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Chicago Breakfast | What Private Company Director Should Know about Personal Liability, Risk, & D&O

Wednesday, November 01, 2017
07:30 AM - 09:30 AM CST
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP
30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 3000
Chicago, IL 60602


Please join the Private Directors Association in Chicago on November 1st for a panelist discussion on the topic “What Every Private Company Director Should Know about Personal Liability, Risk, and D&O”. 


Shepherd G. Pryor IV
Managing Director Board Resources

TeamWork Technologies

Shep Pryor, is a corporate director, author, expert witness, and consultant. Formerly SVP Deputy Group Head/Corporate Banking, Wells Fargo Bank, he has served on the boards of 11 corporations and three non-profits, including financial institutions, retailers, manufacturers, and service companies. Shep is Chairman of the Board of Ulteig Engineers, Inc, an engineering firm headquartered in Fargo, ND. He is also Chairman of the Board of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc., a manufacturer of flavor extracts, headquartered in Waukegan, IL. He currently chairs the audit committee of the board of Devon Bank, a community bank in Chicago. He formerly chaired the Audit and Corporate Governance committees of Taylor Capital Group, the holding company for Cole Taylor Bank. Shep is a veteran of over 30 assignments as an expert witness on the practices of lenders and corporate directors, and he taught finance at Keller Graduate School of Management for over 18 years. He is the co-author of two books: Building Value through, Risk Assessment, and Renewal, and The Private Equity Edge. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and an AB (cum laude) in Economics from Princeton University.

Jason Betke
Account Executive
Lockton Companies

Jason is an Account Executive in the Financial Services practice who is committed to providing the best service in the industry to his clients. Jason is responsible for the marketing and servicing of client accounts in conjunction with the Lockton Chicago office, including many manufacturing, technology, retail and, financial services companies. He works directly with clients to establish strategy, pricing, and program structures based upon an understanding of the current market trends and recent litigation. Jason negotiates with underwriters’ proposed terms, conditions, and pricing for Executive Liability and Professional Liability. Jason joined Lockton from a Chicago law firm, where he was a member of the firm’s healthcare practice group. As a member of the healthcare practice group, Jason advised clients on data privacy laws and regulations. He also has experience assisting corporations in corporate governance and transactions. In addition to his legal experience, Jason has five years of combined Executive Liability experience as a broker and underwriter. Jason has his BA from Clarke College and earned his J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law.

Henry C. Krasnow
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP

For over 50 years Henry Krasnow has worked with entrepreneurial family and privately-held businesses to develop strategies to solve their business/legal problems by focusing on the risks, costs and impact on profitability of the available alternatives. Henry’s broad range of experience includes representations involving minority shareholder rights, governance structures, succession planning and shareowner disputes, real estate development, leasing, sales and acquisitions, sales and purchases of businesses, banking transactions, employment disputes and discrimination claims, intellectual property (copyright, trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition), civil trial and appellate litigation, arbitration and mediation of business disputes, and debt restructuring. Henry received his A.B. from University of Michigan and his J.D. from University of Chicago Law School.


Mark Van Grinsven
Retired Executive Vice President
Northern Trust Corporation

Mark Van Grinsven retired as an Executive Vice President of Northern Trust after an extensive and varied financial services career. Starting with a range of corporate banking roles, including large corporate, middle market and commercial real estate, Mark moved into Northern’s institutional asset servicing and asset management businesses. That period included five years as the region executive for Europe/Africa/Middle East. Returning to the Chicago head office, Mark took on a risk management role and then assumed responsibility for the firm’s global securities finance business. He concluded his Northern career as Chief Credit Officer for the corporation, responsible for managing credit risk globally for all lending, trading, and money market exposures. Mark served on a range of Northern Trust and industry-related boards, is currently a Director of Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund and was a Trustee of Roosevelt University from 2006-16. Since his retirement from Northern, Mark has embarked on second career at Civic Consulting Alliance, applying his business skills to the needs of public sector entities in the Chicagoland area. Mark earned his BBA in Finance (summa cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame and received an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

William Hass
Teamwork Technologies Inc.

Bill Hass, CTP, is CEO of TeamWork Technologies, Inc. Bill is an experienced facilitator and strategic thinker/advisor. He is a director of Mperial Asset Management and served as community leader for the Center for Corporate Financial Leadership, a consortium of CPA societies in eight Midwestern states. He is a past Chairman of the Turnaround Management Association (9,000 members) and a former corporate consulting partner and practice leader of the Midwest Strategic Services Group of Ernst & Young. Bill is a member of the Turnaround Hall of Fame and one of approximately 300 Certified Turnaround Professionals in the United States. Bill was named "Educator of the Year" in 2002 and 2003 by the Chicago Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association. He has reviewed and assessed over 100 business plans, conducted numerous strategic portfolio reviews and been a leading professional advisor in value building in a wide variety of industries. Bill conducts workshops on value-building, ethics and decision support for the Illinois CPA Society and other groups. He is Vice President and a founder of the Private Directors Association. Bill received his MBA in Finance from the University Chicago Booth School of Business and has an undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Illinois Chicago.

Thank you to our host, Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP!