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Ron Allen is married and the father of three children. Allen was the founder of the A. Allen Insurance Agency Ltd. in Chicago, IL. Allen, a graduate of Chicago State University, was a former business education teacher with the Chicago Public Schools. Allen joined the Allstate Insurance Co. in 1967, and was one of Allstate’s first African-American claim adjusters. Allen later became one of the first African-Americans promoted to Allstate Agent. Allen was an employee agent until 1999 and earned the prestigious designation of Senior Account Agent. Allen maintained an agency affiliation with the Allstate Insurance Companies for 42 years before his retirement in 2009. Allen’s insurance agency won several regional and national honors during his sales career.
Allen formerly was the co-host of “The Financial Forum” radio show broadcast on WVON 1690 AM in Chicago. Allen has served on the Allstate Foundation Regional Grant Committee, the Demicco Youth Center Board of Directors, and the DuPage County Crimestoppers Board of Directors, the Chicago State University Alumni Board, and the DuPage County Adult Probation Department Volunteers. Allen has served on the Board of Directors of the National African-American Insurance Association for eight years and was NAAIA’s 2009-2010 Chairman. Allen was awarded the 2009 "50 Men of Excellence Award" by the Chicago Defender Newspaper. In 2010, Allen was accepted as a Fellow in the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. In 2011, Allen was awarded the NAAIA Lifetime Achievement Award. Allen was elected as a Naperville Township Precinct Committeeman in the 2014 Illinois election. He was later appointed as the Election Judge Coordinator for Naperville Township. Allen also serves on the Board of Directors of the Quad County African-American Chamber of Commerce.
In business as in life, success begins with passion and a vision, while the implementation is dependent upon a combination of behaviors: grit, hard work and setting goals. Some people struggle with the implementation and execution of their plan directed at achieving their goals. While others may have simply lost the vision or the clarity in the objectives that they strive for. Since 2003, Melisa Gillis and Gillis Consulting have partnered with many individuals and organizations to develop effective strategies built for success.
Prior to founding Gillis Consulting, Melisa spent years as an organizational consultant eventually earning the role of VP Organizational Growth and Development at Danvers Savings Bank. Utilizing an extensive professional and educational background, Melisa started the Boston-based firm, Gillis Consulting, realizing her dream of transforming how people and organizations learn and achieve their desired success.
The incredible services provided by Gillis Consulting range from leadership coaching, team development, organizational development and change management. The primary objective of Gillis Consulting is to enhance leadership skills, unite the organization and develop employee adaptability in order to maximize results. Presence-based coaching, experiential learning, a systemic approach, conversational sessions and team workshops are some of the most effective methods incorporated by Gillis Consulting.
From its inception, Gillis Consulting has built an impressive client list that includes MIT, Harvard University, GE, Allstate and the United States Army to name a few. The success Gillis Consulting brings to clients is truly evident in the fact that they’ve been able to expand their clientele internationally simply through word-of-mouth.
For more information about Gillis Consulting visit www.gillisconsulting.com.
New singer/songwriter JON GUERRA, on Provident/Essential Records, will be releasing his debut album titledLITTLE SONGS, on April 21
Guerra is steadily being recognized as one of today’s most gifted, intellectual and groundbreaking singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists. While diligently studying Bob Dylan, Rich Mullins, Sufjan Stevens and Rufus Wainwright; influential poets Emily Dickinson and George Herbert; and novelist Marilynn Robinson, Guerra has spent his entire artistic journey switching between performing in The Vertical Church Band, and solo life. He has opened for such artists as .fun, Plain White T’s and Paper Route, and has also written jingles for massive companies such as Comcast, Chase Bank and Allstate Insurance. The Chicagoan brings intelligence, passion and originality to every angle of LITTLE SONGS, which shows just as many shades of a timeless troubadour as someone with a truly revolutionary approach.
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We are talking about homeowners and more specifically renters and investor property insurance. Can you afford to pay for your valuables twice?
Can you afford to buy your valuables twice? Al Freeman of Allstate will show you the importance of insurance for Renters, Investors and Homeowners. In this case what you don’t know can hurt you.
Mr. Frank Parks, is a 30 year veteran financial services professional, manager and executive with such companies as Allstate Insurance, Northwestern Mutual and Robert W. Baird Securities.
As an entrepreneurial father, he yearned to teach his and other children about business and finances, so in 1997, he created Future Investor Clubs of America, Inc.
Bullet Points: Ten Things All Parents Should Teach Their Kids about Money
Why is it important to teach kids and teens about Delayed Gratification?
-What is the difference between Needs and Wants?
-Why should we teach kids to Save more and Establish Thrifty Habits?
-Why is it so hard for people to Budget and save Money?
-Should Parents Tie allowances to chores and Saving?
-Should Parents Talk about Family Finances to their Kids and Teens?
-The key to success is a good financial education?
-Why do kids and teens need to learn to invest early and often?
-What should parents do with their kids and teens this Summer to help them learn about business and financial matters?
What a nice Jobs Report. Not perfect, but nice. It has a lot of what I look for. Besides job growth, we had signs of less discouragement as 350,000+ people began looking for work again. This led to an uptick in the unemployment rate, but for all the right reasons. That being said, there still reason to raise an eyebrow (or two), but overall, it was a third month in a row of encouraging news.
Obamacare is under attack. We will look at this upcoming Supreme Court Case, King v Burwell. What will happen this time? Will Roberts jump ship again? Will it be Kennedy this time. I'll tell you why Obamacare opponents should not get their hopes up. The intent of congress will rule this ruling.
And back to Netanyahu .... As the Grinch said about Christmas, maybe this speech isn't just a speech. Maybe this speech is a little bit more. I wonder which story will have more staying power .... Brian Williams foggy memory or the Netanyahu uproar. In any case, there is now backlash to the backlash and we will talk about it.
And in that same region, John Kerry says we are 'on the road' to defeating ISIS. I think the Allstate Mayhem dude keeps re-calculating Kerry's GPS. What road is Kerry talking about? Has that road even been built yet? I wonder.
All this and more Monday night at 8pm EST ..... Come jump into my pond.
This week's guest is Melissa Wilson.
Melissa is the author and/or co-author of 15 books with a number of bestsellers. Her latest book,Networking is Dead: Creating Connections that Matter, was a Wallstreet Journal and Barnes and Noble bestseller and her book, Networlding, that was a #10 book on Amazon for an entire year.
To this end Melissa, founder and pres. of Networlding, assists thought leaders in writing, publishing and marketing their books. Her clients have included people like the head of diversity for Hewitt, the president of Holland Cruise Lines, the head of a division of Allstate, the head of HR for the NBA, a seven-time Inc. 500 entrepreneur and thought leaders from many small and mid-sized companies around the world.
Business Life Transitions is a radio show that talks about you and your business. It will help you understand how to re-invent yourself, your business, and your life.
Join Brian Basilico & Jan Marino every Monday Morning at 9am CST.
His best selling book, “It’s Not About You, It’s About Bacon! Relationship Marketing in a Social Media World!” simplifies the way social networking can help you grow your business.
Recognized as one of the Top 40+ Digital Strategists in Marketing for 2014.
YOU are the product. YOU are valuable. YOU are on a mission and Jan can help guide you become even more successful. She's the manager of the Linkedin Chicago group (87,000 members) and a business owner-High Gain Companies, Inc.
The Total Tutor Neil Haley will interview Pat Williams, who will discuss his latest book.
About Pat Williams:
Pat Williams is a basketball Hall-of-Famer, currently serving as co-founder and senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. As one of America's top motivational speakers, he has addressed thousands of executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies and national associations to universities and nonprofits. Clients include AllState, American Express, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Disney, Honeywell, IBM, ING, Lockheed Martin, Nike, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Tyson Foods to name a few.
Since 1968, Williams has been in the NBA as general manager for teams in Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia--including the 1983 World Champion 76ers--and now the Orlando Magic, which he co-founded in 1987 and helped lead to the NBA finals in 1995 and 2009. Twenty-three of his teams have gone to the NBA playoffs and five have made the NBA finals. In 1996, Pat was named as one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history by a national publication. Pat is also a recipient of the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Pat and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of 19 children, including 14 adopted from four nations, ranging in age from 23 to 36. For one year, 16 of his children were all teenagers at the same time.
Our guest this week is Diana Schneidman and she wrote Real Skills, Real Income: A Proven Marketing System to Land Well-Paid Freelance and Consulting Work in 30 Days or Less to help the unemployed, the underemployed, and current solopros who underearn to land more clients quickly. The book, available on Amazon, explains exactly what to do and say to start building your clientele in less than a month.
Diana helps people who want to land well-paid freelance and consulting work quickly. Her publishing and coaching practice is named Stand Up 8 Times after a Japanese proverb: Fall down seven times, stand up eight. She is also a freelance writer and researcher specializing in the insurance and asset management industries; clients have included Allstate Insurance, CNA Insurance, Nationwide Insurance, and Zurich Insurance.
Visit her website at StandUp8Times.com.
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