Welcome!

Microservices Expo Authors: Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Stackify Blog, Andreas Grabner

News Feed Item

Tech Entrepreneur Michael W. Ferro, Jr. Named Co-Chairman of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center's Board of Directors

Founder and CEO of Click Commerce, Inc. Replaces Outgoing Co-Chairman Andrew McKenna, Jr.

CHICAGO, July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) announced today that Michael W. Ferro, Jr., founder and CEO of Click Commerce, Inc., has been named the CEC's new co-chairman. He joins co-chairman James O'Connor Jr., vice president of Motorola, to lead the CEC's board of directors. Mr. Ferro replaces outgoing co-chairman Andrew McKenna, Jr., president of Schwarz Paper.

"I am extremely proud to be named co-chair of the CEC and honored to follow in the footsteps of Mr. McKenna," said Ferro. "Creating and building a successful company requires passion, hard work, and a desire to make a difference. I am looking forward to helping area entrepreneurs realize their dreams of owning a prosperous business."

Since its founding in 1999, the CEC has experienced tremendous growth, including a 300 percent increase in budget and 100 percent increase in staff. Last year, the CEC served 1,200 entrepreneurs through consulting services, workshops and programs, and was responsible for nearly $30 million in new contracts. The CEC created 125 new jobs through its efforts, retained another 250 positions, and was responsible for more than $7 million in financing for its clients.

"The CEC is at a pivotal stage in its growth, and Michael Ferro, a seasoned and successful entrepreneur, has the experience and know-how to help our organization make an even greater impact on the Chicagoland economy," said David Weinstein, CEC president. "Michael has lived and worked through the issues that our clients face on a daily basis and has a strong connection with the Chicagoland business community. Click Commerce and the other entrepreneurial ventures he has led throughout his career have enjoyed great success, and the CEC looks forward to benefiting from his strong leadership."

Mr. Ferro was 28 years old when he started Click Commerce, and as CEO, he is responsible for the strategic direction and vision of the company. In the last nine years, he has led the Company from a small start-up to a financially strong, technologically competitive, multi-million dollar company that is positioned for future growth. Click Commerce's current standing as a profitable technology company is testament to Mr. Ferro's entrepreneurial spirit, conviction, and his ability to guide a business through tough economic times.

Mr. Ferro is frequently recognized for his professional achievements and community activism. He has been awarded the CEO National Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Holocaust Memorial Foundation. Mr. Ferro has also received the KPMG Illinois High Tech Award and was listed as one of the top "40 Under 40" business leaders by Crain's Chicago Business. In addition to serving as Chairman and CEO of Click Commerce, Mr. Ferro is a director on the Board of Trustees at the Museum of Science and Industry, The Field Museum and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and serves on the boards of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation, Big Shoulders Foundation, After School Matters, and the Illinois Math and Science Academy. He is a board member and current vice chairman of the Economics Club of Chicago and a board member of the Executive's Club of Chicago. Mr. Ferro is also a member of the Young Professionals Organization (YPO) and The Commercial Club of Chicago. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois.

About The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center

The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) is a nonprofit affiliate of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. It seeks to make a perceptible and lasting economic impact on the Chicagoland region by helping entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses build viable, sustainable, and profitable enterprises. The CEC is the city and surrounding area's best connected, most resourceful, and fastest growing organization that works with entrepreneurs to create and sustain opportunities for business success, job growth, and profitability.

About Click Commerce

Click Commerce, Inc. provides collaborative commerce solutions for sales and order management, supply chain management, service parts optimization, and compliance automation. Enterprises and institutions in the aerospace and defense, consumer product, distribution, financial services, higher education and health care, manufacturing, retail, telecom, and transportation industries utilize the Company's solutions. Click Commerce enables corporations such as Abbott Labs, Alaska Airlines, BAE Systems, Carrier, Cisco, Citibank, Dell, Delphi, Eastman Kodak, FedEx, Hewlett Packard, Home Shopping Network, Honda, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Pier 1, Ryder, Samsung, SBC Communications, Tellabs, Verizon, and Xerox, to coordinate and optimize business processes, accelerate revenue, lower costs, and improve customer service. Five of the top 10 research institutions in North America, including Johns Hopkins, University of Washington, and the University of Michigan, use the Company's compliance automation software to automate their regulatory compliance processes and manage research project approvals. More information can be found at http://www.clickcommerce.com/ .

The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center

CONTACT: Stephen Steim of Jasculca-Terman and Associates,
+1-312-573-5459, [email protected] , or Nellie Greely of Click Commerce,
Inc., +1-312-377-3944, [email protected]

Web site: http://www.clickcommerce.com/

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Microservices Articles
Is advanced scheduling in Kubernetes achievable?Yes, however, how do you properly accommodate every real-life scenario that a Kubernetes user might encounter? How do you leverage advanced scheduling techniques to shape and describe each scenario in easy-to-use rules and configurations? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Oleg Chunikhin, CTO at Kublr, answered these questions and demonstrated techniques for implementing advanced scheduling. For example, using spot instances and co...
Skeuomorphism usually means retaining existing design cues in something new that doesn’t actually need them. However, the concept of skeuomorphism can be thought of as relating more broadly to applying existing patterns to new technologies that, in fact, cry out for new approaches. In his session at DevOps Summit, Gordon Haff, Senior Cloud Strategy Marketing and Evangelism Manager at Red Hat, discussed why containers should be paired with new architectural practices such as microservices rathe...
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Mike Johnston, an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io, will discuss how to use Kubernetes to setup a SaaS infrastructure for your business. Mike Johnston is an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io with over 12 years of experience designing, deploying, and maintaining server and workstation infrastructure at all scales. He has experience with brick and mortar data centers as well as cloud providers like Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services, and Rackspace....
SYS-CON Events announced today the Kubernetes and Google Container Engine Workshop, being held November 3, 2016, in conjunction with @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. This workshop led by Sebastian Scheele introduces participants to Kubernetes and Google Container Engine (GKE). Through a combination of instructor-led presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on labs, students learn the key concepts and practices for deploying and maintainin...
Docker is sweeping across startups and enterprises alike, changing the way we build and ship applications. It's the most prominent and widely known software container platform, and it's particularly useful for eliminating common challenges when collaborating on code (like the "it works on my machine" phenomenon that most devs know all too well). With Docker, you can run and manage apps side-by-side - in isolated containers - resulting in better compute density. It's something that many developer...
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the bene...
As software becomes more and more complex, we, as software developers, have been splitting up our code into smaller and smaller components. This is also true for the environment in which we run our code: going from bare metal, to VMs to the modern-day Cloud Native world of containers, schedulers and micro services. While we have figured out how to run containerized applications in the cloud using schedulers, we've yet to come up with a good solution to bridge the gap between getting your contain...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
DevOps is speeding towards the IT world like a freight train and the hype around it is deafening. There is no reason to be afraid of this change as it is the natural reaction to the agile movement that revolutionized development just a few years ago. By definition, DevOps is the natural alignment of IT performance to business profitability. The relevance of this has yet to be quantified but it has been suggested that the route to the CEO’s chair will come from the IT leaders that successfully ma...
Skeuomorphism usually means retaining existing design cues in something new that doesn’t actually need them. However, the concept of skeuomorphism can be thought of as relating more broadly to applying existing patterns to new technologies that, in fact, cry out for new approaches. In his session at DevOps Summit, Gordon Haff, Senior Cloud Strategy Marketing and Evangelism Manager at Red Hat, will discuss why containers should be paired with new architectural practices such as microservices ra...