Meet Carolyn Quinn, President at Pike Systems Inc.

Get to know Carolyn, a new member of EFBC!

Pike Systems Inc.
Founded: 1985
Location: Montgomery, IL

  1. Tell us about your background & career leading up to where you are now?

I attended Babson College, a specialized institution focusing solely on business education, where approximately 25% of students come from family businesses, creating a unique environment. During my time there, my team and I initiated a business venture that, although ultimately dissolved, provided valuable insights and experiences. We donated all profits to a charity of our choice, reflecting our commitment to social responsibility.

Throughout my college years, I participated in numerous consulting projects for various companies, fostering a strong business-oriented mindset. Following graduation, I joined Goldman Sachs, where I worked on the equity derivatives trading floor in New York City.

However, my desire to return home eventually led me to reconsider my career path. Instead of transferring within Goldman Sachs, I approached my father about returning to work at Pike Systems – our family business. After careful consideration, I made the choice to return.

Initially, my role primarily involved marketing and sales support, but over time, I transitioned into a more sales-focused position, eventually managing my own sales territory. For the majority of my tenure leading up to purchasing the business, I focused on outside sales. Now, as the owner of the Pike Systems for six years, I remain deeply committed to its continued growth and success.

  1. What do you like the most about what you’re doing right now?

I really enjoy the variety of challenges that come with my current role. As a business owner, there’s always something new to tackle, which keeps things interesting. Whether it’s solving problems or adapting to changes in the economy, there’s never a dull moment.

  1. How did you first hear about EBC?

I first heard about EFBC through an email event invitation, which was quite a while ago, maybe over five years back, if not longer. My dad had just retired, and we attended the EFBC event together that was held at Loyola. It was a movie viewing event showcasing a business owner’s journey in South America. It turned out to be a memorable family bonding experience. At that time, I wasn’t ready to join.

It wasn’t until I crossed paths with another EFBC member, Bob Stahurski. Bob invited me as his guest to the Summer Social & Leadership Award event last August, and it was an amazing experience. At the event, I had the pleasure of meeting the two siblings who are the 4th generation of Italian Village owners. A group of us ended up going to dinner at Italian Village that evening.  The event was filled with such vibrant and engaging people, and it truly left a lasting impression on me.

  1. What motivated you to join EFBC?

I joined EFBC (Entrepreneurs and Founders Business Club) for its robust in-person events and networking opportunities. The diverse membership, spanning various industries and sizes, offers unique perspectives and collaborations. Being Chicago-based, EFBC connects me to the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Despite its premium offerings, EFBC remains affordable, making it an invaluable resource for my professional growth.

  1. What do you hope to gain from your membership?

I’m primarily looking to expand my professional network and connect with like-minded individuals in the business community. Building relationships and fostering connections with other members is my top priority at the moment.

A great example of the value I seek from my membership was the recent NIL Fireside Chat event. It wasn’t a topic I was particularly familiar with, but I made a commitment to myself to be more involved and attend more networking events. Leaving the event, I found myself engaged in conversations about a topic that was entirely new to me. It was an eye-opening experience to learn and connect with fellow members, even on topics outside of my usual interests, which I hope to continue experiencing through my membership with EFBC

  1. Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself or your business?

Pike Systems, Inc. specializes in janitorial and sanitation supplies, providing cutting-edge solutions for facility management. Their product range, including cleaning chemicals and equipment, enhances cleanliness and operational efficiency. Committed to sustainability, Pike Systems delivers personalized services for a healthier workplace. Visit Pike Systems Inc. for innovative facility solutions.

Join us in welcoming Carolyn Quinn to the EFBC community! Members can log in and connect with Carolyn via the EFBC Member Directory.