David Casper is President and Chief Executive Officer, BMO Harris Bank N.A. and Group Head, Commercial Banking. Mr. Casper began his career with BMO Financial Group working at Harris Bank in Chicago. A Wisconsin native, Mr. Casper received a Masters of Management Degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA (AB) from Dartmouth College.
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.
Inga Carus is Chairman of Carus Group Inc., a multinational company in Peru, Illinois that manufactures products to clean drinking water, wastewater, air and groundwater. Ms. Carus is also a leader of economic development in Starved Rock Country, the region immediately southwest of Chicago, co-founded the Starved Rock Country Alliance and is a founding member of the Starved Rock Country Capital Fund, an incubator she started with several other business leaders in the region.
Gloria Castillo is president and CEO of Chicago United. Under the leadership of Ms. Castillo, Chicago United has launched nationally recognized programs including the annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner and the Business Leaders of Color publications. Prior to joining Chicago United, Ms. Castillo spent over 20 years in advertising and promotions as president of Monarch Marketing Group, Inc. A lifelong Chicago resident, Ms. Castillo resides in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Shelia Hill Morgan serves as President and CEO of the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (ChicagoMSDC), formerly the Chicago Minority Business Development Council (CMBDC), a nationally recognized organization dedicated to championing the interest of minority-owned businesses through partnering with major corporations and host of the Chicago Business Opportunity Fair (CBOF) a minority business show in existence for over 40 years. Prior to joining ChicagoMSDC, Ms. Morgan was Associate Director of Supplier Diversity for Kraft Foods, Inc.
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.
Andrew (Andy) J. McKenna has served as a Non-Executive Chairman of McDonald’s Corporation since April 2004 and also Non-Executive Chairman of Schwarz Supply Source, a printer, converter, producer and distributor of packaging and promotional materials. Mr. McKenna serves as a director of the Chicago Bears, Ryan Specialty Group and Skyline Corporation. Mr. McKenna currently serves as a trustee of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Museum of Science and Industry (Chairman Emeritus) and University of Notre Dame (Chairman Emeritus), among others.
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.
Jim Schultz is the Founder of Open Prairie. Now Chairman, he was the Managing Director of Open Prairie Ventures I and II. A fifth-generation agribusiness and banking entrepreneur, he leverages experiences gained while operating his family’s various international agribusinesses. Prior to Open Prairie, Schultz was the original co-founder and CEO of Intersect Illinois, and prior to that the Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce. He earned a BA in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, a JD from DePaul University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute.
Roger Tedrick is president and CEO of the Tedrick Group, a risk management and commercial insurance firm. He is also past president of Jefferson County Development Corporation and a partner in two Illinois-based firms, Illinois Minerals, LLC and Illinois Methane, LLC. Mr. Tedrick has served in many volunteer capacities at Southern Illinois University, current president of the SIU-C Foundation, past Director of the SIU Alumni Association, a past member of the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees, where he served as Board Chairman for seven years.
Frederick (Rick) H. Waddell is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Trust. Since joining Northern Trust in 1975, Waddell has held leadership positions in Commercial Banking, Strategic Planning and Personal Financial Services. In March 2003, he became head of the Corporate & Institutional Services business unit and, in February 2006, was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Northern Trust. Mr. Waddell was appointed Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2008 and named Chairman in November 2009.
Mr. White, who joined Abbott in 1984, became Chairman and CEO in 1999. In addition to being Chairman of the Abbott Board of Directors, Mr. White currently serves on the boards of Caterpillar Inc. and McDonald’s Corporation. He is a member of the board of the US-China Business Council, the Business Council and the Business Roundtable. He is Chairman of The Culver Educational Foundation, and a board trustee of Northwestern University. Mr. White earned both a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.
Jim Wong, CEO of Brilliant™, is a certified public accountant (inactive) and possesses more than 20 years of experience in the accounting and staffing industries. Prior to founding Brilliant in 2009, Jim co-founded and led Chicago’s largest, independently-owned finance and accounting staffing company, which was successfully sold to a NYSE staffing company in 2006. A graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU), Wong 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.
Intersect Illinois recently helped welcome the newly appointed Japanese Ambassador to the United States to Illinois on a visit that focused on advancing the state’s business partnerships with Japan. His Excellency Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, Ambassador of Japan to the United States, joined the Honorable Naoki Ito, Consul-General of and Japan in Chicago and Japan External […]
Abundant worker availability in the DeKalb County labor market has enabled Target and 3M staff significant expansions in DeKalb, IL.
Awarded for The Most Economic Development Projects March 5, 2018 – Congratulations are in order for the state of Illinois and the combined work efforts of INTERSECT ILLINOIS, the statewide private economic development organization, and the states’ local economic development organizations! In the highly coveted Governor’s Cup rankings for 2017, Illinois ranked third in the […]
Steelmaker Nucor plans to invest $180 million to expand a steel plant an hour south of Chicago, creating 75 new jobs.
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Intersect Illinois, today announced that HARIBO of America Inc. will be growing their U.S. presence in Illinois. The German company will be expanding their U.S. headquarters, currently located in Rosemont, and adding 55 new jobs to their existing workforce.