Bootstrapping In America is tastytrade's spotlight on the best and brightest of the entrepreneurial community in Chicago and beyond. Meet the innovative men and women leading the companies featured in this week's episodes!

Kathy Tsitovich | Intuit 

Intuit develops financial and tax preparation software and services for small businesses, accountants and individuals.  Kathy Tsitovich leads the New Business Development Team.  They focus on working with partners to make it easy and simple to obtain funds needed to start, run and grow businesses for individuals.

We have a CEO and Founder who are committed to innovation within our company.
— Kathy Tsitovich

Gary Schafer | Minelab 

Gary Schafer is the president of Minelab in North America. They specialize in metal detection technology for hobbyists, and minefield detection for governments around the world. The company is based in South Australia.

There are people in this city (Chicago) that turn in 5 digits in jewelry and finds all the time every year and sell to’s a pretty good hobby.
— Gary Schafer

Sabrina Vodnick | Refined Haystack

Sabrina Vodnick is the founder and CEO of Refined Haystack. The company is a home interior resource aggregator where local stores and designers can connect and collaborate. Think of them as a market place for local design, from top design professionals to the the best in decor sources.

The interior design community is very opaque and kind of offline industry.
— Sabrina Vodnick

Ray Ziganto | Bi-Link

Ray Ziganto is the President of Bi-Link. The company collaborates with engineering teams to solve complex challenges from early stage through full-scale manufacturing. They have been around for 53 years and have been very successful by disrupting themselves throughout their history.

With engineers, that don’t always articulate things well, but when you get engineers with engineers that’s when magic happens.
— Ray Ziganto

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