Ben serves as CEO and Executive Director of Imerman Angels and has been an active member of the Board of Directors for more than three years. He is also a 3-time cancer survivor and very active in local and national cancer organizations.
Most recently, Ben served as founder and Managing Director for Prospero Capital Management, LLC and as CFO of IQ7 Technology, Inc. Prior to those roles, he served as Partner and Portfolio Manager for Omega Advisors in NYC. Ben also has had a progressive career in roles with increasing responsibility at Orbis Investment (London/Bermuda), Goldman Sachs (NYC), and Oppenheimer & Co (NYC).
In addition to his professional successes, Ben has been actively involved in philanthropy throughout Chicago and nationally, serving in various board and volunteer capacities at Imerman Angels; PAWS Chicago (President, Development Board); Lurie Cancer Center (Northwestern); H Foundation (cancer research); Board 39 (young adult cancer survivors); Mercy for Animals; Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs; Harvard Business School, Class Treasurer; Above and Beyond (addiction center); City Homes of Orleans; and Mott Children’s Hospital.
Ben earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School(graduating as a Baker Scholar) and Juris Doctor (JD) from Harvard Law School. He received his AB undergraduate degree from Princeton University where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in economics. Ben resides in Chicago with his three dogs, Simon, Dustin, and Bella.
Andrew Sieja founded kCura as a software consultancy in February 2001. As president and CEO, he has since transformed kCura into a fast-growing software company that builds flexible, scalable, and easy-to-use ediscovery solutions for the legal community. kCura’s platform, Relativity, has more than 75,000 end users from organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice and 95 of the top 100 law firms in the United States.
A developer by trade, Andrew previously worked as a programmer at Siemens and Lante, Inc. As CEO, Andrew has five key goals for kCura: offer a great product, provide relentless customer support, ensure team members love their jobs, positively impact the community, and grow to be a great software company.
Brandon Cruz is the co-founder and President of GoHealth, the nation’s most comprehensive online portal for health insurance. Brandon has 12 years of experience as a leader in the technology industry, and is the visionary behind the applications that have transformed the technology landscape for health insurance. In 2001, Brandon co-founded GoHealth – initially as Norvax, Inc. – which quickly set the standard for changing the healthcare industry through a variety of innovative applications that are used by over 135 insurance carriers, thousands of insurance agencies, and millions of consumers each month. Today, as President of GoHealth, Brandon is recognized throughout the industry as an influential thought leader, and regularly speaks on the topics of technology, healthcare, and business operations. Prior to founding GoHealth, Brandon worked as a systems analyst at Lante Corp. in Chicago. He graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a B.S. in Management Information Systems.
As the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer and a co-founder of UI LABS, Caralynn Nowinski oversees the entire research and commercialization collaborative, including the $320-million Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute.
UI LABS brings industries, universities and government together to apply real solutions to tomorrow’s most important business, economic, and cultural challenges. UI LABS actively cultivates and channels talent and resources, fosters unbiased collaboration to bring new ideas to market, and drives economic growth and competitiveness. Caralynn offers a unique perspective to UI LABS’ efforts to foster innovation and stimulate the economy by drawing from her past experiences as an entrepreneur, physician and venture capitalist.
Prior to UI LABS, Caralynn was Associate Vice President for Innovation & Economic Development at the University of Illinois. In that role, she promoted strategic relationships between the university community and external stakeholders to foster technology commercialization, talent development and retention, and overall economic impact.
Caralynn spent her early career in venture capital and corporate finance, primarily focused on technology-based university spin-outs. She was a Principal with early-stage venture capital firms ARCH Development Partners and Midwest Venture Partners, and Senior Vice President of Sikich Investment Banking. As a graduate student, she co-founded SanoGene Therapeutics, an early-stage biotechnology company, where, as CEO, she led the company’s spin-out from the University of Illinois and raised a strategic equity investment.
Caralynn is a Governor-appointed member of the Illinois Innovation Council and currently serves as a member of Mayor Emanuel’s ChicagoNEXT Council on Innovation and Technology. Among her honors, she was named to the Crain’s Chicago Business 2008 “Forty Under Forty” List and is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leaders Class of 2014. She is a frequent guest speaker on technology entrepreneurship and early stage investment.
Carl Allegretti is the Deloitte Tax LLP (“Deloitte Tax”) chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), and serves as a member of the Deloitte LLP Executive Committee, Deloitte LLP Operating Committee, and the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited Global Tax Executive Committee. His client activities include serving as advisory partner for several of the Deloitte U.S. Firms’ largest clients. As chairman and CEO of Deloitte Tax, Carl collaborates with his leadership team to guide the U.S. tax practice toward operational excellence from a strategic, client, talent, and quality perspective. This includes a constant focus on anticipating market changes; understanding client needs; innovating and delivering high-value quality professional services; and attracting, developing, and retaining a talented diverse group of practice professionals.
In his previous role as global and U.S. Tax Chief Clients & Markets officer, Carl positioned Deloitte to deliver differentiated value to clients. He championed strategic programs and led the development of a business issue trends approach to the market. Carl also led efforts to address clients’ needs by providing seamless services in the U.S. and across the global network of Deloitte member firms. Carl has also served as the Midwest regional tax managing partner (RTMP) for Deloitte Tax. As RTMP, Carl built a diverse leadership team that led Deloitte’s Midwest tax practice to record growth throughout his time as RTMP.
Carl is also a former member and vice chairman of the U.S. Board of Directors for Deloitte LLP.
In addition to his leadership within Deloitte, Carl has distinguished himself as a leader within the Chicago business community and has been named to the prestigious Crain’s Chicago Business list of “Who’s Who In Chicago Business” for the past six years and received the inaugural Mayor Richard M. and Maggie Daley Award as the top fund-raiser at the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in April 2011. He serves on the board of the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Carl is a Certified Public Accountant in Indiana and Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Butler University in Indiana.
Chris Lorenzen is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Seven Holdings, LP which includes Eagle Seven, LLC and Eagle Seven Technologies, LLC both based in Chicago, Illinois. Chris has spent his entire career involved in nearly every aspect of trading and technology from equities to derivatives.
Upon graduation in 1995 from Miami University with a Finance degree, Chris spent one year as an options clerk at the CBOT before heading out on his own. Sensing the rise and potential of electronic equity trading, Chris became an early pioneer in electronic day trading. For the next seven years, Chris traded voluminous amounts of stocks and under his tutelage provided capital, expertise and technology for many others to trade successfully.
After researching the finer points of futures products and anticipating their growth and global scope, Chris began to trade energy futures and derivatives in 2003. The following year he formed Eagle Seven and became one of the original market-making firms helping NYMEX launch energy products on the CME Globex platform. He was also one of the first participants on the Intercontinental Exchange while trading on various other exchanges around the world. Steadily expanding its size and business, Eagle Seven participates globally on numerous futures exchanges, holds multiple memberships, utilizes four clearing firms and employs over 80 people today.
In March 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission selected Chris to be a member of the TAC Subcommittee on Automated and High Frequency Trading and he continues to be as active as ever in the trading business.
When Chris is not on the trading desk he enjoys working out, traveling, and boating. He is an avid downhill skier with 25 days on Vail Mountain in the 2014/2015 season. Chris is a current member of the YPO Chicago Chapter.
Since 2006, Christoph Sitzer has been serving as the CEO of Hegele Logistic, a leading logistics service provider for high tech products, especially medical equipment, in Wood Dale, IL.
Prior to his role at Hegele Logistic, Mr. Sitzer has held several global leadership positions at Hangartner AG, Railion Deutschland AG, as well as DB Cargo AG, all of which are subsidiaries of Deutsche Bahn AG. Upon completion of his apprenticeship at Westdeutsche Landesbank (WestLB), Mr. Sitzer earned a Master’s degree in business administration specializing in Finance and Marketing from Westfaelische Wilhelmsuniversitaet Muenster, Germany.
Dave Zimmer is the owner and CEO of Chicago’s most popular running stores – the three Fleet Feet Sports locations that have been the highest volume franchise in the national Fleet Feet chain every year since 2000. Under his stewardship, the Fleet Feet Chicago has established a reputation for its customer-first focus and wholehearted commitment to community service. Crain’s Chicago Business featured Zimmer on the cover of its edition focusing on local “Masters of Customer Service” in the fall of 2012 and a few weeks later, Formula 4 Media and Competitor Magazine named Fleet Feet one of the “50 Best Running Stores in America” – an honor the store has received every year since the award began in 2006.
Zimmer personifies Fleet Feet Chicago’s motto of “Running Changes Everything” by actively seeking ways to positively impact not just his consumers but the community at large. He served as the President of the Mayor’s Fitness Council of the City of Chicago, is on the board of a local charity (Imerman’s Angels), founded the Chicago Triathlon Club in 1999 and his company sponsors and/or stages over 50 running/fitness events each year that benefit various community groups and charities in need. With his degree in Communications/Radio/TV/Film from Chicago’s Loyola University, Zimmer is a media favorite and has repeatedly been interviewed locally and nationally by major media outlets when they need a voice on running, retail, health or special events management. Zimmer attributes the success of Fleet Feet Sports’ retail and sports management to his enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff, their willingness to find ways to connect with consumers and sponsors while developing a sense of community beyond the few minutes someone spends making a purchase at his stores. Zimmer is married to a fellow runner, Lisa, who helped him build his Fleet Feet business, and has a son and a daughter who are well-known by the running community.
Dr. Gregory Roslund, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Emergency Physician, Emergency Medicine Consultants of Dallas, TX
Howard A. Tullman is the CEO of 1871 in Chicago – where digital startups get their start – and the General Managing Partner for the Chicago High Tech Investment Partners, LLC and for G2T3V, LLC – both Chicago-based venture capital funds, and the executive chairman of Music Dealers. He most recently was the Chairman/CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy which he co-founded in 2007. He is the former President of Kendall College in Chicago and the former Chairman/CEO of Experiencia, Inc. He is also the Chairman of the Endowment Committee of Anshe Emet Synagogue, a member of Mayor Emanuel’s ChicagoNEXT and Cultural Affairs Councils; the Innovate Illinois Advisory Council; the Illinois Arts Council; a member of President Preckwinkle’s New Media Council, an Advisory Board member of HighTower Associates, Built in Chicago, The Starter School, Imerman Angels, and uBID.COM; and an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg School, as well as a regular guest lecturer at the Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Tullman also serves as a Director of Vehcon, SnapSheet, Music Dealers, BCV Evolve, MarkITx and PackBack Books and served as a long-time Director and Board Chairman of The Cobalt Group, a Trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and of the New York Academy of Art and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, and as the lead Director (and briefly Chairman) of The Princeton Review. Over the last 45 years, he has successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies.
Jason Canner has joined the Imerman Angels Board of Directors in April, 2009. His addition will provide insight about medical outreach and bring an oncology background to the group.
Dr. Canner, was born and raised in Michigan, and was brought to Chicago in 1998 to pursue his medical career. Following pediatric residency, he moved to Columbus, Ohio to complete a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He and his wife, Janie, recently settled back in the Chicago area. Dr. Canner is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL and has quickly become involved in both hospital and local outreach projects. His passion for kids, their families and the support that they deserve will complement our mission.
Dr. Canner was involved with the development of a sibling support program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and worked with the Columbus Blue Jacket’s Foundation ‘Hats for Heroes’ program to benefit children with cancer. In Chicago, he has become involved with Make-A-Wish, Imerman Angels and is busy at home with his first baby, Max.
Jeffrey Imerman is the co-founder of Imerman Cake Company, a wholesale supplier and retailer of organic coffeecakes (www.ImermanCake.com). Imerman Cake Company is a family-owned company whose mission is to bring you the most delicious cake made with only the purest organic and natural ingredients. Jeffrey became passionate about the organic food movement after his younger brother Jonny Imerman’s battle with cancer, when the Imerman family began learning more about the importance of eating foods made with the purest ingredients. Imerman Cakes are USDA-certified organic, which means they contain no artificial preservatives, flavors or chemicals; no high fructose corn syrup; no GMOs; none of the ingredients come from crops that have been exposed to harmful pesticides; and no dairy products come from animals given antibiotics or growth hormones. Plus, the cakes are nut-free and lower in fat, calories, sodium and sugar than many other cakes in the marketplace. A portion of cake sales is donated to Imerman Angels.
Jeffrey earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1996. He was a reporter/weekend-anchor at the NBC affiliate in Joplin, Missouri and then a reporter at the ABC affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky. During those four years, Jeffrey received two Associated Press awards for his reporting. Jeffrey then worked in public relations and marketing before attending Duke University School of Law. Jeffrey was on the Duke Law Journal and earned his Juris Doctor in 2005. After clerking for federal judge Bernard A. Friedman in the Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit), he was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York City. (The American Lawyer has nationally named Paul, Weiss as the Litigation Department of the Year.) But he was ultimately motivated by a desire to raise awareness about mindful eating and founded Imerman Cake Company.
- John Leonard is Global Head of Equities at UBS Global Asset Management with overall responsibility for the Equities business. His focus is on alpha generation and ensuring that client investment objectives are met. In addition, John has particular responsibility for the Core/Value investment pillar, overseeing portfolio management and research worldwide.
- John is a member of the UBS Global Asset Management Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Equities Management Committee, North American Equities Subcommittee and the Global Corporate Governance Committee.
In his spare time John is actively involved with the Chicago Area Council BSA, Imerman Angels and the Israel Idonije Foundation.
Justin has spent most of his career introducing innovative, high technology products to healthcare providers. After completing his MBA at Northwestern University while working for GE Healthcare, he joined Sg2, a healthcare strategy consulting firm near Chicago. Later, he joined Intuitive Surgical where he led a sales team that helped surgeons, OR staff and hospital executives develop robotic surgery programs for urologic, gynecologic, thoracic and general surgery applications. Justin has lost a grandmother and uncle to cancer and is committed to the Imerman Angels mission. He and his wife Vesna live in Chicago and welcomed their son Christian in 2012.
After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1964 and serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Weiner has been primarily engaged in federal and state employment litigation. He has successfully defended both private and public employers against claims of disability, age, race, sex, first amendment and political discrimination, and sexual harassment and retaliation claims.
Mr. Weiner also has participated in over 200 appeals before both the Illinois Appellate Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
In addition, Mr. Weiner has been an American Arbitration Association Arbitrator (Labor Panel) since 1971, and has participated as an advocate or arbitrator in over 100 arbitrations.
Mr. Weiner has engaged in proceedings before the NLRB, ILRB, IELRB, the U.S. and Illinois Departments of Labor, wage/hour cases, EEOC, IDHR and HRC proceedings, sexual and other alleged harassment investigations, fraud and theft investigations, employee discipline and terminations, mediations, collective bargaining, grievance and interest arbitrations, and working with clients who prefer to minimize union organization.
Mr. Weiner authored “Arbitration-Practice and Procedure” for the Illinois State Bar Association Journal; “Teacher Rights and Responsibilities” for School Law; and co-authored “Legal Arguments with Respect to Drug Testing of Public Employees: Who Has What Leg to Stand On” for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Employment Terminations and Issues in the Workplace. Mr. Weiner has served as a Hearing Officer for the Illinois Pollution Control Board as well as the Health and Hospitals Governing Commission. He served as the Illinois State Bar Association’s Chair of the Education Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Councils, and as an elected member of its Assembly. He is presently on the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluation. Mr. Weiner is a member of the Chicago, Seventh Circuit, Illinois Appellate Lawyers (currently an elected Director) and Chicago Bar (formerly Vice Chair of the Federal Civil Practice Committee) Associations, as well being a member of the Chicago-Lincoln Inn of Court. He participated in a commemorative reenactment of the oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education authorized by the General Assembly of the State of Illinois. He is also a certified Faculty Member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and an Instructor in the Chicago Bar Association’s Trial Bar Certification Program. He has a Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rating.
Matt Matros, founder of Protein Bar, created the go-to destination for individuals seeking quick and delicious menu options they need to live a healthy, active lifestyle. He developed his concept after practicing a high-protein diet himself that resulted in a 60-lb weight loss. After spending three and a half years in brand management for Kraft Foods, Matt decided to venture out on his own, applying his own personal health achievements and food industry expertise to this original business concept. From experience, he knows that a high-protein and active lifestyle can dramatically affect a person’s health and weight, and he hopes to help people achieve their lifestyle goals with Protein Bar.
Prior to Kraft Foods, Matt was a Boston-based consultant for East Coast health-club chain Town Sports International and was an Associate Sports Agent for Beverly Hills Sports Council, baseball’s leading sports agency. In 2008 while working at Kraft, Matt liquidated his entire life savings to launch Protein Bar.
Matt is on the Associate Board of Common Threads, which aims to educate children of diversity, nutrition and physical well-being through fundraising and sponsorship development. Matt has a passion for food, fitness and helping young aspiring entrepreneurs. Matt was the inaugural recipient of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award in 2012 and was named to Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40” class of 2012.
Matt completed his MBA the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in 2005 and holds a BA degree from the University of Southern California.
Nimesh Jhaveri is the executive director of pharmacy and healthcare experience of Walgreens headquartered in Deerfield, Ill. Jhaveri joined Walgreens as a pharmacy technician in 1990. After becoming a pharmacist, he managed several New Jersey stores’ pharmacy operations before being promoted to district pharmacy supervisor for New York drugstores. He was promoted to regional director of pharmacy operations for the eastern division in 2000.
In 2003, he was named director of pharmacy systems operations and led the design of pharmacy systems and technology. Jhaveri was promoted to director of pharmacy operations optimization in 2006. He has advanced through company ranks, holding additional positions in corporate strategy, health and wellness, and human resources. He was featured as one of the “Champions of Pharmacy” in Drug Topics’sMay 2012 cover story.
Jhaveri earned an undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Rutgers University and graduated as a Rutgers Scholar. He also received an MBA in organizational behavior from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and graduated as a Hotchkiss Scholar.
He serves on the board of trustees for Rutgers University, the Dean’s Leadership Council for Rutgers University College of Pharmacy. Jhaveri is the holder of four federal patents in pharmacy technology and methodology for inter-store workload balancing and six additional patents pending for pharmacy practice and design.
Noel Smith joined IA in May 2013.
Mr. Smith was a founding member and Managing Partner of Third Millennium Trading L.L.C. In Chicago Illinois. He joined TMT at Chicago Board Options Exchange in 1996. TMT is a privately funded proprietary stock, futures and options trading frim. Using proprietary trading models TMT grew from a small trading pit based firm to an industry standout with offices in New York and Chicago. Mr. Smith managed the main firm options, futures and stock portfolio and was in charge of growing the firm from 4 to over 60 employees at the firm’s height. TMT also functioned as venture capital for other very successful ventures.
Mr. Smith graduated with a B.S. In Biochemistry from the University of Illinois Urban-Champaign. At University, Mr. Smith played men’s club Ice Hockey, he studied Neuroscience at Beckman Institute and was a volunteer at Carle and Condell hospitals, working in the E.R. and surgical ward. Later, living in Los Angeles he also attended UCLA, completing the post graduate program in Film and Television Production. Mr. Smith is an auto enthusiast and raced competitively in the SCCA formula Mazda series (retired). Mr. Smith is a avid guitar player since 1983. Mr. Smith is also a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.
Noel and his wife Erin are enthusiastic snowboarders and enjoy traveling. The Smith’s live in Chicago’s Old Town with daughter.
Sanjay is a co-founder of Bengal Capital Trading LLC., a Chicago-based fund focused on volatility trading in the world of exchange listed options and futures. Prior to Bengal, Sanjay was a trader with Ronin Capital and Peak 6 Investments. Outside of trading Sanjay has a passion for sports and education-based charities. Sanjay graduated with an Economics Degree from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
Stan Bowman is in his 13th season with the Blackhawks and his fourth as Vice President/General Manager, having been named to the position on Sept. 7, 2010. Bowman was originally named the ninth General Manager in Blackhawks history on July 14, 2009, after serving for eight years in the Blackhawks Hockey Operations department. Bowman led the Blackhawks to their fourth and fifth Stanley Cup Championships in 2010 and 2013, becoming the first GM to win two titles in the salary cap era. In 2010, Bowman became the youngest GM in National Hockey League history to guide an organization to the championship, as the team ended a 49-year title drought. During his time at the helm of the Hockey Operations department Bowman has secured the Blackhawks’ core talent with long-term contract extensions, rebuilt the club’s prospect depth with multiple acclaimed draft classes and re-signed Head Coach Joel Quenneville to a contract extension.
Stan and his father, Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations Scotty Bowman, are part of an elite group, becoming just the 10th father-son GM tandem in the history of the National Hockey League, and just the fourth pair to have each of their names inscribed on the Stanley Cup. Bowman originally joined the Blackhawks in 2000 and served for four seasons as Special Assistant to the General Manager before being promoted to Director of Hockey Operations, a role he served in for two years (2005-07). In his most recent role as Assistant General Manager, Bowman attended to the day-to-day administration of the Blackhawks Hockey Operations Department, including all CBA-related matters, such as contract negotiations, free agency, salary arbitration and player movement and assignment. He also tracked the progress of the Blackhawks prospects by working closely with the staff of the club’s minor league affiliate in Rockford while assisting with player evaluation, prospect development and professional and amateur scouting.
Bowman played an integral role in acquiring the talent that brought the Stanley Cup to Chicago in 2010. Following the championship run, Bowman was named to Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40” Class of 2010. The prestigious announcement is given out to 40 business executives under the age of 40 in the city of Chicago each year and recognizes the tremendous accomplishments of the individuals chosen. Bowman graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 with degrees in finance and computer applications. When he arrived at the Blackhawks in 2000, Bowman worked extensively on financial budgets and developed programs to track player movement and player evaluation. He was born in Montreal, where his father was coaching at the time.
Bowman and his wife Suzanne have two sons, Will and Camden, and a daughter, Graycen.
Vinay is co-founder and member of Bengal Capital Trading LLC, a derivatives trading firm based in Chicago with a focus listed equity options. Previously worked in NYC at long/short equity hedge fund Midtown Capital and at M&A investment bank Peter J Solomon Company.Vinay is also involved in several local startups as well as seeding new hedge fund managers. Vinay graduated from the University of Michigan with a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering and a BA in Economics.