Are you a linchpin?

I am a linchpin. It has taken years of experience, learning, coaching, and hard work, but I have truly embraced the linchpin philosophy. I am so excited to start this new journey in life! My first blog post is a perfect time to make the introduction to me and my company.

I grew up in a Chicago Born and raised with a huge Italian family. I attended Eastern Illinois University, and graduated in 2008 with an Elementary Education, English Concentration Bachelor’s Degree. This was a huge accomplishment for me and my family, as I was one of the first Milewski to attend college, even though I choose not to teach in the traditional classroom, but as a leader in business. I accepted a position as general manager of a unique farm to table, one of a kind restaurant – firefly grill, in Effingham, IL, that opened in 2006. I entered firefly as host when they opened and moved through the ranks becoming GM in 2008. Throughout my time at firefly I found two great mentors – John Perles and Niall Campbell (owner/operator), who continuously challenged me to be the best individual and professional I could be. Here I met my husband, the love of my life, Brad Goers, sous chef and local from Altamont. Brad and I got married in October 2011. We relocated to Chicago in 2014, with our dog, Sierra, and cat, Trouble. We really enjoy traveling together and spent our honeymoon in Maui, and anniversary in Napa and San Francisco.


I have always had a passion for helping people and to learn. I enjoy a challenge, and thrive at organization and celebrating successes big and small. I love to watch a person develop leadership skills, gain confidence and become an all-around better person in business and personal life. Any business has so many moving parts to make it successful. Organization is a crucial part of maintaining a success, and defining growth. I want to continue teaching my business experience and knowledge to others but on a larger spectrum. I want to empower future linchpins to lead the way for growth and improvement. I am very excited to start this new adventure!