Founders 55 Members

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Roch Tranel

Roch Tranel, Certified Financial Planner, is CEO and founder of The Tranel Financial Group located in Libertyville, Illinois. Roch has been helping individuals reach clarity and confidence about their financial future for over 25 years. Helping people Enjoy a Better Life through successful financial planning is Roch’s passion in life. Roch has assembled a team of professional financial advisors who are committed to the same principles and share the same commitment to providing unparalleled client experience.

As an active leader in his community, Roch has served on several boards which include the GLMV Chamber, The Rotary Club, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association and Founders 55 NFP, Inc.. Roch is also very passionate and active in growing The Tranel Movement which includes leadership, community growth and networking opportunities.

Roch has written two books – one entitled The Friend Economy and the second is Sunny Side Up, which he co-authored with Ben Pahl, an advisor at The Tranel Financial Group.

Roch resides in Libertyville, Illinois, with his wife, Kathleen and their children Jenna and Alec.

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Cody Braun

Cody Braun is President of The Tranel Financial Group, leading the team by example with his business savvy and contagious enthusiasm. Cody helps people Enjoy a Better Life by bringing clarity and confidence to his clients and everyone else around him. His leadership and marketing skills are a large part of what makes The Tranel Financial Group the exceptional firm that it is today. Cody is an Eagle Scout as well as a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater. He worked for the Harley-Davidson Corporation before joining TTFG and has his FINRA series 7, 63 and 65 licenses. Cody resides in Wisconsin with his wife and daughter.

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Jay Cash

Jay Cash, Business Owner, Philanthropist and Dreamer. Jay, one of the Founding Fathers of Founder’s 55, was born in Chicago on February 11, 1959; he grew up with his Mother Shirley and his sister Cindy in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Jay and his wife Michelle live out in the country near Woodstock, IL. They have a couple of dogs and a couple of parrots. Jay has an affinity for dark chocolate, red wine and great cheeses.

He has spent time as a Board Member for the United Way, has helped raise millions of dollars for The Starlight Children’s Foundation and The Make-A-Wish Foundation as well as many other children’s charities. “Raising money, although certainly beneficial for the specific cause, is never as fulfilling as originally envisioned”. Working with Founder’s 55 is an extraordinary experience; we feel that we will most definitely make an enormous impact, through accomplishments and successes that will be cherished for generations.

I know that I am truly blessed to be where I am today thanks to many people that have believed in me over my lifetime. Jay trusts that “We have all been perfectly placed, in exactly the right position, to make all the difference in the world”.

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Aki Jackson

Aki Jackson is a CPA, Public Speaker and Certified Business Coach on the FocalPoint system powered by Brian Tracy. Aki worked in business for 30 years advising management at all levels in the areas of manufacturing, operations, sales, marketing, business development, logistics and auditing. He has been recognized for the ability to analyze and unpack complex situations and issues to support business planning and strategy alignment. His clients are high performance business leaders and owners or those who wish to be, are passionate about their business and committed to their personal and business success. Aki is a member of the leadership team at the “Men of the Chain Ministries” at Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church. He is a member of the Principal's Advisory Board of the Lakes Community local community High School in Lake Villa, and also on the Advisory Board of the Lake County Community Action Partnership. He is married with three children.

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Mark LeBlanc

Mark LeBlanc is the Owner & Founder of Gages Lake Auto & Light Truck. He started in the automotive industry in 1984, excelling as an Automotive Technician for more than 20 years until he opened Gages Lake Auto in 2006. Mark is an ASE-Certified Master Technician with L1 Advanced Engine Performance Certification. He holds a Fuel & Diesel Certificate from Lincoln Technical Institute in Melrose Park, IL and a philosophy degree from Harper College. When he’s not running the business, Mark volunteers for a local food pantry and enjoys camping, family trips and road course racing. He’s a big fan of the TV show NCIS, and his dream car is the 2013 Shelby GT 500 Boss 429 Mustang.

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Steve Bowman

 Steve Bowman is the owner of the awarding winning Express Employment Professionals office in Libertyville, IL. Express is the largest privately held recruiting/staffing company, with over 700 offices in the United States and $2.8B in sales. The Libertyville office ranks in the top 10% of all Express offices in terms of sales, service and client retention. Lake County companies and area businesses rely upon Express to provide technical, professional and skilled labor and a variety of administrative position for thousands of job seekers and hundreds of local employers.

Prior to purchasing the business in 2006, Steve had a long and distinguished 25 year career in the Information Technology industry. He held a variety of IT management positions including Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Anthem Insurance, VP of Information Support Services at Sears Holding and the VP of System Services, Telecommunications and the Program Management Office at CNA Financial. Prior to those high-level assignments he managed telecommunication networks, system development organizations, served as a national telecommunication consultant and was a Senior Principal Consultant for an internet capital holding and operating company that birthed 200+ internet startups in the ‘90’s.

Steve is a board member of the GLMV Chamber of Commerce, President of the Ivanhoe Estates Homeowners Association, an inaugural member of Founders 55. He is married to co-owner Daina Bowman and they are proud parents of three young adults who are also in the staffing industry.

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Keith Collins

Keith Collins is an attorney who believes that his versatility is his greatest asset and that his extensive experience in a number of disciplines serves the best interests of his clientele. Keith is a self-described general practitioner whose suite of legal services encompasses business and banking law, finance, commercial real estate, litigation, corporate and entrepreneurial matters, and estate planning. He provides prudent and insightful counsel in a wide variety of legal concerns and inspires trust and confidence in those individuals and companies he represents.

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Justin Pathmann

Justin Pathmann is Vice President/Project Manager at Pathmann Construction Management. Pathmann Construction Management combines "Old World" craftsmanship with the latest in construction innovation, with contracts structured to allow them to be their clients' advocates. Justin is responsible for the management of for commercial, municipal and residential projects from design to completion. Justin resides in Palatine, Illinois with his wife and son.

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Paul Dworianyn

Paul Dworianyn has been in the web design and development business since 2001. In 2011 he founded Awesome Dynamic Tech Solutions and has has a talented staff of 20 employees and counting. Awesome Dynamic offers a variety of services including Amazon Seller Consulting, Amazon Account Management, Search Engine Optimization, and Responsive Web Design.

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Joe Salhani

Joe Salhani is the President of TopTec Heating and Cooling founded in 1993. Joe and his team are very forward thinking in serving their clients. Customer service is their number one priority. Joe resides in Vernon Hills with his wife and four children.

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Jordan Bradford

Jordan Bradford is a Financial Advisor with the Tranel Financial Group. He has an open and friendly demeanor which people naturally gravitate to. He is an enterprising advisor who will listen intently to your needs and deliver the plan best suited to help you reach your financial goals. Recent graduate from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Major in Finance. He has a background in banking which enhances his knowledge and skillset in the finance industry.

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Jenna Tranel

Jenna Tranel is the Director of Operations at The Tranel Financial Group helping make Everyday Amazing. Recent graduate from Illinois Wesleyan University with a passion for leadership and helping people. She is always excited to use her second language, Spanish, which urges her love to travel. Jenna oversees the day to day operations such as Human Resources, Office Management, Project Management, IT department and Recruiting.

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Stephanie Walsh

Stephanie Walsh is Executive Assistant at the Tranel Financial Group. She enjoys working for a company where they are passionate about leadership and know their “why”.
Helping others accomplish small and large objectives to enhance their confidence and success is her inspiration. Stephanie is a proud Nana and loves her family.