Schaumburg Business Association Ambassador Committee

Schaumburg Business Association Ambassador Committee


Rich Eisenhuth, Chairman of the Ambassador Committee

As a mortgage broker/banker with HomeTrust Mortgage, I have the option of picking the best lender for your situation. I am not tied to one set of mortgage products, I can choose the best the market place has to offer. As I have built my business on repeat customers and referrals since 1991, my only goal is that you are completely satisfied with the end result.

As the Chairman of the Ambassador Committee, I love helping members navigate the myriad of opportunities included in their SBA membership. Building ongoing relationships with them as their success with the SBA increases is such a great feeling!

Kirsten FV Binder Kirsten runs Noon Key Productions, a marketing communications company focused on establishing and amplifying the thought leadership of our nation's brightest professionals. She and her team produce ebooks, case studies, white papers, articles, blog posts, web copy, and more. She also provides publishing consultation for aspiring writers and novelists. “I love being an ambassador because I’m encountering local professionals who’ve just made the decision to invest in the marketing of their companies. It’s an exciting time in the growth of any business—I am all in for helping people do that and do it well!”

Char­lie Cates, M.S.

Charlie is a mastery level Muscle Activation Techniques® Specialist (MATm), an MATRx® Full Body Specialist, a mastery level Resistance Training Specialist™ (RTSm), and a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Charlie attained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College in 2010, where he played varsity basketball for four years. In 2016 he graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Master of Science degree in exercise science.

A type-1 diabetic, he is the co-owner of Muscle Activation Schaumburg in Schaumburg, IL. He is an instructor for the Muscle Activation Techniques® program, introducing students of all different backgrounds to the MAT® process.

Steve Jakubczak

Steve Jakubczak has been a SBA member since 2009, and an Ambassador since 2014. His favorite thing about being an Ambassador is feeling the excitement and energy new members have when investing in their business and first joining the SBA.

Steve’s company is a leader in helping small businesses grow their bottom line by helping them run better and grow faster. His clients utilize Insperity to minimize employer liability, reduce administrative burdens and contain costs. 

Steve has over 17 years of experience working with individuals and businesses to help them achieve their goals and maximize results.

Sarah Moreau

Sarah Moreau is Director of Marketing at Harvest Media. She loves working with business owners and key decision makers who have a vision for the future and want to take their marketing strategy and business growth to the next level.

Her favorite part of being an Ambassador is helping new members feel supported, informed and connected during their first year of membership. She also enjoys giving back and representing the SBA in our business community.

Katie Berganske Frank

Hello SBA Members! I have been an Ambassador for 6 years and a Board Member for 5 years. The company I represent is AmCheck and we are one of the largest privately held Payroll and Human Capital Management companies in the US. AmCheck has been dedicated members of the SBA for over 11 years serving the local community with a high level of service and commitment to our clients. We are very proud and appreciative of all the members who have trusted us to assist them with their payroll needs.

I love being a part of the Schaumburg Business Association as it is truly one of the only places where you can breakdown the silos of such a large community and come together to network with other businesses, identify local resources, develop & learn and, as an added bonus, make lasting friendships along the way. There are lots of pieces of SBA that I love, but one of my favorites is Good Morning Schaumburg. I love the mix of people, the large attendance, the high-level speaker and the opportunity to showcase AmCheck.

Steve Schmit 

Steve joined Undo Identity Theft, Inc. in mid-2015 after a 35-year career in the Banking Industry. With his extensive background working with small business owners and consumers, it was a transparent transition into the identity theft protection industry. As a Certified Identity Protection Advisor (CIPA), he incorporates the knowledge of a nationally recognized program to work with businesses and individuals on identity theft awareness & protection. Through education and proven best practices, Undo Identity Theft, Inc. provides the security of knowing you're prepared to mitigate the crime of identity theft and the liability associated with this crime. Identity theft crime impacts both individual and business owners bottom line. Call Steve to protect your most valuable assets.

Julie Cates 

Julie is proud to serve in the SBA as an Ambassador and on the Board of Directors. She is an experienced, certified, and insured National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer and mastery level Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®) Specialist (MATm). She is one of 88 certified mastery level Resistance Training Specialists™ (RTSm) in the world.

Julie specializes in training new exercisers that have never exercised before. As a personal trainer, she is excellent at communicating the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of each and every exercise in an effective and understandable manner. She also often works with individuals with chronic illnesses, joint issues, and muscle issues.

Julie graduated cum laude from the University of Florida. She earned her degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a specialization in Exercise Physiology.

In her free time, Julie loves to dance! Julie is still active in a dance company with yearly performances of tap, lyrical, jazz, and hip-hop.

Jim Idstein

I run the accounting department for Kayhan International, a mid-size office furniture dealership. My responsibilities include all the accounting functions, long term planning, payroll, banking and insurance relationships at Kayhan for the past 20 years.

I am an original ambassador, the first chair of the Ambassador Committee. We are starting our 8th year and I take great pride in how successful we have been helping new members. During our first year, we worked on bringing back Coffee, Contacts & Contents and made it a successful Ambassador event. I have also served on the SBA Board of Directors (3 yrs.), Legislative Committee (8 yrs.) and Nominating Committee (2010).

Kari-Ann Ryan

At Mid-West Moving & Storage and Chicago Office Movers, Kari-Ann Ryan is the Corporate Brand Ambassador. As the master of visibility, she is responsible for all things Branding and Marketing related. Kari-Ann comes to MWM and COM with experiences in Marketing and Management for a multi-brand and multi-location company, for the service industry, and with nonprofit marketing event planning and fundraising experience. She is a very involved networker in the area and in her industry. She is a two-time past chair and consistent top fundraiser for the Northwest Suburban Walk To End Alzheimer’s. Kari-Ann is a founding Ambassador and past chair of the Ambassador Committee for the Schaumburg Business Association.

 “As an Ambassador since the inception of the committee, I have always loved the giving back aspect. I know a lot of people in the organization, and I continue to build new and lasting relationships. With this knowledge, I can help be a resource and a connector for my new members and existing ones as they tend to come back to me for help when needed. It has always been a fulfilling volunteer position in my eyes.”

Jenny Abrams

Jenny is a professional residential organizer and Accredited Staging Professional®. Jenny is the owner of Abrams Home Solutions and specializes in working with clients on developing and embracing new strategies for organization, coordinating residential moves and senior downsizing, and Staging homes to sell for top dollar. Jenny's favorite part about being an ambassador is welcoming new members and helping them to get involved to maximize their membership!

Cindy Chabowski

As a promotional products and decorated apparel distributor, I help companies get noticed by current and potential clients by providing them with items that will draw attention to them. I also supply them with branded clothing for a more professional look for their company. Anything that can be personalized, for any event personal or business related, Morton Suggestion can help.

My favorite part about being an ambassador is being able to help others understand and get the most out of their membership with the SBA. It is awesome to be part of such a great group of people!

Betsy Skibinski

Betsy has been in the SBA Ambassador program since its inception and loves every minute of it. She sees the joy in taking her assigned new members under her wing to incorporate them into the SBA activities and member offerings.

In her personal life, Betsy is a costume jewelry designer with her company, Betsy's One of a Kind. She specializes in designing jewelry to match ladies clothes and works out of a 1,000 sq. ft. studio with 2 million beads, a l6 ft. wall of 400 necklaces and 5 tables of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. She makes jewelry the old fashion way, one piece at a time!

Kent Welch

Kent was born in Spokane Washington and grew up in Crystal Lake IL after his father was transferred to Illinois. He attended grade school at St. Thomas Catholic grade school and South High School in Crystal Lake. He worked for his father’s business and assisted with growing the Kwik-Kopy Printing Franchise to the Top 100 franchises World Wide ranked at 87. After fourteen years of growing his father’s business, a lightning strike destroyed all their PC’s and servers leading to a catastrophic data loss. He received his calling into technology.

Kent has grown IT Technology support companies ever since. HigherGround Managed Services is a premier Managed Services Support company located in Rolling Meadows Illinois. Offering flat-rate support remotely or on-site. We protect our clients from data loss through backup disaster recovery, threat protection, and cyber security. The companies we work with are 15-350 employees that value prompt service, and data security.

Kevin Leighty, Management Analyst for the Village of Schaumburg

Kevin serves as a Village liaison to Schaumburg’s business community. Involvement includes building and maintaining interpersonal relationships with business owners, property owners, real estate brokers, developers, Schaumburg Business Association members, and other Village stakeholders. Other responsibilities include assisting with business recruitment and retention efforts in cooperation with the village’s Economic Development Manager.

Given that a large part of my job is devoted to building relationships with the business community, being an Ambassador gives numerous opportunities to do just that. What I enjoy the most about this is the SBA events which provide me with a more relaxed and informal forum for getting to know new and prospective business owners in Schaumburg.

Roxanne Parikh

I love being on the Ambassador team as it allows me it gives me such an amazing opportunity to meet people and be a giver in their lives. I get to be a match maker for businesses and individuals who don’t know they are looking for a special person. I am also SO EXCITED to help promote and use the businesses in the community where I live and work and that is so rewarding on multiple levels.

Christina Yolich 
Christina is the National Business Development Manager for Windy City Web Designs, a full service ad agency dedicated to making all clients successful online. Whether it's designing an award winning website or customizing a marketing plan, her drive and expertise in the industry has a proven track record.

My favorite part of being an Ambassador starts at the very beginning when I'm assigned a new member. I meet with them in person, learn about their business, and together come of with a game plan on how to leverage their business within the SBA. New members have such great ambition and enthusiasm, it's truly an honor to be a part of the process of helping them succeed. In addition, the team of Ambassadors under the leadership of Rich has been an ongoing learning experience for me with a ton of fun sprinkled in!

Thomas Anderson

Tom is often referred as an expert networker. He is a highly regarded speaker and conducts workshops and seminars for business owners and executives on numerous business topics. As an AdviCoach Business Coach and Developer, he has over 35 years of executive experience spanning six industries, Tom is a proven and effective leader, creating extraordinary results through execution in manufacturing, distribution and service organizations.

Tom served the Schaumburg Business Association on the Board and presently, as an Ambassador.  What he enjoys about being an Ambassador is being able to give back to the community and meeting wonderful SBA members in addition to helping the SBA onboard new members rapidly. 

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