In the era of innovation and new technology join us at Bomond Rendezvous for a conversation with creators and industry movers who have achieved great success in the world of digital marketing, branding and new ventures. A panel discussion will provide a deeper perspective on companies that could change the world and striving to achieving new heights in Chicagoland and across the globe.
Founder and CEO, SimplyBe Agency
Jessica Zweig is the founder and CEO of The SimplyBe Agency, a personal branding firm based in Chicago. She was named one of the Top Digital Marketers to Watch in 2017 by INC. The SimplyBe Agency helps thought leaders across all industries, from politics to personal growth leaders, from fashion designers to world-class chefs, from global executives to professors, manage and monetize their digital footprints with purpose and impact. Previously she founded CheekyChicago.com, Chicago’s leading lifestyle magazine for women, reaching 100,000 readers locally. Jessica has been featured in Crains, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Refinery 29, Tasty Trade, BizTech Magazine, Today’s Chicago Woman, Michigan Avenue, NBC, ABC, FOX, WTTW, WCIU, CBS and more as a leading entrepreneur. She’s spoken at Techweek Chicago, The United Women in Business Foundation, 1871 and more as an expert on marketing and branding. She’s also a mentor at the Founder’s Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training & start-up launch program, powered by Microsoft.
Dima Chernyak is co-founder of Furfi.com, a furniture finder web application that allows consumers finding furniture they want that is on display at a store near them. Dima and his brother Vitaliy have founded the company in the summer of 2015. They created a brand new way of operating that focuses on supply chain integration and customer service, and it worked. Furfi simplifies the process of shopping for furniture by connecting the consumer with a database of furniture displayed by local retailers. In other words, consumers can now shop at numerous furniture stores from the comfort of their home or office and, once they find something they like, they can locate it nearby, try it and purchase it the same day. No more shipping, no more tricky assembly, and no more hoping and praying that that furniture that was ordered actually looks like the photos online. Furfi also compare the prices of like items in different store databases to ensure the customer is getting the best deal. Furfi office is located in Arlington Heights, IL and currently serves the Chicagoland area.
Dima loves to try out new ventures and have been successful at many of them. Beyond that, Dima loves to travel the world with his wife Jane, host friends and family for bonfires and finds time for his car passion.
Founder, ZenSupplies Inc.
In 2007, at the age of 22, Tiger founded Siegel Construction while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Over the years, Siegel Construction became one of the premier dental and medical design-build firms in Chicago with the aspiration to continue growing throughout the Midwest. In early 2015, Tiger successfully transitioned from Siegel Construction and today the company continues to thrive and achieve big goals. Later that year he founded ZenSupplies Inc., an innovative technology platform aimed at improving day-to-day operations of a dental practice. An entrepreneur at heart, Tiger is currently developing another startup in the dental industry. Beyond his business, he loves spending time with his family, traveling and interviewing doctors and dental industry professionals for his YouTube show called “Dentistry Unveiled”. Adventurer, world travel, and marathon runner, Tiger is always on the go. But when he finds a minute to kick back and relax, you can always find him wearing his favorite jersey cheering for his Blackhawks. Go Hawks!
Founder and President, eComfort
Pavel Sokolovsky is the founder of eComfort.com, a technology company that sells heating & cooling equipment over the Internet. Since 2010, he led the business through rapid growth to over $25MM+, selling it in 2015 to a publicly traded company. Today he continues to lead the strategic vision for eComfort and invests in early stage tech and tech-enabled businesses.
CEO and Co-Founder, Comrade Web Agency
Ivan Vislavskiy is a CEO and Co-founder of Comrade Web Agency, a Chicago-based integrated agency specializing in web design and digital marketing. Ivan is responsible for setting strategic direction of the company, specifically making sure that CWA stays on top of the industry trends and consistently exceeds its clients’ expectations. With more than 400+ successfully executed projects, Ivan has developed a keen sense for what it takes to help clients reach the new heights. His passion for creative work lies at the foundation of the company where ambition and out-of-box thinking have inspired a platform for collaboration and inception of internal projects.
Paul Stepankovskiy / Senior Vice President, Wealth Management and Senior Portfolio Manager at UBS Financial Services for the FKS Wealth Management Group.
Paul is one of the founders and principals of FKS Wealth Management Group, which works exclusively with successful families, business owners, young professionals and their advisors. Paul began his career as a Financial Advisor in 1997 after successfully selling his Corporate Catering business. He holds bachelor's degree in economics from University of Illinois, in Chicago and MBA in finance from DeVry University Keller Graduate School of Management. He completed his Certified Financial Planner certification at Northwestern University after submitting to the rigorous CFP certification process that includes a demanding education, examination, experience and ethical requirements.
Genia Kovelman (Director, RJD)
Genia is the Director of the Jewish United Fund's Russian Jewish Division (RJD). She is responsible for setting strategic direction for an organization, fundraising, board and lay leadership development and designing educational and social projects for the Russian-speaking Jewish community in Chicago. Genia received BS and MS in World History and Jewish Studies from the International Solomon University in Kiev, Ukraine. Prior to joining JUF in 2008, Genia was working with non-profit Jewish organizations in Ukraine, Sweden and Israel.