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The Chicago Innovation Awards’ Board of Advisors is comprised of business and civic leaders who understand the importance of innovation and what it means to the success of the Chicago region and the growth of its economy. Our members are ambassadors of celebrating innovation, help to spread the word about nominations from their networks, and aid in efforts to find sponsors, partners and other supporters who can advance the goals of the Chicago Innovation Awards.

Business Leaders

John Berschied

Former Head of R&D and Innovation

S. C. Johnson Co., Alberto Culver Co., and Church and Dwight Co.

Hardik Bhatt

Director of Smart + Connected Communities & Internet of Everything

Cisco

Angelo Bufalino

Chair, Intellectual Property Group

Vedder Price

Mike Cherry

Attorney

Myron M. Cherry & Associates

Jay Dirkmaat

Vice President, Greater Chicago Region

Comcast Business

Jennifer Bentz

VP, Consumer Insights & Strategy

Hillshire Brands

Michael Krauss

President

Market Strategy Group

Tom Kuczmarski

Co-Founder

Chicago Innovation Awards;

President

Kuczmarski Innovation

Dan Lyne

Senior Vice President, Occupier Services Group

CBRE

Nancy Ruscheinski

Vice Chair of Client Engagement

Edelman

Rich Rodriguez

Vice President, Business Development Director

Lend Lease

Kate Shubert

Chicago Regional Business Manager

Disney Institute

Tawfik Sharkasi

Chief Science and Technology Officer

Wrigley

Matthew Saleski

Senior Director

Marin Software

Gary Slack

Chairman & CEO

Slack & Company

Matt Summy

Regional VP for Government and Regulatory Affairs

Comcast

Rocky Wirtz

President

Wirtz Corporation; and Chairman and Owner, Chicago Blackhawks

Civic Leaders

Frank Beal

Executive Director

Chicago Metropolis 2020

Ellen Barry

Acting Director of Information Technology

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Fred Hoch

President

Illinois Technology Association

Kristi Lafleur

ExecutiveDirector

Illinois Tollway

Dan Miller

Co-Founder

Chicago Innovation Awards

Stephanie Neely

Treasurer

City of Chicago

Lance Pressl

Senior Policy Fellow

Institute for Work and the Economy

Venture Capitalists

Bret Maxwell

Managing General Partner

MK Capital

Matt McCall

Partner

Pritzker Group Venture Capital

Nick Rosa

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Sandbox Industries

Kevin Willer

Partner and Co-founder

Chicago Ventures

Eric Olson

Associate

Origin Ventures

Academic Leaders

Sally Blount

Dean

Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management

Dipak Jain

Professor

INSEAD

Philip Kotler

Distinguished Professor of International Marketing

Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management

Sunil Kumar

Dean

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Media Experts

Michael Arndt

Editor

Crain’s Chicago Business

Ray Boyer

President

Boyer Media

Howard Wolinsky

Professor

Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism

Entrepreneurs

Chris Gladwin

Founder and Vice Chairman

Cleversafe

Orlando Saez

Chief Operating Officer

CityScan, Inc.

Non-profit Leaders

Darcy Evon

Executive Director

Corporate and Foundation Relations at University of Illinois at Chicago

Maria Wynne

CEO

Leadership Greater Chicago