor of Developing Young Professionals Chicagoland, an Exelon employee resource group.
Washington earned her MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from Lewis University.
Jim Wong is the founder, former CEO, and now active board member of Brilliant™, an award-winning search, staffing and management resources firm. Jim is a certified public accountant (inactive) and possesses more than 20 years of experience in the accounting and staffing industry and has been recognized as one of the most influential people in the industry. Prior to Brilliant, Jim co-founded and led Chicago’s largest, independently-owned finance and accounting staffing company, which was successfully sold to a NYSE staffing company. Jim graduated from Northern Illinois University (NIU) with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is an active member of the Illinois CPA Society, the NIU Department of Accountancy Board of Advisors, and a board member of the Northern Illinois Executive Club.
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