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‘People You Should Know’ lunch talks return January 15

Tuesday, January 14, 2014  
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For immediate release – 1/14/14

Contact: MBA Director Jeff Fahrenwald, 815-394-5076
Chamber President & CEO Einar Forsman, 815-987-8100

Rockford, Ill. - Rockford University and the Rockford Chamber have partnered together to present the People You Should Know (PYSK) Talks. This series, highlighting a collection of weekly talks, features recipients of the Chamber’s 2013 People You Should Know Awards.

Honorees are now hosting talks on various Wednesdays through July 30, from 12 – 1 p.m. in the 5100 Building, room 122 located on the Rockford University campus at 5050 East State Street, Rockford. All talks are free and open to the public. Audience members are welcome to bring their own lunch, or purchase a lunch with their reservation. Attendees are also invited to ask questions in a short Q&A session at the conclusion of each talk.  

Seating is limited to 50 attendees on a first-come first-serve basis. Registration is required. To register, go to the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s website at If you are unable to attend for any reason, the talks will be videotaped and available on the Rockford University Community Education page.  

Questions can be directed to Lauren Kepler at or 815-226-4021.   

The schedule of the talks is as follows:  

 Date Name Company
 Jack Becherer
 Rock Valley College
 1/29 Tyler Barden Smith
 Tyler's Landscaping Services, Inc.
 2/5 Gordon Eggers
 Crusader Community Health
 2/19 Tom Budd
 Rockford Bank & Trust
 3/5 Dr. Ehren Jarrett
 Rockford Public Schools
 3/19 Bob Trojan
 Rockford Linear Actuation, Inc.
 4/2 Bradley Gummow
 Gummow Wealth Advisory Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
 4/16 K.E.Copeland New Zion Church
 4/30 Staci Hoste
Northern Public Radio WNIJ-WNIU
 5/7 Jeff Kaney
 Kaney Group, LLC
 5/21 Mike Brown
YMCA of Rock River Valley
 6/4 Jeff Makeever
 Reinhart Boerner Van Duren P.C.
 6/18David Schertz
 Northern Region OSF Healthcare
 7/2 Ron Clewer
 Rockford Housing Authority
Teresa Beach-Shelow
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