CEO Unplugged: A Personal Look at the Leader - Rick Jakle
Find out how former Fox Valley Broadcasting President Rick Jakle defines his leadership style at our next CEO Unplugged, sponsored by the Grand Victoria Casino. The luncheon will be held Thursday, March 23, at the Grand Victoria Casino pavilion, 250 South Grove in the Fox River Room on the second floor, at 11:30 a.m. for registration with buffet luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Questions and networking to follow. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door).
Your business connections start here with the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce. This CEO Unplugged luncheon gives you the opportunity to learn what made this CEO successful and adapt his leadership tips into your own business. Our format will include an informal interview with this community leader ranging from risks he has taken to what keeps him up at night, and more. We'll then ask a quick fire-round of questions and you'll even have a chance to ask your questions! You will walk away with tidbits of advice from Rick you can implement in your own business right away.
Our format will include an informal interview followed by a quick fire-round of questions. You'll even have a chance to ask your own questions of Rick and walk away with tidbits of advice you can implement in your own business right away.
Jakle has been involved with radio since he was 14, and came to WRMN-AM 1410 as a 24-year-old broadcaster in 1966. He served as President of Fox Valley Broadcasting, a multi-state conglomerate of three radio stations including Elgin's very own WRMN, until he recently reached agreement to sell the stations to Pollack Broadcasting.
Jakle is perhaps best-known in radio circles for coming up with and licensing the concept for the Radio Shopping Show, which first aired in 1982 and where listeners call in to buy gift certificates at value prices for anything from food at local restaurants to vacations at resorts. Versions of his Radio Shopping Show now air on stations across the country.
In addition to his career in radio, Jakle has been a banker since 1970 and is a past president of the National Speakers Association. He served as board chair for Sherman Hospital for 20 years and remained on after Sherman's merger with Advocate Health Care. He has served on several bank boards and is one of the founding directors of First Community Bank.
Jakle now intends to travel with his wife, Sharon. The couple has two grown children and three grandchildren and intends to make Elgin their home for most of the year and Las Vegas for the remainder of the year.