Entrepreneurs Of Excellence – Russell Shields and Information-Driven Innovation

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

August 19, 2013: 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

The Entrepreneurial Roundtable hosts T. Russell Shields, cofounder and chairman of Ygomi LLC. A serial entrepreneur, Shields will provide insights into data management, intelligent transportation systems, and more.


City Gate Grill in Calamos Investments building
Meeting Room at Plaza Level below restaurant
2020 Calamos Court
Naperville, Illinois

Driving Directions:

Take I-88 to Route 59, go North on Route 59 and turn right at first street (Westings Drive). From Westings, take an immediate right onto Calamos Court. Parking garage is on right. Go to City Gate Grill. Meeting room is down the steps below City Gate Grill.

Event Details

Before there was an Internet, visionaries speculated on advanced databases linked by sophisticated communications systems.

ER's featured speaker in August, Russ Shields, over his 40+ year career, has specialized in putting related concepts into practice, creating and developing multiple companies and new industries based on innovative software and technology based services.

His discussion of his business experience will provide insights into such topics as: 

  • The development of rapid and robust data management and transaction processing systems
  • The outsourcing and automatization of customer management on a global scale
  • The implementation of intelligent transportation systems and predictive technologies
  • The use of organizational adaptation to best fit resources to tasks


Chicago Booth and Kellogg School of Management aumni, students and facutly - $20

General public, $25.  

Save $5 if registered by 8/14/13.


Register Online

Save $5 if registered by 8/14/13.

Deadline: 8/19/2013


6:30 PM-7:15 PM: Networking and light refreshments

7:15 PM-8:45 PM: Presentation and Q&A

Speaker Profiles

T. Russell Shields (Speaker) '67
Cofounder & Chairman, Ygomi LLC

Founding Shields Enterprises International (SEI) in 1969 following his education at Wichita State U (BA-Mathematics) and the University of Chicago (MA-History, MBA), he developed key information technology architecture for leading clients in both the private (Time, Inc., TransUnion, Motorola, Budget Rent a Car, and McDonalds) and public (US Veterans Administration, Social Security Administration, and CIA). SEI next expanded to support the back office of the cellular telephone industry, as well as location services and mapping/navigation. Navteq, its vehicle guidance unit, was sold to Nokia in 2008 in an $8.1 billion, all-cash transaction. Mr. Shields serves as chairman of his current company, Ygomi LLC, which conducts worldwide partnerships with vehicle and automotive electronics manufacturers, employing 200 people in 9 countries. Among his many honors, Mr. Shields was inducted in 2010 and as an inaugural member of the Intelligent Transport System World Congress Hall of Fame and awarded the Chicago Booth Distinguished Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship in 2008.


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