Collaboration with regional partners will help companies compete globally

ROCKFORD – Business-growth strategist Carrie Zethmayr announced the launch of a firm with offices in Chicago and Rockford to help businesses, primarily manufacturers, expand into new markets. Zethmayr calls upon her 10 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 that 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 Mondek Solutions, Thames Management Resources, Thinker Ventures and Wood CPAs Ltd. to provide holistic 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’,” said 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,” said 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,” said 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.
  • Major investments in real-estate expansion to ensure that they capitalize on all market intelligence and available financial incentives.
Before launching her namesake company, Zethmayr spent two years administering financial incentives on behalf of theIllinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. There, she negotiated more than $120 million in financial incentives for companies that collectively invested $1 billion-plus in the state, averaging $5.4 million in incentives per company, or $45,000 per job committed.
With language capability in Mandarin Chinese and French, she led international initiatives for the Rockford Area Economic Development Council from 2008 through 2015. This included administering 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 $50 million in new capital investment in the Rockford region.
Additional accomplishments:
  • Led business recruitment strategies, resulting in 10,000+ 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 more than $5 million in capital investment from data-identified companies.
  • Administered the federal FTZ program, which allows direct import of foreign product; increased activated sites by 50% in the first year, resulting in 32% revenue growth, saving companies up to $2 million in annual duties and fees.
  • Provided consulting services to more than 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
Mondek Solutions is a proactive, hands-on consulting firm focusing on mentoring executive leadership, driving operational efficiency and bottom-line improvements. CEO Matt Mondek and his staff have 150-plus years of experience in executive-level leadership spanning all business disciplines. This allows us to deliver comprehensive, practical and cost-effective solutions in such areas 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.
Matt Mondek is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois and has an MBA, BSME, CPM and several patents, and is an active member and past chairman of the American Gear Manufacturers Association. For more information, visit
Wood CPAs in Rockford, Illinois, offers a broad range of services for business owners, executives and independent professionals. We provide outstanding service to clients because of their dedication to three underlying principles: professionalism, responsiveness and quality. Our reputation reflects the high standards we demand of ourselves; contact the independent CPA firm,, anytime with questions about your tax and financial situations.
Thames Management Resources provides strategy and implementation expertise to increase revenue and profits, then assesses, develops and implements tactics that optimize profitable growth. Our scope is tailored to each client and may include financial benchmarking, operational assessments and sales training. 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.
Thinker is a Rockford, Illinois-based business development company that works with startups, refining ideas and helping launch companies; and 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.
Zethmayr provides market intelligence, strategy and project management services that 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