Joe Boken

Solutions Specialist

It is a privilege to be able to meet people who change the world every day. My job here at SpeakerFlow is to develop relationships with such world-changers – including professional speakers, thought leaders, and experts – regardless of whether or not they end up using our products. My goal is to add value to their business processes whether that be through a brainstorming session, seeking out content relevant to their business, educating them on how one of our products can help them achieve a desired outcome, or even pointing them in the right direction if they are looking for something that we do not provide. Don’t be shy, let’s chat! 

Background

Hello World.

I’m a proud Chicagoan, currently residing on the northside of town. Although I’ve lived in Illinois for most of my life, I was born in Santa Monica, California, and spent much of my childhood living in Los Angeles, CA. These days, if I’m not in Chicago, you can probably find me visiting family in Brooklyn, New York, which is where my wife was born and raised.

Professionally, my background is in business development, appointment setting, cold-calling… basically anything and everything related to being on the front lines of prospecting for a business. As far as industry is concerned, I’ve mostly worked in the financial realm. Before coming to SpeakerFlow, I worked in a business development capacity for a boutique wealth management firm in Chicago. Later in my career, I prospected for a company that provides foreign exchange on behalf of small to medium sized businesses. Even way back when I was in school, I did outreach for a mergers and acquisitions advisory firm that operated in the healthcare industry. Outside of finance, I also did a brief stint working for a political campaign as a phone canvasser and fundraiser (OUCH!!!).

I truly enjoy the nature of the work that comes with my career of choice, and at this point in my life, I’m really excited to be branching out of the world of finance, and beginning a career working with experts! I’m very excited to be a part of the team here at SpeakerFlow.

Outside of SpeakerFlow

Outside of SpeakerFlow, I enjoy cooking and spending quality time with my wonderful wife, Jessica. In recent years I have also become an automotive enthusiast. My dream car is either a 997.2 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S or an Mk1 Audi R8 with a gated manual transmission. I love the sound of a naturally aspirated engine (especially a V8).

Favorite Book

My favorite book is Sacred Hoops by Phil Jackson. I enjoyed watching him coach both Michael Jordan’s Bulls and Kobe Bryant’s Lakers growing up, and I value his unique approach to the game of basketball (and life). I played a lot of basketball growing up.

Favorite Place to Travel

My favorite place to travel is definitely Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. It is the most beautiful place that I have ever been to, and some of my best memories are of hiking up the canyons there.

Favorite Type of Music

These days I mostly enjoy listening to hip hop and R&B, or even some top 40, but sometimes you can still catch me listening to alternative rock from the 90’s.

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