Founder & CEO | GuardianVets
John started GuardianVets as a pet owner dissatisfied with the lack of access to veterinary care at night and weekends. John was a former project finance/investment banking professional at KPMG Corporate Finance LLC and Merrill Lynch. John has a Bachelors in Accountancy as well as a Bachelors in Finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. GuardianVets allows veterinary practices to offer after-hours care for their clients. Our service helps veterinary practices increase revenue through new appointments, lower staff cost, optimize appointment demand as well as increase client retention. GuardianVets launched in February 2017, has quickly grown and serves thousands of pet owners across the Midwest.
Co-Founder | Dealer Fox
Dealer Fox is an independent digital management and consulting firm unique to the automotive space. We represent New Car Dealerships and Auto Groups.
We've been referred to as the "Digital IRS" of the automotive industry as we audit digital lead sources and third party vendors on behalf of our clients. We work directly with the General Manager of a dealership and provide monthly reports that are simple and easy to read. Our executive reporting brings clarity and a new found confidence when investing in your dealership's digital campaign.
A walking tour social enterprise that helps underprivileged teens earn social and soft skills for college and beyond by training them to become walking tour guides. The funds they earn are used for their higher education expenses.
Founder & CEO
Blazin’ Babes is a women's professional networking organization supported by a networking website platform where women come together in a social setting to network with one another to elicit business connections, opportunities for professional growth and offer guidance to other women in achieving their professional dreams and aspirations. Blazin' Babes provides female-centric networking events including workshops, panel discussions and other career-related programming based on a social platform which encourages women to network.
Founder | PromoShare
PromoShare® is a proprietary promotional platform which partners local businesses with highly recognizable entertainment brands based on shared demographics and brand attributes.
PromoShare® turns insight into profitable action by revealing the best ways for our customers to communicate and interact with their clients.
Founder & CEO | iDrivio
Mayra’s extensive experience and passion for innovation have led to recognition of the acute challenges as well as opportunities in the drivers education industry. She launched iDrivio to address the challenges in this billion-dollar a year drivers education market. iDrivio is built to be a platform that connects individuals and businesses seeking driver’s education with top rated providers. The platform provides an ideal framework leveraging curated online training with offline behind the wheel training by leading instructors in the driver’s area.
Founder & Principal | BIM for Better
Juanita Garcia draws on over 15 years of experience in the construction industry, first in mechanical design for HVAC contractors and most recently in LEED Green Building consulting. Among the first to earn the recognized green building credential, LEED AP BD+C, with a specialization in building design and construction. Juanita is a regular speaker in building information modeling technology for sustainability, LEED materials tracking, and Building Energy Benchmarking. Recognizing a need to track energy, water, and material for LEED and other green building compliance, founded BIM for Better. Juanita volunteers for Project Exploration, a nonprofit with a mission to change the face of science by introducing girls to STEM professionals with hands on workshops. Juanita is on the founding advisory board of the Environmentalists of Color advisory board and cohosts a podcast highlighting the stories of environmentalists of color, Shades of Green. bit.ly/ShadesofGreenChi BIM for Better is developing a platform utilizing building information modeling for dynamic 3D virtual models of buildings throughout the lifecycle of a building to integrate IoT to track energy, water, and materials for LEED and other green building certifications.
Founder | Story Street Labs
Carlos is the founder of Story Street Labs, an online creative community where users can read and share original, short-form creative stories. He has 15+ years as a Business Development and Marketing Executive, having split that time between the US and Brazil. He has a B.A. from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Story Street Labs is a vibrant online community that allows anyone to read, write, and share short stories and serialized works of fiction. Most of us have a story inside us that we would like to tell - and we would like to help you do just that! We want to reinvent the story publishing process so that everyone's stories become easier and quicker to tell, have a greater opportunity to engage the right audience, and are delivered in a more convenient and exciting way.
Founder | RozaRoute
Roza Route is a data driven phone an smartwatch app that will be a B2B solution for the commercial cleaning services industry with the potential to serve the Field service market. It also allows for workflow guidance while an employee is on the job, and assists in profile building for better service in the future by teams with identities.
Founder | BarPass
Phil Castro is a serial entrepreneur from Chicago who thrives off of innovation and disruption. Castro has started two (soon to be three!) multi-million dollar companies of his own, as well as assisted in the growth of a few other venture capital backed start-ups in the past decade. Castro's latest venture BarPass solves a huge problem in the restaurant and bar space; consumers want a better happy hour experience and bars need to boost business during their slower times. BarPass is a social happy hour app that organizes and executes weekly after work events at the trendiest bars and restaurants. Members typically receive some complimentary drinks and/or exclusive specials at every event. Download BarPass for free today and start discovering new bars, meeting new people and tasting different spirits.
Dan Taneja | BevAnalytics
Dan Taneja is a beverage alcohol industry professional of 20+ years and has held leadership positions at companies like Diageo, Bacardi, Constellation, Southern Wine and Spirits, and Breakthru Beverage. He was most recently the Mentor in Residence for the ABInbev technology accelerator with Techstars. In 2015 he left Bacardi to start BevAnalytics, a survey platform for the Beverage Alcohol Industry. They provide insights and analytics for the industry. Specifically, they measure trade and brand penetration of drink menus, drink specials, back bars, beer taps, and POP branded visibility. BevAnalytics is the moneyball for the Adult Beverage industry.
Founder | AeroPay
Daniel Muller is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Skilled in Digital Strategy, E-commerce, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Partnerships, and Mobile Applications. Recently helped build a technology company working with various Fortune 500 companies that sold to a major bank. Co-founded an office in the downtown Chicago area that grew from 2 to 60 employees. Daniel's passion includes building software inspired by social cause that can make an immediate and positive difference. Welcome to Aero Payments. Aero Payments is a revolutionary payments solution that simplifies in-store payments. Our product AeroPay™ simplifies in-store payments by creating a new mobile payment method for small businesses that works like cash. By bridging the convenience of mobile and efficiency of electronic processing, we are building a world where payments can equally benefit consumers and merchants. Learn more here: http://aeropayments.com/ join the movement.