Stateline Softball Throwdown was a Hit!

Leland Park was the center of high tension and competitiveness during the first Stateline Softball Throwdown in Roscoe. With the field set and teams warming up, the small businesses who signed up for the throwdown were quick to learn that this was no backyard game. Though winning this tournament would not lead to national bids or championship rings, it would bring the winning team a sense of pride, earned bragging rights, and their name on a nice wooden plaque.

 

The day started with a match-up between RyCOM Creative and the Stateline Chamber. Both teams started off a little shaky, but once the rust was washed off, it was go time. The final score (the closest score of the day) was 6 – 4, with RyCOM coming out on top for the first win of the day.

 

The next match-up was between Anabel’s Cleaning Service and the Savant Sluggers. Team Anabel worked their way to the big W with ease throughout their seven innings. Unfortunately for Savant, this would not be their last loss of the day.

 

The third game was between RyCOM and Anabel’s. This crucial game would decide which team moved on to the championship final, and which team would drop down to the losers bracket. Though Team Anabel put forth great effort, RyCOM’s powerful bats and experienced fielders were no match for the opposing team. RyCOM took another solid win, improving to 2 – 0 on the day and locking down their place in the championship game.

 

By game four, it was time for loser-bracket play. Savant and the Chamber were the first to face off in the high stakes game – winner moves on, loser goes home. In a battle to the end, the Chamber rallied and came out on top sending Savant packing.

 

Game 5 was the semi-final with the Chamber and Anabel’s facing off. The stakes were even higher here, as the winner would improve to the championship game and the loser would suffer defeat and return home. It was evident that Anabel’s Cleaning Service knew how high the stakes were, as they effortlessly defeated the Chamber and secured their spot in the championship against RyCOM.

 

The sixth and final game of the day was the championship. RyCOM and Anabel’s Cleaning had to face each other once more in a winner-take-all battle. In a slow first couple of innings, it was unclear of who wanted the plaque more. But as the bats started rolling and the gloves started popping, RyCOM began to pull away, and with each inning, became closer and closer to the promised bragging rights. The final three outs were made and team RyCOM was crowned the Stateline Softball Throwdown Champions.

 

If your business is ready to dethrone RyCOM in next year’s tournament, be on the lookout early spring 2019 for sign ups. It was a fun day had by all, even those who weren’t playing. Check out the Facebook page for some photos taken during the day thanks to volunteer Branda LaBuy of Re/Max Valley.

Oak Strength Celebrates Ribbon Cutting for New Gym Location

Stateline Chamber member Oak Strength hosted over 20 community members for a Business After Hours event and ribbon cutting Wednesday, June 20th at their new location in Loves Park. Adam and Heather Lane originally opened Oak Strength the summer of 2012 in Roscoe, IL. Since then their programs have grown and a new larger facility was the obvious next step.

 

Adam and Heather’s mission at Oak Strength is to “create strong and enduring bodies, minds, families, and community.” Oak Strength currently has two main focuses.  The first is their youth sports strength and conditioning program, which works with local travel teams to take their training to the next level.  The second program is an adult workout program that focuses on training “differing in degree not kind”. Making their program inclusive to adults of all ages and strengths.

 

To find out more about Oak Strength visit their website, Facebook, or give them a call.

 

Phone: 815- 762-1117

Website: www.oakstrength.com

Address: 7135 Clinton Road Loves Park, Illinois 61111

Facebook: Oak Strength

Goldie B. Floberg CEO appointed to Illinois Quality Care Board

Goldie B. Floberg Center CEO John Pingo, Ph.D. BCBA-D, has been appointed by Governor Rauner to the Quality Care Board within the Office of Inspector General.

 

John Pingo, Ph.D. BCBA-D, CEO of Goldie B. Floberg Center, was appointed by the Governor to serve a multi-year term on the Quality Care Board. The Board monitors and oversees the operations, policies, and procedures of the Inspector General to ensure the prompt and thorough investigation of allegations of neglect and abuse in the care of persons with mental illness and persons with developmental disabilities.

 

“I’m honored to have been appointed to the Quality Care Board. The position will allow me to help further the state’s standards for service to the people served by our own organization as well as others throughout Illinois. I look forward to learning from the expertise of fellow board members and sharing my own training and experience.”

 

John Pingo, Ph.D. BCBA-D is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-D with over 20 years of experience serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders “…and 45 years of experience being a geek.” Pingo has provided behavioral services for people with developmental disabilities across an array of settings and has extensive experience in administration, currently serving as the CEO of the Goldie B. Floberg Center. He earned his Masters in Rehabilitation Administration and Services and his Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. John is also an adjunct faculty for Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Aurora University. John has presented at the state and national levels.

 

Goldie B. Floberg Center –  In 2018, Goldie B. Floberg Center celebrates 100 years of helping underserved children and families in the Northern Illinois community. Goldie B. Floberg Center delivers the Mission “to empower and enrich the lives of all people served” to children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism. Through programs such as small group community living services, employment services, and adult learning services, Goldie B. Floberg Center partners with the people served, their families and the community to help individuals with disabilities become fully actualized citizens and members of their community.

 

Savant Capital Management Presents “Using Genealogy to Reconstruct a Life: Chasing Uncle William through the Wilds of Cyberspace”

 Savant Capital Management is hosting the Ideal Perspectives event, “Using Genealogy to Reconstruct a Life: Chasing Uncle William through the Wilds of Cyberspace,” on Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. at NIU Rockford, 8500 E. State Street. The event features keynote speaker Annette Burke Lyttle, a professional genealogical researcher, who will help attendees discover how to uncover their life stories.

Burke Lyttle, also an educator, writer, and member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, as well as many national, state, and local genealogical societies, will guide attendees through an online journey following the amazing life of William Crout, a Civil War veteran, hotel owner, rancher, and local character. Through her extensive years of research, she will share how it’s possible for anyone to reconstruct life stories – in surprising detail – using genealogical resources available online.

Check-in and light refreshments will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the presentation at 7:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend this event, but pre-registration is required. To register or for more information visit savantcapital.com/events or call 866-489-0500.

About Savant Capital Management

Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm serving clients for 30 years with nearly $6 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was the recipient of the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™, part of Schwab’s IMPACT Awards® program to recognize excellence in the business of independent financial advice. Savant has consistently received other industry recognitions including recently being featured on the Forbes top 200 financial advisors list, the Barron’s top 20 independent advisory firms list, being named the #9 rated RIA firm by Financial

Planning magazine, and included in additional top advisors lists by Financial Advisor magazine and InvestmentNews.

Savant Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor. Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage Savant’s services and may include lists or rankings published by magazines and

other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized advisor. Click here for more information about Savant or to view our Important Disclosures.

Savant Capital Management and its employees are independent of and are not employees or agents of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”). Schwab does not prepare, verify or endorse information distributed by Savant Capital Management. The Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™ is not an endorsement, testimonial endorsement, recommendation or referral to Savant Capital Management with respect to its investment advisory and other services.

Gateway Bank Announces Team Additions

Gateway Community Bank has announced the additions of two new Vice Presidents that recently joined the bank.

Michelle Matthys comes to the bank as a Vice President of Commercial Banking and Drew Brauer joins the bank as Vice President of Retail Banking. Both have long time careers tied to the Stateline banking community.

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to have added the talents of both Michelle and Drew”, said Gateway’s President Allen J. Brewer. “We look forward to their contributions to the success of the bank and the benefits they will bring to our commercial and retail banking customers. They will be working from our office location at 5206 Elevator Road in Roscoe once the bank’s move to this new facility is completed later this month.”

Gateway Community Bank is a full-service community bank offering both personal and business banking services, with offices in Roscoe, Illinois and Beloit, Wisconsin. For more information about the bank,
stop in or visit them on the web at www.gatewaycb.com.

Brent Brodeski Receives 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Northern Illinois University College of Business honors Savant CEO

Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant Capital Management, a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, has been recognized by the Northern Illinois University College of Business as its 2018 Distinguished Alumnus. The award was presented to Brodeski at the College of Business Annual Alumni Luncheon on May 4.

Brodeski, a founder of Savant, has helped the firm grow to become one of the nation’s leading financial advisory firms. Currently, Savant manages nearly $6 billion in assets and employs more than 150 team members. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has offices in Chicago, Freeport, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Peoria, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; and Madison and Park Falls, WI.

The College of Business selected Brodeski for his outstanding success in the business community and his support of the College and University.

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized by the Northern Illinois University College of Business, an institution that in many ways fueled my passion for finance and economics,” said Brodeski. “Thanks to my outstanding education at NIU, I gained the skills and confidence I needed to pursue my dreams, and ultimately help our clients work toward making their financial dreams a reality.”

Annually, the NIU College of Business recognizes the achievements of its outstanding alumni who are distinguished leaders in their fields, growing exponentially in their careers, and support their communities and NIU above the rest. Click here for the list of previous award recipients.

About Savant Capital Management

Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with nearly $6 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was the recipient of the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™, part of Schwab’s IMPACT Awards® program to recognize excellence in the business of independent financial advice. Savant has consistently received other industry recognitions including recently being included on the Forbes top 200 financial advisors list, the Barron’stop 20 independent advisory firms list, being named the #9 rated RIA firm by Financial Planning magazine, and included in additional top advisors lists by Financial Advisormagazine and InvestmentNews.

Savant Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor. Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage Savant’s services and may include lists or rankings published by magazines and other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized advisor. Click here for more information about Savant or to view our Important Disclosures.

Savant Capital Management and its employees are independent of and are not employees or agents of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”). Schwab does not prepare, verify or endorse information distributed by Savant Capital Management. The Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™ is not an endorsement, testimonial endorsement, recommendation or referral to Savant Capital Management with respect to its investment advisory and other services.

Savant’s Matthew Armstrong Earns Professional Designation

Savant Capital Management, a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, is pleased to recognize Financial Advisor Matthew Armstrong for earning the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) professional designation.

The AIF® designation signifies specialized knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care. Through fi360’s AIF Training programs, AIF® designees learn the practices and the legal and best practice framework they are built upon. AIF® designees have a reputation in the industry for the ability to implement a prudent process into their own investment practices as well as being able to assist others in implementing proper policies and procedures.

Armstrong is a financial advisor with Savant, a member of the Advisory Team, and has a membership interest in the firm. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the financial planning and investment process for Savant’s clients. Armstrong has been involved in the financial industry since 2005.

About Savant Capital Management

Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with nearly $6 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was the recipient of the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™, part of Schwab’s IMPACT Awards® program to recognize excellence in the business of independent financial advice. Savant has consistently received

other industry recognitions including recently being included on the Forbes top 200 financial advisors list, the Barron’s top 20 independent advisory firms list, being named the #9 rated RIA firm by Financial Planning magazine, and included in additional top advisors lists by Financial Advisor magazine and InvestmentNews.

Savant Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor. Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage Savant’s services and may include lists or rankings published by magazines and other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized advisor. Click here for more information about Savant or to view our Important Disclosures.

Savant Capital Management and its employees are independent of and are not employees or agents of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”). Schwab does not prepare, verify or endorse information distributed by Savant Capital Management. The Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™ is not an endorsement, testimonial endorsement, recommendation or referral to Savant Capital Management with respect to its investment advisory and other services.

Ambassadors Give Three Scholarships

On Thursday, May 24th, the recipients of the 2018 Stateline Scholarship were recognized and awarded $500 scholarships at a ceremonial breakfast held at Jessica’s Restaurant.  Headed by the Chamber Ambassadors, the funds are raised at chamber events for the benefit of area high school seniors.  Applicants are required to complete an application packet including a resume, essay, and letters of recommendation. The Ambassador Scholarship Board then has the pleasure of interviewing each applicant followed by the painstaking process of selecting the final recipients.

This year’s award winners are Joy Cross, Rebecca King, and Cole Skadeland.

The Ambassadors would like to acknowledge Toni Brown of Stepping Stones who sponsored a full $500.00 scholarship. Fund raising efforts will continue throughout this year as the Ambassadors’ goal is to increase the number of scholarships for the 2019 award ceremony.

Thank you to all who donate their time, effort and money to make these scholarships possible as a way to give back to the community.

Us Cellular Business After Hours

US Cellular had our very first Home/Business Security Workshop open to all Stateline Chamber members on May 10, 2018 at Louie’s Tap House in Roscoe, IL.  Our goal was to make our chamber members aware that US Cellular is more than just cell phones.  We have a vast array of Home/Business security and smart home products available to all.  Products such as Nest thermostat, Nest indoor and outdoor cameras, Ring Doorbell, Spartan  Camera, Google Home, Google mini and so much more.  We demonstrated how all of these devices can save the consumer money and protect their home and business.  A great time was had by all and we had great food and  refreshments on hand for all. We thank all the members who came out to check out our great products and invite everyone to stop in to our Machesney Park location for one on one hands on information or to simply use one of those 30% coupons that were handed out to everyone that came to the event!  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Awards Banquet Recap

The 2018 Awards Banquet was an amazing night for all who attended, as we celebrated a year of excellence while honoring a few of the great Chamber members that help make the Stateline amazing.

Approximately 130 people came in support of the Chamber and were entertained with music, great food, and a presentation by the Chamber about where we’ve been and where we are going. New Chamber President, Ryan Monette, recognized the Innagural Executive Board for their years of service, announcing that a plaque will be hung in the Chamber office in their honor.

We are incredibly proud of our award winners this year. They have shown a level of excellence in so many ways. Your award winners are:

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Louie’s Tap House – Taking over the old Clubhouse space, Louie’s opened to thunderous support. The Tap House offers the area’s largest offering of craft beers on tap in a great atmosphere. Plus, with a wonderful food menu, serving breakfast lunch and dinner in their Breakfast & Dining Room, they really make Roscoe that much better.

Other finalists were: 808 Cheesecake and RockTek Workspace

Community Service Award

Laura Baluch – As the Stateline Chamber’s inaugural President, Laura worked every day to ensure the Chamber’s future success. Her and her law firm, BSLBV, are longtime supports of the Chamber, offering volunteer time and strong financial support. She also volunteers with Stateline Baseball, Club Blue, American Heart Association, and the Rockford Women’s Cosmopolitan Club.

Other finalists were: Jeremy Jones and Anabel Toye

Pride of the Stateline Award

Hononegah Community High School – Ask anyone new to the area why they choose to move here, or why so many families stay here, and you will get the same answer – for the high-quality education their children receive at Hononegah. HCHS is constantly rated among the top districts in IL and the nation. The general sentiment is “as Hononegah goes – so goes the Stateline”.

Other finalists were: Dairyhaus and Taylor Company

Business of the Year

RockTek Workspace – In addition to housing dozens of established and start-up businesses, RockTek supplies meeting and entertainment space to the Chamber and other area organizations in it’s beautiful modern facility. The RockTek team truly is driven by growing business & community together.

Other finalists were: Kids Spot, Inc and Sugar Britches

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Lynn Gibson – When HCHS announced that Dr. Gibson was retiring, it came as no surprise that the community wondered who could possibly fill her shoes. She has been an amazing leader for the district, working with the community on plans that have developed HCHS into the beacon of pride we have today. We are indebted to her leadership and collaborative nature.

Other finalists were: Cyndy Fogarty and Marge Bauch

 

The Ambassador Club also awarded a long time Chamber member, ambassador, and business leader, Toni Brown with the Ambassador of the Year Award for her years of selfless service to the community.  The Board of Directors honored Tricia Diduch with the Member of the Year award for her contributions to the board and numerous chamber initiatives/events.

In addition to the wonderful work by Asst. Director, Karrah Bittner, we owe a big thank you to the volunteer planning committee that made the event possible: John Broda, Kat Cook, Eric Magnuson, Kelly Maier, and Ryan Rydell.