Beyond The Horizon – Taking Growth To The Next Level

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

February 17, 2014: 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Panelists discuss how to guide an organization towards success and how to understand the financial resources fueling development.


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

Driving Directions:

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

Join us to hear from experts who have navigated entrepreneurship, funding, and their related courses, both for their own companies and the many clients they have advised.

You will ideally come away with new ideas on important issues like:

  •  Crafting and revising effective business strategies and tactics
  •  Building organizational capabilities via hiring, training, and motivational rewards
  •  Integrating organic and M&A-focused growth paths
  •  Sourcing and deploying outside capital


John Bintz, Managing Director, Valuation Research Corporation

John has more than 26 years of experience in the financial services industry with well developed expertise in private equity, M&A and valuation analysis. He previously founded and led his own firm, Apple Tree Investments, and has worked for Dresner Investment Services and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Frequently sought by the media as an expert economic/financial analyst and host, he regularly appears nationwide at major corporate and educational events speaking on a wide variety of financial topics. He is an adjunct professor of finance at DePaul University (since 2008) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (since 2010). He earned his bachelor's degree in financial administration at Michigan State University and his MBA in finance/economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Dan Weinfurter, Managing Partner, Chicago Growth Consultants

Dan is the author of the recently published and favorably reviewed Second Stage Entrepreneurship: Ten Proven Strategies for Driving Aggressive Growth. His book distills lessons acquired as a successful serial entrepreneur over the past 25 years, leading several private equity backed firms to high rankings on the Inc 500 list, including his first startup (Parson Group) that attained the #1 position. Dan began his business career at General Electric, holding progressively responsible positions in its sales organization before moving on to entrepreneurship with Alternative Resources. He serves on multiple corporate and non-profit boards and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. A native of Wisconsin , he earned his BS and MBA degrees at Marquette University.

Moderator: Greg Gocek 


Booth alumni, students, faculty, and Entrepreneurial Roundtable members: $15 until Feb. 12, then $20.

General public:  $5 more.



Register Online

You can register and pay at the door, but note that you can save $5 by registering at least 5 days in advance.  This gives us a better idea of the amount of food to order.

Deadline: 2/17/2014


Wayne Barcheski 
Member of the production team