Zethmayr LLC to Help Manufacturers Expand Into New Markets

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Collaboration with regional partners will help companies compete globally

“Zethmayr LLC and the coalition can drive the creation and support of our region’s ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship – which will make this a place where businesses innovate, thrive and invest,” Mike Schablaske, executive director of Transform Rockford

Business growth strategist, Carrie Zethmayr, announced the launch of a new firm with offices in Chicago and Rockford to help businesses, primarily manufacturers, expand into new markets.

Zethmayr will call upon her ten years of experience in international business and economic development to help companies develop and execute strategies for selling to new markets. As companies expand sales, Zethmayr will also provide site selection and incentives negotiation services to ensure companies align their location strategy with their vision for long-term growth.

“We launched Zethmayr to help bring companies and the individuals who lead them closer to realizing their full potential and purpose,” Zethmayr said at Machesney Park-based Superior Joining Techologies, which hosted the news conference. “When businesses fully realize their potential, they create happier and healthier employees and communities.”

Zethmayr will partner with regional business advisors, Mondek Solutions, Thames Management Resources, Thinker Ventures, and Wood CPAs Ltd. to provide holistic business advisory services to Northern Illinois businesses. “Each of our companies provides unique and complementary services to small and medium-sized businesses which need to get ‘un-stuck,’” explained Matt Mondek, CEO of Mondek Solutions.

“We believe that the economic well-being of a community is reflected in the health of its small and medium sized businesses; and we believe that those business leaders often lack the resources to grow the business to its full potential,” explained Brian McIntyre CEO of Thames Management Resources “Our group exists to provide those resources. Zethmayr, with her unique experience internationally, provides a critical role in this process as companies require validated market intelligence to help make strategic growth decisions.”

Community leaders shared enthusiasm for this new business development alliance.

“It’s great that Zethmayr LLC has chosen to launch with an office here in the Rockford region and participate in a coalition of advisory service providers,” shared Mike Schablaske, Executive Director of Transform Rockford. “Together with other community organizations, Zethmayr LLC and the coalition can drive the creation and support of our region’s ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship – which will make this a place where businesses innovate, thrive and invest.”

Companies should contact Zethmayr if they are:

  • Considering a new product, targeting a new industry, or selling to a new geographic market, or
  • Considering major investments in real-estate expansion to ensure they capitalize on all market intelligence and available financial incentives.

Prior to launching Zethmayr, Carrie spent two years administering financial incentives on behalf of the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. There, she negotiated over $120 Million in financial incentives for companies which collectively invested over $1 Billion in the State of Illinois, averaging over $5.4 Million in incentives per company – $45,000 per job committed.

With language capability in both Mandarin Chinese and French, Carrie also led international initiatives for the Rockford Area Economic Development Council from 2008 through 2015. This included administration of the region’s Foreign Trade Zone, export development consulting on behalf of the International Trade Center, and leading initiatives to attract Foreign Direct Investment from China and Western Europe that resulted in over $50 Million in new capital investment from foreign companies in the Rockford region.

Additional accomplishments include:

  • Led business recruitment strategies, resulting in 10,000+ new regional jobs and $1 billion in capital investment
  • Led aerospace cluster development strategy, including initiatives focused on branding, workforce development, business development, supplier development, innovation and business recruitment
  • Organized and led eight international trade missions to Canada, China and England for foreign direct investment marketing and export promotion, resulting in $5+ Million of capital investment from data-identified companies
  • Administered federal Foreign Trade Zone program which allows direct import of foreign product; increased activated sites by 50% in first year resulting in 32% revenue growth, saving companies up to $2 Million in annual duties & fees
  • Provided consulting services to 100+ companies on export compliance (including ITAR, EAR and OFAC training), market research, trade finance and logistics directly resulting in $17+ Million in client export sales
  • Companies evaluating their next growth steps can contact Zethmayr at 312-221-1115 or carrie(at)zethmayr(dot)com.


Mondek Solutions is a proactive, hands on consulting firm focusing on mentoring executive leadership, driving operational efficiency and bottom line improvements. Mondek Solutions is led by Matt Mondek, who with his staff, have over 150 plus years of experience in executive level leadership spanning all business disciplines. This allows them to delivery comprehensive, practical and cost effective solutions in areas such as transitional management, board advisory, organizational development, operations, quality, engineering, product development and business analysis. Mondek Solutions drives your business to the next level of success.

Mr. Mondek is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois and holds an MBA, BSME, CPM, a number of patents and is an active member and post Chair of the AGMA (American Gear Manufacturers Association). For more information visit http://www.mondeksolutions.com.

Wood CPAs is an independent CPA firm located in Rockford, IL, offering a broad range of services for business owners, executives and independent professionals. Our firm provides outstanding service to our clients because of our dedication to the three underlying principles of professionalism, responsiveness and quality. Our firm’s reputation reflects the high standards we demand of ourselves. We will answer all of your questions, as they impact both your tax and financial situations. We welcome you to contact us anytime. http://www.woodcpasltd.com

Thames Management Resources provides strategy and implementation expertise to increase revenue and profits. We asses, then develop, then implement tactics that optimize profitable growth. Our scope is tailored to each client and may include financial benchmarking, operational assessments, sales training, and more. We’ve experienced the hurdles that keep companies from flourishing; and we realize that each situation is unique – so each solution must be unique as well. http://www.thames-venture.com

Thinker is a Rockford, Illinois-based business development company that works with startups, refining ideas and helping launch companies, as well as with established small- and medium-sized businesses helping them grow and operate better through comprehensive marketing, advertising, website and technology, media strategies and executive coaching. thinkerventures.com

Zethmayr provides market intelligence, strategy and project management services which allow its clients to confidently make decisions. Earning your trust in our market intelligence, guidance and confidentiality is our top priority. Our services will allow you to confidently make business development decisions with market validated information, execute clear strategy for developing new markets to increase and diversify revenue, and provide clear vision and direction to you, your key staff and partners. Learn more at http://www.zethmayr.com.

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