Business Briefs | November 2015

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Dr. Nicholas Love, Photo courtesy of EMG

Dr. Nicholas Love, a board certified family medicine physician, has joined Edward Medical Group’s (EMG) office located at 1220 Hobson Rd. in Naperville. Dr. Love received his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, completed his internship at Community Hospital in Indianapolis, and completed residencies at Community Hospital and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society, American Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Dr. Lynette Rennecker, Photo courtesy of EMG

Board certified internal medicine physician Dr. Lynette Rennecker has joined Edward Medical Group (EMG) and will serve as Medical Director of The Springs at Monarch Landing in Naperville, where she’ll care for residents who require skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Dr. Rennecker will also see residents who live within independent living at Monarch Landing, a continuing care retirement community also in Naperville. Dr. Rennecker, a physician for nearly 20 years, received her medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University and completed her residency at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio. She began her career in the Chicago area and was on the Edward Hospital medical staff in the 1990s. Prior to joining EMG, she worked in Dallas and Canton.

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Joshua Blomgren, Photo courtesy of Benedictine University

Joshua Blomgren, a sports medicine physician at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush University Medical Center, was named a team physician for the Chicago Fire soccer team. The Benedictine University 1996 Biochemistry alumnus and former BenU soccer player has also been a team physician for the Chicago White Sox for five years and served as a volunteer physician for the Chicago Marathon. In March 2015, he was recognized for his achievements as a Rising Star among BenU alumni.

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Photo courtesy of john greene Realtor

Naperville-based john greene Realtor, one of the largest private brokerages in Chicago’s western suburbs, has hired Mike Long, a real estate professional with more than 17 years of experience and $100 million in career sales, as a broker. With Long’s hire, john greene Realtor has grown its agent roster by over 20 percent in the past year. The firm ranked among the fastest-growing private firms in the 2015 Inc. 5000, and has been voted “Best Real Estate Company” by Naperville Magazine’s “Best of Naperville” each year from 2010 to 2015. Long was formerly with eXp Realty and previously served as team leader at Keller Williams Realty. He currently serves on the board and technology committee for the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR), and formerly served on boards for a number of industry organizations. Long earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Iowa.


Bottle & Bottega, the art and wine studio in Glen Ellyn, received “The Mona Lisa” Award for exceptional guest services from its corporate headquarters. Bottle & Bottega Glen Ellyn franchise was named the winner based on highest overall customer satisfaction rating for the past 12 months. One part artistic adventure and one part cocktail party, Bottle & Bottega brings out the creative side in everyone through a blend of hands-on art sessions, on-site professional instruction and, of course, a glass of wine.

Lextech, a mobile app development company that helps businesses succeed with mobile, was chosen as one of the top three app developers in the Tabby Awards/Business Enterprise category. Overall, 150 apps were judged by an international panel of 24 independent mobile experts, and 56 tablet-optimized apps were selected as Tabby Awards/Business nominees in various categories for both iPad and Android platforms. Lextech was selected for its App Roadmap, which is intended to be used as part of Lextech’s App Roadmap Workshop, a two-day workshop that teaches business leaders how to identify apps that support organizational goals, solve relevant problems, and deliver a high Return on App (ROA) for their organization. Nominee apps will now compete in the final round of the Mobby Awards/Business and Tabby Awards/Business 2015 competition. Winners in each category will be announced later this fall. The Tabby Awards is the most comprehensive awards program honoring the best mobile apps worldwide since 2012.

Sikich LLP, a leading professional services firm, was recently named to the 2015 Inc. 5000 list. The firm appears on the magazine’s annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States for the third consecutive year. Sikich generated more than $106 million in revenue in 2014, grew revenue by 62 percent from 2011 to 2014 and ranked 4,344 on the 2015 list. The firm recently announced the acquisitions of Altico Advisors, a technology firm based near Boston, and the audit, accounting and tax practice of Jannsen + Company, a firm based near Milwaukee. For more than 30 years, Inc. Magazine has published its list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. Companies are ranked by revenue growth over three years. To qualify, a company must be headquartered in the United States, be independent and for profit.

New Business:

Wehrli Wood Refinishing has recently been renamed Wehrli Woodworks. Paul Ward and Dan Jones purchased the business a year ago from Tom Wehrli who owned the business for 30 years. Wehrli Woodworks has been Chicago’s western suburbs’ complete source for wood furniture restoration and refinishing, specializing in restoring furniture of all periods and styles. They also create one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect customers’ tastes and imagination. With over 70 years combined experience, their staff is able to restore even the most dated pieces to their original beauty and functionality. From simple repairs to complete rebuilds, from refinishing to full restoration.

Leading autism treatment provider, the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), opened its doors in Naperville to treat individuals diagnosed with autism. Recognized as a global leader in the field of autism treatment, CARD specializes in applied behavior analysis (ABA) to treat individuals of all ages diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ABA is the only scientifically validated treatment for ASD and research shows that it is most effective when delivered early and at a high level of intensity. The Naperville office is CARD’s second center in Illinois, with the other location serving the Oak Park region. CARD offers center-based services, home-based services, school-based services, diagnostic and assessment services, and social skills groups for individuals of all ages with ASD.

North Central College welcomed 14 new tenure-track faculty members—representing all academic divisions, including arts and letters, business and economics, human thought and behavior, and science—at the start of its 2015–2016 academic year. The new faculty is the largest class of tenure-track hires in 27 years and rivals the double-digit, tenure-track hires in the years 1988–1990 when graduate computer science and business programs were launched. At a time when many colleges and universities are adding fewer tenure-track faculty and hiring more part-time and teaching assistant positions in an effort to reduce costs, North Central has made a long-term commitment to increase its tenured faculty. This effort has and will continue to attract quality faculty who are dedicated to the College’s mission: to prepare students to be informed, involved, principled and productive citizens and leaders over their lifetime.

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Photo courtesy of Edward Elmhurst Healthcare

A delegation from Tokyo, Japan visited Edward Hospital’s surgical services department in September. Representatives of Hogy Medical Company, a manufacturer of nonwoven fabric and sterilized medical goods, focused on a variety of aspects of Edward’s surgical care, including the operating room (OR) environment; flow of materials, equipment and people during surgery; equipment management; disposable surgical kits; efficiency of the OR work environment; and OR-related issues, concerns, and challenges. Hogy teams have visited 20 other hospitals in the U.S. over the past several months. As a thank you, the company made a generous donation to the Edward Foundation.