He's also scaled mountains in Nepal and Ecuador and attempted the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America's tallest peak, climbing back down after enduring a harrowing, freak summer snow squall at 18,000 feet and then spending more than a week in a hospital recovering from frostbite. Barnett's job overseeing the salesforce within the 666 branches of Chicago's second-largest bank by deposits got bigger in July, when Canadian parent BMO Financial Group completed its -billion acquisition of Milwaukee-based Marshall & Ilsley Corp."You try to set a goal to see if you can do it," Mr. He now is responsible for boosting sales of financial products by 5,000 branch bankers.In fact, the ladies of seemed particularly unfazed by Lauer's ousting when discussing the news on Wednesday's show — not because they were privy to his behavior, but because they know of many Lauer-type pervs lurking in morning TV.Related: Katie Couric Admitted Lauer Pinched Her 'On The Ass A Lot' While Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and former NBC personality Sara Haines all raised good points, the MVP of the discussion was hands down Meghan Mc Cain — who said she's been "done" with Lauer ever since he (allegedly) orchestrated the firing of Ann Curry.TO VIEW VIDEO: Move scroll bar from left to right and select an image. Crain's 40 Under 40 feted at Union League Club BY THE NUMBERS: The year's class answers key questions VIDEO: Grub Hub's Evans, Maloney on Chicago's tech scene and the Groupon effect Sometimes we all need to break away and think about something other than work.TO VIEW VIDEO: Move scroll bar from left to right and select an image. Crain's 40 Under 40 feted at Union League Club BY THE NUMBERS: The year's class answers key questions VIDEO: Grub Hub's Evans, Maloney on Chicago's tech scene and the Groupon effect Kristen Amato was trundling along a corporate career path, working as a consultant at Accenture in Chicago while creating necklaces for friends in her off-hours, when the Sept. Realizing that life can be too short, she set aside her chemistry degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to do what she loved most. She also designs for retailers like Anthropologie that routinely request runs of 5,000 pieces.HOW HE UNWINDS: "A lot of inspirations are drawn from (marathon training)." Lorene Yue Chris Connelly was promoted to head of CBRE's Chicago operations in August, taking the reins of a brokerage that ranks No.
Achatz's follow-up to his internationally renowned restaurant Alinea, where Mr.He's devised a dessert that emulates a campfire; the logs are sweet-potato chunks set ablaze. Achatz and his business partner, Nick Kokonas, began laying out plans for Next, it didn't take them long to settle on Mr. Achatz remembers it, there were no openings in the kitchen when Mr. Beran excelled and within two years was chef de cuisine, an ascension Mr. Beran is young to be executive chef of a kitchen as high-profile as Next's.Beran to run the kitchen of a restaurant they knew would require world-class cooking skills, whimsy, inventiveness and a dash of nerve. Beran emerged as "a leader, mentor and creative chef," Mr. He's "just a dead-solid performer who worked his way up through the entire Alinea kitchen and who is incredibly creative." A willingness to tackle just about any task is what set Mr. Beran applied for a job there, but he was willing to be a food runner a job that would take him out of the familiar surroundings of the kitchen and into the dining room. He had never worked in the front of the house," Mr. Someone who's been there Charlie Trotter says the biggest tests are yet to come. Trotter, whose 24-year-old namesake restaurant helped put Chicago on the food world's map. Trotter says, but whether a chef can have staying power is the real measure."I aspire," she says, "to be a name brand." HOW SHE UNWINDS: "I try and visit one new country every single year." Brigid Sweeney Kyle Barnett is one banker who doesn't do a lot of sitting behind a desk.Lured by Harris from Charter One Bank in 2010, he has run more than 10 marathons, three triathlons and one ultra-marathon (a 50-mile race).' I like finding that thread between the social world and art world," she says."My job is to help people see that." HOW SHE UNWINDS: "I turn to the performing arts. I love live music." Shia Kapos Dave Beran hates cooking at home, didn't go to culinary school, passed up a chance to intern at California culinary temple French Laundry and nearly turned down the opportunity to be executive chef at Next, one of the most closely watched restaurant openings in recent memory.Beran was chef de cuisine, the person in charge of all things kitchen-related. Beran's mind about the offer: "The opportunity to find my own style," he says.And, indeed, his skills are being put to the test at this offbeat eatery, where menus are crafted according to alternating themes and people pay upward of 0 apiece months in advance for tickets to dine. Beran is turning out dishes for Next's "Childhood" menu.In particular it was "30 Seconds Off an Inch," an exhibit in which she asked viewers to look beyond artists' origins in studying their work, that captured his attention."I felt it was fresh and thought she could really bring some new thinking and scholarship to what we're doing at the MCA." Ms.