Introducing the 150 Nominees for Chicago Inno's 50 on Fire

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 14, 2015 11:47:55 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in 50 on Fire, Adam Justice, CEOs, ChicagoInno, civic professionals, company, December, education, employees, entrepreneurs, Featured In, food, General, healthcare, incubators, innovators, investors, Marketing, non-profits, professors, tech, tech hub

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When a city's innovation economy is on fire, it's the result of thousands of people and companies, across a variety of categories, heating up their respective industries and departments.

Yes, a pillar company is important to the overall health of an ecosystem, but a single success story isn't sustainable. That's why Chicago's emergence as a leading tech hub is due to all of the innovators, investors, entrepreneurs, employees, professors, civic professionals and more that are driving the city forward.

Below is the list of the 150 nominees for Chicago Inno's 50 on Fire, our December awards event. Featuring CEOs and Heads of Customer Support, early-stage startups and established enterprises, incubators and non-profits, this list is a celebration of the top innovators and influencers in tech, education, marketing, food, healthcare, and more. (The final "50 on Fire" will be revealed at the December, 2nd event via an action-packed 10-minute video).

Read more and see the nominees by clicking here.

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Grid Connect Taps John Marchiando as VP, Business Development

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 12, 2014 9:00:56 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in business, Business Development, employees, General, Grid Connect, Internet of Things, John Marchiando, Press Releases

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. – (August 12, 2014) – Grid Connect (gridconnect.com), a manufacturer and distributor of embedded networking products, has appointed John Marchiando as vice president of business development. Marchiando will focus on growing the customer base for the Internet of Things (IoT) business, which includes the company’s ConnectSense line of smart products that automate homes and businesses.

Grid Connect entered the rapidly-growing Internet of Things (IoT) industry with the launch of ConnectSense in November 2013. Since then, the company has developed smart sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, water, motion, security and light.

“The Internet of Things market is growing rapidly and I’m excited to help Grid Connect become a significant player in the home and business automation market,” said Marchiando. “I’ve worked with Grid Connect executives in the past and respect them tremendously.”

Marchiando has more than 25 years of experience growing sales for technology companies in networking products, industrial automation and automotive markets. He joins Grid Connect from Houston Wire & Cable, one of the largest distributors of electrical wire and cable and related services in the U.S. industrial distribution market, where he served as region vice president. Marchiando also held senior roles at Anixter, Inc. and Lantronix.

“John is a talented business development professional; his sales and management skills are unbeatable,” said Mike Justice, founder and president of Grid Connect. “I’m very happy to have the opportunity to work with him again.”

Marchiando is a graduate of Texas Tech University. He resides in Plainfield, Ill.

About GridConnect

Grid Connect, an ISO 9001:2008 company, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of products that enable the Internet of Things. The company’s custom engineering services and attentive customer support ensure that all networking technology products sold by Grid Connect work to customer specifications. In-stock items usually ship the same day, and all products come with a no-risk, 30-day money back guarantee. Grid Connect also can be found on Twitter @GridConnect and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/grid-connect.

For information contact:

Linda Muskin, 847-432-7300
lmuskin@teamclarus.com

Mara Conklin, 678-825-2000
mconklin@teamclarus.com

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Ping Pong at Grid Connect Builds Team Spirit and Confidence

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 27, 2014 3:55:24 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in employees, Featured In, General, ping pong, pingpong, sports, team spirit, work

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Companies of all sizes arrange for their employees to participate in office-related sports. But at small companies such as Grid Connect, those pastimes can become an obsession. With just a handful of employees, everyone is expected to get involved, says Mike Justice, President of Grid Connect. Even Justice joins in on the fun.

Sports in a small company can take on another crucial role too -- keeping employees bonded and reminding everyone of the all-in-this-together spirit.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal or download the PDF now.

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Grid Connect Plays Ping Pong: The Google Glass vs. GoPro Edition

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 14, 2014 12:48:19 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in employees, General, Google Glass, GoPro, Grid Connect, ping pong, pingpong

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Interview with Grid Connect President Mike Justice

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 28, 2010 5:23:56 PM / by Grid Connect Team posted in employees, General, Interviews, Mike Justice, Video

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If you have additional questions for Mike please feel free to share them with us in the comments.

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