The FENG Chicago (Downtown), IL Chapter

Next Meeting


08/09/2018 – 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM (Reserve a spot at this event)


560 West Washington Blvd., Suite 230
Chicago, IL 60661


The Worst Business Model in the World: A New Kind of Guide for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

Whether or not you see yourself as an ‘entrepreneur,’ in this day and age, we all have ownership over our careers like never before. Writer and entrepreneur Danny Schuman’s new book The Worst Business Model in the World: A New Kind of Guide for a New Kind of Entrepreneur offers the theory that whether you’re an entrepreneur or not, it should all start with solving problems and creating ideas. Those are the things that lead to a more informed and more satisfied life, which ultimately lead to a more productive and profitable life. In this interactive session, Danny presents and workshops three simple steps from the book that can help you achieve the kind of success that fills your wallet and feeds your soul.

Schuman is the President and Head Twister at Twist, a marketing consultancy in Chicago. Twist works with brands ranging from small non-profits to Fortune 100 companies, helping them develop successful brand strategy, focus their message, and achieve maximum impact through superior ideas and execution.
At his heart Danny is a writer and entrepreneur. His book The Worst Business Model in the World: A New Kind of Guide for a New Kind of Entrepreneur helps people who aren’t naturally born entrepreneurs find success on their own paths. He mentors and workshops at the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University and at the Polsky Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago, as well as 2112, 1871, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Before founding Twist, Danny wrote and creative directed marketing campaigns that helped build iconic brands like Quaker Oatmeal, Coors Light, and Gatorade. He and Michael Jordan started working on Gatorade on the same day. Michael called Danny “Peanut Butter Jelly Boy,” but that’s a story for another time.

Event Details

* 730a-800a - Informal networking
* 800a-810a - Opening remarks/housekeeping
* 810a-930a - Formal presentation
* 930a-1025a - Structured networking
* 1025a-1030a - Closing remarks

Additional Info:

(1) Business Casual attire is appropriate.
(2) Host is providing beverages and snacks as well as name tags (be sure to thank our gracious hosts!).
(3) Parking –The train is the best option as the meeting location within blocks of Ogilvie and Union Stations. There are two parking lots near the offices: Presidential Towers garage – located on Madison and Jefferson or an open lot at Washington and Des Plaines.
(4) Suggested donation: $0.00 (again, be sure to thank our gracious hosts!).
(5) Bring 35-40 copies of your resume/handbill.
(6) RSVP deadline is Monday, August 7, 2018 at Noon CT.

Please Register:

Members login: this will take you to your personal home page. Check box for this event.

Guests of members are welcome. Register on this link:

Also, please email Steve.

Alumni members are encouraged to attend this meeting and participate in the discussion - it is a great way to give back to the group, and to maintain and build your network.

We hope to see you at the FENG meeting. If you have any questions please contact:

Downtown Chicago Sub-Chapter Chairs:

Steve Eschbach
(312) 550-9965

Matt Oey
(312) 255-1887


About the Chicago (Downtown), IL Chapter

The overall Chicagoland area membership has nearly 3,000 members with more than half on the Alumni list (meaning -- employed or they have landed and are with a new employer).

Meetings are held in downtown Chicago. Watch the newsletter or announcements for meeting details.

Chapter Leadership

Matt Oey
(312) 255-1887
Senior finance executive with prior experience as CFO for InterDelta Corporation and PRT Bentoel, consumer product manufacturing companies in South East Asia. Currently a consultant specializing in process flow, risk analysis, business strategy, including Asia Pacific business development, and operations optimization. Target small medium enterprises (SME's) having an international focus.

Mr. Oey a CPA in Illinois, has a BS Engineering with a concentration in Biotechnology from the Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania.
Steve Eschbach
(312) 550-9965
Steven P. Eschbach, CFA, is the Principal & Founding Member of his independent consulting company, Eschbach & Associates, LLC. This Illinois-based firm is a continuation of the Connecticut-based firm he established in 2006, where he advised clients on various investor relations programs and appeared as a financial expert witness in utility rate cases for the State of Connecticut.

Most recently, Steve was the Vice President - Investor Relations for Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:TEG), a $5.5 billion market cap holding company of five Midwestern utilities in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota, from 2007 to 2015. Integrys was acquired by Wisconsin Energy Corporation, and he departed the company upon the close of the merger transaction in June 2015.

Steve has held the lead investor relations role for several technology and energy companies such as FuelCell Energy, Inc., RMI.NET, Inc., Kinder Morgan, Inc., and Yankee Energy System, Inc. Prior to his investor relations roles at these companies, he was an expert financial witness in public utility rate cases for the State of Connecticut where he prepared and defended testimony in over a dozen proceedings on financial issues such as rate of return on rate base, return on equity, capital structure and other accounting topics.

Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut (1980), and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Hartford (1985). He attained his CFA Charter designation in 1989 and is an active member of a number of advisory committees of the CFA Chicago Society.

Steve has been a member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) since 1997 and is a past President of its Rocky Mountain (2001) and Connecticut/Westchester (2005-2007) chapters, and a former board member of the NIRI-Chicago chapter (2008-2013). He currently is a member of the NIRI-Senior Roundtable since 2013. Steve is the Co-Chair of The Financial Executives Networking Group’s Downtown Chicago Chapter. He is also a co-leader of the Career Transition Ministry of St. Raphael’s Parish and a current board member of the Knoch Knolls Homeowners Association, both in Naperville, IL. Steve also was a strategic advisor to the Sacred Heart Parish Pastoral Council in Southbury, Connecticut, and a voting board member of the Town of Southbury Pension and Investment Advisory Committee.

Future Meetings

07:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Parker + Lynch
200 South Michigan Avenue, 8th Floor
Chicago, IL

07:30 AM to 10:30 AM
The Addison Group
125 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2700
Chicago, IL 60606

07:30 AM to 10:30 AM
560 West Washington Blvd., Suite 230
Chicago, IL 60661

For Meeting Information, Please Contact:
Steve Eschbach
(312) 550-9965