Alumni & Friends Societies

Business Society

The Saint Ignatius Business Society is a diverse community connected through a shared belief in the power of the Ignatius experience.  Through innovative and inclusive programming it connects business leaders, professionals and students with the opportunity to network, stay involved with Saint Ignatius College Prep and collaborate with each other for the greater glory of God. Our business is to be men and women for and with others.

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  • Current Business Society Members

    as of 9.29.22
    * indicates lifetime members

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Membership Levels

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  • Free

    For all college students, MBA students, non-profit workers, and people holding public office.  
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  • $50

    For all young professionals (under 30 years old) in any area of business. You are starting your career and we would like to connect you and help you land that dream job.

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  • $250

    Our Annual Membership is for all entrepreneurs, small business owners, professionals, and executives. We welcome alumni, parents (past and present), and friends of Saint Ignatius.

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Business Society Award Recipients

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  • Award Recipients - Business Luncheon

    Alumni Award for Excellence in the Field of Business
    2011 - Mr. Joseph B. Starshak ’63 
    2012 - the late Mr. Anthony J. Fornelli ‘51
    2013 - Mr. James. J. O’Connor 54
    2014 - Mr. Willard S. Evans, Jr. '73
    2015 - Marilynn Kelly Gardner ‘84
    2016 - The Moran Family: Richard ‘61, Maggie ‘87, Mike ’90, Karen ’91 & Amy ‘94
    2017 - Mr. Rashod Johnson ’93
    2018 - Mr. William Flood ’57
    2019 - Mr. David J. Kavanaugh '57
    2021 - Ms. Elizabeth Nash '95

    Alumni Award for Innovation in the Field of Business
    2019 -
    Mr. Fred J. Conforti '59

    Award for Excellence in the Field of Business- Chicagoland
    2012 - Mr. Dana Thorne
    2013 - Mr. Robert M. Burke
    2014 - Mr. Thomas R. Donovan
    2015 - Mr. Phil Stefani & Mrs. Karen Stefani
    2016 - Mr. Anthony Leopold
    2017 - Mr. Rich Parlier
    2018 - Mr. Al Capitanini
    2019 - Mr. Calvin Jordan
    2021 - Mr. Elzie Higginbottom

    The Presidential Award for Distinguished Neighborhood Business Partner
    2012 - Fontano’s Subs
    2013 - Gentile’s Wine Shop
    2014 - Mario's Italian Lemonade
    2015 - The UPS Store Taylor Street
    2016 - Chez Joel Bistro Francais
    2017 - Scafuri Bakery
    2018 - Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap
    2019 - Bruna's Ristorante
    2021 - Little Joe's

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  • Alumni Award for Excellence in Business at Class Reunion

    2008Mr. Edward C. Forst '78
    2008Mr. Peter B. Kain '63
    2009Mr. Marshall J. Collins, Jr. '59
    2009Mr. Hugh J. Flannery '79
    2010Mr. Joseph M. Collins '60
    2011Ms. Sheila Manning Hansen '81
    2011Mr. Robert K. Herdman '66
    2012Dr. Michael D. Doyle '77
    2013Mr. Timothy Swindle '98
    2013Mr. Gerald E. Noonan '63
    2013Mr. Richard G. Starmann '63
    2013Mr. Luis P. Nieto, Jr. '73
    2013Mr. Daniel A. Silvestri '68
    2014Mr. Peter T. Boodell '89
    2014Mr. Patrick Nash, Jr. '89
    2014Mrs. Katie O'Reilly '89
    2014Mr. John A. Ward '89
    2014The late Mr. John E. Wall  '44
    2014Mr. John C. Erb '64
    2014Mr. John F. McKinney '64
    2014Mr. Joseph M. Shrader '64
    2014Mr. Matthew M. Walsh, Jr. '64
    2014The late Mr. Reynold Petravich '64
    2017Mr. Hugh Mallaney '02

Business Society

Past Event Recaps

Business Society Happy Hour 5.17.22

The Business Society Happy Hour at the Fornelli ’51 Alumni Lounge featured Saint Ignatius Athletic Director, Mike Hurley ’07, who proudly spoke about the many accomplishments of our student athletes and the Athletic Department over the last two years. The football win over Mt. Carmel, IHSA State Golf Champions, multiple IHSA Sectional Champion Girls Varsity Swimming & Diving, IHSA 3rd Place State Finalist Boys Varsity Basketball, and IHSA Sectional Champion Girls Varsity Lacrosse to name a few. Our Athletic Department worked hard through the pandemic so that our students could continue to be athletes. President John Chandler talked about the importance of our Athletic Department for the formation of our students in partnership with their academic achievements. Thank you to the Business Society members for arranging this event and to Vice President, Jay Harris ’91, for welcoming everyone and updating everyone on the Business Society.

Click Here to read more about all of our athletic accomplishments. Click Here to see pictures from the event.

Business Society Luncheon - 11.19.21

The 10th Annual Business Society Luncheon was held Friday, November 19th at the Union League Club of Chicago. Saint Ignatius College Prep was privileged to honor Little Joe’s, owned by alums Alex Haried ’06 and Ryan Phelan ’06, who received the Presidential Award for Distinguished Neighborhood Business Partner; Elzie Higginbottom, parent of four Alumni, for his distinguished service in business; and Elizabeth Nash ’95, who received the Alumni Award for Excellence in the Field of Business.
Thank you to Rev. Mark Luedtke, SJ ’86 for giving the Invocation and John Chandler for welcoming our awardees and guests. We especially thank Joe Sheils ’85, Jay Harris ’91, Karen Jones and the entire Business Society Executive Committee for coordinating such a successful event!
To become more involved, please join the Business Society today and learn more about the Entrepreneurship Program.

Speaker Series: Demystifying the Job Search 3.4.21

On March 4th, Carol Winfrey gave her insight on the best practices for a job search approach. Carol discussed career planning and finding your path to success. She asked us to look within: within ourselves to find what we are good at and enjoy, within our community to find a connection, and within the marketplace to find the right fit for our goals and strengths. Thank you Carol for the tools and tips!

You may contact Carol with any questions at

Your Mental Health During COVID

The Saint Ignatius Business Society thanks Dr. Nneka Onyezia '99, Clinical Psychologist, for providing insights on mental health signs and solutions during COVID-19. The top themes from the discussion were: Hitting the pandemic wall and giving ourselves grace; creating a sleep schedule by working backwards from when you want to wake up and then putting down distractions 30 minutes prior; focusing on the important things instead of stressors; having shorter, more frequent Zoom or video call sessions with relatives are better; making self-care a priority; setting personal/professional boundaries; and, finding the right therapist involves asking a lot of questions to make sure you are comfortable with them. You may contact Nneka at or 312-725-0225. 

Thank You to Our

Business Society Sponsors

Entrepreneurship Program Sponsor

Rashod Johnson '93
Cherryl Thomas



Ann Marie Achille '92
Libby and Ross '02 Holdren


The Staab Family – Jack '23

Phone       312.421.5900
Fax 312.432.8389