Over the years, the publication that our business has grown up with is Crain’s Chicago Business. Crain’s Chicago Business made its debut in 1978, just two years before Eli’s Cheesecake made its public debut at the first Taste of Chicago.

It was Crain’s and then reporter, David Snyder, who in 1987 ran the first major business piece on my dad and how Eli’s Cheesecake was on the move. Two years later, in 1989, Crain’s did its first class of “40 Under 40″ and I was fortunate to be listed in that group along some now very distinguished people, including Oprah Winfrey.

On November 30th, Crain’s brought together over 250 alumni of “40 Under 40″ and introduced the class of 2005. It was a great evening that was highlighted by a keynote speech by Alex Kotlowitz, noted Chicago author whose works include “There are No Children Here.”

Congratulations Crains, Gloria Scoby, David Snyder, and David Blake, and to your presenting sponsor and our bank, LaSalle Bank, for hosting such a great evening.