• Elgin Area Chamber CEO Unplugged
  • CEO Unplugged

    The Elgin Area Chamber's CEO Unplugged Series gives members the peak into the minds of the Elgin area's most successful CEOs in a relaxed, conversational environment. The event gives attendees an opportunity to meet and learn from the mover and shakers of the different areas of the business world. Check our calendar of events for the next CEO Unplugged.

  • Past CEO Unplugged

  • Hoffer Family, Hoffer Plastics South Elgin, Member since 1950 Hoffer Family, Hoffer Plastics South Elgin, Member since 1950

    The leadership and vision of the Hoffer family has successfully sustained and grown Hoffer Plastics Corporation in South Elgin at the next Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Unplugged-All in the Family, sponsored by the Grand Victoria Casino. The luncheon will be held Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Grand Victoria Casino pavilion, 250 South Grove in the Fox River Room on the second floor, at 11:30 a.m. for registration with buffet luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Questions and networking to follow. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) for Chamber members; $30 in advance for Chamber friends ($35 at the door). Register at ElginChamber.com or by calling 847-741-5660 for more information.

    Members of the Hoffer family who will share their leadership styles include Bill Hoffer, president; Charlotte Canning, vice president of brand and culture; Alex Hoffer, vice president of business development; and Gretchen Farb, vice president of value creation.

    Hoffer was founded in South Elgin by the late Robert A. Hoffer, a chemist, in 1953. He acquired a used molding machine to start his first product - a screw that advanced the material in stick deodorants.

    A global leader in custom injection molding, Hoffer Plastics leads in customer and employee satisfaction and charitable giving. From its founder to current executive leadership, it has been the goal of Hoffer to provide turn-key solutions and state-of-the-art technology to its customers.

    The CEO Unplugged luncheon provides a first-hand opportunity to learn what made has made this family-owned business successful and adapt their executive leadership tips into your own business. The format includes an informal interview with the executive team ranging from risks they have taken to what keeps them up at night, and more and a quick fire-round of questions. Time is available to ask questions. The goal is to walk away with tidbits of advice from the Hoffer team businesses can implement right away.

    The CEO Unplugged luncheon series is led by members of the Elgin Area Chamber special events committee: chair Pat Szpekowski, PR Strategies & Communications; Jennifer Boyle, Manpower; Yvonne Irving, KCT Credit Union; Cate Osterholz, Presence Saint Joseph Hospital; Tena Robotham, Judson University, and Michael Storey, Beckatt Solutions.

  • Rauschenberger family, Various Memberships Rauschenberger family, Various Memberships

    The successful siblings of the Rauschenberger family of Elgin - Carol, Steven, John, and Keith - define their leadership styles and motivations at the next CEO Unplugged-All in the Family, sponsored by the Grand Victoria Casino. The luncheon will be held Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at the Grand Victoria Casino pavilion, 250 South Grove in the Fox River Room on the second floor, at 11:30 a.m. for registration with buffet luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Questions and networking to follow. Tickets are $20 in advance for Chamber members and $30 for future members. Tickets will be $35 at the door. For information, call the chamber at (847) 741-5660.

    This CEO Unplugged luncheon offers an opportunity to learn how these successful business leaders, entrepreneurs, and public servants adapted their experiences to provide leadership tips for your own business. The format includes an informal interview and a quick fire-round of questions. Attendees will walk away with tidbits of advice from members of the Rauschenberger family to spark ideas on how to implement in your own business right away.

    Carol Rauschenberger has worked in a variety of positions in international sales and marketing including rehabilitation equipment sales in Europe and marketing for ATT International. She currently works for School District U-46 and is one of the founding members of Shared Harvest, the Elgin Food Cooperative, a "startup" food business in Elgin and an Elgin City Councilwoman.

    John K. Rauschenberger's expertise in consulting and executive coaching is founded on over 35 years as a senior practitioner in the insurance industry as a senior executive and president of privately owned insurance agencies and brokerages. Throughout his career, John has provided a broad range of professional services focusing on a multitude of industry matters as well as recruiting and developing top producers and sales and operations managers.

    Keith Rauschenberger,CFP®is the President and founder of Rauschenberger Financial Advisors (RFA) an independent, fee-only, hourly, fiduciary financial advisory firm that focuses on meeting the retirement planning needs of the middle-market. He is currently Chairman of the Elgin Academy Board of Trustees, serves on the Board of the Elgin Area Chamber, is a co-founder of the Elgin Area Small Business Academy.

    Dr. Cindy Rauschenberger of Fox Valley Endodontic Specialists has been a full time practicing endodontist since 1996. She currently volunteers with Elgin Academy, St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church and other community organizations.

    The CEO Unplugged luncheon series has focused on introducing the business community to local CEOs since 2012. The series is led by members of the Elgin Area Chamber special events committee: chair Pat Szpekowski, PmS advertising, inc./PR Strategies, and Jennifer Boyle, Manpower; Toni Diones, Winergy; Yvonne Irving, KCT Credit Union; Cate Osterholz, Presence Saint Joseph Hospital Elgin; Tena Robotham, Judson University, and Michael Storey, Beckatt Solutions.

  • Terry Dunning, Member since 1950 Terry Dunning, Member since 1950

    Retired Dunning Auctions Service's Founder C. P. Terry Dunning defines his leadership style at the next Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce popular series, CEO Unplugged, sponsored by the Grand Victoria Casino. The luncheon will be held Thursday, May 3, at the Grand Victoria Casino pavilion, 250 South Grove in the Fox River Room at 11:30 a.m. for registration with buffet luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Questions and networking to follow. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door). Reservations can be made at ElginChamber.com or call the Chamber office at 847-741-5660.

    The CEO Unplugged luncheon provides a first-hand opportunity to learn what made has made this community business leader successful and adapt his executive leadership tips. The format includes an informal interview to a quick fire-round of questions. Time is available to ask questions. The goal is to walk away with tidbits of advice to implement right away.

    Throughout his life, Dunning has received awards and accolades, statewide, nationally and internationally for his profession and company, Dunning's Auction Service. The Dunning family legacy dates back to 1896 when Frank Dunning began selling livestock to supplement his farming income. By the 1920s, the company was handling real estate and furniture. In the 1960s, Dunning's added fine art and antiques.

    Dunning is a member of the National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame and has remained committed to Elgin through a lifetime of community service. As a local business owner, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Elgin Area Chamber in 1994 and is a long-time volunteer of the Chamber.

    He has held many board and committee positions at notable Elgin institutions, including his church, First United Methodist Church. He was a founding member of the First Community Bank, which was acquired by Wintrust last year.

    Dunning is a long-time member of the Elgin Noon Rotary Club and served as Club President in 1986 and served all leadership positions within the organization. He led the Paul Harris Fellowship program, achieving 100% participation of Club members in the leadership giving program for many years. Dunning helped raise over $130,000 for Rotary's Polio Plus Project, including a benefit concert by Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and donated $7,000 to Elgin's Softball Complex Park Project.

    As former chair of the Sherman Hospital board, he helped determine the board's vision, identified the hospital's new location and navigated the process of attaining state approval to build the new Advocate Sherman Hospital. He continues as a hospital volunteer.

    Dunning remains in active service to his community and is a friend to local social service agencies and others, continuing to use his auctioneering talents to assist in fundraising at charitable events such as the Community Crisis Center's Annual Auction and Gala, Elgin Community College's Pearl Gala and Centro de Informacion' s Annual Auction.

    The CEO Unplugged luncheon series is led by members of the Elgin Area Chamber special events committee: chair Pat Szpekowski, PR Strategies & Communications, and Jennifer Boyle, Manpower: Yvonne Irving, KCT Credit Union; Cate Osterholz, Presence Saint Joseph Hospital; Tena Robotham, Judson University, Michael Storey, Beckatt Solutions, and Carol Gieske, president, Elgin Area Chamber.

  • The CEO Unplugged luncheon series is led by members of the Elgin Area Chamber special events committee: chair Pat Szpekowski, PR Strategies & Communications, and Jennifer Boyle, Manpower: Yvonne Irving, KCT Credit Union; Cate Osterholz, Presence Saint Joseph Hospital; Tena Robotham, Judson University, Michael Storey, Beckatt Solutions, and Carol Gieske, president, Elgin Area Chamber. 

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