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  • Wintrust Business Lunch 4/21/17: Farm Tech, Hiring Millennials, & Meliora Cleaning Products

    Technology is changing all industries and agriculture is no exception. Jon Hansen filled in for Steve Bertrand and chatted with Andrea Hanis (Editor of Blue Sky Innovation & Editorial Director of RedEye) about how University of Illinois is redesigning technology for the farming industry. Tom Gimbel (CEO of LaSalle Network) talked about hiring the best of the 2017 graduating class, and a local Chicago couple (Kate Jakubas & Mike Mayer) discussed with Jon about their cleaning product company, Meliora.  

  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 4/21/17

    On April 21, 2017 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: State Unemployment rates for individual states in March are released today National Association of Realtors releases existing homes for last month Volkswagon receives it’s sentencing today after pleading guilty to three felony charges International Monetary Fund is in Washington today for the Spring Meeting of the World Bank  

  • The Opening Bell 4/21/17: Weekly Market Wrap – French Elections & Earnings Season

    The week is coming to a close and Steve wrapped up the week with Paul Nolte (Sr. Portfolio Manager at Kingsview Asset Management). The French Election this weekend, tight job markets, and earnings season all make for a busy financial week. Steve also put a bow on the United Airlines passenger removal story with Rick Seaney (CEO of to ask the important question, “did they do enough to help the situation?”  

  • Wintrust Business Lunch 4/20/17: Small Businesses, Facebook Zombies, & Financial Advisors

    Amy Guth jumped in for Steve as he continues his Ireland trip and she brought good news for the Midwest. Amy discussed with Jill Gonzalez (Analyst at Wallet Hub) about the best small cities to start a business and there are plenty of cities in the Midwest representing the list. Bill Geiger of Geiger Wealth Management talked about retirement planning, Ian Sherr (Exec. Editor of News at CNET) told us about the more than 200,000 social media zombies across the […]

  • Associated Bank Thought Leader: Don Lloyd

    “The 24 hour news cycle has been on fire,” and that excites Don Lloyd‘s line of work. Steve sat down with the weekly Associated Bank Thought Leader, SVP and Manager of Capital Markets – Foreign Exchange, Rate Swaps and Commodity Derivatives at Associated Bank, to talk about the impact of the global US military influence, political relations between US and Russia, and how this all moves the value of money.  

  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 4/20/17

    On April 20, 2017 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: First time Applications for Unemployment Benefits are released from the Labor Department today Freddie Mac reports on Long Term Mortgage Rates Visa reports quarterly financial results Consumer sentiment figures are released later in the day as well  

  • The Opening Bell 4/20/17: Supporting Science on Earth Day

    The global markets are always moving and getting an early look into what’s a head is vital for business and financial management. Steve sat down with the weekly thought leader, Don Lloyd to discuss the busy Geo-political news the is influencing international markets. This weekend also is the celebration of Earth Day, and a national March For Science. Sophie Shrand (Host of Science with Sophie) discussed with Steve the reason for the march and told people what they can do […]

  • Wintrust Business Lunch 4/19/17: Inheritances, O’Hare Upgrades & Train Inefficiency

    Steve Bertrand began his trip to Ireland today, so Jon Hansen stepped in, and kept things in suit. Terry Savage discussed with Jon about the changing interest rates and her thought of what millennials should do when they come into a lump sum of money.  Frank Sennett of Crains told us about O’Hare Airport that is loosing passenger traffic compared to other airports due to the lack of upgrades, and Josh Sanburn discussed with Jon about his most recent article […]

  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 4/19/17

    On April 19, 2017 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: US Crude Oil Inventories report today BlackRock, Ebay, American Express all report earnings today The Federal Reserve Beige Book will be released today  

  • The Opening Bell 4/19/17: Marijuana Legalization & Questioning American Complacency

    The long standing debate on marijuana legalization continues as state by state legalization moves along. Steve discussed with IL State Representative Kelly Cassidy about the amendment of House Bill 2353 that is also paired with IL State Senator Heather Steans. Many might suggest this will lead to laziness or contribute to a complacent society. That lead CNN Money’s Heather Long to question if Americans have become too lazy. Steve and Heather talked about the survey and it’s results as the […]