Business Briefs | October 2014

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Swedish-based industrial manufacturer SKF Group has selected Naperville as the location for its new North American research and development facility. This facility is expected to create 40 full-time jobs within the next two years and an additional 40 jobs within four years. SKF Group chose a Naperville-based site over several locations around the U.S. The new 130,000-square-foot facility will be built at 1203 Warrenville Road. Chosen for its proximity to Interstate 88’s business corridor, the business will house engineers, scientists and administrative staff. SKF received a state incentive package worth $2.2 million over 10 years in addition to a $20,000 grant for job training. Under the state’s Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) program, companies must meet agreed-upon targets for job creation or retention and capital investment to receive credit against state income tax liability. SKF’s agreement calls for the company to invest at least $18.6 million in the Naperville location over the next decade.


The Hobson School Advisory Board has named Beth Wilson as Hobson School’s next director. Hobson School is one of Naperville’s oldest schools, and Wilson is just the fifth director to serve the preschool in its 50-year history. An early childhood educator with more than ten years experience, Wilson most recently was director of Early Learning Initiatives at Chicago Children’s Museum. Wilson succeeds Patrice Sullivan who retired in July after 13 years in the position, to teach Early Childhood Education at College of DuPage. Wilson earned a Master of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, with a double specialization in Early Childhood and Environmental Education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. 

Photo courtesy of Edward Medical Group

Photo courtesy of Edward Medical Group

Dr. Jonathan Gibson, a board certified family medicine physician, has joined Edward Medical Group (EMG) at its office at 1247 Rickert Dr. in Naperville. Gibson received his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. EMG is the primary care practice of Edward Hospital and has more than 70 board certified family practice, internal medicine and specialty physicians who treat patients of all ages.

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Dr. Zaineb Qayyum, a board certified family medicine physician, has joined Edward Medical Group (EMG) at its office at 2132 Deep Water Lane in Naperville. Dr. Qayyum received her medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. She speaks Hindi and Urdu.

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The Edward Neurosciences Institute in affiliation with Northwestern Medicine has announced Dr. Kevin Bockhold, a board certified neurologist, is joining its team. In addition to general neurology, Dr. Bockhold has a particular interest in clinical neurophysiology. He received his medical degree from the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed his neurology residency at Rush University. Dr. Bockhold is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. The Edward Neurosciences Institute offers world-class care for patients with neurological disorders such as stroke, migraines, concussions and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Photo courtesy of Linden Oaks

Photo courtesy of Linden Oaks

Dr. Philip G. Janicak has joined Linden Oaks as director of the new Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Center. TMS is primarily used to treat patients with treatment-resistant major depression, a disorder in which traditional medications are not effective. Dr. Janicak’s areas of clinical and research expertise include the psychopharmacology of mood and psychotic disorders. He comes to Linden Oaks from Rush University Medical Center where he was director of the TMS Center, medical director of the Psychiatric Clinical Research Center and professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Janicak is board certified in psychiatry and neurology. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association, a founding board member of the Clinical TMS Society, and a member of the International Society of Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neurostimulation and the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. Dr. Janicak has been named in the Best Doctors of America since 1997 and Psychiatrist of the Year by the Illinois chapter of NAMI in 2003.


Lisle-based Lextech is ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Annual List of America’s Fastest-growing private companies. Lextech, which develops enterprise mobile apps that reinvent the way people work, is ranked #1911 on the annual Inc. 500|5000, a prestigious list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. This is Lextech’s second consecutive year on the list. Lextech’s three-year growth rate was 215 percent, which ranks the company among the top 150 software companies on the list.


National Christian Foundation Greater Chicago, an affiliate of the National Christian Foundation (NCF), joined 27 other NCF offices across the country to launch a new online giving platform at NCF’s new website is designed to encourage greater generosity for those who use NCF Giving Funds. The new NCF site offers a streamlined look with simpler navigation and a user-friendly interface for desktop and mobile versions. Later this year, NCF will also launch two additional features including a Discover section that will help donors research charities, and a Connect section that allows users to connect with family and friends and form giving circles.

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Community Christian Church celebrated the Naperville Yellow Box expansion grand opening in September. The 18,000 square foot expansion project includes an auditorium space with 1,150 seats along with a movable 22’x12′ LED screen, two 16’x9′ screens, and a concert-level sound system. The venue can also function as a recording studio for capturing live performances. The space is ADA accessible and is designed to not only function as weekend worship space, but also to accommodate such outside functions as weddings, expos, conferences, and special events. The expansion also features a café with a coffee bar and caterer’s kitchen. The lobby has been expanded to 9,200 square feet on two stories, with more room to gather before and after services, as well as during the week for casual meet-ups and small group gatherings. The lobby features an indoor-outdoor fireplace, Welcome Center, and multiple gathering areas. Additionally, a 1,000 square foot technologically advanced training space has been added to develop, equip and deploy future church leaders. This space is also available to businesses and other organizations looking for off-site training facilities. Community Christian Church is a non-denominational Christian church.