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Stories from the past

Take a walk down Magellan's Memory Lane with these stories and photos from events we've participated in, opportunities we've had, people we have had the pleasure to meet.


The Oscars of the Food Industry

Chicagoans know that we are home to some of the finest chefs and restaurants in the world, and now the world does, too.

Magellan partnered with the James Beard Foundation for its 2019 James Beard Awards, known as the “Oscars of the food industry.” Held in May 2019, the event waswill be hosted in Chicago through 2027, affirming Chicago as a culinary mecca.

The kick-off celebration was held on Tuesday, December 10 at the Chicago Cultural Center. In attendance were a number of Chicago’s culinary greats and former James Beard Award recipients. Chicago's own Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz of Boca Restaurant Group were recipients of the Outstanding Restaurant award (presented by Magellan Corporation).

JBF administers a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. Its mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.

Meet & Greet with US Congressman Brad Schneider

Political Considerations Affecting Steel

Congressman Brad Schneider visited the offices of Magellan on August 28, 2018 for a meet and greet, as well as discussion with members of our senior leadership team to discuss a range of industry topics.

In addition to addressing considerations all small business face, Congressman Schneider and the Magellan team discussed the political considerations impacting the steel business, both nationally and internationally.

Congressman Schneider is the US Representative for Illinois' 10th congressional district. He serves on the Ways & Means Committee, and the Committee on Small Business and lives in Deerfield, home to Magellan offices.

Magellan is an engaged and active corporate citizen, involved in the world around us not just for business purposes, but to be able to contribute generously to philanthropic and civic causes. Our ability to do so is predicated on the success of our business, and the myriad factors that affect the steel industry.


Educational Enrichment for Magellan Staff & Friends

Richard Longworth visited Magellan offices on November 14, 2018 for a Lunch & Learn on the history of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Globalization. Richard is a distinguished fellow on global cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Executive Director of the Global Chicago Center.

As a former foreign correspondent for the Tribune and United Press International, Richard travelled and reported news from numerous countries on five continents. His experience in the global market was a catalyst to him joining the Council in his current capacity.

Richard is author of serval books, including “Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism”, addressing the impact of globalization on the American Midwest. He was in the process of writing his next book, focusing on the Council of Global Affairs, scheduled for released in 2020.

Magellan was grateful that Taubensee Steel and the Chicago Sky were able to join us.


Countering Hate and Fear with Love

On October 17, 2018, Magellan Corporation was humbled as Sebastien Bellin, professional European basketball player and 2016 Brussels terror attack survivor, shared his remarkable journey to recovery and overcoming adversity through will, determination and focus.

Sebastien’s presentation, entitled “The Illusion of Fear,” was a pictorial demonstration of courage, will power and the importance of having a team to rely upon. In this case, the team was not the basketball players and coaches that had impacted his career for over 15 years. Rather, his team was the people who provided the resources and gave him the will power to fight, which lead to his survival.

Today, Sebastien is a basketball executive and motivational speaker, travelling the world and sharing his story, and the need to counter hate and fear with love, forgiveness and empathy. We're proud to call Sebastien a friend. Joining Magellan Corporation for this incredible Lunch & Learn presentation were members of the Bulls, Fire, Red Stars and Sky organizations.


A Discussion with an American Patriot

Magellan was proud to host a BENS discussion featuring General Darren W. McDew, USAF (Ret.), emceed by our associate, Mark Fenzel.

Gen. Darren W. McDew, USAF (Ret.) was the commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. USTRANSCOM is the single manager for global air, land and sea transportation for the Department of Defense.

General McDew held staff assignments including serving as a member of the Chief of Staff Operations Group, chief of the USAF Senate Liaison Division and director of Public Affairs. General McDew was vice director for strategic plans for Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served as the commander of 18th Air Force, and commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels as well as a direct reporting unit. He retired in August 2018, but prior to his final assignment as commander, USTRANSCOM, General McDew was the commander of Air Mobility Command.

Guests enjoyed a discussion of US and global affairs through the lens of this American patriot.


From South America to Magellan Offices

Dr. Corine Vriesendorp, Director of the Andes-Amazon Program at the Field Museum, visited the offices of Magellan on August 8, 2018 for a lunch & learn program.

Dr. Vriesendorp is a field biologist who works closely with South American partners to bring science to bear on conservation and the quality of life of local peoples. She began her career studying mahogany in Bolivia, researching the impact of logging practices and creating recommendations for better management practices before conducting research on the tropical forest community in Cost Rica.

She has been an integral part of the Field Museum's rapid inventory team since 2003, a program that has led to the discovery of more than 150 species new to science, and helped governments protect more than 9.4 million hectares of forest in Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. Dr. Vriesendorp is most fascinated by the connections among organisms.

Magellan employees and the Chicago Sky Basketball team were enthralled listening to stories and viewing pictures of Dr. Vriesendorp’s expeditions!


Kicking Back with These Ladies

Magellan had the distinct pleasure of hosting professional women's soccer team Chicago Red Stars for dinner at Steak 48 on August 7, 2018.

Magellan Corporation are big, big Red Star fans, and have been proud to see our logo on their kits and around SeatGeek Stadium. The team was a founding member of Women's Professional Soccer. Supporting organizations and initiatives that work toward gender equality, not just in athletics, but in business, culture, STEM, and elsewhere is a priority at Magellan. It's been our distinct pleasure to support these incredible athletes and their social justice-forward organization.

On this evening, Magellan employees, customers, service providers and charity partners mingled with the players, coaches and staff of the Red Stars over a delicious -- and abundant -- dinner. These remarkable athletes were quick to tell stories of life on the field, juggling the demanding rigors of training with personal lives, and just kick (!) back and enjoy an absolutely delightful evening.


Tennis for Good

World Team Tennis returned to Chicago on July 27, 2018 for a one night sold out event to benefit the XS Tennis Education Foundation. Located on Chicago's south side, XS Tennis provides Chicago's underserved youth with an enriching safe-haven and positive pathway to college through a community-based tennis and academic enrichment program.

XS Tennis Executive Director Kamau Murray, has brought his vision to life, and Magellan is proud to count him among our dear friends.

Sponsored by Magellan Corporation and held at XS Tennis Village, Billie Jean King’s Philadelphia Freedoms, including Sloane Stephens and Taylor Townsend, took on an defeated the Washington Kastles.

Guests of Magellan enjoyed a private meet and greet reception with Billie Jean King and the Philadelphia Freedoms players including Sloane Stephens, Taylor Townsend, Kevin King, Fabrice Martin, and Raquel Atowa before enjoying some spectacular world class tennis.


Lessons on Leadership

On July 18, 2018, Magellan hosted a Lunch & Learn with COL John Fenzel, USA Retired, Senior Army Special Forces officer who has served on our nation’s battlefields throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Among achievements too numerous to list, COL Fenzel has served as a military assistant on the personal staff of the Secretary of Defense, as a Special Assistant to the Vice President, and as a White House Fellow during the Clinton and Bush administrations. In the wake of the September 11th attacks, he served as Staff Director for Tom Ridge in the Homeland Security Council. He was the principal architect of The Homeland Security Advisory System, our nation’s color-coded alert system. He is the only active duty American military officer to testify at The Hague in support of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). During the Lunch & Learn Program, COL Fenzel shared his thoughts on what makes a good leader, how to develop a strong team and the importance of storytelling. Thank you, COL Fenzel!


Firing Up Stogies in Honor of a Friend

The Smoke Out Sickle Cell dinner benefiting the Charles Horn III Sickle Cell Program at La Rabida Children’s Hospital was held at Galleria Marchetti on May 23, 2018.

The inspiration for our event, Charles was a dear friend to Magellan Corporation, and husband to Magellan's own Vickie Horn.

A portion of the proceeds raised also benefited Acción Callejera, an organization working for the fundamental rights of children and adolescents in the Dominican Republic.

The 450+ guests enjoyed an evening of fine dining, premium liquors, exceptional cigars, and celebrity appearances.

Every Chicagoland professional sports franchises had representatives at the event, and Chuck Swirsky, the voice of the Chicago Bulls, emceed. Thank you to all who helped make the Smoke Out such a successful event!


A Taste of Nashville

Performances by country music greats Gary Allen, High Valley, Jimmie Allen & Travis Denning kept the crowd at Joe's Live in Rosemont hopping on May 24, 2018. Magellan was again proud to collaborate with iHeart Media and Big 95.5 FM to sponsor the Big Code of Honor Concert, with proceeds benefiting the USO of Illinois.

USO of Illinois is a longtime partner of Magellan, and we're proud to support them in their work of giving back to the service members who protect us every day. Our own Matt Bell, Manager of IT, served in the US Army and sits on the board of USO Illinois. Magellan's support for the USO runs deep; we donate event tickets throughout the yearn, provide financial support, and do hands on volunteering at the Great Lakes Naval Base.

Patricia Poplawski of Magellan is our de facto ambassador for all things involving country music, and was representing us during an on stage check presentation.


Sound Opinions

Music critic and co-host of WBEZ public radio's Sound Opinions Jim DeRogatis was the presenter at the April 13, 2018 Magellan Corporation Lunch & Learn.

Sound Opinions is a radio talk show and podcast co-hosted by Jim, based in Chicago, focusing on the discussion of musical genres, history, artists and albums. Jim is an American music critic who has written articles for magazines including Spin, Guitar World, and Modern Drummer; for 15 years he was the pop music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Jim's passion for music doesn't stop at writing and talking about it, he also plays drums in a punk rock band called Vortis.

Jim told stories as his career in radio, particularly as a music critic, and spoke of today's music scene.

Brendan Bananszak, Executive Producer of Sound Opinions, joined Jim for a lively presentation.