Al Herbach


Over the past 25 years, Al Herbach has been an accomplished technology entrepreneur with a strong background in business advising, finance, operations, and IT implementation and acquisition.  During his career, his roles have included Founder, Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director, and Senior Vice President.  As a current Owner and Director of a Chicagoland Jewish deli, Schmaltz Delicatessen, Al has successfully integrated his technology skills with the deli concept via .

Previously, Al was the Chief Operating Officer of illuma, a Chicago-based recruitment management firm and Managing Director of Professional Services for Callidus Software.  In addition, he was the Owner and Executive Vice President of Systems Start-Up, Ltd, a software consulting firm.  Under Al’s leadership, Systems Start-Up was sold to Computer Associates in 1997. After the acquisition, he became the Senior VP of the ERP Professional Services Group at Computer Associates.

Given Al’s entrepreneurial spirit, he is a member of the advisory board for Tech@Cost. In addition, he helps launch start-ups at the University of Illinois Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership.  Al received his M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship from DePaul University and his B.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University.