FEI Newsletter March 2004.p65 - Financial Executives International


FEI Newsletter March 2004.p65 - Financial Executives International









Marie Hollein

Ruesch International


Executive Vice President

Jeff Hudson

CNA Financial Corporation

V.P. Chapter Development

Keith Kahl

Laidlaw International, Inc.

V.P. Programs

Dennis Cavender

Tatum CFO Partners

V.P. & Secretary

Mary Jo Ardizzone

V.P. Treasurer

Heather Korsvik

Midwest Air Technologies, Inc.

Academic Relations

Dr. Ellen Landgraf

Loyola University

Career Services

John McLean

CNA Surety


Stephen Wasko

Community Outreach/Mentoring

William S. Seiden

Corporate Controller

R. Mark Mallory

Tribune Company

Long Range Planning

Carol Sherman

TransLumen Technologies


Ruud Roggekamp

Boeing Company

Membership Retention

Jeffrey T. McReynolds

Century Solutions, LLC

National Liaison

Jim Atkinson

Ariel Capital Management

Nominations & Sponsorship

Mark Zorko

Tatum CFO Partners

Professional Development

John Burns

LewisCo., Inc.


Michael P. Krasny

Chairman Emeritus - CDW Computer Centers, Inc.

To Speak at Joint Dinner Meeting with the Chicago Finance Exchange

“I didn’t have a master plan or a MBA

and I wasn’t out looking to start a

business , but what I did have and do

have is a passion for technology. This

passion and knowledge allowed

CDW to grow into what is today the

worlds largest multi-brand computer


Michael P. Krasny is founder and

Chairman Emeritus of the Board of

Directors for CDW, a FORTUNE 500 company and

the nation’s largest direct marketer of multi-brand

computer solutions for business. From a homebased

business incorporated in 1984, CDW today

boasts more than 3,500 coworkers and nearly $5

billion in sales in 2003.

Michael started custom configuring computers in

1983 after placing a classified advertisement in the

Chicago Tribune to sell his own PC. What began at

his kitchen table in Glenview, Illinois laid the

foundation for CDW’s unique, successful business


Michael started the company on the foundation of

two essential premises—a commitment and

dedication to customers and coworkers. The

development and implementation of one of

Michael’s signature philosophies, “Happy coworkers

make happy customers” led to CDW being named

to FORTUNE® magazine’s list of the “100 Best

Companies to Work for in America” for the last six

years in a row. Additionally, Michael’s integrity and

commitment to the customer led to CDW winning

the National Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award

for Marketplace Ethics in 2000.

Michael was named “CEO of the Year” by Financial

World in 1996 and was recognized by Inc.

magazineand Ernst and Young for his

pioneering leadership in 1993 as

“Entrepreneur of the Year.”

Michael retired as CEO and Chairman

of CDW in 2001 after a 20 year

marathon. Today Michael is President

of Sawdust Investment Management

Corp., a private investment company, as

well as the Circle of Service Foundation,

a family foundation primarily focused in serving the

Chicago land area. In addition, he is a board member

of the Kellogg School of Management at

Northwestern University, Winning Workplaces, The

Center for Enriched Living, The Anti-Defamation

League and B’nai Brith Beber Camp. Michael

graduated in 1975 from the University of Illinois

with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.



Thursday, March 18, 2004

Mid-Day Club

Bank One Plaza

10 S. Dearborn, 56th Floor, Chicago


5:00 pm Cocktails

5:45 pm Dinner

6:30 pm Program

RSVP by Monday, March 15, 2004

Advance Reservations are mandatory due to

heightened security at Bank One Plaza.




Spring is right around the corner! We have an exciting

and full agenda through July for our members. There

will be an additional dinner meeting in July, with The

Honorable Susan Schmidt Bies, Member of the Board

of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. This will

be a “Member Bring a Guest” evening, an opportunity

for members to invite a qualified prospective member to

be our guest for dinner and a great program.

Dean Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., of Loyola University, was

our February dinner speaker. Bob shared his experiences

and discussed the comparisons between his former

position as President and COO of Abbott Laboratories

to his current position as Dean of Loyola University.

The Professional Development session “Best Practices

in Expense and Travel Management” was presented by

Senior Executives from American Express. Discussions

included the latest trends in ways to streamline the

purchasing function, and best practices for efficient

payment solutions. Both were well received.

Congratulations to the 2004 FEI Scholarship Recipients.

Special thanks to Dr. Ellen Landgraf, Chair of Academic

Relations, for an outstanding job once again, on

organizing the Scholarship Program. Thank you also to

the chapter members Jeff Hudson, Sharon Belz and Pat

Garvey, who assisted in interviewing our scholarship


Congratulations also to Gidley Management Group, and

especially Susan Gidley, who was presented with an

outstanding service award at the dinner meeting. Gidley

Management Group has worked with FEI Chicago for

the past six years and has done an excellent job for our


We are looking for volunteers to serve on the Program

and Membership Committees. The commitment is 4-5

hours a month. If interested, please contact me via email:


Our March dinner meeting is a joint event with the

Chicago Finance Exchange. Michael Krasny, Chairman

Emeritus & Founder CDW Corporation will be our guest

speaker. The Professional Development Program topic

will be “Cash Management” and will be presented by

representatives from Bank One.

We hope to see everyone on March 18th !

Marie Hollein, President



Last fall, fifteen (15) Illinois colleges and universities were invited to nominate a

student to participate in our Chicago Chapter’s annual FEI Scholarship Award

competition. Nominees were interviewed by chapter members Sharon Belz (Lane

Industries), Pat Garvey (CCH Incorporated) and Jeff Hudson (CNA Financial)

to establish recommendations of awards for these deserving students.

Congratulations to the 2004 FEI Scholarship Recipients.

The following eight awards were presented:

· $3,000 scholarship - George R. Blakely, DePaul University

· $2,000 scholarship - Garrett M. Ringness, Bradley University

· $1,250 scholarship - Temi Famewo, Chicago State University; Irina

Nikolaeva, Northeastern Illinois University; Lisa Tretter, Loyola

University Chicago; Kathy M. Wang, Northwestern University; Jason

M. Wolf, Northern Illinois University; and Robin Wolf, University of

Illinois at Chicago.

Thanks to those of you who served as dinner hosts and potential mentors for

these students - Mary Jo Ardizzone, Sharon Belz, Pat Garvey, Jeff Hudson, Phil

Maughan, John McLean, Paul Palz, and Rudd Roggekamp.

Congratulations to our students! Thank you FEI for your continued support.

Pictured from left to


Jason Wolf, Irina

Nikolaeva, Dr. Ellen

Landgraf, Kathy

Wang, Robin Wolf,

Lisa Tretter, Temi

Famewo, Garrett


(Not pictured-

George Blakely)



The Johnsson Group and FEI have joined together to create the Roundtable

Series. With the goal of promoting the sharing of ideas and insights on topics of

mutual interest, we have launched three different roundtables to date. At this

point, the Roundtables have been focused on specific functional areas within

billion dollar plus corporations. The Corporate Controllers Roundtable was

highlighted in the last newsletter. There are currently, two additional roundtables,

one focused on Internal Auditors’ perspectives and the other on Treasurers’

concerns. The Roundtables meet quarterly and agenda items are driven by the

group’s input. Participants share concerns, create an informal network of colleagues,

and are able to bring an outside, multi-industry perspective back to their own


If you are interested in joining any of the current roundtables or have an idea

for a new roundtable, please contact Nancy Reiser at 312-612-6231 or



Professional DEVELOPMENT


“Cash Management”

Speakers: Joe Dolan - Senior Vice President Treasury Management

Therese Kelly - Vice President

Borka Konte - Vice President International Treasury Management

Marco Reategui - Vice President International Treasury Management

Stacy Wyent - Vice President Treasury Management

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2004

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Place: The Mid-Day Club, Bank One Plaza

Fee: Chicago FEI Members Free

Guests $25

RSVP By: Monday, March 15, 2004

Bank One will be presenting the latest information within Cash Managment. This includes a

general overview of how customers utilize cash management and create a relationship with their

banks to handle these needs. Bank One will be fousing directly on the following -

1. Domestic Treasury Management - Touching on both small businesses to large coporate

business. We will be discussing the current products and services that customers are utilizing and

the new product developments that are being introduced. We will apply these products to

pertinent business situations that we have experienced, so that they can understand the

applications of the products and services.

2. Card Services - This portion will focus on Puchasing Card Programs and Direct Pay Checkcard

Products. Purchasing Card Programs are offered to help companies better manage the purchasing

function. We will introduce the concept and best use practices. Further, Direct Pay Checkcard is a

new product that helps companies offer an alternate means for disbursements. This product is

being used creatively across the industry and specific to payroll.

3. International Services - We will cover solutions across the board for both small and large

companies to understand the issues and challenges they face with a company’s global expansion.

We will be going over products and services that will help them understand best practices for

surviving in this ever changing market.


We are pleased to welcome

the following new members

to the Chicago Chapter:

David Aniol

Chief Financial Officer

Rubicon Technology, Inc.

Robert Grottke

Senior Vice President Finance & CFO

IGA, Inc.

Willard Martens

Executive Vice President & CFO

Turtle Wax, Inc.

David Mullen

Executive Vice President & CFO

Navigation Technologies Corporation

Paul Shelton

Ronald Vick

Chief Financial Officer

Martin Engineering

Thomas Wilkas

Chief Financial Officer

Solucient LLC

Chapter NOTES

FEI Social Night - Friday, May 7th

Please mark your calendar for FEI’s Social

night to be held Friday, May 7th, 2004. The

event will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center

and promises a beautiful setting, delicious food

and a great program. Watch for additional

information in upcoming newsletters and your


Did you know that you can pay your Chicago

Chapter dues online, view a calendar of

upcoming meetings, register for meetings and

access an online membership directory? Please

visit the Chicago Chapter website at

www.fei.org/chapter/chicago. While online we

encourage you to review your personal

information and make sure it is up-to-date.

MARCH 2004 - 3

Calendar of of Events



In This Issue 2004

March 2004

Thursday, March 18

Mid-Day Club, Bank One Plaza

Joint Meeting with the Chicago Finance Exchange

Professional Development Meeting at 3:00 pm

Dinner Meeting at 5:00pm

Michael P. Krasny, Chairman Emeritus & Founder CDW


April 2004

Thursday, April 15

Hyatt Regency O’Hare

9300 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL

Professional Development Workshop at 1:00 pm

Dinner Meeting at 5:30 pm

Dennis Schroeder, CEO of Madison Consulting

“Communication Skills for Executives

May 2004

Friday, May 7

Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington Street, Chicago

Time - TBA

Social Night

FEI Meeting Attendees are welcome to wear business casual attire to all meetings.

330 South Wells Street

Suite 1110

Chicago, IL 60606

Tel: (312) 362-9770 Fax: (312) 461-0238

Email: feichi@aol.com




Dinner Meeting with

Michael P. Krasny

Chariman Emeritus

CDW Corporation

Professional Development Meeting

June 2004

Friday, June 11

Lincolnshire Marriott, Time TBA

Career Management Day and Optional

Golf Outing

July 2004

Thursday, July 15

Dinner Meeting at 5:30 pm

The Honorable Susan Schmidt Bies, Member of the

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

Location to be announced

National FEI Summit

April 25-28, 2004

Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego

For more information visit http://www.fei.org/flash/