Thirty-seven alumni, spanning 46 years of graduating classes, attended and participated in the first BRAIN for Business meeting at Barraco’s on 95th Street in Evergreen Park, on Thursday, April 25, 2013. The 80’s led the way with twelve participating alumni, followed by nine from the 70’s, seven from the 00’s, five from the 90’s, three from the 60’s, and one from 2011. They came to meet fellow alumni and exchange information about their respective or prospective careers, with hopes of growing their business opportunities among fellow alumni. The goal is to continuously expand BRAIN (Brother Rice Alumni Interactive Network) for Business through regular face-to-face meetings throughout the year, along with interactive participation through online registration for the website directory.
Guest speaker, Tony Michalek ’78 had no problem capturing and maintaining the attention of thirty-six fellow alumni, relating thoroughly entertaining networking stories from his careers in the NFL and in business, leading to his venture as President of Michalek Media. Tony challenged fellow alumni with building BRAIN without being satisfied with simply meeting and sharing a couple of beverages and pizza, which is great, but not as great as learning new ways to network and always following up on opportunities.
To learn more about the mission of BRAIN for Business and to check for schedule of next meeting, visit the BRAIN for Business page or contact Jim Casey ’70 at jcasey [at] brrice [dot] org. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for June 25, with a location to be determined.
As part of the spirit of BRAIN, participants and other alumni are invited to challenge themselves to match the following careers with the following names of alumni who participated on April 25th. There is no need for Brother Rice to provide a prize for who can match the most names with their careers, because the knowledge derived from such conscientious networking will provide its own rewards. However, for those who came to BRAIN at Barraco’s, a BRAIN SCAN (Selective Collection of Alumni Network) of business cards will be sent as a resource, as soon as we secure permission from everyone to do so. You are advised to use context clues and encouraged to use your favorite search engine. Also, one choice can be applied to two different alumni.
(a) Director of Global Procurement for Labelmaster; (b) Senior Loan Officer for CFS; (c) Sales & Marketing Rheumatology Specialist for Horizon Pharma; (d) Financial Analyst for First Midwest Bank; (e) NFL Ref & President of Michalek Media; (f) Print Sales for Alpha Graphics West Loop; (g) Banking for BAMC; (h) Realtor for Coldwell Banker; (i) Public Safety for St. Xavier University; (j) Sales for Prospective Employer; (k) Furniture Design & Fabrication for M. S. Woodcraft; (l) Basketball Coach for Beyond The Arc Academy; (m) R.E. Appraisal for Byrnes & Walsh; (n) President of May Capital LLC; (o) Financial Services at First Midwest Bank; (p) Business Owner at Barraco’s; (q) Law Student at John Marshall: (r) Account Manager for Proven Business Systems; (s) Credit Analyst for Cole Taylor Bank; (t) IT Consulting Exec.VP & CTO for MS Consulting; (u) Financial Services for P & B Options; (v) VP & Controller for CBOE; Financial Services for Transamerica; (w) Lawyer for Lipe Lyons; (x) Owner of Midwest Cargo; (y) National Account Manager for Coyote Logistics; (z) Attorney for Schiff & Gorman; (aa) Director & Coach for Beyond The Arc Academy (bb) Business Owner at Barraco’s; (cc) President of Sochacki Communications; (dd) Lawyer for Edgeworth & Associates; (ee) IT Project Manager; (ff) Attorney for Chuhak & Tecson; (gg) Realtor for Baird Warner (hh) Alumni Director for Brother Rice High School; (ii) Commercial Realtor for Prospect Equities; (jj) Financial Services for Transamerica