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Team TAB Chicago

Team TAB Chicago

TAB Chicago is a team of seasoned business professionals who are passionate about helping other business owners be more successful.  We have experienced in all aspects of starting, growing and selling companies aligning the owner’s business goals with their personal goals.  To learn more about the TAB Facilitator in your area, read below. For more information on how to become a member, please use the Learn More button to get in touch with us.

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TAB Chicago – West Suburban
Phone: 847-251-4881

Bruce Caris – West Suburban

Bruce Caris spent over 25 years managing companies from start-ups to over $175 million in revenues. He has been responsible for all aspects of company functions through both good and bad times and has brought that knowledge and skill set to work directly with business owners in helping them be more successful.

Bruce has successfully managed companies through a spin-off, post-merger consolidations, a start-up, and various potential merger candidate evaluations. In each of these positions the common thread has been a company that needed, or had just gone through, major organizational change. Bruce’s role has been to identify the needed changes, implement them and then live with his decisions. In these roles he has successfully managed all functions of a business.

As a business owner and coach, Bruce has spent more than 13 years working directly with over 100 business owners. Bruce’s coaching clients are owners of companies in a wide variety of industries, including service, manufacturing, construction, sales and distribution, IT, etc. Bruce has found the keys to helping business owners be more successful is by helping them make better decisions, being held accountable for taking focused action and making sure they have the right people in the right positions.

Through The Alternative Board (TAB Chicago)and The Euclid Group, Bruce has implemented these precepts to help business owners; successfully respond to major issues of strategic focus, selling a company, succession planning, marketing and sales strategies and management team development.

Bruce holds an MBA from the University of Chicago

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TAB Chicago - North Suburban
Phone: 847-922-3340

Michael Brown – North Suburban

Michael Brown is President and Founder of ML Brown & Associates, a management consulting firm based in Hawthorn Woods, IL, and Chief Executive of The Alternative Board, Chicago North. He has more than thirty-five years experience leading both entrepreneurial and large corporations and now focuses on helping CEOs,presidents, owners and partners of privately held firms make better business and personal decisions. This is accomplished through sales, marketing and management consulting, pre- and post-employment talent management assessments, executive coaching and facilitating peer boards of business owners.

In 1999 Brown founded The Alternative Board TAB® in the northern suburbs of Chicago. TAB is a selective, by-invitation-only, membership organization made up of presidents, CEOs, and owners who meet monthly in small structured boards to improve the profitability of their companies through the accountability of a board of directors. Brown also is active in helping companies hire and retain employees. He is a Certified Professional Values Analyst, Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst,Certified Attribute Analyst, Certified Professional Strategic Business Leadership® Coach and Certified One Page Planning® Consultant.

Prior to starting ML Brown & Associates, as vice-president, he lead marketing and planning at a $200 million, 1,200 employee division of Emerson Electric, then an $8.5 billion corporation. He has also served in market management and sales roles for Allen Bradley, a company focused on automation systems for the factory floor.
Mr. Brown’s education includes a BME from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology and an MBA from Rutgers University.

Active in his community, Brown is the co-founder and president of Straight Talk, a not-for-profit corporation serving men in the marketplace. He is an elder in his church and has also served on the church deacon board and the Young Life, Lake Forest committee.

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TAB Chicago – Downtown
Phone: 847-892-4155

Paul Detlefs – Downtown

Paul Detlefs is the founder and President of The Prestwick Group, a consulting firm serving small businesses in the Chicago area. He is a former Partner with Accenture (24 years), where he led their Middle Market consulting practice in Chicago.

During his career he has worked with over 100 small and mid-sized businesses in manufacturing, distribution, construction and various service industries. His focus is on helping organizations measurably improve their value through supply chain performance, improved financial management, and the strategic use of information technology.

Paul is a CPA, is certified at the Fellow level by APICS, and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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TAB Chicago – Southwest Suburban Chicago Area
Phone: 847-386-8822

Jack Elson – Southwest Suburban Chicago Area

Jack Elson is President/CEO of J. Elson Co. and a Certified TAB Coach/Facilitator in the southwest Chicago suburbs. With over 35 years of business experience that includes fortune 500 manufacturing companies, retail, state government, and higher education, Jack has held key management positions in engineering, pricing, accounting, sales, marketing, and finance. He specializes in organizational development such as management decision making, process improvement, and team effectiveness, as well as strategic planning and implementation. His experience in the family auto dealership provides in depth understanding of small business issues and dynamics. Jack also earned his PhD in Industrial Engineering from The Ohio State University and has taught both engineering and business at the graduate level at top universities and currently holds a professorship at Trident University International.

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