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Hidden Gems – Cool Venue

The speakers and location for Hidden Gems has not yet been revealed, but save the date for one of the best events of the year!

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EA Breakfast – Bob Hurwitz, Serial Entrepreneur

Mr. Robert Hurwitz is the Co-Founder and General Partner of Coral Group. Previously, he was the Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of OfficeMax. During his tenure at Office Max, Mr. Hurwitz directed the acquisition of three companies and successfully led the company’s merger with Kmart. He is a Member of the Advisory Committee at Edgewater Capital Partners.

Mr. Hurwitz currently serves as a Board Advisor to several early stage companies. He was elected a Director of the Company in May 1999. In November 1999, Mr. Hurwitz was appointed the Chairman of the Board. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Chairman and Co-Founder of HomePlace Stores, Inc. Prior to this, Mr. Hurwitz was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at HomePlace Holdings, Inc. From 1998 to 1994, he was the Chairman and the Co-Founder of OfficeMax, Inc. Prior to 1988, Mr. Hurwitz served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Professional Housewares Distributors, Inc., which he co-founded in 1977. He is active in several charitable foundations as either a trustee or Board Member. Mr. Hurwitz is a graduate from the Bernard Baruch School of Business, City University, New York.

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EA Breakfast – Jeff Kadlic, Evolution Capital Partners

Jeffrey Kadlic spent the first 10 years of his career making private investments in an institutional setting.  Early success was achieved in large part to an entrepreneurial mindset within a corporate culture.  While practicing as an institutional investor, working in and around dynamic small businesses, he recognized that growing small businesses needed more than just an influx of cash to scale operations.  Leveraging corporate practices within an entrepreneurial setting, in addition to the capital, was the best way to achieve great performance.

Connected by their passion for growing small companies, in 2005, he and partner, Brendan Anderson, co-founded Evolution Capital Partners, focused exclusively on advising and investing growth capital in Second Stage Companies.

Jeffrey also co-hosts The Second Stage, a weekly online radio program serving the entrepreneurial community as a forum to exchange ideas and best practices, with his partner Brendan Anderson.

Jeff enjoys being spending time with his family, being physically active, playing golf and reading a good book.  Jeff is also very active with the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, a non-profit that conserves a natural area, connects people with nature and inspires environmental stewardship.  He lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio with his entrepreneurial wife, three sons, one daughter, and a vicious Maltese named Peanut.

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