Skip Navigation LinksNews > Best Places to Work Conference

Best Places to Work Conference
Above: View of the Hotel Chicago Downtown, the venue
for the Counselor Best Places to Work Conference
in beautiful Chicago, IL.

Counselor Best Places to Work
Friday, July 18, 2014
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hotel Chicago Downtown
Chicago, IL

Discover the best ways to create a positive and inspiring work environment at the new Counselor Best Places to Work Conference. Our action-packed agenda includes interactive sessions and entertaining activities centered on communication in the workplace, motivating sales reps, the keys to building high-performing cultures and more!


  • Venue
  • Agenda
  • Travel
  • Speakers/Panel
  • 2013 Yearbook


Hotel Chicago Downtown - Autograph Collection
Chicago, IL
Friday, July 18, 2014, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Counselor® Best Places to Work Conference

Location: Hotel Chicago Downtown - Autograph Collection, Chicago, IL


7:00 p.m. Cocktail reception
8:30 p.m. Counselor Best Places to Work Awards Reception

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014

8:30 a.m. Breakfast

Morning Sessions (9:15 a.m. - Noon)
Welcome by Tim Andrews
Perks vs. Salary Increases: Which Packs a Bigger Punch?
Fit Employees & Free Clinics = Reduced Health Care Premiums
How I'm Handling Skyrocketing Health Care Costs
Transforming Your Culture Into a Best Place to Work
Empower Employees to Win Six-Figure Deals
The Business Case for an Office Makeover
How to Smartly Manage Growth (and Reduce Employee Stress)

Networking Lunch (Noon - 1:30 p.m.)

Afternoon Sessions (1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.)
Market Your Culture to New Hires
Integrate Training into Your Corporate Culture
Use Technology as a Motivator
Maintain a Family Atmosphere in the Face of Growth
How Healthy Competition Can Instantly Boost Productivity
My #1 Secret to Reducing Employee Turnover
Happy Hour as a Client Retention Tool


Book Hotel Online

Click here to make online reservations.

Travel Arrangements

When booking flight arrangements, please arrange for arrival in time for the first session which starts at 7 a.m. You can fly into either the Chicago Midaway Airport or Chicago O'Hare Airport.

Directions from the Chicago Midway Airport:

  • Head south on S Cicero Ave.
  • Make a uturn at W 59th St.
  • Turn right onto the Interstate 55 N/ Stevenson Expy ramp to Chicago.
  • Merge onto I-55 N/ Stevenson Expy.
  • Take exit 292A to merge onto I-90W/I-94 W toward W Ryan Expy/Wisconsin.
  • Take exit 51H for I-290 W toward W Eisenhower Expy/W Suburbs.
  • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Congress Parkway/Chicago Loop and merge onto I-290 E.
  • Continue onto W Congress Pkwy.
  • Turn left onto S. Dearborn St, destination will be on the right.

Directions from the Chicago O'Hare Airport:

  • Head northeast on Arrivals/Lower Level T3 St.
  • Take the ramp onto I-190 E.
  • Merge onto I-90 E.
  • Take exit 50B toward Ohio St E.
  • Merge onto W Ohio St.
  • Turn right onto N Lasalle St.
  • Turn left onto W Upper Wacker Drive.
  • Turn left onto N Dearborn St - hotel will be on the right.


Teki Hall, President & CEO New Clients

Teki Hall is president/CEO for New Clients, a fast-growing distributorship based in Richmond, VA. With more than 27 years of experience in the retail, technology and promotional products industries, she oversees all operations for New Clients and manages supplier contracts, rebates and special pricing pricing.

Teki Hall

Jeff Hall
Jeff Hall, EVP of Sales/Business Development New Clients

Jeff Hall is EVP of Sales/Business Development for New Clients, a fast-growing distributorship based in Richmond, VA. With more than 37 years of experience within the healthcare marketing and retail financial services industries, he oversees all aspects of New Clients’ sales, including business development and strategic growth initiatives.

Jim Malkus, President & CEO Indoff

Jim Malkus is president and CEO of Indoff, which has more than 400 salespeople throughout the country. He helps cultivate a team atmosphere among the 40 employees at company’s head office together through spirited competitions and cookouts.

Jim Malkus

David Woods
David Woods, President & CEO AIA Corporation

David Woods is the president and CEO of AIA Corporation. He has spent most of his career guiding the profitable development of start-up and fast-growing companies. Under his leadership, AIA has landed a recurring spot on the Counselor Best Places to Work list.

Tom Havens, President Catalyst Marketing

Tom Havens is the president and founder of Catalyst Marketing, a Seattle-based distributor that is a perennial member of Counselor's Best Places to Work list. Catalyst thrives on an open and creative culture that Tom has worked to cultivate at his fast-growing company.

Tom Havens

Chuck Fandos
Chuck Fandos, President Gateway CDI

Chuck Fandos is president of Gateway CDI, whose company develops, promotes and sells programs to some of the largest multinational corporations in the world. Chuck strives to create an entrepreneurial atmosphere at Gateway where employees go out of their way to service clients and win new business.

Jim Martin, President Kolder, Inc.

Jim Martin is president of Kolder, Inc., which is the parent company of NUMO. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and has been in the industry for 15 years with a background in manufacturing, finance, and accounting. He recently hired a fitness trainer, “Stella,” to whip his employees into shape.

Jim Martin

Dan Taylor
Dan Taylor, CEO BamBams

Dan Taylor, founder and CEO of supplier firm BamBams, runs a creative company that thrives on unique and fun products, as well as a culture of customer service. Taylor was named Counselor's Supplier Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012.

Jason Lauritsen, Director Best Places to Work
program for Quantum Workplace

Jason Lauritsen is the director of Best Places to Work program for Quantum Workplace and co-author of the book, Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships. Described as “a corporate executive gone rogue,” Lauritsen challenges people to think differently about talent in the workplace.

Jason Lauritsen

2013 Yearbook

Sponsored By:
Sponsored By: