Laura Schwartz Live Podcast

Craig Hogan, Coldwell Banker Previews Luxury Director

Craig Hogan, Vice President of Luxury Markets for Coldwell Banker Previews, shares his powerful journey from growing up in the South to now residing in the South Loop. He was the first male Senior Sales Director for Mary Kay, an insurance broker and more before finding success in the luxury real estate market. Today, he uses his expertise to develop and enhance Coldwell Banker Previews luxury division and works with Coldwell Banker top-producing agents to provide them with the resources and connections they need to succeed in the luxury market. Craig’s attitude and ability to forge positive, powerful partnerships is to be admired. He is a leader in Chicago not only within the luxury real estate market but in the community as well.

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Ana Dutra, President and CEO of the Executives’ Club of Chicago

Ana Dutra discusses her path from Rio de Janeiro to becoming the first Latina President and CEO of the Executives’ Club of Chicago. The Executives’ Club of Chicago is America’s largest and oldest business member organization bringing together executives from throughout the USA and around the world to exchange ideas, learn and grow as they build their businesses to compete in a new dynamic global economy.

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Tom Carto, COO The Chicago Helicopter Experience

Tom Carto discusses the evolution of the Chicago Helicopter Experience (CHE).  This first of its kind experience in the city has been 3 years in the making and revolutionary in it’s impact on the tourism industry and the great city of Chicago.  Combining his talents of leadership, networking and finance, Tom has paved the way with CEO Trevor Heffernan to create more than just a tour but an absolute experience for tourists, the business traveler and Chicagoans alike. Tom highlights how his passion for an idea combined with solid groundwork and partnerships made the CHE a reality.  For more information on the Chicago Helicopter Experience and their new downtown heliport at 2420 South Halsted Street please visit:

Director of the Office of Illinois Tourism, Cory Jobe, talks about tourism’s economic and social impact in IL and National Tourism Week

In this special edition of the Laura Schwartz Live Podcast we speak with Cory Jobe, the Director of the Office of Illinois Tourism. In his role, Cory is responsible for leading the state’s tourism industry marketing and development efforts as he and his team work in collaboration with tourism professionals as they promote visitor travel both domestically and internationally, and help grow the tourism industry throughout the State of Illinois.

We discuss what tourism means to Illinois and every state in the USA as well as world capitals across the globe. Jobe also previews National Tourism week that runs May 3-9, 2015 – an initiative of the US Travel Association and how Illinois will be celebrating throughout the state this week and every week of the year! For more information check out

Theresa Mintle, President and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Theresa Mintle discusses her climb to becoming the 5th President and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce as with most of our endeavors these opportunities come at a moment we least expect it and many times when we are not looking at all. Theresa discusses who “Set Her Bar” along the way as we highlight the importance of mentoring as well as her “Eat, Drink & Succeed” moment at a fundraiser for former Mayor Daley. To wrap it up, Theresa gives us great insight to the value of joining the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce whether you are a party of one or many including their resources, opportunities and activities to be involved and grow your ideas into reality. For more information on the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce please visit: