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Charlie Saffro CS Recruiting
Charlie has over 14 years of direct recruiting experience within the Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain space and started CS Recruiting from the ground up over a decade ago. Today, she leads a team of over 25 and manages a multi-million dollar organization. As the President and Founder of CS Recruiting, she focuses on making meaningful connections to empower others to discover their full potential. Charlie has worked with many small to medium-sized businesses, as well as with Fortune 50 companies to help them identify the right talent for their organizational needs. Clients have included Third Party Logistics providers (3PL’s), Asset Based providers, Shippers (Manufacturers and Distributors) and Vendors to the industry (transportation technology/fleet solutions). CS Recruiting’s goal is to partner with clients and candidates to develop long-lasting relationships and make appropriate and time sensitive career matches. Charlie’s team of dedicated recruiters have experience filling positions of all levels; including C Level and Executive positions, Management roles and Independent Contributor seats. Charlie is a dedicated yogi and encourages her clients and team to practice mindfulness in the workplace and beyond. She is also the mother of three boys and active in her community, volunteering with local organizations to support and empower females in the workforce.
Peter Farmakis Chief Executive Officer at Covira (Biotech)
On Sept 7, 2018, Dr. John Alverdy and The University of Chicago founded Covira Surgical – a biotech company focused on novel therapeutic alternatives to prevent postoperative (surgical) infections. In Feb of 2020, Peter Farmakis joined Covira as the Chief Executive Officer, during a time when our work to prevent infections has never been more important. Peter is an accomplished executive with diversified leadership experiences in the life science industry including; biotech/pharma, medical devices, and diagnostics/molecular diagnostics. Throughout his career Peter has held multiple commercial leadership positions with two large industry leading diversified life science organizations Johnson & Johnson and Abbott Laboratories, and five privately held early-stage/start-up companies including Covira Surgical, VitaHEAT Medical, OraPharma, Unimed Pharmaceuticals, and DynaSplint Systems. Peter completed the General Management Executive Development Program from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management. Peter attained his MBA in Marketing and Strategic Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his BA in Pre-Physical Therapy and Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Peter's board experience includes Co-Chairman of the Board for Covira Surgical, CEO Leadership on the Ops Team for Smart Health Catalyst, and multiple Boards of Director roles including VitaHEAT Medical, Three Squared, and Health Industry Supply Chain Institute.
Brian Barone Head Basketball Coach SIU-Edwardsville University, Owner of Find A Way LLC
Brian Barone is in his third season as the SIUE's men's basketball coach after taking over the position in March 2019. Barone had been an assistant coach for the Cougars the previous two seasons. The highlight of Barone's first season came with a historic 79-69 win on the road at Belmont. It was the program's first-ever win over Belmont and came among five Ohio Valley Conference victories. The Cougars also won road OVC games at Eastern Illinois and UT Martin during the season. SIUE also triumphed over Southeast Missouri and Eastern Kentucky at home. Even before coming to SIUE, Barone boasted previous NCAA Division I experience as an assistant as well as stints as an assistant and head coach in the junior college ranks. Barone’s most recent Division I experience came at Green Bay under current Bradley head coach Brian Wardle. In five years on the Green Bay staff, Barone helped guide the Phoenix to a 95-65 overall record. In 2014-15, Green Bay posted a 24-7 record and claimed the Horizon League’s regular season championship. While at Green Bay, Barone was instrumental in the recruitment and development of two-time Horizon League Player of the Year Keifer Sykes and second round 2015 NBA Draft Pick Alec Brown. More than 10 Green Bay players from Barone’s tenure went on to play professionally. Prior to his time in Green Bay, Barone was on staff at Indiana University as the Hoosiers' director of basketball operations/video coordinator where he worked under his college head coach Tom Crean. He began at IU in 2008 after serving the 2007-08 campaign as the coordinator of basketball operations and video coordinator at Marquette. Barone's first Division I coaching experience came at Illinois State. He spent four seasons (from 2003-04 through 2006-07) as an assistant coach for the Redbirds where he helped resurrect a program that had just eight wins the year prior to his arrival. As a player, Barone played his first two seasons at Texas A&M, playing for his father Tony Barone, Sr. He earned honorable mention all-Big XII accolades as a sophomore following the 1997-98 season when he finished among the league's top five in assists and steals. He also received GTE Big XII Academic All-Conference accolades as well. He transferred to Marquette. Barone made his debut in 1999-00 after sitting out one season as a transfer. He served as team captain during his tenure and was also named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team. Barone earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Marquette in 2000 and completed his master's in communications at MU in 2002. Barone and his wife, Mimi, have a son, Carson, and three daughters, Ava, Gianna and Cecilia.
Dr. John Byrne Professor of Marketing & Sales at St. Ambrose University and Professional Speaker
Dr. John Byrne has been delivering high quality, engaging speeches to audiences for more than 15 years across the globe on principles essential to achieving professional and personal success. In addition, John has been a Business Professor for 30 years at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. He currently teaches courses in Marketing & Sales and previously served as the Dean of the College of Business. Dr. Byrne’s credentials include a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA in Marketing from Loyola University, and a doctoral degree in Education from the University of Iowa. John has experienced tremendous success in his life professionally, academically, and personally. Known as a person who possesses the drive to set and achieve daunting goals, he inspires others to improve their performance and effectiveness. John has worked with hundreds of organizations, including prestigious icons such as the United States Army, Deere & Company, and Caterpillar, Inc. on the important topics of leadership, goal setting, decision-making, and team building. John’s dedication and success have carried over into his personal life as an extreme athlete, successfully conquering the Leadville Trail 100-Mile Run in Colorado, the Wisconsin Ironman Triathlon, and summiting Mt. Rainier in Washington. John has raised more than $40,000 for charities through his athletic endeavors and speeches. Heroic acts like these make John a sought after motivational speaker and genuine inspiration to all.

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