Which Businesses Will Win in the November Elections? Political Insights from Insiders

Consulting Roundtable

August 23, 2012: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

During presidential election years, politics moves to front and center on the national stage. Policies can drastically shift the status quo and impact your business and clients. In this Booth Consulting Roundtable event, we will present a panel of three esteemed political insiders with expertise in real estate, local business, and large industry. Their experience covers local, state, and federal politics. This discussion will supplement your knowledge of the "big issues" and how the future may play out based on November's outcomes.

If you would like to submit a question for our panelist in advance, please email


Gleacher Center
Room 600
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:

Discounted Parking

Chicago Booth has arranged with the AMC Theater-River East Self-Parking Garage for discounted parking at the following:

300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage)

$6.00 after 3:00pm

Garage: Self Park Facility

Payment: Automated: at pay-stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only.

To receive discounted rate: Go to card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. The new system for the AMC Theater- River East Self Park Garage is automated: Insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. You can also validate your parking ticket at any time between your arrival at and departure from the Gleacher Center. When you leave the lot, you will be charged for the lower $6.00 fee.

Detailed Directions to Garage:

Garage is located next to PJ Clarks and below the AMC Theater.

a) When traveling east on Illinois cross over Columbus and enter the Garage on the left (north) side of the street. b) If driving west on Grand (north of Theater), you can enter the garage ½ block before Columbus on the left (south) side of the street.


No Charge


Register Online

Deadline: 8/23/2012

Speaker Profiles

Brian A. Bernardoni (Panelist)
Senior Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy, Chicago Association of REALTORS

Brian A. Bernardoni of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® is the Senior Director of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy serving the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. He is a native Chicagoan and is regarded by many as a powerful voice on real estate matters in Chicago. Bernardoni is a Past National Chairperson of the National Association of REALTORS® Governmental Affairs Directors and has served as a member of various committees for the National Association of REALTORS®. A prolific fundraiser, since 2003, he has raised over $1 million for RPAC, the REALTOR® Political Action Committee. During his career, Bernardoni served as an appointee of Mayor Richard M. Daley on the City of Chicago's Neighborhood Stabilization Program Advisory Board among others City Council working groups. He currently is the President of the Chicago Area Public Affairs Group. Brian simply describes himself as a lobbyist, a baseball historian, a husband and father of four daughters

Tom Livingston (Panelist)
Regional Vice President, CSX Railroad

CSX Railroad's government liaison, Mr. Livingston advocates for not only the interests of CSX, but also their customers' interests. Tom originally entered the political world as a senior assistant to Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar. He went on to serve as a Trustee for the Village of LaGrange for seven years. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and then a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois Springfield. Tom currently holds the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors for the University of Illinois Alumni Association; he also acted as a leader on their Advocacy Committee.

Michael Mini (Panelist)
Director of Government Relations, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Since January 2007, Michael Mini has served as Director of Government Relations for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Mike is responsible for the development and delivery of the Chamber's legislative, regulatory and political programs. He serves as the Chamber's chief lobbyist, manages public policy committees and the Chamber PAC, and oversees legislative and regulatory research and advocacy efforts. Prior to joining the Chamber, Mike was Managing Director of the REALTORS® Commercial Alliance of the National Association of REALTORS®. Upon graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Political Science, Mike worked on U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's first campaign for Congress and later worked as an aide in Hastert's Congressional office. He also worked in the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs at Pace - the suburban bus division of the RTA - and has served on various state and national political campaigns.


Tom Webb, '10 


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About the Consulting Roundtable

The primary objective of the Consulting Roundtable is to connect consultants with the industry's best practices, most innovative approaches, latest market trends, and most dynamic leaders. Meetings are scheduled for the fourth Thursday of each month.