Radisson Blu

221 North Columbus Dr

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Event: Crain’s Fast Fifty Breakfast

Tuesday, June 18 • 7:30 – 10 A.M.

Radisson Blu, 221 North Columbus Drive • Chicago, IL


Holly Kay
CFO, West Monroe Partners

Holly is responsible for integrating and supporting the West Monroe Partners’ seven offices across the U. S. and Canada and oversees the company’s consolidated financial reporting. Since joining the firm in 2006, Ms. Kay has assisted firm-wide leadership to grow revenue by over 250% – driven by both organic growth and geographic expansion. Ms. Kay works side-by-side with West Monroe leadership to maintain profitability during not only periods of high growth, but also during difficult times such as the most recent recession. Most recently, Ms. Kay led the organization through a sale of West Monroe Partners to a 100% owned employee stock ownership plan, in an effort to maintain the organization’s people first culture.

Bruce Leon
President, Tandem HR

Bruce has been in the employee benefits/HR outsourcing field for more than twenty years. Mr. Leon started his entrepreneurial endeavors in 1996 with Benefits Solutions Group, an insurance brokerage firm. In 1998 he incorporated Tandem Professional Employer Services, which changed its name to Tandem HR in 2008. Today, Tandem HR processes $300 million in payroll for 9,000 employees and has a 97% client retention rate. Mr. Leon continued expanding in 2006 with Alliance Workplace Solutions, a voluntary benefits firm, which allows businesses to offer enhanced benefits packages to their employees that are 100% employee paid and owned. Recently Mr. Leon purchased Workplace Solutions, an Employee Assistance Program company, to further compliment the essential workplace services provided to clients. Mr. Leon continues to work diligently, constantly looking for ways to make businesses run more effectively for both employers and their employees.

Steve Snower
President, Parts Town

Under Steve’s leadership, Parts Town has achieved compound annual growth of 40% over the 9-year period ending 2012. Parts Town is the leading innovator in the restaurant equipment parts industry with a focus on customer experience and customer facing technology. Parts Town has had at least 30% growth each year since Mr. Snower joined the business. Prior to joining Parts Town, Mr. Snower spent 10 years with Newark Electronics, a global leader in electronic component distribution. With Newark, Mr. Snower held roles including finance director, marketing director, vice president of sales and vice president of strategy & business development. Mr. Snower has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business Management and a Bachelor’s in finance from Miami University in Ohio.

Jeffrey Yordon
CEO, Founder, Chairman of the Board, Sagent Pharmaceuticals

Jeffrey, founder of Sagent Pharmaceuticals, brings more than 40 years of injectables pharmaceutical experience to his company. Mr. Yordon has held senior level executive positions with a wide variety of pharmaceutical companies including Gensia Laboratories, LyphoMed, Faulding Pharmaceuticals and American Pharmaceutical Partners (APP), now called Fresenius. All four of these companies had extraordinary growth during Mr. Yordon’s tenure and each attained major milestones that are noteworthy: LyphoMed was sold to Fujisawa for $1 billion; Faulding was sold to Mayne and then subsequently sold to Hospira for $3.2 billion. Gensia Laboratories was sold to Teva Pharmaceuticals for $3.4 billion, and APP attained a market cap in excess of $6 billion and was sold to Fresenius for $5.5 billion. Mr. Yordon was a member of the Board of Directors of APP, Pharmaceutical Partners of Canada, Faulding Pharmaceuticals and Drug Source Company, as well as a board member of the Drug, Chemical & Associated Technologies Association.


Linda Darragh
Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI) Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Kellogg School of Management

Linda is responsible for strategy and execution of new curriculum and engagement opportunities for innovation at Kellogg. The vision for KIEI is to organize curriculum, research and engagement along three core tracks – new venture creation, growth & innovation and corporate innovation. Between 2006 and 2012, Ms. Darragh was director of entrepreneurship programs at Chicago Booth’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship. In Ms. Darragh’s role with the Polsky Center, she served as a coach for the NewVenture Challenge, Chicago Booth’s renowned business competition and launched the Social and Global versions of the New Venture Challenge. Ms. Darragh served as vice president of the Women’s Business Development Center until 2003, assisting high growth women business owners.

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