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    WHAT WE DO

    The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Partnership connects companies to the pulse of business in the Chicago region and serves as an influential and effective advocate and marketer for businesses.
    We always put the needs of businesses first by:
    1. Attracting new companies to our community and building new business opportunities for those companies and existing companies.
    2. Working with key local, state and federal government decision makers to address the financial, operational and other needs of local businesses and businesses seeking to locate here.
    3. Identifying transportation, infrastructure and other community solutions that will attract and retain a talented local workforce.
    4. Developing new area attractions and marketing initiatives that will expand tourism and grow our local economy.
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    HOW WE WORK

    The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 business association governed by a board of directors comprised of Greater Oak Brook companies representing a range of industries: Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, hospitality and retail businesses, technology companies, commercial real estate firms and more. Collectively, these individuals and their companies represent the policy interests of the Greater Oak Brook business community.

    Six paid staff and consultants experienced in business, nonprofit association and economic development program management assist the board in planning the organization’s strategic direction, and manage and execute its operations, programs and activities.
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    Organizational Culture
    The organization’s leaders and members work together in a geographically small community that is bustling with business. Over 100,000 people work or visit here each day, which keeps our local companies and economy thriving!
    Fortunately, the community’s small geographical size allows us to stay connected and aware of the issues affecting each other. Working together like this has helped create a supportive and respectful organizational culture in which members may build positive professional relationships over time.

    One Voice for Business through Committees!
    The organization has established a collaborative communication structure that allows local businesses to work together through councils and committees to develop a vision and strategy that serve the broader business community’s needs. These joint efforts have helped create one business voice to address critical issues ranging from local signage codes and community marketing and transportation initiatives to broader state business policy concerns. Members may serve on the following councils and committees:
    • Business Roundtable
    • Banking and Financial Services Committee
    • Economic Development Partnership Council
    • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Attractions and Events Committee
    • Talented Workforce Committee
    • Young Business Leaders
    • Networkers Group
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    OUR MEMBERS

    Over 350 key area companies employing nearly 10,000 people are members of the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Partnership. Member companies represent commercial real estate (20%), hospitality and retail (25%), technology and other professional services (30%), banking and financial services (15%) and healthcare (10%) sectors. More than 1,600 professionals from these companies regularly participate in the organization’s programs and activities, with 250 of them serving in council and committee leadership roles.
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  • Valentina Tomov

    President & CEO

    Valentina Tomov is the Chamber’s President and CEO and oversees all facets of its work. Previously, she was employed as the Economic Development Director for the Chamber and worked closely with municipal staff, local property owners/managers and tenant representatives throughout the U.S. to recruit and retain office and retail tenants.

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  • Ed Tracy, CPA

    Chief Financial Consultant

    Ed Tracy is the Chamber’s Chief Financial Consultant, overseeing the organization’s budget development and financial reporting processes. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. Please contact Ed at tracy@seldenfox.com.

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  • Aimee Schroeder

    Accounting Consultant

    Aimee Schroeder is the Chamber’s Accounting Consultant and handles the organization’s accounts payable and receivable. She has an undergraduate degree in business administration and accounting. Please contact Aimee at schroeder@seldenfox.com.

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  • Tamryn Hennessy

    Program Director

    Tamryn Hennessy is the Chamber’s Program Director. She is responsible for leading and managing the organization’s economic development programs, with a current focus on new workforce attraction and retention initiatives, including the new STEM Bridge Partnership.

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  • Jenny Stanko

    Communications & Membership Development Manager

    Jenny Stanko is the Chamber’s Communications & Membership Development Manager. Jenny is responsible for managing content for all three Chamber websites, sending e- blasts, creating marketing pieces for all events, and providing communications support for Chamber members, Chamber meetings, events and grant projects.

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  • Bridget Karnick

    Meeting & Events Planner

    Bridget Karnick is the Chamber’s Meeting & Event Planner. Bridget is responsible for organizing membership events and council and committee meetings, and meetings and events for the Economic Development Partnership.

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  • Chairwoman Susan Lindquist

    BCS Financial, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Vice Chairman Dan Wagner

    Inland Real Estate Group, Oak Brook

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  • Treasurer Dennis Marx

    JMG Financial, Oak Brook

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  • Secretary Finny Rajchel

    State Farm Insurance, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Douglas Beck

    HUB Group, Oak Brook

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  • Larry Brand

    Elkay Manufacturing, Oak Brook

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  • Norm Canfield

    Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook

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  • Paul Cardona

    Le Meridien Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

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  • Susan Clarke

    Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook

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  • Kristin Duncan

    Marriott Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook

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  • Terry Dunne

    Millennium Trust Company, Oak Brook

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  • Bill Fulle

    Tiffany & Co., Oak Brook

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  • Ken Greene

    Comcast Business Class, Oak Brook

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  • Stefan Gruvberger

    Hiltons of Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Kathy Hardy

    Leaders Bank, Oak Brook

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  • Ed Harrington

    CenterPoint Properties, Oak Brook

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  • Dennis Hiffman

    NAI Hiffman, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Gregg Horan

    Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Oak Brook

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  • Chris Johnson

    DoubleTree Hotel, Oak Brook

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  • Robert Legan

    Whitnell & Company, Oak Brook

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  • Adrian Mendoza

    Lillig & Thorsness, Ltd., Oak Brook

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  • Kevin Munday

    Xeno Media, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Todd Schaefer

    Jones Lang LaSalle Tenant Representation Group, Chicago

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  • Caryn Torres

    Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

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Attend Cybersecurity Forum June 29 to learn how you could protect your business

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calendarTuesday, 27 June

Widespread Cyberattack Hits Major European Companies

A widespread cyberattack rippled across Europe on Tuesday and disrupted the computer systems of banks and major companies in Ukraine, Russia, Britain and elsewhere — mirroring a crippling ransomware assault a month ago.

Merck & Co., an American pharmaceutical company, tweeted that its computer network “was compromised … as part of the global hack.” U.S.-based food giant Mondelēz International also reported a “global IT outage.”

The attack is being linked to ransomware known as Petya, which was previously advertised for sale on top-tier Russian criminal forums, according to research from New York City-based Flashpoint, a business risk intelligence firm.

“Initial reports indicate the outbreak is mainly in Ukraine and Russia, but there are other companies impacted outside of those countries,” Flashpoint said, adding that the initial means of infection remains unknown but it has spread similarly to that of the worldwide “WannaCry” malware attack affecting about 300,000 computers in May.

Other security firms also said Petya or a modification of it was involved, although Kaspersky Lab, a Russian security software company, said its preliminary findings suggest new ransomware may be the culprit. Around 2,000 systems have been affected, Kaspersky said.

Europol, the European law enforcement agency, tweeted that it was aware of the ransomware threat and was working with various cyberunits to determine the “full nature of this attack.”

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said the scale of the ransomware campaign on his country was “unprecedented,” but that “vital systems haven’t been affected.”

The National Bank of Ukraine warned financial institutions and related firms they may experience difficulties in their operations. The bank said it was “confident” that the country’s banking infrastructure is “securely protected from cyberattacks and any attempts to perform hacker attacks will be efficiently warded off.”

The government’s computer network went down as well, and Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Pavlo Rozenko, posted a picture on Twitter of a computer screen with an error message.

A message on a cash machine for Ukraine’s state-owned bank Oschadbank demanded $300 worth of Bitcoin — and taunted victims not to “waste your time” looking for another fix.

“If you see this text, then your files are no longer accessible, because they have been encrypted,” the message read in English, according to an image taken by a Reuters photographer in Kiev.

“Perhaps you are busy looking for a way to recover your files, but don’t waste your time. Nobody can recover your files without our encryption service.”

The message then went on to say how to pay the ransom in Bitcoin. The number of companies and agencies reportedly affected Tuesday was piling up fast as the electronic rampage appeared to be rapidly snowballing into a real-world crisis.

The cyberattack affected operations at the Chernobyl nuclear site in Ukraine, forcing some radiation checks to be carried out manually at the facility, which famously exploded in 1986.

Meanwhile, Britain’s WPP, the world’s biggest advertising agency, said it had been hit by a cyberattack.

In Germany, postal and logistics company Deutsche Post said systems of its Express division in the Ukraine had been disrupted.

Global shipping firm Shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk in Copenhagen said it had suffered a computer system outage also caused by a cyberattack.

by ERIK ORTIZ and BEN POPKEN

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/cyberattack-hits-oil-giant-banks-russia-ukraine-n777161

 


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Cybersecurity – constantly evolving business exposure

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calendarThursday, 22 June

Tammy Kocher, Director – Cyber Liability Underwriting, BCS Financial Corporation

Cybersecurity is a constantly evolving business exposure affecting all employees, executives, and stakeholders at every level of an organization.  Unfortunately, Privacy and Security compromises do not discriminate between small to large size businesses.  My goal for the Cybersecurity Forum is to further enlighten, educate, and empower the members with current trends and threats. In addition, we will discuss ways to bolster our collective defenses to protect the businesses we are very passionate about.

Join us on June 29 at The Oaks, the new private dining room at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, to learn more about this exciting topic. You can register for this free event here.

 


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Cybersecurity requires continuous improvement

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calendarThursday, 22 June

Gary Horn, VP Technical Services & CTO, Acting CISO, Information Systems, Advocate Health Care

All businesses should take cybersecurity seriously. Here, at Advocate Health Care, we continue to invest heavily in a cybersecurity program that includes continuous improvement of processes around all aspects of the necessary administrative, technical, and physical safeguards. All businesses should review the effectiveness of their cybersecurity programs on a continual basis to maintain a safe technical operating environment. A sound cybersecurity program strongly contributes to the long-term growth and success of any business.

Join us on June 29 at The Oaks, the new private dining room at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, to learn more about this exciting topic. You can register for this free event here.

 


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A Message from the Cybersecurity Panel Moderator

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calendarThursday, 22 June

Kevin Munday, Principal, Xeno Media

The Cybersecurity Forum panelists are impressive and accessible. I
can’t wait to learn more from them during the panel discussion and
know that chamber members will benefit from the depth and breadth of
their experience.

Join us on June 29 at The Oaks, the new private dining room at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, to learn more about this exciting topic. You can register for this free event here.

 


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Cybersecurity and Human Behavior

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calendarThursday, 22 June

Bill Barouski, SVP, Deputy CISO, Northern Trust Corporation

Cybersecurity – is one of the critical problems of our time. At the core of the problem is ironically also the solution – people. Whether it is cognitive overload, emotional incentives, or our fundamental need for communication, we continue to see the strongest security network only as good as the human connecting the next device to the very network.

Join us on June 29 at The Oaks, the new private dining room at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, to learn more about this exciting topic. You can register for this free event here.

 


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Why is Cybersecurity of crucial importance to all businesses?

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calendarThursday, 22 June

Ken Greene, Senior Director of Market Development, Comcast Business Services

Cybersecurity should rank high in the level of importance for any business but unfortunately it is minimized in many organizations until a security breach actually occurs. Cybersecurity breaches can cripple businesses and in some cases a breach can cause them to fail entirely. Assessing business risk, business continuity plans and taking actions relative to the highest cybersecurity risks within the business can help to avoid problems in the future. Vulnerabilities can also change so a continued periodic internal assessment is prudent for any business.

Join us on June 29 at The Oaks, the new private dining room at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, to learn more about this exciting topic. You can register for this free event here.

 


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Drury Lane and Oak Brook Park District strike a harmonic partnership

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calendarWednesday, 21 June

There will be a little more magic during the 35th anniversary season of Oak Brook Park District’s Outdoor Summer Concerts in Central Park. Drury Lane has signed on as the title sponsor of the 5-week series which is bringing back Oak Brook favorites such as the Rhythm Rockets and Metro Star Orchestra.

“Drury Lane has been a major force in Chicagoland cultural arts and theatre for more than 60 years,” said Kristina Crunk, corporate and community relations for Oak Brook Park District. “They are a perfect partner for Concerts in the Central Park and we are so thankful for their support.”

At each concert performance, music lovers will have the opportunity to win tickets to the Drury Lane 2017-2018 theatrical season which includes award winning performances of “The Gin Game,” “Rock of Ages,” and “42nd Street.”

“When Kristina asked us to sponsor the concert series, we jumped at the opportunity. Music is the heart of what we do at Drury Lane and we are excited to support it in our community,” said Michelle Higgins, director of marketing at Drury Lane.

The outdoor concerts start at 7pm at the Central Park Pavilion beginning Thursday, June 29. In case of inclement weather, the shows will be moved to the Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. Concert goers may bring outside food and beverages to the shows, but the park district has arranged for Chase Events and Cuvee Cellars Wine Shop and Wine Bar to provide affordable options for food, beverages, and wine onsite.

2017 Outdoor Summer Concerts in Central Park Schedule:

June 29, 2017- Petty Cash (Tom Petty/Johnny Cash Tribute)
July 6, 2017- Shindig (A Tribute to the ‘60s)
July 13, 2017- Rhythm Rockets (Swing)
July 20, 2017- Metro Star Orchestra (The “Little” Big Band)
July 27, 2017- Piano Man: Billy Joel & Elton John Tribute

For more information, please visit www.obparks.org/concerts.


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