Our Team

 Mark Chern – President

Born in Latvia, Europe and immigrated to Chicago in 1997. Speaks Russian, Spanish, and English. Attended Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. Attended University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he studied Finance and International Business while also playing tennis. Between tennis seasons, enjoyed coaching players, and has brought his competitive drive and mentorship abilities to develop well-rounded professionals at Empire, Inc.

Mark started in the Entry-level and took advantage of the “no-seniority, promote from within” environment to earn a promotion to executive role just after a year with the company. Known for his impeccable work ethic, and highly-energetic and enthusiastic personality. Interests are tennis, Chicago sports, restoring and modifying cars, and travel across the United States and abroad.

Favorite Quote – “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like others won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like others can’t.”

 Maxine Schlee – Human Resources

Maxine was born in Oak Lawn, IL and grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. Maxine attended  high school at  Mount Assisi Academy in Lemont IL, and from there went to Northern Illinois University and completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Masters degree in Education. Maxine started working at Empire Inc. in May of 2012 and has really enjoyed the opportunity to meet and build relationships with such a variety of skilled individuals. In her spare time Maxine enjoys playing softball and entering in bags tournaments, while cheering on her favorite team the Chicago White Sox!”

Favorite Quote- “You skate to where the puck is going; not to where the puck has been.”- Wayne Gretkzy

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