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Former State Manager Launches Global Startup in Central Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Lothar Ernst Soliwon, a central Illinois resident and former State of Illinois marketing manager, today launched Zukunft Group (ZG) Worldwide LLC in Springfield with associates in Champaign and other parts of Illinois as well. The consulting company, which specializes in media, business and healthcare services for mid-size companies, has more than 20 associates across the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Soliwon also unveiled his company’s ambitious community involvement strategy.

“ZG Worldwide utilizes top notch consultants from central Illinois and elsewhere to deliver stellar services to clients, while positively impacting each community along the way,” ZG CEO and President Lothar Soliwon said. “Illinois offers a unique and welcoming environment, and launching the company in the heart of the United States made fiscal and logistical sense.”

Soliwon’s extensive career includes serving as an assistant editor for the New Standard Encyclopedia in Chicago and an internal consultant, strategic planner and marketing manager for the Illinois Department of Transportation - one of Illinois’ largest state agencies. Immediately after retiring from state government, Soliwon utilized his global connection base to recruit and review consultant applications from the United States, Japan, Germany, China, Canada, Argentina, the Philippines, Tajikistan and many more.

“Building an international company from the ground up in central Illinois has always been a dream of mine - today officially marks day one of this long-term, tactical escapade,” Soliwon added. “I am extremely confident our wide range of diverse expertise will take clients to the next level through flexibility and a high return on their investment.”

A German-born citizen, Soliwon was raised in the capital city, is a Springfield High alum, graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Social Science degree, and also received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Additional information, including the full list of ZG services and associates, is located at www.zgworldwide.com



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