Darlene Ziebell, John Kobs, Jed Kolko and Jack Albin join Ilyce to discuss how to make a business successful, real estate and the economy on the Ilyce Glink Show on October 20, 2013 on WSB Radio.

Ilyce’s show always contains various forms of  real estate and personal finance advice but she has invited four intelligent and engaged professionals to talk about business development, the real estate market and the economy.

These four experts have strong opinions regarding certain issues Americans are facing:

Darlene Ziebell – President, Ziebell Enterprises

Darlene Ziebell is a veteran entrepreneur. Her unique methodology brings the entrepreneurs fire and passion together with successfully proven business techniques that give business owners a greater chance of success. She uses her enterprise wide level of experience as a fortune 100 management consultant and her entrepreneurship to provide a unique blend of business talent.

Some of her clients have included: Allstate, ABN AMRO, Discover Card, Coach Leather, Delphi, ITW, WW Grainger, Health First, Hewitt Assoc. Trans Union, PNC Mortgage and many more.

Ziebell Enterprises specializes in helping entrepreneurs learn about business and strategic planning to grow a successful business. She works with closely held companies by offering her successful Business Seminars and personalized Business Training Programs.

Currently, she is president of a startup travel agency, Arch Vacations Inc., a unique travel agency providing exemplary personal vacation concierge services for the discerning global traveler. She says about starting a new business these days: “I recently started a new business in this tough market. And it’s a travel agency. Everyone thought I was nuts… but I have been successful in using a down economy to turn businesses around. It’s a matter of finding the right customer.”

She is also the founder and CEO of the Center for Women Business Owners. An online organization designed to provide business owners with mentors and advisors who bring real life experience.

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You can find Darlene on Twitter @DarleneZiebell

John Kobs – CEO, co-founder, ApartmentList.com

John Kobs is the CEO and co-founder of the Webby Award-winning #1 apartment search engine ApartmentList.com, which is owned by the San Francisco-based startup Vertical Brands. ApartmentList.com is the largest and fastest growing apartment search engine – revenue hit $10 million dollars in 2012 without venture capital. It’s expected to make $18 to $20 million this year.  Apartment List helps 600,000 people every month in their housing search. Similar to what Kayak does for travel, Apartment List delivers a comprehensive set of apartment listings in one interface.

Kobs is also the chairman of the board and co-founder of Chat Sports, Inc., a socially content platform for sports fans. Kobs is a recovering finance geek who previously focused on technology investing at TICC Capital. Prior to TICC, he was an investment banker at Thomas Weisel Partners.

Here are the top three lessons he’s learned as an entrepreneur:

1) People are everything
2) It’s a marathon, not a sprint
3) Vision is evolutionary

To learn more about John and his work go to:



You can find John on Twitter @JohnKobs

Jed Kolko – Chief Economist and Head of Analytics for Trulia

Jed Kolko is the Chief Economist at Trulia where he leads the company’s housing research and provides insights on market trends and public policy. Focusing on where the market is today and where it is headed tomorrow, Jed aims to shed light on how the future of real estate will evolve – from where people want to live to the types of homes that they want to live in, all the way down to the neighborhood amenities that are most important to them and their families. Additionally, in his role at the fastest growing online real estate resource, he also advises the development of Trulia Estimates and works to create new derivatives of Trulia’s data to help more consumers make smarter decisions about where they want to live.

Jed was formerly an associate director of research and research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. In this role, he published policy studies and academic articles on economic development, land use and housing policy, advised policymakers and business groups, and testified at public hearings. Previously, he was vice president and research director of Forrester Research’s market-research practice focusing on consumer technology adoption and demand. He has also worked at the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (now known as the Federal Housing Finance Agency), the World Bank, and the Progressive Policy Institute. Jed earned his Ph.D. in Economics and his A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University.

To learn more about Jed and his work go to:





You can find Jed on Twitter @JedKolko

Jack Ablin – Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer – BMO Private Bank

As Head of Macro Strategy, Jack chairs the Asset Allocation Committee and is responsible for establishing investment policy and strategy within BMO Private Bank throughout the US. He joined the organization in 2001 and has three decades of experience in money management.

Jack earned a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College in New York, where he graduated with honors with an AB in Mathematics and Computer Science. A member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society, Mr. Ablin received an MBA with honors and graduated cum laude from Boston University in Massachusetts. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago.

Author of Reading Minds and Markets: Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Returns in a Volatile Global Marketplace, published in July 2009 by F.T. Press; Wall Street Journal’s best-seller list, 2009

  • Frequent contributor to CNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s
  • Served as a Professor of Finance at Boston University, Graduate School of Management
  • Spent five years as a Money and Markets correspondent for the NBC affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Named one of the top 100 Wealth Advisors in North America, by CityWealth Magazine in 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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