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  • Wintrust Business Lunch 2/19/18: Chicago’s Hyperloop, Keeping People Employed, & Facebook’s

    What if you could travel from Chicago to Cleveland in less than 30 minutes? Katherine Davis and Jim Dallke detailed the number of proposed outlines for The Boring Company to test some of the newest technology in Chicago. Marilyn Bird detailed the reason why a record high number of people left their jobs in December, and Randi Shaffer shared the latest social media challenge that could be potentially hazardous to German kids.  

  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 2/19/18

    On February 19th, 2018 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: US Markets are closed today due to the President’s Day Holiday Home Depot, Walmart report earnings tomorrow The Federal Open Market Committee Meeting minutes are shared on Wednesday

  • The Opening Bell 2/19/18: CHOMPS Adds to Chicago’s Forceful Food & Beverage Ecosystem

    Kicking off the week, Steve sat down with Peter Maldonado (CEO of Chomps) to discuss the booming food and beverage industry, and how he is taking the next step of his business to Chicago because the strength of the startup ecosystem. Christine McDaniel (Sr. Fellow at Mercatus Institute) then took a deep dive into the recent release of the 2019 budget from the White House, where she touched on the importance of the cutbacks and priorities for a successful year. […]

  • Wintrust Business Lunch 2/16/18: Love Scams, Shark Tank’s Daymond John, & Ending Pot Testing

    The BBB has measured how much we have lost in heartache. Andrea Hanis joined Steve to talk about the 82,000 people who have possible been scammed through online dating. Shark Tank’s Daymond John shared the details on his new book, Rise and Grind, Dr. Phil Fijal looked at the event that attracting 30,000 dentists to Chicago, and John Challenger provided the perspective about what it might be like if companies didn’t test for marijuana.

  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 2/16/18

    On February 16th, 2018 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: The Commerce Department reports on US Home Construction for January We will receive the Advance Quarterly Services report Coca-Cola Reports earnings today

  • The Opening Bell 2/16/18: Answers Behind the 200 Southwest Flight Cancellations

    One word: inflation. It’s something that Steve and Paul Nolte (SVP & Sr. Portfolio Manager at Kingsview Asset Manager) have been checking in on since late last year and now its finally happening. He also recapped the correction last week and noted that it was a great opportunity to “upgrade” the portfolio. Brian Sumers (Business Airline Reporter at then checked in with Steve and during his weekly conversation and provided perspective on the 200 flights Southwest canceled due to […]

  • Wintrust Business Lunch 2/15/18: Family Home Building, Are We Close To 5G? & Successful Workplace Women

    Thinking of selling your home? Real Estate agencies could be pushing you in that direction due to the tight real estate market. Steve and Dennis Rodkin caught up on the latest stories from the market around the Chicagoland area. Roger Cheng shared the detail about the real economic impact behind delivery drones, and Ilyce Glink provided perspective on better paid, less stressed women in the work place could lead to further company success.  

  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 2/15/18

    On February 15th, 2018 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: The Labor Department reports on the US Produce Price Inflation for January The Federal Reserve reports on January’s US Industrial Production The Treasury Department shares a report on international money flows data for December The National Association of Home Builders releases the February index of Builder Sentiment Freddie Mac reports on US Average Mortgage rates

  • Thought Leader Greg Warsek: Stock Market Uncertainty Means Real Estate Returns

    With the face of retail shifting towards e-commerce, Industrial commercial real estate has seen a big boom. This week’s Associated Bank Thought Leader, Greg Warsek (SVP & Illinois Market Manager for The Commercial Real Estate Division at Associated Bank), detailed why the Chicago area is seeing some of the biggest impact as a result of the shift. Greg also touched on the resent news of The John Hancock Center decided to release the naming rights on the building and his […]

  • The Opening Bell 2/15/18: Paying Off Student Loans Without Even Thinking About It

    The weekly Associated Bank Thought Leader provides perspective on the talked about news stories in their industry and commercial real estate is in the spotlight this week. Greg Warsek (SVP & Illinois Market Manager for The Commercial Real Estate Division at Associated Bank) detailed the continued growth in commercial real estate along with the changes coming to the John Hancock Center, and Nick Sky (Founder and CEO of ChangEd) is helping rid the country of student loan debt by paying […]