Momentum Awards Dinner 2013

Over the course of its history, great Chicago business leaders have emerged to found and run some of the most successful and enduring companies in our country’s history.  These companies have not only made Chicago proud, but have provided millions of jobs and countless revenues that keep the city thriving and beautiful.

Behind every great company is a great entrepreneur. The entrepreneur – daring, bold, and creative – is perhaps the most important mechanism in the city. They take mere ideas and turn them into great companies, buildings and workforces that are monuments to the American spirit.

At the CEC, it is our responsibility to do as much as possible to expand and nurture opportunity for these growing companies. In doing so, we bring together a tour de force of Chicago’s most brilliant and successful entrepreneurs from the past and the present to help cultivate these companies which hold the keys to Chicago’s future.

The Momentum Awards is our celebration of the Chicago entrepreneur – past, present, and future – as well as a message to the rest of Chicago and the country that the state of business and growth in Chicago is strong, and that Chicagoans are dedicated to making it even stronger. For more information, visit

Momentum Co-Chairs

Laura Ferris Anderson
Managing Director
JPMorgan Chase

Bryant Keil
Founder and Chairman 
Potbelly Sandwich Works