Business Transitions: Leveraging the Financial Results & Annual Leadership Award

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 4:00 pm
Elements at Water Street
123 Water St
2nd Floor, Hotel Indigo

The Entrepreneur and Family Business Council invites you to a Wealth Management Panel event. We'll have the opportunity to experience a panel discussion followed by a reception and cocktail hour. During cocktails, we'll be presenting our Annual Leadership Award.

We're honoring EFBC's Past President Nirel Inman for her service on our Board of Directors for 4 years. Nirel Inman is Co-President and Co-Owner of Chicago Glue & Machine, a manufacturer and distributor of adhesives and adhesive dispensing equipment founded in 1984. She has been with the EFBC since 2014 and is a member of Phoenix Forum.

What is the Program About?

As a business owner you may be thinking about the next step in the life of your business. Whether your business was founded by family, privately owned with non-family members or you are an entrepreneur; the questions, vulnerabilities, opportunities are similar as you begin to ponder shifting control and/or ownership.

Business succession and how to extract your wealth from your business continues to be very complex. The pandemic has impacted the actual transition plan and timing for many owners.

In this program, you will gain an in-depth understanding of best practices in family wealth management. The panel will explore the governance, structure, and investment challenges unique to business owners. They will also discuss various approaches for managing your new found liquidity for you and your family.

The Program will cover:

  • How do I transition out of my business? What are my options?
  • What should I consider if most of my wealth is tied up in the business?
  • How can financial planning help me determine “my number” since it’s tied to the value of my business and supporting my goals after the sale?
  • Do I have a next generation entering the business?
  • What If I die tomorrow or become disabled? What is the contingency plan to ensure the business and my family are still provided for according to my wishes?

We want attendees to leave feeling supported and educated about some of their options.

Meet the Panel:

Tom Walter

Tom founded or co-founded 40 companies in the past 40 plus years. His employees have co-founded with Tom, 9 of those companies. Tasty Catering, has twice been named the Psychologically Healthiest Workplace as per the American Psychological Association, the Best Small Company in America by Inc. Magazine, Forbes Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Tasty Catering, has been the subject of 6 doctoral dissertations. Tom co-authored the award-winning book on employee engagement that is part of the business curriculum in over 40 universities, Its My Company Too! He has also co­ authored four academic journal articles on employee engagement and corporate culture. Tom Walter is a keynote speaker, author and award-winning entrepreneur. He is considered a practitioner-scientist in the area of employee engagement and company culture.


Kornel Grygo

Kornel Grygo

Kornel is an experienced, results driven, C-Level Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages industry. He is skilled in Catering, Catering Sales, Operations Management, Culture, and Leadership. Kornel is a strong results driven and culture focused leader with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) focused in Business Administration and Management from University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been with Tasty Catering since 2007, holding multiple leadership roles in the company, and was named CEO in 2019.


Bruce Nesbitt

Bruce Nesbitt

Bruce has founded eight companies throughout his lifetime. The pinnacle of his career is Orion Industries, which he started in 1963, Orion started as a company specifically dedicated to the application of functional coatings and has continually added on related products and services that support it. It continues to be a leader and innovator in this area. After 58 years of growing the company and expanding beyond the core service with which it stared, Bruce sold Orion in 2021. Bruce currently has 52 US Patents for medical devices, coatings, test devices, processes, etc. and has developed more than 28 US trademarks. Bruce is a serial entrepreneur.


Greg Bogdan, CFP

Greg started his financial advising career in 2006 and came to call Chicago and Private Vista home, joining the firm in 2015 after stops in Boston and Denver. He is a Senior Advisor with Private Vista and most enjoys creating lasting relationships as a trusted advisor to clients. He finds it rewarding to help them think through their financial situations in developing a customized plan and path to achieving their goals. Through the process, clients come away feeling empowered to make informed financial decisions with the confidence of knowing how to achieve their vision of ‘financial independence’ while living a more enriched and fulfilling life.


Nicole Romito

Nicole started her career in 1992 and has worked solely in the financial services industry as a trusted partner and sounding board for her clients. She is a Lead Advisor and Partner at Private Vista. While, she has clients who are in all different cycles of life, she gets an extra boost working with people who are preparing for or already in a transition; as she is their guide they make life altering decisions around their wealth. She finds it extremely gratifying to work with woman who find themselves suddenly single and responsible for their wealth. They are able to flourish as they move from a place of feeling overwhelmed and frightened to one of confidence and clarity. She co-founded Project Venus, where women are connected, supported and inspired to enrich their lives through financial planning, education and partnership.




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