Excelerating Chicago Entrepreneurship
Monday, June 20, 5:30 p.m.
McDermott Will & Emery
Presented by the Entrepreneurship Council
Troy Henikoff is the CEO and Co-founder of Excelerate, a seed stage accelerator in Chicago and one of the hottest startup incubators in the country. Additionally, he teaches Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University, is a faculty coach for the University of Chicago/Booth New Venture Challenge, is on the board of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and serves as an advisor to Hyde Park Angels. His last 25 years have been spent starting, running and advising early stage technology companies.
Troy co-founded SurePayroll.com, an Internet-based payroll service bureau focused on companies with fewer than 100 employees. Under his leadership as President, SurePayroll grew from an idea on paper to a nationally-recognized payroll service bureau in less than three years. SurePayroll grew to the largest Internet payroll provider and the fifth largest payroll company in the country, managing billions of payroll dollars annually. It was a two-time Inc. 500 honoree before being acquired by Paychex, Inc. in 2011.
As CEO of OneWed, Troy led the re-launch of OneWed.com, a wedding website that offers the largest online database of wedding vendors, detailed ratings and reviews. It provides a smart, unique voice for wedding-planning tips and advice. The site connects brides and vendors in a focused online marketplace, while providing users with the most informative wedding resources available in the online bridal world. OneWed was acquired by Nearlyweds in Seattle in 2010.
Before developing SurePayroll, Troy was recruited by Jellyvision, Inc. to build a software development capability from scratch. Within 18 months, Troy assembled a team and set of tools for quickly creating highly interactive multimedia experiences. Troy's team utilized these tools to develop products including, "You Don't Know Jack®" for Jellyvision, and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire®" for Disney Interactive.
In 1986, Troy founded Specialized Systems and Software, which focused on creating custom database applications. The company quickly developed a national presence, amassing a client list that included companies like Abbott labs, CDW, Hyatt Hotels and McDonald's Corp. In 1992, Medline Industries purchased the business and it became the Systemetrics Division of Medline Industries, the largest privately-held US manufacturer and distributor of medical products. Within five years, Systemetrics' software was installed in nearly 10 percent of the nation's hospitals.
Wine, cheese and refreshments will be provided. Please sign up by clicking the "Click here to buy tickets!!!" link at the bottom of this page or by calling the club office at 1-847-256-4846. Previous registration is required, as building security demands a list of participants.
DATE: Monday, June 20, 2011
TIME: Registration/Refreshments/Networking - 5:30 p.m., Presentation - 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: McDermott Will & Emery, 227 W. Monroe Street, 45th Floor, Chicago
HBSCC Patron and Patron & Guest Pass members: Free
HBSCC Regular members and their guests: $15/person
Non-members of HBSCC: $25/person
RESERVATION DEADLINE: Friday, June 17
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Monday, Jun 20 2011
5:30pm - 7:00pm [ iCal ]
McDermott Will & Emery
227 W. Monroe Street, 45th Floor,
Look Who's Coming:
Thomas Breuer, BPC
Haydee Caldero, Dignitas
Omowale Casselle, redbox
Nicholas Delgado, Dignitas
Ashley Hartman, redbox
Patricia Heimann, HeimannHills Marketing Group
Rena Henderson Mason, The ComfortCake Company
Willard McNitt, Thurston Group
William Ready, iPay Technologies
Richard Sharp, Park Dickens
John Udelhofen, Laurus Technologies
Stephen Wasko, Wasko Associates
Adam Weber, Google, Inc.
Bruce Willey, Willey Law
... a total of 47 guests.