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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 8:31 AM
  • A Barrington businessman recently released a book that addresses changes he believes must be made to improve the wholesale distribution industry.

  • Palatine-based Cairnedge Consulting’s mission is to help small to medium-sized businesses find economical and practical solutions to the everyday technology and marketing challenges they face. 
  • Maintaining a patient, conservative approach to growth is an important role for Gene Faut, president of 3D Exhibits, a company that has seen huge success over the years.
  • Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz has pushed through many tough obstacles along her path in creating an award-winning public relations and marketing agency in Naperville. 
  • A Buffalo Grove company created a portable water filtration system that’s in the middle of a six-month testing period to provide clean water to about 600 rural homes in Ghana. 
  • Cindy Henning aspired to create that small town feel when opening her business, Sugar Mom Treats in downtown Western Springs. 
  • Bob Jones Sr. graduated high school, got married and started a tiny toy store in Chicago when he was 21. Five and a half decades later, the retailer has grown across the suburbs and the toys in the stores are much larger. 
  • Like most young boys, Larry Ruiz loved baseball. He holds onto fond memories of summers growing up above his family’s restaurant, El Jardin, located near Wrigley Field. Today, Ruiz has expanded the restaurant to Glenview and Lake Zurich.
  • Rick Lochner, a Naperville businessman, professor and author, has a lot to say about what makes a good leader.  His most recent book, “I’m just Sayin’ ... Revelations for Making Leadership a Way of Life,” pretty much says it all. “It’s not a checklist, but a way of thinking,” Lochner explains. 
  • Annamarie Gullo-Arthur’s summer trips to Italy and her time in the kitchen there with her relatives poured the foundation for the small pasta sauce business she runs in Elk Grove Village. 
  • Sue Shimkus bought Lake Zurich Travel two decades ago and has seen big changes in the landscape of the industry. When she bought the company, 98 percent of the business was corporate travel as companies needed travel agents at that time to book trips. Now, about 80 percent of her business is vacation travel.
  • Bryan Real was operating his own vending company when he decided the machines, mainly found in offices, needed better tasting hot chocolate and cappuccino mixes. He created his own, and he watched sales in his machines spike 40 percent. 
  • Jessica Grasse grew up in the Gurnee area and holds vivid memories of her trips to Door County where she spent quality time with her family.
    Grasse’s grandmother lived in Door County and several times a year her family would head north to swim, hike and enjoy the festivals and parades along with the autumn colors.
  • Many of today’s homebuyers are busier than ever with work, children’s sporting events or caring for aging parents. A local homebuilder says it’s important to focus on this lifestyle when building homes. 
  • At a young age, Ashley Marquez learned that hard work is essential in running a business. She recalls she was paid a penny for each nail she picked up from the construction yard of her father’s company, which was started by her grandfather. 
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