Paul J. Burt Inducted into Lumen Institute

Burt to Join Corporate Leaders in Prestigious Faith-Based Organization

BUFFALO GROVE, IL – (July 7, 2014) – WestLake Financial Group, Inc., a recognized leader in voluntary benefits, human resources consulting, and employee benefits technology is proud to announce its Founder and CEO, Paul J. Burt, has been inducted into the esteemed Lumen Institute.

Lumen Institute is a Christian association of like-minded business and cultural leaders that has identified three specific areas where it seeks to strengthen its members: Character, Faith, and Leadership. The primary goal of the Lumen Institute is to help business leaders and members of Lumen to know what is truly best for them and their teams. This would include acquiring the habits of truth, goodness, beauty, and unity in business and personal life. Through Lumen, members strengthen their integrity of thought and action and become one person of character inside and out.

Paul is excited to deepen his faith through his involvement with Lumen. He will have the opportunity to participate in many activities including Leadership Circles, Spiritual Coaching Sessions, and an annual National Retreat, among others. “I have met like minded leaders with faith based leadership philosophies…and have gained friends, learned skills, and deepened my understanding of God’s message regarding the mentoring and leadership of others through my Lumen relationships,” said Paul J. Burt, CEO of WestLake Financial Group, Inc. and co-founder of CERA Solutions. “This is exactly what I was looking for”

Lumen places a high priority on each member actively working to round out their personal development by giving back to the community. Paul is extremely involved with the American Heart Association. Operating as the Event Chair for the recent Heart Ball in Chicago, he spearheaded the largest fundraiser in the history of the event, raising $2.6 million to save lives.

About WestLake Financial Group, Inc.

Established in 1991,WestLake is a recognized leader in HR consulting and employee benefits technology services. By utilizing technology and personalized expertise to provide clients with web-based solutions, claims administration, broker and consulting services, third party administration, and call center support, WestLake enables clients to focus on core human resource activities. For more information on WestLake and the services they offer, please visit www.westlakefinancialgroup.com.

About CERA Solutions

CERA Solutions, LLC. specializes in emerging technologies with a focus on tablet and mobile computing and applications. Taking the name from the ancient Roman wax covered tablets, called “Tablulae Cera,” that were used to record important transactions, CERA develops solutions for Apple and Android devices as well as wearable technologies, including Google Glass, to mobilize Fortune 1000 organizations. For more information on CERA Solutions please visit www.cerasolutions.com.

About Lumen Institute

Lumen Institute is an organization that provides highly personalized formation for leaders in corporate American including guiding, training, and educating each member in an integral way. The primary goal in guiding each member is to know what is truly best for him or her. This would include acquiring the habits of truth (in business and personal life), goodness (in thought and action), beauty (in respecting created things) and unity (by being one person of character inside and out). For more information on Lumen Institute please visit www.lumeninstitute.org.
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Janet & Paul Burt Raise Record Donations For Chicago Heart Ball

Burt Raises National Record of $2.6 Million as Chair of 2014 Heart Ball
Buffalo Grove, Illinois, June 12, 2014 – WestLake Financial Group, Inc., a recognized leader in voluntary benefits, HR consulting, and employee benefits technology is pleased to announce the record breaking results of the 2014 American Heart Association’s Chicago Heart Ball. Paul J. Burt, founder and CEO of WestLake Financial Group and co-founder of Cera Solutions, along with his wife, Janet, were the chairs of this year’s event.

For over 31 years the Heart Ball has been one of the premier fundraising events in Metro Chicago, bringing together corporate and community leaders for an inspirational evening of dinner, dancing, entertainment and live and silent auctions in support of the American Heart Association.

Cardiovascular disease takes the life of one person every 39 seconds in the US, and is the cause of death of 36% of Americans who pass each year. Since 1949, the AHA has invested over $3.3 Billion in heart research, and right now is investing more than $13.7 Million in Chicago area research studies to cure heart disease and stroke.

This year, through the efforts of Paul and Janet Burt along with the Heart Ball Executive Leadership Team made up of corporate executives from across the region, the Chicago Heart Ball raised $2.6 million. This record-breaking amount puts Chicago in the lead for money raised at a Heart Ball event across the country.

“We are honored to have been selected by the American Heart Association to lead such a great group of corporate leaders and luminaries to a record-breaking event for the AHA,” said Paul J. Burt, CEO of WestLake Financial Group, Inc. “The money raised will go to support the American Heart Association’s mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.”

Congenital heart defects affect eight out of every 1,000 infants born each year, and the AHA funds more research on children’s heart disease than any organization outside of the federal government.

“The Chicago Heart Ball celebrates a cause very close to our own hearts. Our ten year old daughter, Sophia, was diagnosed with congenital heart disease in 2006, and survived open heart surgery in 2010,” said Janet Burt. “Sophia shared her personal story at last year’s event, thanking the crowd for their support and encouraging their continued participation in AHA fundraising activities.”

About WestLake Financial Group, Inc.

Established in 1991, WestLake is a recognized leader in HR consulting and employee benefits technology services. By utilizing technology and personalized expertise to provide clients with web-based solutions, claims administration, broker and consulting services, third-party administration and call center support, WestLake enables clients to focus on core human resource activities. For more information on WestLake and the services they offer, please visit www.westlakefinancialgroup.com

About Cera Solutions

CERA Solutions, LLC. specializes in emerging technologies with a focus on tablet and mobile computing and applications. Taking its name from the ancient Roman wax covered tablets, called “Tablulae Cera”, that were used to record important transactions, CERA develops solutions for Apple and Droid devices as well as wearable technologies, including Google Glass, to mobilize Fortune 1000 organizations. For more information on CERA Solutions please visit www.cerasolutions.com.

About The American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases. The AHA funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies and provides lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives. For more information about the Chicago Heart Ball visit: http://chicagoheartball.ahaevents.org