Pareto’s 80/20- Striking Gold Underfoot

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

March 16, 2015: 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Successful serial entrepreneur and Fortune 150 C-level executive, the author of Think Inside The Box shows how to exploit the great business now existing within your organization.


Illinois Institute of Technology - Rice Campus
201 East Loop Road
Wheaton, Illinois

Event Details

A major advantage smaller businesses can enjoy over larger competitors, indeed often essential for their viability, is flexibility in taking actions. This adaptability, however, can come with a sacrifice of rigor in decision making- for example, longer term planning while acknowledged as theoretically useful can nonetheless hold a lower priority for entrepreneurs.

Our speaker, with decades of experience from both sides of the flexibility/rigor divide, will offer practical tips to spotlight your most rewarding products and customers. His views will extend beyond analysis to operational execution via techniques like Kanban systems and value stream mapping. Ideally, applying his insights would be analogous to adopting the best practices of private equity without sacrificing ownership control.


Booth alumni and faculty and Entrepreneurial Roundtable members: $15 until March 11, then $5 more.

General public: $20 until March 11, then $5 more.


Register Online

You can save $5 if you register by March 11.

Deadline: 3/16/2015


6:15 PM-7:00 PM: Networking with light refreshments

Speaker Profiles

Tim Nelson (Speaker) '86
Partner, Encore Packaging Founder/Managing

After first working for several large companies, Tim founded Midwest Industrial Packaging in 1987 and ultimately sold it to Illinois Tool Works (ITW) in 2000.Transitioning to ITW post-acquisition, he served as Vice President and General Manager for several of its divisions until starting his latest company in 2008. In addition to his role there, he consults to mid-market companies on business transformation, and has co-authored Think Inside the Box  He holds several patents. Tim earned his bachelor's degree in Finance from San Diego State University and his MBA in Operations and Accounting from University of Chicago Booth and also studied overseas at the Institute of American Universities in France.


Greg Gocek, '85