The Trusted Adviser
July 2013 | Volume 6 · Number 5


Peter J. Birnbaum photo

We typically devote this spot in The Trusted Adviser to industry news, economic overviews, or legislative updates. This month we're taking a break from those topics and simply offering our thanks and appreciation to top member agents. Check out the photos, below, and enjoy the rest of the summer!

Peter J. Birnbaum
ATG President and CEO


ATG Congratulates Top Members at Two Special Events

ATG has a long-standing tradition of hosting special events to celebrate our top-producing members. This year we hosted festive dinners at two of the best venues in Chicago and St. Louis:

St. Louis | Wine pairing dinner at Copia Restaurant and Wine Garden – Although the weather did not allow full use of the patio setting (the retractable roof remained closed during the evening-long downpour) guests enjoyed a great night with live jazz, food, wine, and lively conversation. Even in the rain, the urban garden atmosphere brought the spirit of the vineyard to the heart of downtown St. Louis.

Chicago | Mexican fiesta at the Chicago Illuminating Company (CIC) – The CIC, a little known jewel on South Wabash, is in a two-story former power plant/warehouse that dates back to the 1900s. The renovated space blends modern architectural highlights with an urban loft aesthetic. We had great weather in Chicago, so guests also enjoyed the unusual indoor space with mariachi band, as well as the secluded patio, more live music, margarita bar, and authentic Mexican cuisine.

Congratulations, Top Members! Thank you for your business and your ongoing loyalty.

ATG Top Member Event: St. Louis | May 2, 2013

ATG President Peter Birnbaum with Jody Hart and Top Member and Board Member Murphy Hart (Hart & Hart, Benton).

ATG Top Member Beth Wilke and her husband Kurt (from Chatham, Illinois) with ATG Senior Vice Presidents Jerry Gorman (left) and Hank Shulruff (far right).

ATG Top Members enjoyed selections at Copia Restaurant and Wine Bar: Laef Lorton (Wittman & Lorton, Jerseyville, Illinois); Todd Parish (Strang & Parish, Jerseyville, Illinois), and John Coonrod (Scott County Abstract Company, Winchester, Illinois).

Pam Matthews, ATG Staff; Top Member Dan Stoerzbach (Stoerzbach Law Office, Galesburg, Illinois); Dave Huffman, ATG Senior Vice President; and Cindi Stoerzbach (Galesburg, Illinois).

Although the retractable roof had to remain closed, guests enjoyed the urban patio setting.

ATG Top Member Event: Chicago | July 11, 2013

Top members Mark Glickman (Northbrook, Illinois) and Jon Sherry (ATG Board Member, Chicago) with their wives, Debbie and Leslie.

From Top Member Ernie Codilis’s office (Burr Ridge, Illinois): Tammy Geiss, Staci Rhoads, Janel Solis, Adam Codilis, Angel McDonnell and Jennifer Hayes.

Top Member Patrick Barry (third from left) and his wife, Mary Jo. Max McClintock and Colin Barry from the law office of Patrick Barry, all from LaSalle, Illinois.

Hank Shulruff, ATG Senior Vice President, welcomes Top Members David and Don Kahn with their wives, Erin and Baiba, all from Libertyville, Illinois

Patti Caudle, Pam Murphy, Joe Rincon, and Cristina Hernandez from the office of Top Member Denis Pierce (Chicago, Illinois).

Among the ATG staff on hand to greet members were Betsey Green, Lowell Krahn, Kathy Xie, and Kelly Kawell, all from ATG's Chicago office.

Guests enjoyed live music and a beautiful garden setting at the Chicago Illuminating Company.

[Last update: 7-30-13]

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