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

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 3/20/18: Facebook Tumbles, Farmers Market Season, & GEMS World Academy

Big news in the social media world as Steve Bertrand and Jon Najarian discuss Facebook loosing almost five billion dollars in value, Janie Maxwell previewed the upcoming farmer’s market season after the Illinois Farmers Market Association’s annual meeting, Peg Keiner is helping kids change the world with the GEMS Global Design Challenge, and Jenné Myers is wrangling volunteers for the 25th Annual Serv-a-Thon through Chicago Cares.


Wintrust Business Lunch 3/19/18: Self-driving Hardships, Job Turn Over, & Social Media Pressures

Steve Bertrand is curious about the way driverless technology will become, but today marked a chapter in the technology’s history with a pedestrian being killed by a driverless car in Arizona – Jim Dallke and Katherine Davis shared these and other details with all things tech. Philippe Weiss broke down the rising turnover rate in the United States, and Randi Shaffer shared the details of all that we are doing to “Keep up with the Joneses” on social media.


Wintrust Business Lunch 3/16/18: Apple’s Chicago Event, Embracing March Madness, SXSW 2018

Apple is coming to Chicago! Andrea Hanis joined Steve Bertrand to discuss the upcoming announcement of a new Apple product that will be shown first at Lane Tech High school in the coming weeks. Tom Gimbel described the importance of embracing these days of March Madness, Sandra Block prepared us for the 2018 tax season, and Michael Heidemann checked in with Steve LIVE from SXSW.


Wintrust Business Lunch 3/15/18: House Flipping, VR Pain Killers, & Toys “R” Us Bankruptcy

Dennis Rodkin is back in the studio to catch up with Steve Bertrand and chat about a surprising number of people flipping houses on the south side and they covered some of the hottest places to move to this year. Ian Sherr detailed how virtual reality could be helping as a pain killer, and Ilyce Glink shared her perspective on Toys “R” Us filing bankruptcy.


Wintrust Business Lunch 3/14/18: Your 401K, Illinois Job Creation, & Wintrust Wednesday

Plenty of people think signing up for a 401K is a “one and done” process. However, there is a little bit of maintenance that comes with investing your money into those funds so Steve Bertrand and Terry Savage discussed the important things to remember when keeping your money up to speed. Frank Sennett shared the details of Illinois beginning to pull its weight in job creation, and Adam Ochstein provided his small business perspective on this week’s Wintrust Wednesday conversation. […]


Wintrust Business Lunch 3/13/18: Jon Najarian’s Business Perspective, Spikeball’s Success, & Getting To Yes And…

Steve Bertrand and Jon Najarian always find a connection to the business world and after the Rex Tillerson firing, Jon might know who will become the newest member of the White House administration, Suzanne Muchin shared her thoughts on the first female Director of The CIA, Chris Ruder shared the success he found in revitalizing an old game called Spikeball, and Kelly Leonard detailed the latest from his WGN Plus podcast Getting To Yes And…


Wintrust Business Lunch 3/12/18: Online Polling without Trolls, Brad Meltzer, & Twitter Verifications

Providing a platform for a generation’s voice has been a major factor for social media, but creating new platforms can be difficult. Steve Bertrand learned that breaking things down to its simplest form is working for Aop according to Jim Dallke and Katherine Davis form Chicago Inno. Brad Meltzer shared the details behind selling books in 2018 (including his new book, The Escape Artist), and Randi Shaffer broke the news to Steve that being verified on Twitter won’t be as […]


Wintrust Business Lunch 3/9/18: Burger Flipping Robots, Ravinia Brewpub, & Front Row Phyllis

Would you eat a burger cooked by a robot? Steve Bertrand and Andrea Hanis talked about the thousands of Californians that wanted to eat one and it broke…then Tom Gimbel reinforced the importance of priming the pipeline through mentoring, and that means mentoring more women. Jonah Meadows explained the legal situation going on at the Ravina Festival, and Front Row Phyllis gives listeners a preview of what to do to stay entertained around Chicago this March.


Wintrust Business Lunch 3/8/18: The Global XPRIZE, Self-Driving Trucks, & Hypothetical Market Drops

You might not have heard of XPRIZE, but they are helping shape the current and future world we live in. Emily Church sat down with Steve Betrand to discuss the millions of dollars they are rewarding problem solvers across the world. Clayton Harris III then joined the program to remind listeners that one third of exported good are delivered through out the US by train, Ian Sherr explained which state already has self driving trucks on the road, and Ilyce […]


Wintrust Business Lunch 3/7/18: Terry Disapproves of Steel Tariff, Population Cap, & International Women’s Day

Terry Savage is not happy about the steel tariff, so she sat down with Steve Bertrand to release some steam by talking through why this could hurt more than help, and also share some tips for filing taxes this year. Steve LeVine wrote about the global population and the possibility of there being a cap, while Emilia DiMenco is looking towards International Women’s Day tomorrow and providing the business world a much needed resource through the Women’s Business Development Center. […]


Wintrust Business Lunch 3/6/18: Chicago’s Flat Wage Growth, Amazon Bank…? & The Steel Tariff

Steve is back on the horse, and he kicked off the show like he does every Tuesday with Jon Najarian to discuss the impact that White House Chief Economic Advisor had on the markets today, Andrew Chamberlain recapped the monthly wage growth with Chicago staying flat, Liz Hoffman explained the involvement Amazon is having with banks, and Veronique de Rugy told Steve about the real impact of the steel tariff on the economy.


Wintrust Business Lunch 3/5/18: Lowering Phone Stress, “Lendr Business Series”, & Airbnb’s Chicago Impact

Jon Hansen kicked off the week by chatting with Jim Dallke and Katherine Davis of Chicago Inno to look at the way Chicago’s startup community is growing and how to lower stress with your phone. Tim Roach updated Jon on the latest from Lendr and his “Lendr Business Series”, while Ben Breit detailed Airbnb’s impact on the economy in Chicago.


Wintrust Business Lunch 3/3/18: Drew Harwell, Kerry Hannon, Steve Daniels, Laura Keller

Amy Guth begins with Drew Harwell, from the Washington Post, discussing YouTube’s recent crackdown on potentially harmful videos it hosts, and the backlash it has received. Then, retirement expert Kerry Hannon talks Amy through her recent piece for the New York Times about recent growth of older workers and how companies are responding to it. Steve Daniels, reporter at Crain’s Chicago Business, explains how and why Peoples Gas is over budget so far in its plan to replace many of […]


Wintrust Business Lunch 3/2/18: Ride Sharing Clogging Up Cities, YWCA, & Amazon’s Second Home

Amy Guth closed out the week with the regular kick off off with Andrea Hanis to receive the break down of the latest from the tech world in Blue Sky Innovation, Jon Jesse previewed the International Home and Housewares Show, Dorri McWhorter is spreading the message about being a resource for women across the Chicago metropolitan area, and Katy Lynch provided her perspective to Amy about why Amazon should make Chicago their second home.


Wintrust Business Lunch 3/1/18: Chicago’s Real Estate Problem, “Women We Love”, & Parental Loans

The state of Chicago’s real estate has been going through a lot since the recession and still continues to have its rough patches. Dennis Rodkin sat down with Amy Guth (filling in for Steve Bertrand) to discuss the gap between black and white home ownership in the city along with the upcoming vote on rent control. Winnie Park is looking towards International Women’s Day with the Paper Source “Women We Love” Campaign, and Ilyce Glink reminded listeners about the tax […]


Wintrust Business Lunch 2/28/18: Jerome Powell Impresses, Sarah Spain, & Wintrust Wednesdays

Jerome Powell is making an impact on the markets already as Chairman of The Federal Reserve and Terry Savage has some thoughts about it. Amy Guth filled in for Steve and also reminded listeners about tax season coming up with Terry’s latest column. Sarah Spain discussed with Amy about her #MorethanMean project and the latest from her experience in the sports world, and Veronica Arreola kicking off a new segment called, Wintrust Wednesdays focusing on small business – this week […]


Wintrust Business Lunch 2/27/18: Jerome Powell Announcements, Physical Marketing, & America’s Next Talent Group

Starting a new job can be nerve wrecking, especially if you’re the the new Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Jon Hansen stepped in for Steve Bertrand today and Jon checked in with Jon Najarian to walk through how much of an impact the new chairman, Jerome Powell, has in his comments about the economy. Kelsey Brown is helping small businesses with physical marketing instead of digital marketing, Jordan Wilson & Keenen Sellers told Jon all about Triple Threat Mentoring Program, […]


Wintrust Business Lunch 2/26/18: Touching Up The Nail Industry, Unpaid Internship, & ChangEd

The self-care industry has been around for a very long time. Suzanne Muchin filled in for Steve on the day and kicked things off with Ale Breuer who is looking to touch up the nail care industry with Ezza Nails, Arthur Muchin shared some perspective about unpaid internships, and Dan Stelmach & Nick Sky shared their experience closing a deal on ABC’s Shark Tank. `


Wintrust Business Lunch 2/24/18: David Heinzmann, Danny Hakim, Marc Horner

Amy Guth is joined by David Heinzmann, reporter for the Chicago Tribune, to break down the differences between J.B. Pritzker’s record of promoting women at his investment firm and the way he portrays it. Danny Hakim from the New York Times discusses the state of the organic food movement in America. Later, president of Fairhaven Wealth Management, Marc Horner prepares us for Credit Education Month.


Wintrust Business Lunch 2/23/18: Walmart Reorganizes Online, Home Depot’s Interview Tactics, & 1871’s New CEO

Walmart continues to challenge Amazon in it’s ventures, and Andrea Hanis detailed the newest partnerships that could provide customers with an even larger product assortment. Tom Gimbel talked about the tight job market and what Home Depot is trying to do to cut through the fog, Betsy Ziegler previewed her new role as CEO of 1871, and Front Row Phyllis shared the details on the latest from the entertainment from around the city. `


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