Business

Best Under 40: Steve Georgy

Vice president for Allendale Inc.

BIOGRAPHY

Age: 36

Occupation: Vice president for Allendale Inc.

Current residence: Crystal Lake

Hometown: Crystal Lake

Family: Wife, Kristin; 8-year-old daughter Reagan and 5-year-old Olivia

Education: Associate's degree from Lincoln College and Bachelor's degree in communications from Bradley University

What was your first job? My first job was cutting grass around the neighborhood. I was probably 11 to 12 years old at the time. I was demoted from the riding mower because I always wanted to cut too fast and started to miss spots. I was giving the push mower and forced to slow down. My older brother, John, took more of a conservative speed and did a great job. I am not surprised I have fallen into a more high-speed position.

Favorite non-work related hobby? Playing golf and hockey and taking my kids to dance and gymnastics

Favorite book? Reuters/Bloomberg news wires (I know it’s not a book)

What's one word that best describes you? Grateful

PROFILE QUESTIONS

What is your job and how have you found success with it?

I am currently the Vice President of Allendale Inc and part owner of Allendale Risk Management. I manage and oversee all brokerage. We currently have 16 brokers in our main office and 13 branch offices around the United States. There is not a day I come into work knowing exactly what may cross my desk.

How did you first get involved with your current job? Why have you kept doing it?

Allendale is a family business. My dad is the President/CEO, and my mom still does the books. After college, I took a position with CDW in Vernon Hills. After almost five years, I found myself looking for something new. My dad asked me to meet him for breakfast and told me that I should come to work for him but be ready to work since it will be the hardest job you will ever take. He was right (yes Dad, you were right). I am grateful for the position I am in not only for the opportunities that it provides family, but the opportunity to be able to work successfully with my parents and see them just about every day.

What's a recent accomplishment and innovation that you are most proud of? Why?

Within the last year, I had to opportunity to be on "This Week In Agribusiness" with Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong – a TV show that is broadcast across most of the agricultural community. I also have had the privilege to do radio broadcast for "Market Rally" with Chip Flory and WGN. These are shows that are online and stretched across the airwaves right in the heart of the Corn Belt. It is an honor in our industry to have people ask you what you think.

How do you give back to the community or your profession? What drives you to volunteerism?

About four years ago, my wife and I were talking about how thankful we are for the things we have and how can we make a difference for our girls. We decided that night to find a way to give back. We became certified Safe Families shortly after that. Safe Families for Children is a program that helps give a safety net to parents in need with mentoring relationships and tangible support in times of crisis. Safe Families for Children believes children will be safe and well-cared for while their parents continue to get support and get back on their feet. These kids have changed our lives and others around us. We have had four placements so far and look forward to continue our journey with Safe Families for Children.

My wife and I also put together a neighborhood food drive in November that supported the Crystal Lake food pantry. We needed to find something that showed our kids the need to give back. It has been a great way to get them involved and open their eyes to the needs of our community. I have sat on the allocation committee for the United Way, as well as helping set up the annual golf outing for Habitat for Humanity.

When asked, “What drives you to volunteerism?” it reminds me of a story that was told to me at a very young age: Your community is like a cookie jar. If you always take from the jar, at some point, there will be nothing left. If you give to the cookie jar, there will always be enough to share.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Always keep a positive attitude and don’t fear hard work.

Do you consider yourself one of the county's Best Under 40? Why or why not?

I am very honored and grateful to be nominated for this award. I am the type of person who feels you can always do better and there is someone else out there doing more than you. To say that I am the “best” under 40, I feel I have more work to do but hope to inspire others to get involved with the community – the place we live in together.

BIOGRAPHY

Age: 36

Occupation: Vice president for Allendale Inc.

Current residence: Crystal Lake

Hometown: Crystal Lake

Family: Wife, Kristin; 8-year-old daughter Reagan and 5-year-old Olivia

Education: Associate's degree from Lincoln College and Bachelor's degree in communications from Bradley University

What was your first job? My first job was cutting grass around the neighborhood. I was probably 11 to 12 years old at the time. I was demoted from the riding mower because I always wanted to cut too fast and started to miss spots. I was giving the push mower and forced to slow down. My older brother, John, took more of a conservative speed and did a great job. I am not surprised I have fallen into a more high-speed position.

Favorite non-work related hobby? Playing golf and hockey and taking my kids to dance and gymnastics

Favorite book? Reuters/Bloomberg news wires (I know it’s not a book)

What's one word that best describes you? Grateful

PROFILE QUESTIONS

What is your job and how have you found success with it?

I am currently the Vice President of Allendale Inc and part owner of Allendale Risk Management. I manage and oversee all brokerage. We currently have 16 brokers in our main office and 13 branch offices around the United States. There is not a day I come into work knowing exactly what may cross my desk.

How did you first get involved with your current job? Why have you kept doing it?

Allendale is a family business. My dad is the President/CEO, and my mom still does the books. After college, I took a position with CDW in Vernon Hills. After almost five years, I found myself looking for something new. My dad asked me to meet him for breakfast and told me that I should come to work for him but be ready to work since it will be the hardest job you will ever take. He was right (yes Dad, you were right). I am grateful for the position I am in not only for the opportunities that it provides family, but the opportunity to be able to work successfully with my parents and see them just about every day.

What's a recent accomplishment and innovation that you are most proud of? Why?

Within the last year, I had to opportunity to be on "This Week In Agribusiness" with Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong – a TV show that is broadcast across most of the agricultural community. I also have had the privilege to do radio broadcast for "Market Rally" with Chip Flory and WGN. These are shows that are online and stretched across the airwaves right in the heart of the Corn Belt. It is an honor in our industry to have people ask you what you think.

How do you give back to the community or your profession? What drives you to volunteerism?

About four years ago, my wife and I were talking about how thankful we are for the things we have and how can we make a difference for our girls. We decided that night to find a way to give back. We became certified Safe Families shortly after that. Safe Families for Children is a program that helps give a safety net to parents in need with mentoring relationships and tangible support in times of crisis. Safe Families for Children believes children will be safe and well-cared for while their parents continue to get support and get back on their feet. These kids have changed our lives and others around us. We have had four placements so far and look forward to continue our journey with Safe Families for Children.

My wife and I also put together a neighborhood food drive in November that supported the Crystal Lake food pantry. We needed to find something that showed our kids the need to give back. It has been a great way to get them involved and open their eyes to the needs of our community. I have sat on the allocation committee for the United Way, as well as helping set up the annual golf outing for Habitat for Humanity.

When asked, “What drives you to volunteerism?” it reminds me of a story that was told to me at a very young age: Your community is like a cookie jar. If you always take from the jar, at some point, there will be nothing left. If you give to the cookie jar, there will always be enough to share.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Always keep a positive attitude and don’t fear hard work.

Do you consider yourself one of the county's Best Under 40? Why or why not?

I am very honored and grateful to be nominated for this award. I am the type of person who feels you can always do better and there is someone else out there doing more than you. To say that I am the “best” under 40, I feel I have more work to do but hope to inspire others to get involved with the community – the place we live in together.

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