One Chicago’s Office Soccer Team!

Team members from One Chicago, Inc have enjoyed playing in a competitive soccer league this season. The One Chicago, Inc- Soccer Teamteam plays at the Grasshopper Soccer facility in Hillside.

Most of the players on the One Chicago team have played college soccer or play in Saturday leagues right now. Currently the team is in second place, they are 12 and 2… and they are looking to bring home the win in the playoffs which are starting soon.

The highest scorer on the team is Ante, and the team’s goalie is Edson who has played soccer for many years. Parents, friends and family have been attending games and supporting the team, and the team gets a ton of support from the rest of the office as well.

At the end of the season, the winners of the tournament will be awarded $2,000.

Want to brush up on your soccer trivia? Here are some fun facts:

  • -On average, soccer players run as far as 9.5 miles in a single match.
  • -More than 1 in 20 soccer injuries are caused by celebrating goals on the pitch.
  • -The most goals scored in a World Cup’s match was 10 by Hungary against El Salvador in 1982.
  • -When the World Cup was hosted in the U.S. in 1994, they only spent US$30 million on infrastructure improvements. For the 2014 World Cup, Brazil spent US$11 billion.
  • -In 1969, El Salvador waged war on Honduras after it lost against it in a soccer match
  • -Soccer fans in Italy are called “tifosi”, meaning “carriers of typhus”, because their fanatism is like a fever.
  • -149 – 0 is the highest score ever made in a Soccer game

(Source: http://www.factslides.com/s-Soccer)

One Chicago, Inc. Honored with National Sales Award

Chicagoland-based sales and marketing firm One Chicago Inc., announced that their quarterly performance on behalf of a respected energy client once again earned them a quarterly sales award – the “Campaign Cup.”

Led by President Juan Olmos, One Chicago, Inc.’s third quarter performance earned the award for national sales excellence when compared to eligible offices focusing on the same program. The firm won this trophy earlier in 2015, as well as 2014.

Olmos praised his team for winning this recognition repeatedly: “The One Chicago Inc team is excited to be recognized again for our success on behalf of our client. And we’ll continue to work hard to again win this award quarter after quarter.”

One Chicago Inc. matches services to a client’s needs, providing measurable results that lead to long-term retention and revenue growth. The firm’s consistent demand from clients has resulted in new market development and expansion.

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National Sales Recognition Goes to One Chicago, Inc.

DES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — One Chicago, Inc., a privately owned sales and marketing company headquartered in Illinois, earned top sales recognition once again for their excellent work on behalf of a respected energy client.

One Chicago, Inc., led by President Juan Olmos, won the prestigious “Campaign Cup” award for national sales excellence based on their second-quarter performance. Outperforming other sales offices working on the same campaign, the firm also won this recognition in 2014.

“We’re proud of our team for earning this prestigious recognition again and for consistently outperforming the competition throughout the year,” said Olmos. “We are committed to meeting and exceeding our client’s expectations and we are focused on earning this recognition again next quarter.”

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Summer Management Retreat in Cancun!

Team members from One Chicago, Inc. spent the week and weekend in Cancun for their annual Summer Management Retreat! This year’s event was hosted over the Labor Day weekend at the all-inclusive, Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort. During the trip, the team enjoyed soaking up the sun at the pool and on the beach, checking out the spa and golf course, watching a funny lip-sync battle, and attending themed dinner parties at the beach.

The team was also able to participate (and win) a charity volleyball tournament for Operation Smile. Operation Smile is a worldwide children’s charity organization that helps treat facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft palates. One Chicago, Inc. has teamed up with the organization in the past for other fundraising events and is planning to continue fundraising on behalf of the organization to help sponsor a medical mission trip next summer.

Outside of the resort, One Chicago, Inc. team members were able to visit Chichén Itzá, Mexico’s most visited archeological site, and the most famous Mayan temple city. They learned about the history of the region and the architectural wonders. Afterward, team members headed to the Cenotes of Cancun, underground caves with geological formations such as stalactites and stalagmites. A “cenote” is a natural sinkhole created where a cave ceiling has collapsed, a window to a spectacular underground world. On the tour, the team was able to go swimming in some of the caves, and the views were breathtaking.

Click here to see more from One Chicago, Inc’s trip and click here to learn more about the Cenotes of Cancun.

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5 Financial Tips for College Grads

Congratulations to all of you recent college graduates! Learning to handle your personal finances is a crucial part of adulthood. We’ve compiled this list of tips to help get you started on a smart financial path post-graduation.

1. Learn financial basics.
Pick up a book or two on money basics. Some recommended reads for individuals just starting out are: “Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties” by Beth Kobliner, and “Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing and Giving Back” by Kimberly Palmer.

2. Pencil out a budget.
Before you start spending, create a budget. Budgets are not just for people who are established and well into their careers. Budgeting is important because it helps you understand what you’ve got, where’s its going, and how you can plan for the future. There are many free resources online that can help you, such as Mint.com, AceMoney or Quicken.

3. Learn to manage your credit.
Often, people fall into two categories when it comes to debt. Some are too easy going about debt and they let their high-interest credit card balances grow and grow. Others are too worried about debt, so they put money toward paying low-interest debts when they could be using it for a bettOne Chicago, Inc- Unsplash Royalty Free for Bloger savings fund or retirement investment.

As soon as you graduate, do everything you can to establish good credit, and use it wisely. Pay your bills on time and steer clear of unnecessary new debt. Be careful about using credit cards, and monitor your credit report annually.

4. Create an emergency fund.
The advice your grandparents gave you about paying yourself first was great advice! Its best to put aside three to six months worth of living expenses in a relatively liquid savings vehicle. No matter what the amount you’re able to save each week, what counts is that you are creating a habit. One easy way to create this habit is by setting up an automatic savings deduction from your checking account.

5. Plan for retirement.
You’re a recent college grad, and you’ve got your whole life ahead of you. Retirement seems so far away. Don’t make the mistake of putting off your retirement savings. Learn more about how it works from FinancialAidFinder.com:

“Let’s say you are 21 years old and you can afford to put $30 a week into your 401K Plan. You do this for the next 14 years, and then at the age of 35, you stop contributing and never save another dime. Assuming a 10% rate of return, you will have $572,000 by the time you retire at the age of 61. Now let’s look at the save later model. Say you don’t save a dime for the next fourteen years, but then you hit 35 and realize that retirement isn’t so far away after all. You start putting aside that same $30 a week for the next 26 years. (Not 14 years, like in the first example, but 26 years!) When you retire at the age of 61, guess how much money you’ll have? $187,000. That’s a loss of $385,000. Still think you can afford to put off saving for your retirement?”

 

Sources: 13 Real-World Tips for College Grads, by Teresa Mears (US News); 7 Most Important Personal Finance Tips for Recent College Graduates, by Kevin Mercadante (MoneyCrashers.com); 11 Essential Money Tips For New College Grads, by Kerry Hannon (Forbes); 7 Financial Tips For New Grads, by Erik Carter (Forbes); 4 Money Management Tips for Recent College Grads, by Carole Oldroyd (Mint.com); 8 Essential Financial Tips for New College Grads, Author Unknown (Financialaidfinder.com)

Congratulations to Mike, on his promotion to Assistant Management!

Congratulations to One Chicago, Inc. team member, Michael, on his promotion to Assistant Management! After receiving several other accolades this year from both One Chicago, Inc. and their clients, Michael was recognized again, this time with a promotion and new responsibilities .

Michael has been working through One Chicago, Inc.’s Employee Education Program since joining the team, and is excited about how much he has learned through it. Initially, employees learn the basics of sales, marketing, consulting and self-management. They follow systematic checklists and meet daily with their coaches and trainers. Individuals must prove themselves proficient in effective business communication, understanding industry demands, making effective presentations, and handling objections.

One Chicago, Inc- Mike D's Promotion to Assisant ManagementNext in the One Chicago, Inc. Employee Education Program, employees focus on several new areas of development. The training topics vary from day to day, but are generally focused on subjects like: Principles of Development; Leadership by Example; Training, Coaching, and Development of Others; Organizational Psychology; Personal Development; Time and Priority Management; Public Speaking; Campaign Management; Recruiting and Talent Scouting; and the Fundamentals of Personal and Professional Finance Management.

In the phase of training following that, employees spend time learning and practicing Client Account Negotiation, New Client Acquisition, Client Retention and Relationship-Building, and Field Training.

Since Michael has proven that he is proficient in the above-mentioned areas, he will be enrolled in Phase Three of the Employee Education Program. Here he will focus on learning the back-end of many departments in the firm. His training will be focused on topics like: Corporate Finance, Business Event Planning and Execution, Human Resources and Talent Scouting, Business Administration, Interviewing and Recruiting Basics, the Franklin Covey FOCUS workshops, Corporate Goal Setting and Payroll and Accounting Basics.

Congratulations, Michael! The One Chicago, Inc. Management team is proud to recognize you for your hard work and dedication, and is excited to see you continue to advance your career.

National Marketing Conference in Nashville!

Team members from One Chicago, Inc. headed to Nashville, Tennessee this weekend for their National Marketing Conference. Every year the team attends the event– a weekend packed with educational workshops, breakouts, networking and fun. This year’s event took place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, not far from the historic Grand Old Opry. One Chicago, Inc- Nashville National Marketing Confernce 2015Speakers at the event addressed a variety of topics ranging from goal-setting, to mental toughness, to team development and coaching, and financial planning. The event was capped off with their annual awards ceremony and banquet.

The team especially enjoyed hearing from Keynote Speaker, Jennifer Bricker, and American acrobat and aerialist. Jennifer was born without legs, and was placed for adoption by her parents. Her adoptive parents taught her to believe that she was not handicapped and that she could do just about anything that everyone else did. They would not allow the word, “can’t” in her vocabulary. Jennifer toured with Britney Spears on her “Circus” tour, and was the first handicapped high school tumbling champion in the state of Illinois. A fan of gymnasts for years, Jennifer discovered that she was the sister of Olympic gymnast, Dominique Moceanu when she was 16 years old. She continues to challenge herself, and is pursuing a career in Hollywood, California.

Another highlight of the event was One Chicago’s team member, Michael being recognized in front of the 3,000+ attendees as the best performer nation-wide on the company’s energy campaign. The One Chicago, Inc. management team also received awards for great performance and growth in 2014.

 

June Employee of the Month: Lupe

The One Chicago, Inc. management team is very proud to announce June’s Employee of the Month! Lupe was recognized as the top performer this month among all One Chicago, Inc. employees. Employees are ranked in three performance categories before receiving this award, and Lupe earned the highest marks this month in all three.
The management team has been impressed by Lupe’s dedication to learning as much as he can and his efforts to help train and develop newer team members. He has a great energy that really adds value to the team.

Lupe lived in Arizona for a bit while we has younger, but spent most of his childhood in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago. He attended Benedictine University where he played soccer all four years and was the team captain. He received a Bachelor degree in Business Management.One Chicago, Inc. Employee of the Month for June

He joined the One Chicago, Inc. team shortly after graduation, because of the experience offered through the firm’s employee education program and the great people on staff.

“What I truly love about the leadership program at One Chicago, Inc. is not only the great team culture and environment we have as an office, but the great coaches and mentors we have with vast experience. From the Administrators, Account Managers, and the Managers we have it all and they know exactly how to coach in every possible situation because they have held the same positions at the firm in the past. I can honestly say I learn from all of them every single day,” Lupe said.

In the future, Lupe is most excited about the organization’s expansion and the opportunity to continue coaching, developing and training others as they advance their professional careers.

“It’s great to be able to provide learning and advancement opportunities for others as the organization continues to expand and take on new clients,” Lupe said.
Outside of work, Lupe enjoys playing soccer every Sunday with his friends from college. He also enjoys reading business and finance books.

“I was always told ‘the biggest asset you have is your mind’ so whenever I have free time I love to read,” he said.

Congratulations, Lupe, on receiving this award, and keep up the great work!

Volleyball Tournament and BBQ for Operation Smile!

One Chicago, Inc. team members, friends and family gathered in Des Plaines this weekend in support of the philanthropic organization, Operation Smile. This was One Chicago, Inc.’s first annual volleyball tournament and fundraising barbecue for the non-profit. Participants played in organized volleyball games at the park all afternoon and the management team provided food and beverages. Team members enjoyed having the management team run the barbecue for them and lead them in other competitive athletic events.

One Chicago, Inc. has committed to helping Operation Smile with fundraising efforts for the next several years, and is hoping to help fund a medical mission trip for the organization next summer. Operation Smile is a worldwide children’s charity organization that helps treat facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft palates. The One Chicago, Inc. team has been successful in partnering with Operation Smile in the past, and is looking forward to continued support and future fundraising events. To learn more about Operation Smile, click here.

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Congratulations to Michael, on his promotion to Assistant Management!

One Chicago, Inc. is proud to announce that Michael has been promoted to Assistant Manager. Michael has been enrolled in the company’s employee education and training program for the past fifteen months. The program is designed to help entry-level professionals gain a vast amount of business experience in areas such as public speaking, coaching and development of others, talent scouting, business finance and development, priority management, and campaign management.

Michael grew up on the South side of Chicago, and attended Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports AdminOne Chicago, Inc.- Mike's Promotion to  Assistant Managementistration & Marketing. When asked about what he values most about working with One Chicago, Inc. he said, “There are two things that stand out to me as to why I love the program. The first one is the team environment within the office. Not only do I have great relationships with everyone in the office but there are numerous coaches that I can go to for advice on a daily basis. Team members are always willing to help each other out. The second thing I like is the performance-based opportunity. I grew up playing sports my whole life, and I understand that the best players on the team usually get the most playing time. That’s how it is here as well, I can dictate my own growth because promotions are based on performance, not seniority, and I really value that.”

Michael is excited about his future with the firm, and this promotion because he knows it is another stepping stone toward successes in the future.

Outside of work, Michael enjoys playing basketball; he participates in a Sunday league that plays at various park districts throughout Chicago. He also has a beautiful daughter that keeps him focused on a day-to-day basis. His favorite teams include the Chicago Bulls, Whitesox, and Bears. His favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant.

Congratulations, Michael, on reaching this milestone in your career! The One Chicago, Inc. team is proud to recognize you and can’t wait to see what you can accomplish in the future.

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