Regional Business Outlook: Meet the Speakers

DuPage County Regional Business Outlook

Join regional business leaders as we come together to survey the regional and global economy, and learn to harness the latest tools and technologies shaping the future. The 10th Annual DuPage County Regional Business Outlook will be on May 1. Read about the speakers below. 

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Keynote Presentation

HOWARD TULLMAN

Howard A. Tullman is the Executive Director of the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Tullman is the former CEO of 1871 – where digital startups get their start and the General Managing Partner of G2T3V, LLC and of Chicago High Tech Investment Partners, which are Chicago-based early-stage venture funds. He is a member of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago NEXT and Cultural Affairs Councils; the Innovate Illinois Advisory and Arts Councils; an Adjunct Professor at Kellogg; and an advisor to many start-ups. He is the former CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint College and Kendall College. Over the last 50 years, he has successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies. @tullman @kaplaninstitute

 

Economic/Market Outlook

JACK ABLIN, CFA

As Chief Investment Officer, Jack is the leader of Cresset’s investment strategy and provides investment policy and philosophy guidelines to the firm’s advisor teams and clients. Jack joined the organization in 2018 and has three decades of experience in money management. Jack was formerly the Chief Investment Officer with BMO Harris Bank.

Jack is the author of Reading Minds and Markets: Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Returns in a Volatile Global Marketplace, published in July 2009 by F.T. Press; The Wall Street Journal best-seller list, 2009. Jack is a frequent contributor to CNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. Jack served as a Professor of Finance at Boston University, Graduate School of Management. He spent five years as a Money and Markets correspondent for the NBC affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida. Jack was named one of the top 100 Wealth Advisors in North America, by CityWealth Magazine in 2006, 2010-2017.

Jack earned an A.B. degree from Vassar College in New York, where he graduated with honors in Mathematics and Computer Science. A member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society, Jack received an M.B.A. with honors, and graduated cum laude from Boston University in Massachusetts. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago.

 

DuPage County Economic Outlook

THE HONORABLE DAN CRONIN

Dan Cronin won election as DuPage County Board Chairman first in 2010, again in 2014 and 2018 after serving in the Illinois General Assembly for 20 years.

He brings his passion for fiscal accountability and efficient government to DuPage County, where he is committed to reducing the size, scope and cost of local government. Through his ACT Initiative (Accountability, Consolidation and Transparency), he introduced a comprehensive approach to reform dozens of independent taxing districts in DuPage.

In 2014, Chairman Cronin assembled a coalition of civic groups, lawmakers and non-profits to form Transform Illinois, which aims to replicate the DuPage government efficiency experience throughout the rest of the state.  He joined the Lieutenant Governor and sat on the statewide Task Force on Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates. As he engages with leaders across the state, Chairman Cronin advocates for DuPage taxpayers on regional issues such as infrastructure, public transit and economic development.  He is a graduate of Fenwick High School, Northwestern University and Loyola University School of Law.

 

Moderator

LISA LEITER

Lisa Leiter is an award-winning content creator with more than two decades of experience as a broadcaster, print reporter and media strategist. She was most recently the Chief Content Officer for the Executives’ Club of Chicago, in charge of programming. Lisa is a former anchor/reporter for Crain’s Chicago Business, where she launched Chicago Business Today and produced the Entrepreneurs in Action video series. Prior to that, Lisa was a correspondent for Bloomberg Television, reporting from the Chicago Board of Trade. Lisa also was a correspondent for CNN Financial News, a senior producer for Moneyline and a staff writer for The Miami Herald. Lisa graduated magna cum laude from George Washington University.