Chicago Breakfast Program | Importance of Onboarding

    September 14, 2017
    7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
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    Crowe Horwath, LLP
    One Mid America Plaza, Suite 700
    Oak Brook, IL 60181


    A thorough, deliberate, and structured director onboarding process is an investment that can pay dividends to private companies. Decisions will be of higher quality if new directors have done their homework, a process the company can encourage and support. Joining a board is a daunting task for directors and can be equally challenging to the company. Understanding the company and the boardroom culture can present a steep learning curve. Consequently, the director onboarding process is a critical component to ensure new members are quickly and smoothly integrated into the board.

    Please join us for breakfast at the Crowe Horwath conference center in Oak Brook on Thursday, September 14th, to learn more about successful onboarding practices from three diverse perspectives – a company owner, a new director, and a family business governance expert. Learn what has worked from them and best practices in onboarding processes to apply as a company or new board member.


    Barry Cain
    Managing Principal
    Amuleto Advisory, LLC

    Barry Cain is an experienced corporate director of both private and public companies targeting improved organizational growth and performance, A valued contributor to several boards, he draws upon a rich background as a strategic, results-focused senior management executive, attorney and business advisor. His board service has included participation on audit, governance and advisory committees. Barry has a unique talent for bridging companies together to form domestic and international partnerships, joint ventures and strategic alliances to create competitive advantages and strong, sustainable growth. He has significant proven ability to structure, negotiate, implement and integrate M&A transactions and enhance corporate cultures. He is a broadly published author, speaker and facilitator in the field of family business planning, and co-founder and director of the Chicago Family Business Council, a major university-affiliated support network to business owners in the Chicago metropolitan area.

    Gigi Cohen
    Executive Vice President
    Magid Glove & Safety Company

    Gigi Cohen has worked at Magid Glove & Safety Mfg. Co LLC for nearly 30 years.   Magid Glove is a 71-year-old 4th generation family-owned business which is the largest combined US manufacturer, distributor and importer of personal protective equipment for the industrial market.  Gigi oversees many areas including marketing, human resources and Magid’s advisory council, and family council.  In addition, Gigi serves on the 6-person Operating Committee, which manages the company day-to-day as well as the 2-person executive committee. Gigi sits on both an advisory council for a privately held business and an executive board for a private high school. She holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and an MBA from Stanford.

    Drew Mendoza
    Managing Principal
    Family Business Consulting Group

    Managing principal of The Family Business Consulting Group, Drew specializes in assessing the needs of enterprising families having completed thousands of intake assessments since the firm's founding in 1994 and hundreds more before that as the founding director of a leading university based research and learning center for family businesses. His assessment skills provide a unique springboard to the success of the firm's engagements. In addition to helping families define their challenges, he also listens for clues about their culture and value system to be sure the solutions provided are a proper fit to the culture, values and their family mission and vision. As the company's chief executive, he oversees strategy as well as the platform which supports the firm's clients and consultants.


      Mark Trembacki
    Managing Principal
    Risk Management Levers, Inc.

    Mark Trembacki founded Risk Management Levers, Inc. to assist companies with enterprise risk management, acquisition integration, and change management. He gained this knowledge during his career at BMO Financial Group leading key initiatives across the company. Mark is a qualified SEC Audit Committee Financial Expert and National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow. A CPA, he earned an MBA in Finance from The University of Chicago and a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Mark completes his Cyber Security Management Graduate Certificate from the University of Virginia in December 2017 and recently finished NACD’s CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight. Mark is an Adjunct Professor at UIUC teaching Enterprise Risk Management. He serves as Chair of the DuPage Children’s Museum and is a Chicago Historical Society Board trustee.

    Thank you to our host, Crowe Horwath!


    $30.00 Founder Ticket

    $30.00 Member Ticket

    $30.00 Non-Member Ticket