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The Wintrust Business Lunch with Steve Bertrand and Amy Guth from WGN Radio 720

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The Wintrust Business Lunch with Steve Bertrand and Amy Guth from WGN Radio 720




Wintrust Business Lunch 10/19/18: Car2Go’s Success, Effectiveness of Political Yard Signs, & Holiday Hiring Begins

Bike and scooter sharing has been relatively successful around the country and Andrea Hanis learned that the sharing model is also working pretty well with Car2Go. Jon Hansen (filling in for Steve Bertrand) then checked in with Kate Thayer who questioned if political signs in people’s front yards actually work at influencing votes, Jack Lavin is working with Chicago companies that are driving more disability inclusion in businesses, and Andrew Challenger has noticed a huge uptick in seasonal...


Bill Geiger Explaining to Sears Pension Recipients Whats Next…

One of the country’s legacy businesses, Sears, filed for bankruptcy recently and that is bad news for the company’s pension recipients. Steve Bertrand and Bill Gegier (Geiger Wealth Management) discussed what will happen to those pensions and what those recipients should do now they are being left short with their retirement plannings.


Wintrust Business Lunch 10/18/18: Facebook’s “War Room”, Geiger Wealth Management, & Global C-Section Rates

Facebook making more headlines today with the implementation of their “war-room ” to fight against fake news and the election influences but Ian Sherr also touched on the case for Illinois deciding to sue the west coast company as well. Steve Bertrand then touched on the Sears pension situation with Bill Gegier, while the importance of inclusion is top of mind for Melissa Donaldson at Wintrust Financial, and Dr. Ties Boerma explained why c-section births are so popular in some countries […]


Wintrust Business Lunch 10/17/18: Small Business Insurance, McDonalds Franchisees, Ballotpedia Helping You Vote.

It was a big up and down day for the market so needless to say Steve Bertrand wanted to know from Terry Savage what were the factors causing some of the fluctuations and also talking about the time of the year again where small businesses are preparing for open enrollment. Frank Sennett explained how the McDonalds/franchisee relationship could be changing after a staged revolt, and Sarah Rosier is reminding Illinoisans that you no longer have to step into the voting […]


Wintrust Business Lunch 10/15/18: Sears Files for Bankruptcy, Harnessing Business Intelligence, & “Boss’s Day”

Sears made the expected move to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and Steve Bertrand talked about it’s legacy and other business stories with Jim Dallke and Katherine Davis from Chicago Inno. Mike Capone explained how he is learning from those businesses that fall behind and help them keep up with business intelligence, while Marilyn Bird justified why you could be brown nosing with Boss’s Day coming up this week and how Chicago ranks with boss satisfaction in a recent Robert Half […]


Wintrust Business Lunch 10/12/18: Illinois MBA apps are dropping, Dealing with Workaholic Bosses, & Learning From Our 1900’s Past

Ilyce Glink closed out the busy business week with Andrea Hanis to look at the surprising dip in MBA applications along with the new piece of home hardware from non-other than Facebook. Tom Gimbel shared some perspective on how to deal with a boss that is a workaholic, Steve LeVine is looking at the future by analyzing the past in his latest future series on social/political/economic struggles, and Front Row Phyllis is focusing on all the entertainment going on in […]


Wintrust Business Lunch 10/11/18: Goodbye Google+, Rebranding Logos, & IL’s State Fiscal Ranking

Google+ was the social media platform that never really stuck and now it’s going away for good. Ilyce Glink (CEO of Best Money Moves) filled in for Steve Bertrand and kicked the show off with Rochelle Garner to learn about one of Google’s biggest flubs along with other CNET stories of the week. Ross Kimbarovsky took some time to look back at the Dunkin Donuts name change along with other logo/branding adjustments, Maria LaMagna explained why some employees should be […]

Wintrust Business Lunch 10/10/18: The Dow Drops, Chicago’s Tourism Spikes, & Using Technology To Solve Journalist Mystery

Terry Savage jumped back in studio, but as a guest today, and Amy Guth filled in for Steve Bertrand, reviewing whats causing the market to slip and suggesting a column for those interested in a financial career. Frank Sennett explained the details behind why tourism in Chicago is hitting record highs, and Randi Shaffer closed out the program with the latest effort effort from Instagram to combat cyber bullying.


Wintrust Business Lunch 10/9/18: Najarian On The Market, Terry Answers Questions, & Incorporating Dignity into Business

An excited Terry Savage jumped in for Steve Bertrand this Tuesday and kicked things off with Jon Najarian to take a look at the rumblings in the market. Allen Wishner then joined the program to discuss how small businesses can offer healthcare benefits despite the cost, Terry answered some listener calls covering financial basics and Kelly Leonard shared the latest with “Getting To Yes And…”, touching on how dignity plays a vital role in business.


Wintrust Business Lunch 10/8/18: The New State Run VC Fund, Google Maps’s New Commuter Features, & Amazon In The Real Estate Industry

Amy Guth kicked off the week with yet again more Amazon news sprinkled through out the day with Katherine Davis and Jim Dallke reviewing news of their second Amazon Go Store, along with a number of other other Chicago Inno stories over the last week like the new state run VC fund to invest in startups. Genevieve Park joined Amy from Google to help provide listeners some technology solutions to make your commute a bit easier, and Ilyce Glink looked […]


Wintrust Business Lunch 10/5/2018: Walgreens is getting a makeover, meaning meetings, Financial Planning Association Conference , and a guide to help millenials manage their financial life

Steve Bertrand was off today so Jon Hansen stepped in to chat with Benjamin Meyerson (News Editor at Blue Sky Innovation) about changes coming to Chicago area Walgreens in the cosmetic section as they prepare to introduce new products, courtesy of online beauty retailer Birchbox. Tom Gimbel (CEO of LaSalle Network) shared what it takes to make an enlightening office meeting that is enjoyable for everyone in attendance. Ed Gjertsen II (Chair of The Financial Planning Association Conference)...


Wintrust Business Lunch 10/3/2018: Phone addiction, Long-term investments, and The Roberti House

Steve Bertrand talked with Ian Sherr about phone addiction and it’s effects on parenting. Bill Geiger shed some light on interest rates on treasuries and the best plans for long-term investments. Clay Erickson of The Roberti House jumps in to share some of the work that the charity does in Lake County including youth programming, culinary classes, and more.


Wintrust Business Lunch 10/3/2018: Market Stories of The Day, Chicago Pritzker List, & the Presidential Emergency Alert System

Steve Bertrand talked with Terry Savage about the taxes that should’ve come along with President Trump’s “small loan” from his father and the risks of outliving your life insurance policy; Frank Sennett shared information about big companies in the area making efforts to create opportunities and jobs for people in disadvantaged neighborhoods, as well as the newly released Chicago Pritzker short list; Steve is then joined by Randi Shaffer to discuss the Presidential Emergency Alert System...


Wintrust Business Lunch 10/2/18: The Far Reaching Facebook Breach, Taking Advantage of Wall Street, & Drone Videography

After recapping some of the headline business news of the day, Steve Bertrand followed up on the Facebook data breach news with Matt Schulz explaining how it could lead to deeper online exposure to consumers all around the web, Andy Smith explained what could be done to take advantage of the surge on Wall Street, and Colin Hinkle jumped on the drone videography industry early so he shared some insight on the direction of the market .


Wintrust Business Lunch 10/1/18: Chicago Inno Updates, Divorces in 2018, & Homes In The Rust Belt

The Chicago startup scene has had quite a year so far, and as it starts to wrap up, Steve Bertrand touched base with Jim Dallke and Katherine Davis to see what is still to come and whats on Chicago Inno’s radar. Dean Hedeker jumped in studio to share the latest numbers about divorce in 2018 and how people could be holding off due to the financial burden, and Ilyce Glink noted that the millennials have significant buying power when they’re ready, […]


Wintrust Business Lunch 9/28/18: Lauren Zumbach, Jacob Bunge, Jenny Gold

Amy Guth discusses the changing nature of online sales tax in Illinois, the looming trade war with China and how farmers are preparing, and how companies are responding (or neglecting to respond) to employees who overdose while at work.


Wintrust Community Leader: Medication Management Partners’ Labinot Avdiu

The healthcare industry is growing as it continues to serve one of the biggest age groups in years – the baby boomers. Steve Bertrand (Host of The Wintrust Business Lunch) sat down with Labinot Avdiu (CEO of Medication Management Partners) to talk about the significant growth of the market that they continue to serve and that means their own growth with the help of Wintrust.


Wintrust Business Lunch 9/28/18: 50 Million of Facebook Users’s Experience Data Breach

There’s always something that pops up last minute and that’s what happened before the show with the news of 50 million Facebook users experiencing a data breach, so Steve Bertrand and Andrea Hanis covered the latest details being released. Labinot Avdiu then rounded out the short show with the Wintrust Community Leader conversation to break down the medication management industry that is growing significantly.


Wintrust Business Lunch 9/27/18: Facebook Struggling with WhatsApp & Jonathan Toews’s New Condo

After a busy news day with the testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Steve Bertrand was able to squeeze in a show covering the latest in the tech/business world with Rochelle Garner checking in from CNET, and Dennis Rodkin who had the latest real estate news like Jonathan Toews who purchased a new $6.4 million dollar condo and the over all market health of Chicago at the moment.


Wintrust Business Lunch 9/26/18: A Storm Is Coming, Electric Bills Getting Cheaper, & This Year’s Mosquitoes

The good times in the economy are flowing right now, but we all know that everything comes to an end. Steve Bertrand and Terry Savage reflected on an experience with a rain storm that could be happening on Wall Street soon, and they also touched on the changes that are happening with FAFSA and what students/parents should know. Frank Sennett jumped on the program to explain how your ComEd bill might become a bit cheaper, and Randi Shaffer shared everything […]