Jim Palmer, Tom Walter (Tasty Catering), and Kelly Hutchison



Jim Palmer

Jim Palmer

Jim Palmer is a marketing and business building expert and host of Newsletter Guru TV and known internationally as ‘The Newsletter Guru’- the go-to resource for maximizing the profitability of customer relationships. He is the founder and President of Custom Newsletters, Inc. and the author of 4 books:

The Magic of Newsletter Marketing – The Secret to More Profits and Customers for Life

Stick Like Glue – How to Create an Everlasting Bond With Your Customers So They Spend More, Stay Longer, and Refer More

The Fastest Way to Higher Profits – 19 Immediate Profit-Enhancing Strategies You Can Use Today

It’s Okay To Be Scared – But Don’t Give Up – A book of hope and inspiration for life and business


Tom Walter is the President and CEO of Tasty Catering. Tom has started twenty nine businesses and acquired three. He is a serial entrepreneur and has been a business owner for over forty years. During that time he has started twenty-nice companies and acquired three. He remains a principal in nice of those companies, six of which were co-founded by his staff.

Tom has given presentations on the national level about corporate culture, leadership brand image and corporate sustainability. His presentations have earned the respect of such organizations as the International Special Events Society, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Executives Association, The Chicago Urban League, Advanced Learning Institute and the DePaul University Coleman Center for Entrepreneurship.

Tom’s efforts have helped Tasty Catering earn multiple business and industry awards. Some of these awards are the Inc. Magazine/Winning Workplaces Top 20 Small Workplaces in 2010, #1 Best Place to Work in Illinois 2008 & 2009, the Achievement in Catering Excellence 2010, Caterer of the Year by Catering Magazine, Crain’s Chicago #7 Best Place to Work, and the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

Tom was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2010.

Tom is a national speaker and co-author of a book that will be published in October 2012 titled: IT’S MY COMPANY TOO: How Entangled Companies Move Beyond Employee Engagement for Remarkable Results.

Kelly Hutchison

Kelly Hutchison

This week’s Playmakers segment features Kelly Hutchison, the Owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Elk Grove Village, IL. Ken has been involved in the health care industry for 14 years.  During that time he has been a business consultant helping large health care providers design and implement business strategies and improve operations.  His business experience allows him to set the company strategy and direction, and deliver consistent results. He experienced senior caregiving firsthand as a family caregiver for his father, a WWII decorated Army veteran, who passed away in the family farmhouse in 1999.  That experience opened his eyes and heart to the challenges families face when caring for aging seniors.  Kelly brings his compassion for seniors, dedication to his CAREGivers, and business insight to work every day.  He knows what it takes to provide personalized care to seniors in the privacy of their own home, and has an open door policy to all clients and CAREGivers.

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