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Hall of Fame honors 11 entrepreneurs

Michael Mikhail, dean of the College of Business Administration.

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies will induct 11 new members into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame at its 28th anniversary gala celebration on March 14 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Inductees are recognized for their entrepreneurial achievements and making a lasting impact on Chicago’s business landscape (Editors: see list.)

“This new crop of inductees is further proof that even in the toughest times, through hard work, creativity and dedication, you can succeed in business,” says Michael Mikhail, dean of the UIC College of Business Administration. “On behalf of the college, I congratulate the Class of 2013.”

Gary Rabine, CEO of Rabine Group in Schaumburg, Ill., will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 2013 Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame inductees:

BURR RIDGE, Ill. — Craig Zoberis, Fusion Systems Inc.
CHICAGO — Rona Borre, Instant Technology; James Malackowski, Ocean Tomo, LLC.; Suzanne Muchin, ROI Ventures; Bruce Nesbitt, Orion Industries, Dimension Bond & Surface Solutions Group; Jeff Pieta, Shiftgig, Inc.; J. Schwan, Solstice Mobile; Jai Shekhawat, Fieldglass; Andrew Sieja, kCura.
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — Karen Wilson, Make Corporation.
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Dr. Karen Eng, CSMI.

The Hall of Fame recognizes innovative business leaders in the Chicago area. Each year, it inducts prominent entrepreneurs who have demonstrated the entrepreneurial spirit and business talent by founding or growing their respective business. The Hall of Fame encourages business leaders, students and government officials to honor the entrepreneurial spirit and business excellence.

Past inductees include Doris Christopher of The Pampered Chef; Andrew McKenna of Schwarz Supply Source; Robert J. Abt of Abt Electronics; John W. Baird of Baird & Warner; Jeff Silver of Coyote; Jim Horan of Blue Plate; Robert W. Galvin of Motorola; Michael P. Krasny of CDW Computer Centers, Inc.; Howard Tullman of Tribeca Flashpoint; Gordon Segal of Crate & Barrel; and chef Charlie Trotter.

Hall of Fame partners for 2013 are American Chartered Bank, Crain’s Chicago Business, Grant Thornton, and Utopic.

The UIC College of Business Administration is a research-based institution located in the heart of Chicago that cultivates a spirit of entrepreneurship through real-world experience. The college is home to more than 2,000 undergraduates and more than 600 students in the Liautaud Graduate School of Business. The college is also home to prominent centers for learning that contribute to the education of students and success of the global business community.

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