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Eddie Soto

Director of the Lake County Tech Hub and Business Incubator, Eddie Soto is certified as an IESBGA/SBA Business Specialist (CBDA) and SBA 7(J) in government contracting negotiations. Prior, he spent 11 years at the College of Lake County (CLC) with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Grayslake, Vernon Hills, and the Waukegan Campus offices in Lake County, conducting over two thousand client sessions and still facilitating workshops and business communication classes. A Waukegan resident, fluent in Spanish, he also owns E.S. Online Enterprises, Inc., a global branding and communications agency he founded in 2005. With 15 years as a small business owner and 24 years of corporate business management experience, Eddie is passionate in providing consulting services for marketing, business, branding, management, pricing strategy, email marketing, social media, advertising campaigns, and small business funding resources.

Michael Edgar

Owner and Principal of Design Studio C, Ltd. since 1998, has developed a well-rounded and diversified practice encompassing residential, commercial and design/build work.  Since returning to Lake County in 1994 following receipt of his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Southern California (USC) in 1992 and his Masters in Architecture from the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) at the University of Houston in 1993, he has completed over 200 projects within the Chicagoland Area. Both programs allowed Michael the opportunity to study ideas beyond the regional context of metropolitan Chicago and bring fresh perspective to his design and planning work.  He also participates in a number of local community organizations such as the GMLV and Waukegan Chambers of Commerce.

Shai Lothan

Shai has more than 30 years of real estate experience in the construction, investment, and development fields.  A graduate of the University of Denver, where he received training in real estate and economics, his diverse client and project list includes restaurants, not-for-profit organizations and related institutional uses, government entities, and large corporations. Projects include the Residences at Cherry Creek, Townline Center, Lakehurst Shopping Center, Pilsen Park Shopping Center, as well as many residential apartments, condominiums and single-family homes in the Chicagoland area.

Diana Galarza

Intern of the Lake County Tech Hub and Business Incubator, Diana specializes in graphic and web design. She received her Certificate in Web Design and Development at DeVry University (on December of 2019) and an Associate of Fine Arts at the College of Lake County. At her time in the LCTH, Diana has been re-designing and updating marketing material. Diana was born and grew up in Waukegan. She is fluent in Spanish.  

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Eddie Soto

Director of the Lake County Tech Hub and Business Incubator, Eddie Soto is certified as an IESBGA/SBA Business Specialist (CBDA) and SBA 7(J) in government contracting negotiations. Prior, he spent 11 years at the College of Lake County (CLC) with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Grayslake, Vernon Hills, and the Waukegan Campus offices in Lake County, conducting over two thousand client sessions and still facilitating workshops and business communication classes. A Waukegan resident, fluent in Spanish, he also owns E.S. Online Enterprises, Inc., a global branding and communications agency he founded in 2005. With 15 years as a small business owner and 24 years of corporate business management experience, Eddie is passionate in providing consulting services for marketing, business, branding, management, pricing strategy, email marketing, social media, advertising campaigns, and small business funding resources.

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Michael Edgar

Owner and Principal of Design Studio C, Ltd. since 1998, has developed a well-rounded and diversified practice encompassing residential, commercial and design/build work.  Since returning to Lake County in 1994 following receipt of his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Southern California (USC) in 1992 and his Masters in Architecture from the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) at the University of Houston in 1993, he has completed over 200 projects within the Chicagoland Area. Both programs allowed Michael the opportunity to study ideas beyond the regional context of metropolitan Chicago and bring fresh perspective to his design and planning work.  He also participates in a number of local community organizations such as the GMLV and Waukegan Chambers of Commerce.

Shai Lothan

Shai Lothan

Shai has more than 30 years of real estate experience in the construction, investment, and development fields.  A graduate of the University of Denver, where he received training in real estate and economics, his diverse client and project list includes restaurants, not-for-profit organizations and related institutional uses, government entities, and large corporations. Projects include the Residences at Cherry Creek, Townline Center, Lakehurst Shopping Center, Pilsen Park Shopping Center, as well as many residential apartments, condominiums and single-family homes in the Chicagoland area.

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Diana Galarza

Intern of the Lake County Tech Hub and Business Incubator, Diana specializes in graphic and web design. She received her Certificate in Web Design and Development at DeVry University (on December of 2019) and an Associate of Fine Arts at the College of Lake County. At her time in the LCTH, Diana has been re-designing and updating marketing material. Diana was born and grew up in Waukegan. She is fluent in Spanish.  

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