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Testimonials

I met Brian Nolen through our Associated Business Networking group. I've had the opportunity to work with Brian since that time and have to say he is a go getter! Always willing to make the extra effort to get you everything you need.

Brian has provided me with a great service for all my battery and accessory needs. His expertise provided me with great savings and made me aware of great items I don't have the time to look for. He is consistent and very reliable and I would HIGHLY recommend him to ANY small business for all their power needs!!

Lynn Lionhood




I appreciate having heard Hayward Suggs, founder of Commonquest Consulting when he spoke at our Associated Business Networking meeting this week. I know we've spun our wheels in the past and the information you gave us will push us up the right road to get us where we need to be. We can't thank you enough. You are a great inspiration and such a wealth of knowledge that everyone will see the value you bring. We may not have spent much time together on this day, but please believe us when we say... It was our best experience at learning to read the signals from those we are talking to, and how to present a much better value proposition.

Lynn Lionhood




Nick Cinquepalm and I have been colleagues for many years. He is a detail-oriented professional as both a Battalion Chief for the Orland Park Fire Protection District and as the owner of Landmark Flooring. He has always been goal oriented and works towards completing every assignment he receives. He is extremely reliable, trustworthy and an excellent colleague that I would highly recommend to everyone. His knowledge of his business is impeccable.

Lynn Lionhood




I met Butch Zemar through my networking with business owners. He is a detail-oriented professional and has always been goal oriented, working toward completing a task or project. He is extremely reliable, trustworthy and an excellent colleague and strategic partner.
Butch is an authentic leader with great vision and a strong passion for achieving excellence. His exceptional performance speaks for itself through his innovative strategies, programs, and initiatives. Butch is very caring and appreciates the value of relationships internally and externally. This wisdom has helped him contribute lots of value to his business through effective interaction with peers, other businesses, and business networking groups.
He has always provided valuable insight, genuine concern for those impacted by the changes in health insurance and tremendous ideas on leadership development.
Butch has the powerful combination of energy, execution skills, and knowing what is the right thing to do.
He exhibits enormous ownership and follow-through while engendering great confidence. Honored to work with him.


Lynn Lionhood



I have worked with Steve Jaquez in our networking group, Associated Business Network. He does a great job and provides just the right amount of guidance for anyone taking on the project of building their own website. He has been a tireless worker when it comes to working with all of us on understanding anything related to the web. He pitches in and gets things done and has been an integral part of Associated Business Network's success.
Though extremely technically sound, Steve was able to assist our group greatly by providing assistance in getting all new members up to speed on everything connected with the internet. He is always a team player and willing to help with any questions we have.
Steve is a true professional in every aspect of his business. He organized and developed numerous resources used within his business and shared all of that with us today.
His knowledge of his services impressed me and helped me understand how to access resources on the internet. Steve not only knows his business but was most often the source that other businesses in our group go to when they have questions regarding their website and online information. Steve has always been that intangible quality that makes others in our group strive to be better.

Lynn Lionhood





I have known Sandy Oprondek for several years sharing ideas, and advice in our relative fields. I know Sandy to be extremely knowledgeable and competent, providing sound, sensible and practical advice on health and wellness issues at every business networking event that we attended.
Having worked with her over the past years in Associated Business Network, it is clear that her knowledge and experience with Usana delivers excellent results. Sandy sees the broader picture, with expertise covering the three areas that Usana has products: Usana nutritionals, Usana diet and energy products, and Usana's personal care line. She offers intuitive training on all the benefits of using Usana's pharmaceutical grade products. She has always come across as a very knowledgeable consultant who can put the required message out so people can take ownership of what is required and provides the documentation to back it up. Sandy is very intelligent, hard working and punctual. She knows how to multi-task and deal with a variety of people. I strongly recommend Sandy to anyone looking to make a difference in their health and lifestyle choices.
Lynn Lionhood
Executive Director
Small Business, CDLP & Group Benefits Specialist
Small Business Trainer/State of Illinois
LegalShield's Illinois Account Manager for NARI (National Assn. of the Remodeling Industry)
LegalShieldSM Worry less. Live More.




Catherine Johns is one of the hardest working individuals I have ever had the pleasure to meet. She will not quit until the job is done no matter where she needs to go. Her tenacity and loyalty are uncompromising. Catherine succeeds at everything she does.
I have found her to be highly competent and knowledgeable. Catherine is a true leader who is always one step ahead of the curve. She likes a challenge because it allows her to show her exceptional people skills. It has been an absolute pleasure to know Catherine and I look forward to a long lasting friendship with her. What I have learned from Catherine each time I have spent time with her, will undoubtedly make me better in the years ahead.
Lynn Lionhood
Executive Director
Small Business, CDLP & Group Benefits Specialist
Small Business Trainer/State of Illinois
LegalShield's Illinois Account Manager for NARI (National Assn. of the Remodeling Industry)
LegalShieldSM Worry less. Live More.





Garry Polodna is an excellent leader in our group at Associated Business Network. I met Garry through networking and in the last few months I have been able to work directly with him. He leads by example with his expertise and he also gains the trust of his peers by his leadership and professionalism.

Garry has found the talent in many businesses and gets them to be noticed through great strategies in a short period of time. He is very talented in marketing and a dynamic leader of people. He has been successful with every opportunity in life and his career. He has a knack for getting people to follow his lead through his actions. He is a great communicator and is very disciplined. He leads with integrity and honesty at the forefront. Garry is an even better person outside of his work and shows very sound values. Garry is excellent at setting high expectations while establishing and maintaining a disciplined system to reach those goals. He provides a terrific example of what qualities make a great leader... integrity, honesty, caring, motivating, accessible, and dependable. Coming from a marketing perspective he would absolutely get my endorsement for any opportunity where he can impact a business that depends on consistent superior results.
Lynn Lionhood
Executive Director
Small Business, CDLP & Group Benefits Specialist
Small Business Trainer/State of Illinois
LegalShield's Illinois Account Manager for NARI (National Assn. of the Remodeling Industry)

LegalShieldSM Worry less. Live More.




I was introduced to Reid Specht several years ago through a mutual friend. I've been impressed with the maturity and professionalism with which Reid addresses his clients and work. He communicates well, always with a little humor and gentleness. Reid is also smart, observant, and very detail oriented. He will always have your back. Reid is known in business circles as being trustworthy and reliable in all that he does.

Reid is a true leader. He cares deeply for his family, clients, and the greater good of people he works around. I highly recommend him as a friend and trusted business partner. He also has remarkable integrity in all his business relationships. I would certainly recommend working with Reid. I have used his services many, many times and have always found his work to be exemplary and the costs very affordable.

Lynn Lionhood
Executive Director
Small Business, CDLP & Group Benefits Specialist
Small Business Trainer/State of Illinois
LegalShield's Illinois Account Manager for NARI (National Assn. of the Remodeling Industry)

LegalShieldSM Worry less. Live More.





I would like to take this opportunity to offer a recommendation for Kevin Domenick. I have known Kevin for several years through the Associated Business Networking group and can confidently say that he leads by example. When I first met him I found him to be extremely welcoming and engaging. Kevin's enthusiasm and dedication have inspired and motivated members, including myself, to continue to develop relationships with others within the group. I truly believe that Kevin demonstrates many of the qualities that are essential to an organization. Kevin is great with people. He builds loyalty and trust amongst everyone and is a leader that would be an asset to any organization.
Kevin is an enthusiastic leader. He is always positive and upbeat. He sets high expectations in his work and has excellent discipline in what he does. Leadership, people skills and the ability to deliver are the foundations that he has built his business on. I would highly recommend anyone to do business with Kevin.




I met John Sendra through our networking group Associated Business Network and have known him for the last five years. John is one of the hardest working and creative individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. His insight into correcting problems and providing the best care for his prospects is astonishing. He is an asset to the world of real estate. John excels at building strong business relationships based on mutual respect and success, and works hard to ensure his clients are extremely knowledgeable about what they are purchasing. He is a great example of the "servant leader", removing obstacles in the paths of his clients to make them as happy in their decision as they can be, helping them in any way needed. John is a hard driven seasoned sales professional that has continued to exceed his goals and objectives year after year. He has creative ideas to capture the attention of everyone that he comes in contact with. John has a great drive and passion for his work and continues to offer assistance, knowledge and expertise in the real estate industry. He has a strong work ethic and integrity.
He helped our organization grow through sharing with others that he worked with. I look forward to working with John in our group.

Lynn Lionhood




I met Lindsey Mueller through my networking. She understands the value of discipline and hard work when it comes to rolling up her sleeves and teaching her clients how to be successful in their plans for their future. She determines what they need to do, shows them how to do it, then follows up to make sure they are following her direction. She helps them believe in themselves and raise their bars on what they can achieve for their future.

Lindsey is an experienced financial advisor that provides consistent direction and is able to clearly communicate and generate buy-in at all levels of your life. Her discipline, work ethic, personnel development and organization has made her a valuable asset within the industry.

Words can't express the thanks and appreciation for everything Lindsey has done for everyone at ABN. She has been and still is one of the best mentors a team could ever have. She has contributed so much to the success of our group and anyone would be lucky to have her as strategic partner.

Overall, Lindsey is an amazing motivator, mentor, leader, and colleague. She truly cares about people. She is an asset and is one of Waddell and Reed's best.





Among other strengths, Roger Vallerand has two strengths that are particularly valuable, especially in today's business. One strength is his calm demeanor. I am sure Roger has been in some pretty taxing situations, but I have never seen him 'lose his cool' when it comes to his work. This ability may be related to the second strength I will cite. Roger is truly concerned with helping others with their home inspections. No matter who he is working with, Roger honestly has as his primary goal taking care of that person's home.

Roger is a great asset in any position requiring making sure that every detail is in place.

Roger is a true professional. His consistent delivery of great customer service to all his clients as well as all other persons related to the sale or purchase of the property is second to none. He utilizes strong communication and problem skills on a daily basis. Furthermore, he is a very strong team player with his strategic partners at ABN.

Roger is always very knowledgeable about his work and always finishes knowing he left no stone unturned. Roger is one of the most thorough people that you will ever meet.



Rex Sandine works with all the fun promotional products. His understanding of all these products separate him from the rest of his field. He delivers consistent positive results through his expertise, client oriented solutions and value added service. More importantly, Rex has high integrity which is shown through his caring attitude for his client's needs to promote their businesses.

Rex is extremely knowledgeable about each item and its ability to market small to mid-size businesses. He has been a valuable resource to our networking group, personally in my business, and to our group who have worked with him have found him to be responsive, well-informed, and insightful with respect to all aspects of their needs. Rex is a pleasure to work with.

He is as passionate as they come in the promotional business. He keeps his clients best interests in mind and provides great follow-up service. He has a great style, infectious enthusiasm, and a desire to earn life-long loyalty with his clients and business partners.



I would be remiss if not to write up astounding words of our friend Lynn Lionhood as she does each week for all of us. She is the President of our Associated Business Network who started us back in 11/2009. She has the gift of knowing how to network people together and always has a passion to help others with their business success.

Her testimony is based on true life hardship that was then passed on to so many with her passion to share how important it is to protect yourself financially, against identity theft and legally. She helps us identify how easy it is to have all of these important things jeopardized but by paying a low monthly cost can be protected and assured peace of mind by her company called LegalShield.
Lynn is the type of person who doesn’t stop until the task is done. She is always available to talk and give advice or find someone who can. She is very organized and detail oriented and she is someone you want to meet and get to know.

Lisa Hoerler



Larry Lehman has done a fantastic job of explaining all the mountains of confusion that are happening with our taxes at this point in our country, especially with Obamacare. He really listens to our questions and what we are trying to accomplish, and then he produces the help and advice that all of us need to understand and comply with all these constant changes. I have also watched him in action as he spoke with a first time prospect, and I am very impressed with his professionalism.
Larry thrives on integrity. He is a very forward thinking man who takes the time to get to know your needs before working with your company. I have known Larry for many years and hold him and his business ethics in the highest regard. You should stick like glue to an ethical business professional.
Larry is a great mentor and leader in our networking organization. He would always give everything he had to assist the group. He taught us many more advantageous ways to track our expenses. He has been a great motivator to this organization also. He is always well organized so obtaining information from him to help us manage the group was always quick and easy. A good leader and hard worker are some of the best things that Larry brings to the table.
Larry has always been extremely dedicated and loyal to his work. He is dependable and reliable which makes him very easy to work with. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all financial matters. He is so knowledgeable that when I needed someone to do a presentation to a group of 75 small business owners on all financial matters for small businesses, I reached out to Larry and he agreed I am truly grateful for that as he made the day a huge success for everyone. I know he will always give 110% to any job or project he encounters.



Maureen is a true professional; well versed and always prepared regarding all things banking. Her versatility allows her to be comfortable with any audience, always bringing a genuine and often entertaining approach to banking.
I have had the privilege of working with Maureen since she joined Associated Business Network. I had heard good things about Maureen when she first joined our group. Her reputation was that she was one of the most trustworthy people in the business. In the last few years, I got to know her and it was all true. She's a sincere, caring professional. Everything she shares and helps with is always spot on.
Most appreciated was the way she partnered with us to ensure the highest possible quality of leadership in such an important seat in our group. We could count on Maureen to be a dependable partner and a great listener who took the time to understand the needs of those working closely with her services and what they needed to accomplish with their clients. It’s always a pleasure to work with a true professional!
Maureen has always shown great attention to detail and follows through on every nuance in an expedited manner. She represents a bank that provides a high value service at reasonable costs. I never have to question or worry that Maureen will provide exactly what I need every time. Maureen and First Midwest bank are the kind of team that keeps you worry free and when I refer her to someone she always earns me kudos for a job well done, always. She is someone I would definitely recommend.



Lisa LeRose-Hoerler and I met many years ago and have continued a friendship and professional relationship ever since. Lisa is a dynamic person to know in many professional capacities. She is a successful connecter, an excellent speaker and super ACTIVE networker. Lisa recently delivered step-by-step criteria for getting a mortgage at our Associated Business Network meeting. Her knowledge base for mortgages and strategic connections with a diversity of talented professionals has made her a living asset to the community.

As a core team member of Associated Business Network, I have had the opportunity to regularly request Lisa's assistance in helping out with the networking portions of our meeting. She has always been someone I can count on in volunteering her time and helping others. As a core team member, Lisa has helped those who attend find assistance, guidance, and referral from others in the group. This is the role of a polished facilitator - to keep things on track, moving positively and efficiently to a win-win scenario. She has the capability to lead and keep things focused and directed toward mutual success. We have been pleased to have her work with us and provide that all-important and unselfish commitment required to be a good leader.

I have been very impressed with the techniques she has uses in her own professional efforts and I am sure she would also use such innovative ideas in any other problem solving she is faced with.





The word that comes to mind when I think of Geoff Morris is "driven." He is the gold standard when it comes to work, community outreach, and creating innovative approaches to pulling people together for the purpose of helping them to grow as people and professionals. He approaches every project we collaborated on with an unwavering commitment to see it through to completion and an unmatched passion. He delivers on his promises with his company and executes his vision with a high level of excellence.

I would like to point out Geoff's ability to tie in today's trend with tomorrow's innovation on the work I saw this morning from his company. The services were extremely professional.

Geoff is well known within our community as a businessman that works outside the box to market his brand while supporting many community activities. His participation in our weekly networking group, Associated Business Network since its inception, lent credibility to the group at the time. The group is now 8 years old and we have enjoyed his continuous participation, recognizing him as one of the leaders of the many participants.




Table of Contents

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Steve Jaquez March 13, 2015 12:24 AM Steven J.
Lisa Hoerler January 21, 2015 12:09 PM Steven J.
Dr. Joe Brannigan December 11, 2014 4:58 PM Steven J.
Past ABN Members of the Month July 1, 2015 11:30 AM Steven J.
Garry Polodna, SOAR Creative Group November 17, 2014 4:12 PM Steven J.
Member of the Month July 1, 2015 11:28 AM Steven J.
Testimonials May 28, 2014 9:50 AM former member
About Associated Business Network July 15, 2015 9:32 PM Rex S.

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