Robert Zmudka – Vice President and Group Executive – North American Sales and Marketing GATX Corporation
North American Sales Senior executive with 27 years experience in large ticket rail equipment leasing and marketing. Responsible for sales and marketing team that watches over nearly one billion dollars of annual lease revenue on 130,000 + diverse North American railcar portfolio. Extensive large scale, sales leadership experience and compensation plan development. Broad experience in contemporary marketing practices and strategy. Interested in positive culture creation and developing and energizing high performing sales and marketing teams to creatively drive and capture demand. Senior relationships with many Fortune 100 and 500 companies and extensive experience with Canadian and Mexican client base. Zmudka is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Advisory Board. The purpose of the Hall of Fame Advisory Board is to expand the outreach by increasing the locations and frequency of the Pro Football Hall of Fame special events, private events, and in certain situations traveling exhibits delineating the history of the sport around the country.
Joyce Anderson – Evanston Township High School, College Bound Student Athlete Advisor
As the College Bound Student Athlete Advisor at Evanston Township High School (“ETHS”), Anderson guides student-athletes through the eligibility and recruiting process. At ETHS, she is also the AP Recruitment & Retention Coordinator and the Girls Tennis Head Coach. In 2016, she was awarded IHSTCA Regional Coach of the Year. Anderson serves on the Board of Directors for Girls Play Sports, a non-profit dedicated to fostering leadership and confidence in girls through their participation in a wide variety of sports. Anderson was a 4 year NCAA DI starter for the Columbia University Women’s Tennis. She was a two time Captain, two time All-Ivy Honoree and team MVP. Anderson earned her J.D. at University of Wisconsin – Madison and went on to practice litigation at Sidley Austin in Chicago. At Sidley Austin, Anderson took on a number of pro bono cases including fair housing, asylum and death penalty appeal. Her experiences as a DI athlete and working with pro bono clients at Sidley inspired her to switch gears and help high school student-athletes reach their athletic and academic goals. Anderson and her husband reside in Evanston with their three sons.
Gary Scheier – CEO at Social Qnect and Co-Founder of QuietAgent
Scheier is the co-founder of QuietAgent. Scheier was responsible for raising the equity and debt capital for the company as well as managing the company’s government programs and strategic partnerships. On October 1, 2012, QuietAgent merged its two operating subsidiaries with three divisions of First Advantage Corp. to form Findly Talent, LLC. Findly is majority owned by the Symphony Technology Group, a private equity group based in Palo Alto, CA. QuietAgent formed a new subsidiary, Social Qnect, in November 2012 and is focusing on building social mobile applications. Its application, SmartMom, launched in the Apple Store in February, 2014.
Scheier founded Social Qnect (SQ) in November 2012 to provide native mobile Q&A applications to affinity groups. In 2013 Founder Equity Fund, an early stage technology fund headquartered in Chicago, purchased 60% of SQ. After successfully launching SmartMom into the market in 2014, SQ is focusing on providing to the market native mobile white-label engagement solutions for Affinity Groups. In December 2016, SQ launched VetQnect for Illinois Joining Forces to provide a Q&A platform for the 720,000 veterans in IL. St.RitaQnect and CampChiQnect will be launched in early 2017.
John Suffern – Senior Level Executive, Telarus Solutions
Senior Management Executive with significant transferable skills that generates revenue, grows the customer base, and develop winning teams. Suffern utilizes leadership skills and experience to enable the organization to grow and prosper according to its mission, vision, and values through innovation, strategic thinking, team development, fiscal responsibility, and operational effectiveness.
Suffern earned a BA in Business Administration from Beloit College and have continued his professional development completing Professional Selling Skills, Miller Heiman Strategic Sales Courses, and became a Board Examiner for the Illinois Foundation for Performance Excellence. He is active in my community earning a U.S. Department of Justice Distinguished Service Award, Homeowner’s Association President, and Chicagoland Green Collar member.
Suffern specializes in: Technology, Human Services, Non-Profit, For Profit, Social Media Recruiting, Staffing, Operations, Sales, and Business Development.