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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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The purpose of the Chamber’s Business Blog is to serve our member companies through the prompt publication of significant local, state, national or global activities affecting any industry, and to provide a forum for the reporting and discussion of news and issues concerning business.

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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Oak Brook Polo Club’s June 11 Match Recap!

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calendarWednesday, 21 June

Arranmore Earns “Best Team in The Prairie State” Title with Close Win Over Oak Brook

It was a 90+ degree day, however that didn’t stop Oak Brook Polo Club from officially kicking off the 2017 season with a 12-Goal polo match against rival Arranmore on Sunday, June 11th at the Prince of Wales Field in Oak Brook. Captained by John Greene (1), Arranmore defeated Oak Brook 13-11 in a close match with the score difference never more than two goals for either team. Team members included Del Walton (3), Tod Rackley (3) and Maco Llambias (5).

The Oak Brook team, captained by Chicago business leader Jim Drury included Horacio Onetto (4), Tomas “Toto” Obregon (4), Mariano Gutierrez (4) and substitute Pamela Flanagan (0).  Drury began the match with some introductory remarks and welcomed the crowd from atop his horse before reality star Danni Allen, winner Season 14 of NBC’s Biggest Loser, sang an impressive rendition of the national anthem.

After the ceremonial bowl in, the match was underway and Oak Brook’s Onetto scored the first goal of the afternoon off an open goal penalty 3 shot.  Not too long after, Walton did the same for Arranmore, again on a 3-goal penalty.

Over 400 spectators were in attendance amidst the heat to enjoy a full 6-chukkers of polo in addition to participating in contests such as the Barrington Saddlery’s Mallet Challenge, Best Hat Contest, Polo Trivia and the traditional halftime “Divot Stomp.”  Players ran the ball several times up and down the west and east side of the field to give field-side spectators an understanding of the speed and urgency of a 12-goal polo game.

“Despite the temperature, an enthusiastic crowd came out to enjoy a thrilling match of 12-goal polo, which has not been seen in over a decade at Oak Brook,” explained Drury. “We saw record attendance in our Club and sponsor seating areas and everyone expressed excitement at seeing the new venue configuration and amenities, including elevated stadium seating, Room & Board patio furniture, the Pimm’s Chukker Bar and more.”

The winning goal was shot by Del Walton who had 10 goals total and received MVP honors.  Other high goal scorers include Oak Brook’s Onetto and Obregon who tied with four each.  Best Playing Pony went to “Peacemaker” owned by Onetto.

“Jim Drury and the Oak Brook Sports Core have done an amazing job with the field and bringing it back to where high-goal, competitive tournament polo can be played again,” added Greene.

The Oak Brook Polo team’s home schedule features seven polo matches and includes the return of the “Commander’s Cup” and “Horses & Horsepower” events in addition to the “International Polo Series.”  The team will also be competing in several 8-12 goal competitions and tournaments outside of Oak Brook including matches at Arranmore Farm & Polo Club (Oswego), Morgan Creek (Yorkville), Due West (Chicago), Font Farm (Plano) and other Chicagoland area polo clubs and fields.

2017 marks Oak Brook Polo Club’s 95th season as one of the nation’s oldest polo clubs in operation today and fourth oldest sports property in Chicago. Once considered the “polo capital” of the world Oak Brook was the destination for American Polo players and enthusiasts.

Oak Brook Polo Club is located at 2606 York Road, seventeen miles from Chicago’s Loop.  A variety of ticket options are available at www.oakbrookpoloclub.com. For general information, event scheduling, and parking directions, please call 630.368.5095.

Photos by Time Stops Photography


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