Brian Abrams

Title/s:  Adjunct Instructor

Specialty Area: Management

Phone: 847.347.8223



Brian is the founder and until 2017 served as CEO and Board Chair of Corporate Imaging Concepts, LLC.  Under his leadership, Corporate Imaging grew from a start-up to a top 30 ranking in sales volume out 19,000 US-based promotional merchandise companies. In 2016 Brian was recognized as the industry’s Entrepreneur of the Year.  Under Brian's leadership and for the previous five years, Corporate Imaging was recognized as one of the twenty best places to work in the industry.  In 2016, a NY based private equity firm purchased a majority interest in the company.

In addition to Corporate Imaging, Brian is a co-founder of Beacon Academy, an International Baccalaureate high school in Evanston, IL - the first Montessori high school in Illinois.  Brian served as its initial Board Chair.  He also is the founder and current owner of several commercial real estate entities.

Currently, Brian serves on the Advisory Board of a Boston-based private equity firm.  He also serves on the Board of two private equity portfolio companies and three venture backed businesses.  

Before starting his journey in entrepreneurship, Brian was an attorney with Schiff Hardin and Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll. 


Juris Doctorate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1993

Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, IL 1990


Professional & Community Affiliations

Certified Public Accountant

Licensed to practice law - Illinois

Courses Taught

Strategic Management and Innovation Management - MGMT 483

Business Strategy - MGMT 573