New American Funding expands Midwestern territory with grand opening of first Chicagoland branch

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calendarThursday, 10 November


New American Funding, a national mortgage banker headquartered in Southern California celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 2:00 P.M.

This full-service branch is located at 1301 West 22nd Street, Suite 209 in Oak Brook, and meets the residential mortgage needs of local consumers and Real Estate Agents who are facilitating home loans in the Greater Chicago market.  The location offers a variety of products including purchase and refinance loan options.

To spearhead this expansion, New American Funding enlisted the expertise of mortgage industry veteran, Luis Hernandez, who serves as Branch Manager. “This is a thrilling new chapter for New American Funding and I couldn’t be more ecstatic to be part of history in the making,” said Hernandez. “It’s exciting to partner with a company of high integrity who is committed to working hard for its customers because it genuinely cares about the communities it serves. I look forward to the role I’ll play in this new venture and the impact we’ll have on the Chicago area.”

The thriving residential communities in and around Oak Brook presented a prime opportunity for New American Funding to continue its nationwide expansion.  The mortgage lender plans to provide the community with the same industry-leading closing times, award-winning services, and high-level customer support that has become a hallmark at its other national locations.

This launch marks the fourth Illinois branch for New American Funding, which also has other locations in Edwardsville, Godfrey, and Swansea.  For more information please contact Luis Hernandez at (708) 655-5847 or at


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Corporate Strategies & Solutions, a Sandler Training Center partners with the Chamber

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calendarThursday, 10 November

Corporate Strategies & Solutions, a Sandler Training Center, is honored to announce it has partnered with the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce to provide leadership and sales training and consulting to both the Chamber and its members.

CS&S is committed to providing superior sales and leadership training as well as behavioral application to both businesses and individuals; helping them meet and exceed their goals through comprehensive, reinforcement training and executive coaching.  CS&S offers a no-nonsense approach to the assessment, training and consulting process it delivers to its clients: small/medium local businesses, ranging from solo entrepreneurs to divisions of global corporations.

“We are excited to be working with the GOBCC leadership to help an already thriving organization reach higher, yet”, said Rich Austin, senior partner at CS&S.  “Everyone, whether they acknowledge it or not, is in sales.  Our goal is to help our clients not look, sound, act or behave like a salesperson.  Helping them authentically find their voice within a sales and leadership conversation dramatically impacts and grows their bottom line.”

CS&S is offering a 20% incentive to GOBCC members for its Strategic Customer Care program.  Strategic Customer Care is a customer service-centric professional development program that places emphasis on helping non-salespeople get comfortable identifying and executing sales conversations while being equipped with the skills to de-escalate difficult people and tense situations.

For additional information about this incentive for GOBCC members, please contact Rich Austin or Ashley Pearson from CS&S at 630-778-1500 or  Strategic Customer Care info:

CS&S website:



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A fresh new Mexican flavor is launching in Oakbrook Terrace!

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calendarWednesday, 09 November

En Fuego Mexican Grille is a revolutionary new Mexican Restaurant featuring a fresh twist on classic Mexican dishes, handcrafted margaritas and specialty drinks! En Fuego also features the all new Los Caballos Cantina, a true to life Modern Mexican Cantina. A warm, comfortable and fun atmosphere with over 50 tequilas to choose from, imported Mexican beers, specialty wines from Mexico, Spain and South America. “We’re excited to be bringing something all new to Oakbrook Terrace that is nothing like anything around here,” said Joe Fernandez Jr., owner of En Fuego Mexican Grille. “From our fresh ceviche appetizer, our original tacos and carne asada, YOU WILL find your new favorite here. Everything is made fresh daily and you will taste the difference.”


En Fuego kicked off the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday November 10th at 11am with Mayor Tony Ragucci, City of Oakbrook Terrace Council members, and the Greater Oakbrook Chamber of Commerce. The event took place at 17W648 22nd street right next to the all new Pony Up Off Track Betting Pub & Eatery. The festivities will run Thursday thru Saturday with live mariachis and more fun.

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For more information call the restaurant at 630-613-8899 or visit You can also follow En Fuego on Facebook.


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Join the American Lung Association in the Fight For Air Climb

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calendarTuesday, 08 November

Fight For Air Climbs are the American Lung Association’s most unique fundraisers. Climbs take place in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve walking, running or racing up hundreds of steps. Sometimes called a “vertical road race”, teams and individual participants can use the event as a fitness target, as a race, or as a great way to be active and meet new friends.

Step up for lung health at the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb at the Oakbrook Terrace Tower on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Climb 31 floors, 680 steps, to the top of the suburbs’ tallest building! Climb more than once in the ultimate and extreme challenges. Participate as an individual or as part of corporate or family team.

For more information click here.


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Take the first of 5 steps to become a cohesive team

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calendarTuesday, 08 November

Anna Weselak, Weselak & Associates


Indiana Tech has teamed up with us to present a special program titled:  The Five Steps to Creating a Cohesive Team.

This FREE event will help you to begin a journey that will allow your team(s) to achieve better results quicker.

Just click here to sign up for a morning of networking and information.  We will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Indiana Tech Enrollment Center, 1552 North Aurora Road in Naperville.  A continental breakfast will be served.

Click here to  sign up now before the November 11 registration deadline.

I look forward to seeing you on November 16!



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Jeffrey J. Krusinski named president of Krusinski Construction Company

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calendarWednesday, 02 November


Jeffrey J. Krusinski, 42, has been named president of Krusinski Construction Company, a 43-year old general contracting and construction management firm headquartered in Oak Brook.

His predecessors Joseph R. Krusinski, founder and Jerry R. Krusinski have transitioned their leadership roles to Chairman and CEO, respectively.

Formerly executive vice president, Jeffrey Krusinski has been with the company for 22 years. He is accomplished in all aspects of the firm’s business development, operations and leadership. Jeff is a
member of NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers (AIRE) and serves on the Economic
Development Partnership Council for the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce. He is also an active member of the Chicago Family Business Council at DePaul University.

“Our business family is proud and excited to execute this shift in leadership. Our commitment to our clients will continue to be upheld. We believe in integrity, accountability, making an impact and treating
others like family. As Jeff continues the legacy of our reputable firm, our entire team remains focused on solving complex problems, providing creative solutions and understanding our clients’ needs,” says
Joseph R. Krusinski, speaking of the transition.


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Top tips for job seekers

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calendarFriday, 28 October

Fred Kapel, Asst. VP – Recruiting Manager for The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc.


Conducting a job search can be a stressful and challenging experience. Here are a few quick and easy takeaways job applicants should keep in mind when seeking employment.

Remember to utilize your professional and personal social networks as a source for opportunities.  Open positions are not always posted on national career boards or company websites.  Searching online is always recommended and necessary, but sending your interest and résumé to five trusted people is an igniter for networking.  Ask those five people to consider you for opportunities while also asking them to forward it to five additional people.  This tactic has the potential to get your information in front of 25 people.  If those 25 people forward your information to five more people in their network, your résumé and interest is now in the hands of 125 people – all from simply reaching out to a few contacts.  Lean on your trusted network and cast a wide net.

Ask a few friends to read your résumé before you circulate it to your network.  There are two main reasons to do this: spelling and grammar errors and presentation.  First, a poorly authored résumé riddled with grammar, spelling and formatting errors, run-on sentences and font and tense inconsistencies will close the door of opportunity on you every single time.  Second, it’s important to confirm that are you presenting yourself in your resume in a way that states a clear professional objective and history of your experience. After your friends proofread your résumé, ask them to answer a few simple questions.  What level or type of position am I looking for?  What skills or attributes do I bring to the table on day one?   What positions have I held and where have I been working the last few years?  What are my most significant accomplishments in recent positions?  If your friends can’t answer these questions after reading your resume, it’s time to develop a new résumé.

Follow the company’s protocol for submitting your resume.  Are they directing you to their Applicant Tracking System?  Do they want you to email your résumé to one person?  Do they want a phone call?  Following application protocol is essential.  In addition, remember to follow-up if you don’t hear anything.  Submitting your résumé can feel like dropping your information into a black hole.  Give it a week and then research the company, find a phone number and ask for the Human Resource or Recruiting Department.  Don’t be overly aggressive on the follow-up call or email, simply make sure they received your résumé, ask if the position is still open and if there is a timeline, reiterate your interest and remind them you are available for further discussion at their convenience.  However, do be prepared for the company representative to provide very little detail, some details or express interest in continuing a discussion at that exact time.  This level of follow up shows your continued interest, forces someone to look at your resume and might just be the extra step that others are not willing to take.

Clean up your social media accounts, record a professional voicemail message and have an appropriate email address.  These can be immediate door closers.  If you get a phone interview, find a quiet place to conduct the call with limited background noise – don’t be on a bus, a train or in a crowd.  If possible, try to use a landline phone instead of a cell phone for a phone interview to eliminate the possibility of a dropped call mid-interview.  If you get a face-to-face interview, arrive early or on time, be the best dressed person in the room, be engaging and most importantly be prepared by researching the company and the people you’re interviewing with and knowing the job responsibilities and requirements inside and out.  Prepare questions ahead of time and don’t be afraid to interview the interviewer.  Interviewing is a two-way street; a company should be willing to answer your questions and make an attempt to impress you to ensure it will be a good fit.  Most importantly, ask for a business card or email and follow-up within 48 hours with a thank you.  Sending a follow-up thank you is a lost art, and it will separate you from other applicants in a good way.

Good luck!


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360TCS and Comcast Business partner to provide end users with enhanced connectivity options

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calendarThursday, 20 October

360 TCS, LLC, a premier provider of colocation and data center services in the greater Chicago area, announced today the availability of Comcast Business fiber connectivity solutions within their Lombard data center. Comcast’s network is designed for optimal business performance, with more than 145,000 miles of fiber, delivering standardized, scalable and reliable MEF-certified Carrier Class Ethernet solutions. Partnering with Comcast Business provides 360TCS with the ability to offer low-cost, 100% available private data circuits to their data center clients.

“With many of our clients needing connectivity between their primary locations and our data center,
Comcast Business allows us additional options to provide those point-to-point data circuits in a diverse
configuration at a cost effective price point,” said Don Welbourn, Director of Sales/Account Relations
with 360TCS. Don added, “Comcast Business has been actively expanding their presence across the
Chicago area and we are excited to provide its services to our existing client base and to offer colocation and data center services to Comcast’s growing list of satisfied customers.”

“Comcast’s network presence at the 360TCS will be a boon to data center customers,” said Jay Dirkmaat, regional vice president of Comcast Business. “Clients requiring access to our network will not only be able use 360TCS as an access point but can also leverage their colocation services.”


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Chamber members offered best energy rates

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calendarTuesday, 18 October
The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce wants your business to save on energy rates!
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Greater Oak Brook Economic Development Partnership welcomes Fusion Academy Oak Brook

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calendarTuesday, 18 October

Fusion Academy Oak Brook, a private middle and high school with a one-to-one teaching model, held its Grand Opening on October 13th. The campus, which opened in March, invited the community to come together to celebrate their journey. Attendees had the opportunity to take a tour and hear stories from Fusion students and families.  Village of Oak Brook officials led a ribbon cutting ceremony during the event. The event took place at Fusion Academy at 3041 Butterfield Road, Suite 200 in Oak Brook.

Fusion Academy classes are all one-to-one: one teacher and one student per classroom. This allows for the customization of curriculum and teaching for each student’s unique strengths, interests, and learning style. Fusion serves middle and high school students who do not fit into the traditional school model. Each student’s story is unique, but many have the following backgrounds: ADHD, accelerated/gifted learners, dyslexia, dysgraphia and learning differences, social challenges and school anxiety, or students with challenging schedules.

“Our journeys are all different pieces of colorful tiles held together by the strength of our relationships to create a vibrant mosaic,” said Melisa Simpson-Lord, Head of School.

Village of Oak Brook President Gopal Lalmalani added, “The Village of Oak Brook welcomes Fusion Academy to our community. Congratulations and we wish Fusion much success!”


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