Siri Hibbler is a change-maker, visionary, serial entrepreneur and community advocate. An influential leader for the people she has been called to serve, the under-served communities. Siri is the Recipient of several community awards including the 2019 Legacy Leader Award by Westside Women United and NLCCC, Inc., and the 2019 CommUnity Hero Award for Social Service Innovation by Meridian Health. In 2020 Siri also received a Certificate of Excellence award from the Cook County Treasurer, Maria Pappas. Siri, continues to serve her community daily in various capacities as the founder and leader of several for profit and not-for- profit organizations including Field of Dreams Visionary Center, Inc., (www.fieldofdreamsvisionarycenter.com) where she serves the homeless, ex-offenders, youth, disabled and low-income families, providing housing, career development, job placement, financial literacy, non-violence programs, addiction counseling and a youth STEAM program. In August 2021, Field of Dreams will launch the first trauma, non-violence and wellness center in Garfield Park on the westside of Chicago. Through her firm, the Dream Academy, Siri has taught instruction to start-up and expansion businesses for 25 years, where she also provides business coaching and mentoring. Siri is the Chairman and Founder of the official Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce, and the Cook County Black Chamber of Commerce, where she is on a mission to grow wealth in underserved communities and businesses, increase economic development and enhance the health, and wellness of community residents in disproportionate impacted communities. Siri is also the President of multiple for profit entities including a multi-cultural marketing agency, television and film production company with 22 TV programs and 14 films in it's line-up, as well as a nail salon and spa, to name a few. Siri's call to action and passion for helping her community expanded outside of her local boundaries in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, where she launched the national COVID-19 African American Relief Fund, raising more than $300K within 2 months of the launch, that allowed her to provide more than sixty black-owned businesses with funds up to $10K to help them retain their businesses during the pandemic. The fund also provides fresh personalized groceries to senior citizens and families with children (www.covid19africanamericanrelieffund.org). Mrs. Hibbler also launched Azure Staffing Agency in the Garfield Park community, providing employment opportunities in Information Technology, professional careers, healthcare and general labor. Siri is the visionary leader behind the “Rebirth of Garfield Park” Real Estate Development that was renamed, the Rebirth of Black Wall Street (www.rebirthofblackwallstreet.org) to help close the wealth gap by increasing black business and home ownership, wealth and assets. This development has been featured in various media publications including Crain’s Chicago since 2018. To date Siri has raised $100MM for phase 1 on the development that is slated to bring 2,000 job opportunities, 400 affordable housing units, 75 commercial units, Technology Incubator and Design Center, and Performing Arts Center. Siri plan to build this community impact development in multiple neighborhoods and cities. Siri Hibbler is a 30+year Marketing Executive working in various notable companies such as IBM, AT&T and Transamerica Distribution Finance, to name a few. Siri was born and raised in the Garfield Park community. She is an ordained and licensed minister holding the office of Apostle.
Brandon Laster is the vice-president of business development and minority equity partner for the multimillion dollar, locally owned company Chicago Hygiene, LLC - a health and safety company specializing in the sanitation of public and commercial restrooms. Chicago Hygiene operates as the franchise owner of the entire Chicago region of Enviro-Master Services. His clients include: BACKGROUND Brandon Laster’s story is one that has captured national attention in light of his remarkable ability to overcome insurmountable odds and to transform his life into one of unexpected prosperity and unimagined success. Brandon’s story is quite different from most that you would expect to hear. Neither did he grow up suffering the clichéd hardships of the southside of Chicago nor was he a product of drug-influenced parentage. Brandon’s father was a markedly successful franchisee of both Popeye’s and Checker’s restaurants, and his mother worked as one of the few female conductors for the railways. And even though his mother and father did not marry, both parents were greatly involved in Brandon’s upbringing. Despite his disturbingly pedestrian upbringing, Brandon lacked professional experience. Youth and his desire to maintain a certain lifestyle that he had vicariously lived through his father and friends of his parents eventually landed Brandon in federal prison with a ten-year sentence. It was during this time that Brandon began to take note of opportunities he had previously neglected by skirting vital steps. While in prison, he took it upon himself to establish skill sets that he had historically disregarded. He began reaching out to seasoned, successful professionals in search of employment opportunities. Meanwhile, he gleaned information shared by many business leaders in the interim. His pursuits finally paid off when he received an offer letter from the entrepreneurial magnate and owner of Enviro-Master Services, Pat Swisher. Pat was not interested in merely hiring Brandon as an employee. He desired to expose Brandon to the benefits of establishing a career. Over time, Pat evolved into much more than simply a prospective employer. He had inadvertently become a mentor to Brandon. Several years before, Pat had served time in federal prison himself. It was through Pat’s years of experience that he noticed something special and Portillo’s Aldi’s Fed Ex Freight Walgreens Enterprise Rent-a-Car CVS very different about Brandon. When Pat was released from prison, he eventually launched Enviro-Master, one of the leading companies in commercial bathroom cleaning. Now, as if by divine intervention, Pat had been extended an opportunity to help someone else who had fallen on similar hardships. And when Brandon was released in May 2018, he instantly began working within the Chicago office of Enviro-Master. While there, Brandon studied intensely learning the ropes. But it wasn’t long before he also identified an emerging and unprecedented business opportunity. Brandon had quickly rose to become the top sales representative in the region, but even with this success, Brandon began to recognize a much higher calling for his life. The result was that in August of 2019, after many long hours of strategizing and pleading, Brandon, his father, and the existing manager for the Chicago Enviro-Master office partnered to establish what has become one of the most profitable regions under the Enviro-Master Services umbrella as Chicago Hygiene. SHARING HIS STORY His remarkable rise from federal prison to financial prosperity has been covered by magazines such as Black Enterprise Magazine, Franchise Magazine, WVON’s Business Roundtable, and a host of others. He has been featured on an array of podcast shows and television segments. He has shared his story with thousands of professionals online seeking out that glimmer of hope under the entrepreneurial umbrella, and he is preparing a memoire describing his path to success. This is Brandon Laster, once a prisoner but now a professional who helps to teach others how they too can achieve indescribable success within their lives and professional careers. As Brandon often shares, “As someone once shared with me, excuses may satisfy those who make them, but they don’t close deals or pay the bills. Each one of us must make that conscious decision not merely to want more but to actually do more; to push ourselves to levels that no one would have ever expected. Anyone who has the audacity to do so, instantly gains the capacity to be abundantly and uncharacteristically successful.” Brandon Laster attended DePaul University.