Phillip Coover ’04 interviews Bill “BB” Barry ’77 on “Real Estate for Breakfast” podcast

Check out Phillip Coover’s ’04 latest “Real Estate for Breakfast” podcast. His guest is Bill “BB” Barry ’77. Very interesting, entertaining and valuable interview focused on Bill’s 29 years of experience financing commercial real estate – over $25 Billion worth!! – Here’s a link to download.  Be sure to give them a great rating on iTunes!!

Link to the Real Estate for Breakfast main page and all of Phil’s interviews.

5th Annual 2018 Tau Madness NCAA BBall Tourney challenge

Bill Barry ’77 presents “Tau Madness” trophy to 2014 winner Frank Kulze ’75

Enter the 5nd Annual 2018 “Tau Madness” NCAA Basketball Tourney Pool today!!

  • Test your NCAA basketball tourney picking skills against Gamma Zetas of all ages and around the world.
  • Make a $100 donation (we’re splitting the pot 50/50) between the pool winners and Feed My Starving Children, the undergrads’ “Signature” charity.
  • Take a chance of winning a great pot
  • Maybe get your name on a very cool trophy which will be displayed forever in the chapter house that you can show off to your children and grandchildren in the years to come!!
  • Most importantly earn bragging rights over Gamma Zeta brothers young and old!

Here are the rules.

  1. Make a $100 Donation for each entry by completing the form below.  You may submit multiple entries.  Just be sure to donate $100 for each entry.
  2. You’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions to register and enter your picks with our pool manager  (Note that you can set up your username and password now but will not be able to make your picks until after the final brackets are announced on “Selection Sunday” March 11.

You must make your donation and register and make your picks before the entry deadline of March 15 12:15 PM ET

Pick Settings
Entry deadline: March 15 12:15 PM ET
Multiple entries allowed: Yes
Scoring Settings
Points awarded for wins (by round)
First Four: Play-in games are not included or scored
Second Round: 1 pt.
Third Round: 2 pts.
Sweet 16: 4 pts.
Elite 8: 8 pts.
Final 4: 16 pts.
Championship: 32 pts.
Championship game total points
First additional tiebreak: Pool points in Second Round
Second additional tiebreak: Pool points in Third Round
Split 50/50 between Feed My Starving Children and winners
Winners share will be split as follows:
1st place – 60%
2nd place – 25%
3rd place – 15%

Make your donation by clicking on the “Donate Here” button and completing the form below.


Looking for 2018/19 Resident Director candidates for Gamma Zeta

We’ve begun the search for a Resident Director for the 2018/19 school year for Gamma Zeta. This is a great opportunity for a U of I Grad Student to learn, make some meaningful contacts and earn a little money with free room and board. Here’s a link to the full position description – which includes contact information if you know of someone who is interested. Please share with anyone who you think would be interested and qualified.

Gamma Zeta ’67, ’68, ’69 Reunion Booklet

The Gamma Zeta classes of ’67, ’68 and ’69 will be holding their 50th reunion this coming Homecoming (October 2018) led by Jim Frakes ’68 and a great committee.  They have an incredible weekend planned and their organization and thoughtfulness in putting together the activities has been second to none.  One of the things that they have already completed is an absolutely fantastic booklet containing profiles of as many of the members of these three classes as they could possibly find.  They are a wonderfully diverse, interesting and diverse group that clearly succeeded while on campus and throughout their careers and lives.  They valued their ATO experience and have stayed great friends over the past 50 years.

Here’s what Jim Frakes had to say about the reunion booklet…

“Producing this Reunion Booklet has been a challenge and a labor of love. After an exhaustive search for brothers from the Classes of ’67, ’68 and ’69, repeated requests for contact information, biographies and photographs, and a lot of cajoling and pleading, the effort is nearly as complete as it can be. Thanks to all of you who submitted your information, and thanks to Mort, Stace, Gulliver, Denny, Bo, P.K., The Hound, and Burlap for their assistance.

Having read and lightly edited every entry, I suggest that you will want to read this booklet cover-to-cover. The stories are inspiring, humbling, sometimes surprising, occasionally saddening, often humorous, and, most of all, incredibly interesting.

We have all shared a common bond for 50 years, give or take a year. The bond was forged in the crucible of our undergraduate fraternity years and continues to this day to varying degrees. These are the stories of our lives.

There are impressive stories of estimable careers in business, law, medicine, engineering, science, education, architecture, journalism, aviation and sports. There are descriptions of anguishing personal and family tragedies which were oftentimes mitigated by family, friends, faith and even Alcoholics Anonymous. The strong influence of the Viet Nam War, the military draft and the Nixon Lottery course through many of these narratives.

In addition to the conventional natures of many of the stories, there are interesting off-beat features to many. One of us once told Nick Saben, at that time an insurance salesman, that he would never make any money coaching football. Others included the senior pilot for United Airlines, a Loch Ness Monster investigator, a Top Gun pilot, the Mayor of East Lansing, MI, and an advertising specialist who urged us to “Be Like Mike.” Another went from shaving in the Old Head to the fighter cockpit and then later on to a PhD and a career in military and public service.

There is a mushroom hunter, a horse breeder, and, ironically, a “horse mortality” businessman, as well as a Bronze Tablet pickleball player, a PGA Golf Professional and several professional football players. There is a Country Western singer, a street-cart vendor , a physician riverboat-casino owner, a reclusive North Woodsman, a climate activist and even a dragon-boating enthusiast. Who knew? This booklet is fun reading because we all know the cast of characters. And “characters” they indeed were and still remain.”

I think that you’ll enjoy reading this booklet.  Here it is – ATΩ Reunion Booklet (1)

Phillip Coover ’04 interviews David Moore ’02 on “Real Estate for Breakfast” podcast

Check out Phillip Coover’s ’04 latest “Real Estate for Breakfast” podcast. His guest is David Moore ’02. The focus is on David’s efforts on the redevelopment of the Willis Tower. – Here’s a link to download. Be sure to give them a great rating on iTunes!!

Link to the Real Estate for Breakfast main page and all of Phil’s interviews.

Simonds, Clausing, Heldman, Timson and Philbrick Scholarship application link is live!


Note that you only need to apply once using the master application form and you’ll be considered for each of these scholarships which you are eligible.  These scholarships are all awarded to current initiated ATO Gamma Zeta undergraduate members.  Please check the pages for each scholarship for their respective qualifications and specific criteria.  Application deadline for 2017 is October 8 at 11:59 PM EDT (Midnight):

Gamma Zeta Undergraduate Master Scholarship Application

Make it a double header Illini/ATO Golf weekend!

Peter Korst ’76 asked me to share the following about another great golf opportunity for Illini fans – FRIDAY – AUGUST 11th, 2017 – DEERFIELD GOLF CLUB
Dane, I am a member of the University Illinois Department of Recreation, Sports and Tourism Alumni Advisory Board. There is a golf outing fund raiser that supports scholarships for students in that department that I think some of guys may be interested in considering. The outing features Illini sports greats as the main attraction with whom you golf and interact. It is a pretty impressive lineup. I am asking if you might send this notification to the distribution list.
Here is the link to the event site where people can learn more about the Illini celebs who will be there, how they can sign up to participate and opportunities to sponsor if they are interested.

Register for the 16th Annual RG Swedo Golf Outing Today!

Registration is open for the 16th Annual R Gregory Swedo Golf Outing – please start signing up for this year’s outing. For the 3rd straight year, we’ll award the Matt Heldman Trophy to the ATO team with the lowest score. Note – reduced price for ATO’s under 30 ($75).

WHEN – August 12, 2017 – 1pm Shotgun Start, BBQ Starts at 5pm
WHERE – Carillon Golf Course, 21200 S Carillon Dr, Plainfield, IL 60544

Link for registration and additional details –

Ten Career Lessons

Jack Klues ’77 our current Chairman of the Gamma Zeta Board of Trustees and former CEO of ViVaki highly recommends this article written by Rishad, one of his closest agency friends…

Ten Career Lessons

“Great advice from one of my closest agency friends.  I owe a great deal of my personal and corporate success because of this man’s big brain.  I urge you to follow him in Social Media.  Thought it worth sharing



Jack Klues”