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Corey Chambas: President & CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc.
Corey Chambas, President & CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc. is a featured blogger for IBMadison.com. Corey has over 25 years experience working with local businesses. He currently serves as a director of several of First Business's companies, is a board member of M3 Insurance Solutions, an advisory board member of Bellbrook Labs and Aldine Capital Fund, and a member of the Strategic Issues Campaign Committee for the United Way of Dane County.
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On Monday, I received a reminder email from our head of marketing that it was a blog week and I had one due on Friday. Some weeks I have an idea ready to go, but this week I emailed back, "I’ve got nothin’," and began to get stressed about it. I don’t get paid for doing my blog, so why do I do it when it’s just one more thing to jam into my busy life?! This happens about every third blog when I seem to be lacking ideas and it becomes very stressful.
Later that night, I was invited to a dinner meeting of the local Financial Executives International chapter and was …
Oftentimes I have my wife proof the final version of my blog. On my last blog, when she was done, she said, “It’s okay ... but what’s the point? What are you trying to get across by writing your blogs?” Ouch! As I paused and thought about it, I acknowledged that I wasn’t intending to convey anything particularly brilliant or necessarily brand new, but rather was trying to share business information that might not be top of mind for some people.
I hoped to bring a concept up in an interesting way or with some ideas about implementation. Really just …
Last Saturday I headed out for my bike ride, unmotivated and a little bit sore after testing for the In Business Fittest Executive competition the previous day. I wasn’t up for the challenge of my normal hilly ride, so I intentionally started on a flatter route. As I headed out of town on Seminole Highway, a young woman about my daughter’s age passed me, and friendly as can be said, “Have a nice ride!”
As she easily blew by me, my competitive drive kicked in and I wondered if I could keep up. She pulled away for a …