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Espinosa

Liliana Espinosa

Corner Health Foods

In 2008, Liliana Espinosa became the owner and operator of Corner Health Foods located in Mundelein. Using the valuable knowledge she learned from the previous owner’s five-year mentorship, as well as the insight she gained in dealing with her own health issues, Liliana has continued the tradition of caring for customers in a professional, knowledgeable, honest, and sincere manner. Liliana stays up-to-date on the latest research and continually gains insight from customer feedback, which allows her to provide the best products and care for her valued customers.

Corner Health Foods has been in business since 1977 when there were few options for healthy eating or specialty foods and supplements. It is a unique health food store offering more than vitamins, organic food, aromatherapy oils and other health products. Liliana and her staff bring the best of themselves to a place where people are in need, not just physically but mentally and spiritually as well.



Rigali

Don Rigali

Rigali Packaging, Inc.

Don Rigali started in his family’s packaging business four years ago and is responsible for finding new customers, cultivating existing customers and building a premier sales organization. Don has 23 years’ experience working in the medical devices market. He spent the first 12 years at Abbott Laboratories in various sales and marketing positions, and the following 11 years leading regional and national sales teams at ThermoFisher Scientific. Don is passionate about sales and is committed to understanding his customers' needs.



Keisha Stoute

Stoute Mediation

Keisha Stoute is a professional mediator and conflict management consultant who loves helping people in challenging situations. Stoute Communications is a communications-consulting firm that provides assistance in resolving conflicts that hinder small to large businesses and corporations, hospitals and healthcare organizations, non-profit agencies, community and governmental agencies and individuals with legal matters.

Keisha attained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina and a master’s degree in professional counseling from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University in Chicago. She has served as an adjunct professor at Robert Morris University, where she taught in Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Career Management Training courses.



Torres

Lucy Torres

Express Employment Professionals (2015 Hispanic Business of the Year)

Lucy Torres has been the franchise owner of Express Employment Professionals since 2011, bringing over 20 years of Human Resources and recruiting experience. Lucy's experience includes recruiting for major Fortune 500 companies including healthcare, financial services and pharmaceutical companies. She holds a bachelor's in Business Management from Alverno College and a master's in Management from Cardinal Stritch University. She serves on the Executive Boards of the Waukegan Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Lake County. The Express Waukegan office is an award winning office earning the prestigious "Circle Office" Award year after year since 2013 for the Express system. In 2015, Lucy Torres earned the Hispanic Business of the Year Award in Lake County from the Illinois Small Business Development and International Center at College of Lake County. In order to meet the needs of the Hispanic workforce in Lake County, the Waukegan staff is bilingual Spanish.



Lensink

Jason Lensink

CIC, Wm Schwartz & Co Insurance

Jason D. Lensink, CIC is a producer with Wm Schwartz & Company Insurance.  He is a Certified Insurance Counselor and has been in the insurance business for 14 years insuring all types of businesses throughout his career. He has an extensive knowledge of commercial insurance. Utilizing his specialized expertise, Jason provides customized and competitive insurance solutions: progressive strategies to minimize risks, competitive pricing, insurance consulting services, regular review of coverage terms, claims reporting, compiling and follow-through, ongoing competitive analysis and market review, loss prevention planning, and risk management services.



Skweres

George Skweres

CPA, MBA, Affinity Financial Services

George Skweres founded Affinity Financial Services in 2010 providing financing for small businesses and his expertise in SBA loan programs. He has 30 years’ experience as a CFO and COO for numerous, privately held companies. He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed Real Estate Managing Broker and has a Master of Business Administration in Finance from DePaul University, Chicago Illinois.

George has been involved in many civic organizations, including Freedom One Networking, GLMV Chamber of Commerce and Lake County Chamber of Commerce.



Murphy

William Murphy

Farmers Insurance Company

Bill Murphy is a Farmers Insurance Agency Owner in Libertyville and has been in the insurance and financial industry for nearly a decade. Prior to that, he was a retail store owner for fifteen years in Round Lake where he currently resides. He has been a Lake County resident for the past 20 years, has experienced first-hand its tremendous growth and understands the lifestyle of living in the area. Bill specializes in recognizing his clients’ small business needs, no matter the complexity, and educating them so they can better understand their insurance options, especially when life throws a curve ball!



Rogers

Rick Rogers

JD/MBA, The Rogers Law Group

Rick Rogers is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Elmhurst College. He is licensed to practice in Illinois state and federal courts.

Rick holds a real estate broker license and is a member of The National Association of Consumer Advocates, The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, The National Association of Realtors and Realtor Association of North West Chicagoland, and has been an active real estate broker for over 20 years. He is proficient in NPV analysis, an important financial tool used for evaluation of foreclosure options. His expertise and decades-long career in real estate and foreclosures are the foundations of the firm's real estate practice and dedication to helping homeowners, from buying or selling a home to preventing foreclosure and keeping their home after mortgage default. The Rogers Law Group is located in Deerfield.



kischer

Greg Kischer

CFI Security

Greg works in the cybersecurity industry for CFI Security in Park Ridge, IL. He works with clients and small business owners on a daily basis to identify potential security problems leading to loss of data, hacked client information and potential online fraud.



Cambray

James Cambray

CFI Security

James is the Senior Systems Engineer at CFI Security, leading the consulting arm of the business. James’ competencies include technical architecture, applications and system engineering experience as well as holding numerous certifications from software vendors. James works directly with small business owners and listens to their security concerns. Once the issues are uncovered, he then can suggest solutions based on the client’s budget and specialized needs.