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 – https://atoillinois.com/gamma-zeta-resident-director-job-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.

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 – http://gregswedo.nationbuilder.com/golf_outing_20190407

Phil Coover ’04 interviews Craig Nadborne ’78 on his Real Estate for Breakfast Podcast

Check out Phillip Coover’s ’04 latest “Real Estate for Breakfast” podcast. His guest is Gamma Zeta ’78 Craig Nadborne. Craig is an office tenant rep broker and senior managing director at Bradford Allen. They discuss the Bradford Allen quarterly report and the state of the office market in downtown Chicago. Craig advises on the current rental rates, total inventory, the difference between A, B and C class buildings, current trends in new office buildings and renovating existing buildings, and what’s to come in future quarters. Very interesting. Great job guys!! – https://www.realestatebreakfast.com/real-estate-for-breakfast/

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

U of I Alumni Association request/opportunity from Bill Forsyth ’86

Bill Forsyth ’86 who serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Illinois Alumni Association asked me to share the following.




I have a favor to ask. Last year, the UI Alumni Association launched a program – Illinois Alumni Insiders – that helped us better connect and engage with young alumni. Participants had the opportunity to provide feedback about existing and proposed UI Alumni Association programs and services; offer insights into what young alumni are seeking from their alumni association; and test the marketing of messages, images and campaigns. All communication was facilitated via an online platform that was concise, targeted, and provided real-time analytics. We received very valuable feedback from this program.

We are now seeking Illinois alumni ages 36-55 to participate in the second round of Illinois Alumni Insiders. To sign up please visit https://illinoisalumni.org/2016/06/17/alumni-join-illinois-alumni-insiders/. For every survey you complete, you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win prizes such as Illini apparel and merchandise, Illini Visa gift cards and more.

Would you please consider signing up to participate in this program? I promise the surveys are quick, fun and easy. As importantly, please feel free to share this information with other alumni you know who may be interested.

Thank you in advance for your help and participation.

Best regards,


William D. Forsyth, CFA
Frontier Partners, Inc.
400 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 500
Northbrook, IL 60062
847.509.9860 phone

4th Annual Tau Madness NCAA BBall Tourney challenge

Bill Barry '77 presents "Tau Madness" trophy to 2014 winner Frank Kulze '75

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

Enter the 4nd Annual 2017 “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 donation to the house (we’re splitting the pot 50/50).
  • 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 runyourpool.com.  (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 12.

You must make your donation and register and make your picks before the entry deadline of March 16, 2017 at 12:15 p.m. ET.

Pick Settings
Entry deadline: March 16, 2017 at 12:15 p.m. 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 ATO Gamma Zeta 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 “Enter” button and completing the form below.


ATO Gamma Zeta Private Equity Networking Lunch

Hello Gamma Zetas,

Private equity firms raised nearly $300 billion in new funds during 2015 and they did it again in 2016.  That means that there are huge opportunities in this space.  Whether you are directly involved in a Private Equity firm, in a financial services, accounting or consulting firm that works with PE, own or are an executive in a mid market business or division of a large business that may have an interest in PE investment or otherwise have a career interest somewhere in this world you should be interested.

We have Gamma Zetas serving in leadership roles throughout this network.   We’ve formed an esteemed panel to discuss and share how we can all help each other succeed and prosper by taking advantage of this Private Equity opportunity at our next ATO Gamma Zeta Networking lunch on March 3.  Here’s the panel:

Patrick Jensen ’98 – Partner, Prairie Capital
Jeff Piper ’00 – Managing Director, Svoboda Capital
Dan Barry ’84 – Senior Managing Director, Antares Capital
Dave Lundstedt ’75 – former CEO, Armored AutoGroup Inc. (been CEO of at least 3 different PE portfolio companies)

Mike Barrett ’80 – PE Practice Director, Patina Solutions (30 years in PE with Mesirow)

If you fall into one of those groups mentioned above with a very specific interest in Private Equity or… you are just interested in reconnecting with old ATO friends and meeting new ones, please join us for the ATO Gamma Zeta Private Equity Networking Lunch:

Date:           Friday, March 3
Time:           11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location:      University Club – 76 E Monroe St., Chicago
Cost:           $50
Registration: Click Here to Register  (Note… register early, space is limited!) Guests are welcome! See list of guys who have registered as of 2/20 below.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on March 3!!


Dane Luhrsen
Gamma Zeta ’77
Director of Alumni Relations
Editor Gamma Zeta News

First Name Last Name Title Company Grad Yr
Ron Bess CEO Myelin Communications 1968
Robert Alley Chairman IAC at ERS Texas/IAC 1970
Jeff McGill Owner JCM Retirement Plans Plus 1973
Bill Ganey VP Sales Just Play Products 1975
Dave Lundstedt Former CEO Armored AutoGroup Inc. 1975
Mike Tolzien Midwest Region Manager Derbigum Americas 1975
Donald Armstrong Director of Estate and Financial Planning Northwestern Mutual 1977
Patrick Barron Chair | Peer Group Advisory Board Facilitator | Confidant Vistage Worldwide, Inc. 1977
William Barry EVP Draper and Kramer 1977
Jack klues Former CEO VivaKi 1977
Dane Luhrsen Managing Director Patina Solutions 1977
William Brennan CEO Forsythe Technologies 1978
James T Hemphill Entrepreneur 1979
John Aymond Director Institutional Sales RBC Capital Markets 1980
Michael Barrett Private Equity Practice Director Patina Solutions 1980
John Cochrane Senior Vice President UBS Wealth Management 1982
Larry Eppley Managing Partner, Chicago Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP 1982
Greg Ewert Physician Michigan Avenue Internists 1982
Shuler Griffin Minister Fountain Anglican Church 1982
Bill Rolander Executive Managing Director Newmark Grubb Knight Frank 1983
Wynn Smiley CEO ATO National 1983
Dan Barry Sr. Managing Director Antares Capital LP 1984
Mike Stibich Partner Deloitte 1985
Norm Bilsbury President Topline Consulting & Training, Inc. 1992
Alex Bagne President ICS Tax, LLC 1994
Thomas Bentle Senior Analyst Jones Lang LaSalle Valuation & Advisory 1995
Mark Liyeos Accounting Supervisor Simpson Estates 1997
Patrick Jensen Managing Director Prairie Capital 1998
Brian Ruff Realtor D’Aprile Properties 1998
Terry Turman CEO ATO Foundation 1998
John Frank President & CEO  Third Road Management LLC 2000
Jeffrey S Piper Managing Director Svoboda Capital Partners LLC 2000
Scott Schneider Senior Research Analyst Great Lakes Advisors 2001
Ryan Anthony Principal LaSalle Capital 2002
Joseph Patrevito Director of Business Development at Digital Bridge Solutions 2002
Tim Derry Managing Director – Head of Upper Midwest & Canadian Private Equity Originations PNC Business Credit 2003
Chris Conversa Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking MB Financial Bank 2004
Phillip Coover Principal/Attorney  Schenk Annes Tepper Campbell Ltd. 2004
Michael Piper CEO ICS Tax, LLC 2004
Joe Wolsfeld Senior Vice President MB Financial Bank 2004
Doug Brashler Commercial Banking Huntington National Bank 2005
Dan Kostelny Director of Industrial Property InSite Real Estate LLC 2005
Robert Erfort Director KPMG Advisory 2006
Michael Patrick Keeley Associate Kirkland & Ellis LLP 2007
Tim Lackie Vice President Allegiance Capital Corporation 2007
Dan Lundstedt Franchise Owner Sir Grout 2007
John Dudek Associate JP Morgan 2008
Jim Lyznicki Transactions Advisory Ernst & Young 2008
Brett Moore Partner Residential Dynamics Group LLC 2008
Patrick Riggio Senior Associate Lake Capital 2008
Jeff Vranek Vice President Prairie Capital 2008
Ted Dimiropoulos Manager  KPMG Valuation Services 2009
Andrew Nicholas Equity Research Associate William Blair & Company 2010
Blake Overlock Business Performance Advisor Insperity 2010
Matt Dixon Associate Latham & Watkins 2011
Brett Newman Associate Kirkland & Ellis LLP 2011
Jake Bailey Investment Banking Analyst J.P. Morgan 2012
Jack Hickey Financial Advisor Merrill Lynch Wealth Management 2012
Matt O’Neil New Projects Manager Parker Plastics, Inc. 2012
Dan Passarella Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP 2012
Paul Garcia Senior Financial Analyst Baker Tilly 2013
Steven Ogdon Senior Financial Analyst Hill-Rom 2013
Raymond Tiernan Analyst | Valuation & Financial Opinions Stout Risius Ross 2013
Lenny Allegretti Consultant – Corporate Finance/Transaction Services FTI Consulting 2014
Thomas Heinz Asset Management Assurance Staff EY 2014
Sam Less National Real Estate Audit Associate RSM US LLP 2014
Chad Lieber Associate, National Retail Group Marcus & Millichap 2014
Lexa Pezzati Deal Advisory Associate KPMG US 2014
Kevin Breckenfelder Analyst BMO Capital Markets 2015
Michael Chada Security & Infrastructure Consultant West Monroe Partners 2015
Mark Giarelli Analyst, Real Estate Advisory Group  Duff & Phelps 2015
Alex Schwartz Consultant in Transaction Services FTI Consulting 2015
Spencer Stiltz Investment Analyst Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting 2015
Joe Grazioso Healthcare Analyst – Financial Planning Strata Decision Technology 2016
William Hanson Analyst Duff & Phelps 2016
James Lawlor M&A Transaction Services Consultant Deloitte 2016
Benedict Volk Investment Banking Analyst  Lazard 2016
Matt Kovatchis Undergrad ATO 2017
Matt Stemper Undergrad Treasurer ATO 2018
Will Walsh Undergrad ATO 2018
Quinn Gaughn Undergrad Philanthropy Chair ATO 2019
Dan Reinke Undergrad Worthy Master ATO 2019
Tim Crenshaw Simpson Estates Inc
Reuben Donnelley Simpson Estates Inc
Jon Mellin Simpson Estates Inc


Steven Ogden ’13 wins Fall 2016 Last Tau Standing NFL Survivor Pool!

Congrats to Steven Ogden ’13, winner of the Fall 2016 Last Tau Standing NFL Survivor Pool! He’ll get his name on the trophy which we display at the chapter house and a cool $850 winner’s share of the pool. He beat out Eddie McElroy ’78 in a close finish that went right up to the 17th week of the season and Frank Kulze ’75 who got knocked out in week 14. Thanks to all who participated as we raised another $850 or so for the annual fund!

3rd Annual Last Tau Standing NFL Pool Announced for 2016

Lasttaustandingtrophy1 (1)Enter the 3nd Annual 2016 “Last Tau Standing” NFL Survivor Pool today!!

  • Test your NFL picking skills against Gamma Zetas of all ages and around the world.
  • Make a donation to the house (we’re splitting the pot 50/50).
  • Take a chance of winning a great pot (last fall’s “Last Tau Standing” NFL Pool winner’s share was over $3,000!! and we think this will be even bigger!!)
  • 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 team with our pool manager runyourpool.com.

You can join the pool and enter picks up until the Week 1 pick deadline on Sunday, September 11th at 1:00pm ET.

Pick Settings

  • Entry deadline: Sunday, September 11th at 1:00pm ET. – pool starts in week 1 and goes through the regular season – 17 weeks… for those who are still standing!
  • You may enter multiple teams but must make a $100 donation for each team.
  • You pick one team to win each week.  If they lose, you are eliminated (note: no Mulligans this year!)
  • You must get your pick in by the weekly deadline – before the first game each Sunday.
  • Early games must be picked before they start.
  • All picks will be hidden until the game has begun (for early games) or the until the first game on Sunday.
  • Any NFL team may be picked only once during the regular season.
  • Ties are handled as a Win.
  • When you don’t enter a pick on time, Runyourpool will Automatically assign the biggest available favorite as your pick for the week.
  • Last Tau Standing is the winner of the pot!


  • Split 50/50 between ATO Gamma Zeta Annual Fund and winner.

Make your donation by clicking on the “Add” button (Note: after clicking Add, you can choose how many teams you’d like to enter), completing the form below and then click on the “Donate” button.