Christen Carter, President/Owner | Busy Beaver Button Co.
Christen Carter started Busy Beaver out of her college apartment in 1995, making merchandise buttons for Guided By Voices. Twenty years later, Busy Beaver has evolved into a 25-person custom button mecca, creating more than 85,000 designs and producing tens of millions of buttons for clients ranging from breweries to museums to individual consumers. Christen also serves as president and co-curator of the Busy Beaver Button Museum on Armitage Avenue, which shares a history of people and their thoughts, feelings and expressions through buttons. She is committed to the value of community and making change.
Margarita Geleske, Executive Director | INCubatoredu
Margarita Geleske developed her marketing and advertising career at the Leo Burnett Company. Since retiring, she has focused on raising her sons and matters that impact children. She serves as a trustee for the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, and helped establish the INCubatoredu program at Barrington High School. She believes the combination of community business experts and educators creates an authentic learning environment for students, and she encourages all high schools to offer the program.
Joshua J. Haberkorn, Associate Attorney | Horwood Marcus & Berk
Joshua J. Haberkorn, an associate attorney in Horwood Marcus & Berk's Business and Finance Group, concentrates his practice in commercial finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital. Josh draws from his background in finance and business management to provide practical advice to clients ranging from new entrepreneurs to established banking institutions. Josh earned his J.D. and his M.B.A. from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to business school and law school, Josh earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
Larry Moats, Owner | Moats Office Properties
Larry Moats is a businessman with a strong public service background. He began his first business as a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago and, under his ownership, Moats Office Properties – a family-owned business that owns and operates office buildings across the northwest suburbs – continues to flourish. Additionally, his electrical contracting business provides power, control systems and other services to organizations including Great Lakes Naval Base and Fermi National Accelerator Lab.
Max Temkin, Co-Creator | Cards Against Humanity
Max Temkin, a Chicago-based graphic designer, conceived the idea for Cards Against Humanity while home from college playing card and board games with high school friends on winter break. The group made up some games of their own, and one stuck. After crafting decks of the new game for the friends to take back to their respective colleges in 2009, the group realized it had fans outside their circle. When they reconvened over spring break, they set up a website, uploaded cards, designed a logo and took the project to Kickstarter, where it raised more than $15,000. Cards Against Humanity eventually became the No. 1 game on Amazon. Temkin has created other games, including Humans vs. Zombies and Samurai Gunn, and continues to innovate. Among his newest innovations is Podcast Thing, a website that helps people find great podcasts. He also is on the National Advisory Council for DonorChoose.org, connecting teachers in high need communities with donors who want to help.