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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 [email protected].


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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 [email protected]  Strategic Customer Care info:

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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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