Zachary Koran

I recently had an opportunity to speak with entrepreneur, coach & family man Zachary Koran.

By: Joshua Conner

Zachary Koran, is the lead broker & founder of Zach Koran Real Estate/The Zach Koran Group, entrepreneur, coach, father and Illinois Realtor at Compass based in Chicago. I am really inspired by how Koran utilizes various mediums including social media to give clients the best service.

What is a day in the life of Koran like?

“Well, I typically get up, have some coffee and take my vitamins, then I pray, mediate & do a couple of spiritual readings. Then I take a shower, get dressed and walk the dog. I have my son part-time, so sometimes, I’ll take him to school, like I did this morning. Then sometimes, I head to the office, where I make phone calls, do the prospecting part of my real estate business. In the afternoon,  I show properties, and 3 or 4 days a week, I hit the gym in the morning, before I start the day as well. At night-time, I either hang out with friends, or I show property listings or I have my son,” said Koran.

What would be the title of Koran’s life story and who would play him in a movie?

“Title of my life story, good question, it would be humility drives success. Who would play me in a movie, how about, I’m going through my mental Rolodex of actors, I don’t know Hugh Jackman,” said Koran.

If Koran could leave his son one quality it would be loyalty and honesty.

“Leave my son one quality, what would it be & why, that’s a good one, I was actually thinking about this the other day. You know probably, that’s tough, I would say loyalty and honesty. I know that’s two, but loyalty and honesty go together for me,” said Koran.

What was it like for Koran modeling for the Men of Chicago Real Estate calendar?

“It was great, I know a lot of those guys, that were on the calendar, because we’re all in the real estate business. I know probably half of them. We had a lot of fun doing it, I’m not really a model by trade. Doing that was fun for me, it’s always fun getting your picture taken. So, I got to meet some new people, which was great, and get a chance to be part of a fundraiser. The money raised from the calendar sales, went to a non-profit,” said Koran.

How did Koran get his first tattoo?

My first tattoo, I got it at Lake Geneva, when I was 18 years old. I got my first one on my shoulder, it was my initials in Old English writings. It is now covered up, by other art, that I wanted to bring to life, you know, kind of cover it up, but that was my first one 23 years ago,” said Koran.

What are Koran’s favorite brand of boxer briefs?

“ I probably go with Calvin Klein,” he says.

What is one sentence, would Koran like people to use when describing his business Zach Koran Real Estate?

“That’s a great question, I would like people to say, he goes extremely beyond the limits to provide good service,” said Koran.

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Nate Bianchi

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Nate Bianchi, Chicago’s data analytics ace & witty Instagram bio creator.

By: Joshua Conner

I have always been inspired by Nate Bianchi, associate director of marketing sciences at OMD USA, personally & professionally.

Professionally, when Bianchi posted his computer science resume on the job site Monster, he received a call back 5 days later, and was later hired by a marketing agency. Personally, Bianchi has even collaborated with renowned fashion designer Richard Dayhoff as well as photographer and model scout Joem Bayawa, to produce some epic photos.

A day in the life of Bianchi begins early in the morning, around 6 or 7 am. He gets up early so he can have some self investment time.

“You should always give some time to yourself, before you give your time to your job or to someone else,” said Bianchi.

Bianchi then does some work around the house, take care of emails, and heads to the office. He is usually at the office by 9am, with a quick lunch at 11:30 am or noon. He is normally out of the office by 6pm, although he tends to have some late nights at work. After he comes back home and regroups, Bianchi heads to the gym at around 8 or 8:30 pm, and works out for a couple of hours. He then comes back home, after his work out, and relaxes before going to bed, to prepare for the next day.

“Sometimes, I stay at work until 10:00 at night, but for the most part, I try to give myself free time before I go to work in the morning and in the evening as well,” said Bianchi.

Bianchi passion for computer science and data, was passed down from his father. Bianchi’s father taught him how to program and gave him a computer with Windows 3.1, when he was in high school.

“I bet you can say primitive by today’s standards, but for that period it was very advanced,” he said.

Bianchi continued to pursue programming in high school and college. He ended up getting involved in the computer science side of marketing.

“So I went to college and was a computer science major like my dad, and got my degree. I came back to Chicago, put my resume on, and a marketing agency called me 5 days after I put up my resume,” he said.

Although he planned on only staying with the company for a couple of years, he ended up staying for 11 years.

“Once you’ve been in an industry for 11 years, it’s hard to do something different. You have a lot of experience, and a lot of just working in that industry, and you just know that industry so well. So I left there after 11 years, and got some different jobs within different marketing agencies around the city,” he said.

Bianchi likes how even though he has worked for a lot of different marketing agencies, all of them have been very data intensive and focused on data analytics.

How does Bianchi measure success?

“I think success is relative to everyone. I think different people have different standards for success that they set for themselves. Different people will get different opportunities,” he said.

Bianchi explained that you can’t compare yourself to other people success and it’s really about the distance you have traveled. Bianchi also explained that happiness is another important aspect of success.

“I think a lot of people find a lot of success in the world and they make a lot of money, but they spend their entire lives: at the office, on the road or in the airplane traveling for work. They don’t do the things in life they really want to do and their miserable their whole lives the whole time, their doing it. So while they look at their material possessions and be very successful at what they do, they’re not really happy and they’re not really doing what they’re enjoying. So I think happiness and satisfaction is the measure of success as well,” said Bianchi.

How does Bianchi come up with such witty Instagram bios?

“I don’t know, you know it just kind of pops into my head. You know my friend Ryan Chiaverini, and you know a couple of my other friends. We trade memes, even a meme for a meme. I mean not all day, but during the course of the day, we just trade funny memes online back and forth on Instagram and laugh at them. So I feel like humor is very contagious and laughter is very contagious. When your trading all these witty, happy statements with each other, funny things kind of pop into your head.

The other thing is I love Seinfeld, it’s probably my favorite show of all time. I’ve probably seen every episode at least 3 or 4 times. So I like that kind of humor and try to immerse myself in that sort of thing. If you have a bad day, or what have you, you just need a half an hour of Seinfeld to make you feel better about things, and kind of lift your spirits a little bit. I think it’s just a result of having funny friends and being in front of lots of funny topics, like that. After awhile you start to think of funny things yourself,” said Bianchi.

Who does Bianchi think would play him in a movie?

“I know who would play me, Ben Stiller, because people tell me I look a lot like him. I watch his movies, and it just freaks me out, because the way he acts, the the things that he does and his mannerisms are just things I do,” said Bianchi on his celebrity twin.

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The Fit Expo

The Fit Expo ™ Chicago comes back to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on June 9-10, 2018. As it returns, I take a look back on it’s success from previous years.

By: Joshua Conner

I will never forget when I first learned about the Fit Expo Chicago. 2 years ago, I was on Twitter, at the time and one of my inspiration, that I followed avidly tweeted that he was going to be there. This caused me to follow the link, and I discovered more of my favorite fitness role models were going to attend. So for weeks, I started posting about how I was looking forward to attending to see these great people from the fitness industry. Little did I realize that the marketing manager at the time, saw me and asked if I wanted to be a blogger for the event through a direct message on Twitter. I ecstatically said “yes”.

The Fit Expo ™ Chicago is presented by title sponsor and Subway Restaurants. The Fit Expo ™ is , “Chicago’s largest, action-packed, health and fitness event,” according to the press release on May 16, 2018.

The press release also states that it will provide attendees with a variety of activities, like fitness competitions, group exercise workouts and healthy eating demonstrations.

“This year, featured competitions and events include; Cross-fit style adult team competitions, Power-lifting, Dodge-ball, Battle of the Bars, and a Fitness Star Model Search. The Fit Expo ™ Chicago will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, Hall A,” according to the press release.

One of the reasons why I look forward to The Fit Expo ™ every year is because of the celebrity athletes and fitness influencers. Over the course of my time covering the event, I have had a chance to meet some of the most positive people in the fitness industry. Some of which are returning this year. During the course of covering the event, I had an opportunity to interview some of the cast of The Perfect Physique including David Morin, TJ Hoban and Matt Christianer, all mentioned are on the special guest list scheduled to return.

TJ Hoban and Caroline De Campos, who made history being the first couple appearing as the first couple on Bodies of Work will even be teaching a seminar for aspiring models and those who want to compete on the stage.

I also had a chance to meet NBC Strong trainer Bwyile White. Speaking of Strong, another trainer from the show Adam Von Rothfelder is also scheduled to appear representing Strong Coffee Company.

“There will be many celebrity athletes and fitness influencers appearing throughout the weekend including; Fitness Guru, Martial Artist & Tae Bo ® Creator, Billy Blanks; 4X Mr. Olympia Champion Jay Cutler; Social Media Fitness Star, Cassandra Martin; 4 X. Ms. Olympia, Oksana Grishina; social media & fitness personality, Maxx Chewning and internet sensation, trainer & coach, Massy Arias plus many, many more! Seminars and workshops are a highlight of the weekend where you can learn from the pros such as the cast of “The Perfect Physique” Films. Not to be missed is the bodybuilding posing routine Sunday by 2016 Classic Olympia Bodybuilding Winner, Danny Hester accompanied on live vocals by Monique’s Voice,” according to the press release.

“We’re thrilled to be heading back to Chicago for the fourth year and are committed to producing a unique, experiential event,” said Erin Ferries, Executive Director, TheFitExpo™. “Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast, a competitive athlete, a leisure sport fan, a health-minded mom, or you just like having a great time, TheFitExpo™ Chicago has something for,” according to the release.

I highly recommend everyone to attend the Fit Expo Chicago. I am looking forward to it this year. “Adult admission tickets are $25 per day or $40 for the entire weekend. Tickets for children 12 years and under are $10 per day and children under 6 are admitted free. Show hours are Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 10 AM – 6 PM and Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 10 AM – 5 PM. For full information on TheFitExpo™ call (818) 409-6837 or visit, “ according to the release”.

You can read the press release here:

I would like to thank Sydney Redisch, Sales and Marketing Coordinator for The Fit Expo, who allowed me to cover The Fit Expo Chicago for my third year.