The Buying & Selling of Business A panel discussion featuring members Bill Factor, Bob Warner, Bruce Leon, & Mike Mazursky about the ins and outs of buying and selling
The Buying & Selling of Business
A panel discussion featuring members Bill Factor, Bob Warner, Bruce Leon, & Mike Mazursky about the ins and outs of buying and selling business.
Moderated by David Seidman
Bill Factor, Chicago Messenger Service
Bill started at Chicago Messenger full time in 1977 (44 years ago). He lives in Long Grove, IL for the past 23 years with his wife Cathy . He has been married for 36 years and has 2 adult children that help run the business (Brad, 35 years old & Amanda, 32 years old). His favorite hobby is boating in Chicago and Florida. Bill has been a member of the BEA for 20 years!
Bob Werner, Werner Printing & Engraving
Bob is the third-generation owner and CEO of Werner Printing & Engraving Co. Bob started as a sales executive in 1984, shortly after graduating from the University of Illinois. He has been the backbone of the sales efforts over the past 30 years and has been instrumental in the growth and expansion of the company. Bob enjoys the face-to-face time he gets with clients. Furthermore, Bob takes great pride in the fact that most employees have been with the company for over 20 years. Due to this, it is a true family environment.
Bruce Leon, Tandem HR
Bruce Leon, an avid entrepreneur, is the owner/founder of four sister companies in the Chicagoland area: Benefits Solutions Group (an insurance brokerage firm), Tandem HR (a professional employer organization – PEO), Alliance Workplace Solutions (a voluntary benefits firm), and Workplace Solutions (an Employee Assistance Program).
Bruce started his entrepreneurial endeavors with Benefits Solutions Group in 1997, offering full-service healthcare insurance benefit solutions. It wasn’t long before he recognized a unique need in the Chicago-area market for a high-touch, consultative professional employer organization (PEO). Small and mid-sized businesses outsource all employee-related functions to a PEO, including human resource services, employee benefits, payroll administration and risk management. Through a co-employment agreement, the PEO becomes the “administrative employer” while the client remains in charge of running the business as the “worksite employer”. It was 1998 when he incorporated Tandem Professional Employer Services (which changed its name to Tandem HR in 2008).
Alliance Workplace Solutions emerged in 2006 as a customer-centric voluntary benefits company offering employers enhanced benefits packages to their employee packages (100% employee paid and owned).
In 2011, Bruce purchased Workplace Solutions, which delivers comprehensive EAP, Work-Life, Wellness and Organizational Effectiveness services to a variety of organizations in a wide range of industries to further compliment the high-touch talent management services he provides to his clients.
Benefits Solutions Group, Alliance Workplace Solutions and Workplace Solutions EAP service both the Tandem HR client portfolio as well as and their own proprietary client base.
The Tandem Family of Companies has been recognized as:
• The Crain’s 2010 & 2012 Best Places to Work
• Chicago’s Largest Privately Held Companies 2006, 2007, 2009 & 2016
• Chicago’s Fast Fifty 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
• Inc. 5000 in 2007 & 2016
• Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year award finalist 2008, 2009
• Chicago area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame inductee 2009
When not expanding his businesses (or starting new ones!), Bruce enjoys spending time with his family, especially his four young grandsons who he is grooming to be lifelong Cubs fans! Bruce is a board member of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Chair of the HR division of the Jewish United Fund. Bruce is former Board Member of the Knapp Entrepreneur Center. Bruce serves on several philanthropic boards such as Arie Crown Hebrew Day School, Hanna Sachs, and the ATT Foundation. Bruce is active in BEA and YPO and their mentor program, in addition to lecturing and mentoring young business professionals in Project 613.
David Seidman, Seidman Law Group
David uniquely blends his legal skills with knowledge of how business is transacted. In addition to continuing to practice law as his primary focus, he enjoys the entrepreneurial life.
(Tuesday) 6:45 am - 9:00 am
East Bank Club