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Andy Rockwood has been a serial entrepreneur his entire career. Following military service as a naval officer during the Vietnam conflict, he joined his family’s newspaper publishing business in Barrington, IL, growing that business from a single publication to nine over a span of 18 years.

After selling the newspaper business in 1986, he became president of Truesdale-Hope Corp, a holding company for several family businesses. It owned Nexus Office Systems, a sales and service organization for Ricoh photocopiers and office products in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, the Embassy Executive Center which provided executive offices and services, and an interest in a mixed use real estate development near Traverse City, Michigan.

Since 1998, Andy has worked as a small business advisor, consultant, and coach to many small business owners in Northbrook, Schaumburg, Oakbrook and other nearby Illinois communities. In that role, he brings proven expertise in executive leadership, strategic planning and follow-through to help owners grow their companies profitably. He also has extensive experience in revenue generation, cost reduction and process improvement.

Education & Training

B.A. degree in political science from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana.

Graduated U.S. Navy Officers Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island. Honorably discharged in 1970.

Completed a 9-week executive training program at the Harvard University School of Business, then called the Smaller Company Management Program (SCMP), now called the Owner/President Management Program (OPM).