President’s Letter: Spring has Sprung!

Things are starting to warm up, the smell in the air is fresher, and Spring is about to kick off. I love spring. Springtime reenergizes me about business and life. Although the economic outlook is seemingly volatile for the near future, I am trying to remain optimistic, and the change in weather is definitely helping. Baseball and other seasonal sports are starting back up, the NCAA brackets are in full swing, and golf is back on the local menu. Of course, my kids are getting anxious to be closer to summer break and I too will be happy to put winter behind me.

As the clock “springs forward” this season, my wife, Annette, and I have a few trips coming up to the Southwest that we’re looking forward to taking. We’re stoked for the multiple opportunities to travel together again, because like many others, we haven’t taken a real trip in a while. I’m excited to be with the whole family for my sister, Kerra’s wedding in Scottsdale next month, and then we’re off to try our luck in Vegas with my dad the following month. The opportunity to be back to traveling is slowly feeling like a return to semi-normalcy. Again, it’s slow, but I’ll take it!

We have some really solid events this Spring, and I am fired up to see our members and engage with our community once again, face-to-face. On 3/23, a Wealth Management panel and Annual Leadership award is being held at Elements in Naperville. The award is celebrating my predecessor, Nirel Inman, who served on the EFBC Board of Directors for four years. I’m also looking forward to making up for lost time and celebrating our extraordinary organization at our >25 Gala Celebration on May 7th. We’re ecstatic to finally celebrate our members

Plenty of additional programming and content coming up. It’s my hope to see as many of you as possible as we continue to add more educational opportunities. Please keep in mind any of your business associates, internal or external, that might benefit in attending these upcoming events. Spread the EFBC word!

Neil O’Donnell
VP of Business Development, Progressive Industries
EFBC President 2021-2022