Chuck brings a unique background and perspective with regard to transition planning in privately held businesses. He earned his A.B. degree in Russian Studies & Language from the University of Chicago in 1984. After serving as a Naval officer until the end of the Cold War, he returned to Chicago and earned an MBA in Finance in 1992, again from the University of Chicago. He spent several years in industrial sales and marketing at Emerson Electric and learned the best practices of retained executive recruiting at Heidrick and Struggles. In 2002 he founded his own recruiting firm, serving family owned businesses by bringing non-family talent onboard to augment and complement the family team. He still focuses on private middle market companies, and actively collaborates with other trusted advisors who serve business-owning families from complementary perspectives - such as business valuation, strategic planning, financial planning, wealth management, trust/estate planning, private equity M&A, accounting, and others. He is passionate about Affordable Housing and Homelessness: he has volunteered with and/or served as a board director for numerous community-focused organizations, including the Peoples’ Resource Center, The City of Wheaton Housing Commission, the Franciscan Services Housing Ministry, and Public Action to Deliver Shelter (P.A.D.S.).