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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 and economic development program management, government and higher education assist the board in planning the organization’s strategic direction, and manage and execute its operations, programs and activities.
    Meet Our Staff and Board of Directors

    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
    • Economic Development Partnership Council
    • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Attractions and Events Committee
    • Talented Workforce Committee
    • Young Business Leaders
    • Chamber Networkers Group
    • Nonprofit Committee
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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 1,500 professionals from these companies regularly participate in the organization’s programs and activities and/or serve in council and committee leadership roles.
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  • David Carlin

    President & CEO

    David Carlin is the Chamber’s President and CEO and oversees all facets of its work. Previously, David served as District Director for two Members of Congress and as a Senior Advisor in the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office.

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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 [email protected].

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  • Nicole Lovato

    Accounting Solutions Senior

    Nicole Lovato is an accounting solutions senior at Selden Fox. She works with a variety of clients assisting on day-to-day processing support including general ledger maintenance, reconciling bank accounts, resolving account discrepancies, posting payroll, and other month-end entries, among other accounting services support. Nicole also prepares tax returns for privately held businesses and individuals.

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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 and has been with the Chamber since 2011. Jenny is responsible for managing content for Chamber websites and all social media pages. She creates marketing pieces for all events and provides 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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  • Chairman Dan Wagner

    Inland Real Estate Group, Oak Brook

    Daniel Wagner is senior vice president of government relations for The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. He has been a licensed real estate broker since 2004 and holds Series 7 and 63 security licenses.

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  • Vice Chairman Finny Rajchel

    State Farm Insurance, Oakbrook Terrace

    Finny Rajchel, the owner of the Finny Rajchel Insurance Agency, has been affiliated with State Farm Insurance and Financial Services for 28 years, consulting with individuals and businesses to manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams.

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  • Secretary Jackie Lorenty

    Chamberlain Group, Oak Brook

    Jackie Lorenty is the Vice President and General Manager of Chamberlain Group’s Residential Business Unit, reporting to the Chief Operations Officer.

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  • Treasurer Kathy Hardy

    Leaders Bank, Oak Brook

    Kathy Hardy is an Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Leaders Bank. She has a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry and has been with Leaders Bank for over 15 years. Prior to her work at Leaders Ms. Hardy had several senior vice president roles at several Chicagoland area banks.

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  • Erik Beck

    Millennium Trust Company, Oak Brook

    As Chief Growth Officer at Millennium Trust Company, Erik is responsible for sales and relationship management, product and strategy, and marketing. Erik leads our client engagement and partnership strategy, defines strategic growth plans, and ensures we deliver innovative and robust products and services to our clients.

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  • Douglas Beck

    HUB Group, Oak Brook

    Douglas G. Beck was named Hub Group’s Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel in May 2016, after serving as Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel since July of 2015, and as Interim General Counsel since January 2015. In this role he is responsible for managing Hub’s Legal, Human Resources and Compliance departments.

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  • Mae Behm

    JVM Realty Corporation, Oak Brook

    Mae joined JVM in 2010 and has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. She is responsible for development of fund offerings, marketing, fund administration, and investor reporting and communications for JVM. Mae received her B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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  • Larry Brand

    Elkay Manufacturing, Oak Brook

    Larry Brand serves as Chief Human Resources Officer at Elkay Manufacturing, a 100-year old global producer and designer of sinks, water delivery systems, cabinets, and restaurant interior systems with over 5,000 employees worldwide. He is a versatile HR executive with leadership experience serving CEOs, Board of Directors, and global leadership teams.

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  • Robert Brand

    Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook

    Robert Brand is the General Manager of the Hyatt Lodge, Spa and Conference Center in Oak Brook. Prior to his work in Oak Brook he was the General Manager of the Downtown Chicago Magnificent Mile Courtyard Marriott.

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  • Norm Canfield

    At-Large Director

    Norm is a 44-year veteran of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. During his tenure with Hyatt, Norm held various posts including Corporate Vice-President of Rooms and as General Manager at nine Hyatt hotels across the country including at Oak Brook’s Hyatt Lodge.

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  • Kathy Dwyer

    Chicago Marriott Oak Brook

    Kathryn Dwyer is General Manager of the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook Hotel. Kathryn has been in hospitality management roles for over 30 years with Marriott International working in various markets from downtown, resort, airport and suburban hotels from Chicago to Atlanta, Kentucky and Washington State. Kathryn held the role of General Manager for the Courtyard and TownePlace Suites properties in the Chicagoland area before joining the Marriott Oak Brook as the Director of Operations in 2010. Kathryn is excited to join Vinayaka Hospitality as General Manager at the Oak Brook Marriott and for the hotel’s exciting future.

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  • Tim Geiges

    Brookfield Properties, Oak Brook

    Tim Geiges joined Oakbrook Center in November 2018 as Senior General Manager. Prior to joining Oakbrook Center, Tim held the position of regional director of property management for Starwood Retail Partners, overseeing the West region. In that position, he led the property management teams during several development projects including a $125M redevelopment of The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano Texas.

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  • Dennis Hiffman

    NAI Hiffman, Oakbrook Terrace

    Dennis J. Hiffman has been involved in Real Estate Brokerage for over 45 years. During that 45 year period he has been a general partner in the development and/or acquisition of 1.25 million square feet of office buildings, including the Old Orchard Plaza in Skokie, Illinois; the Garretson & Santora Building in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; the Midwest Office Center and One Oakbrook Terrace in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois; 180 N. Wacker Drive in Chicago; and some 2.5 million square feet of retail shopping centers, including Orland Park Place, Orland Park; Broadview Village Square, Broadview; Broadway Center in Chicago, Oak Brook Promenade, Oak Brook, and Main Street Village, Orland Park, and 12 million square feet of industrial space throughout the United States.

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  • Tom Jones

    Comcast Business Class, Oak Brook

    Tom Jones has worked for Comcast in Business Services in the Chicago area for over 9 years. He is currently the Director of Market Development and prior to that he held various sales leadership positions. Prior to working for Comcast, he was a Director of Customer Support at Level 3 and also worked for CIMCO, Broadwing Communications and Verizon in roles that ranged from National Accounts sales positions to project management and marketing roles. Tom is a graduate of the University of Michigan. In his spare time he enjoys running and spending time with his family, including his wife and 3 grown children who all reside in Chicago.

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  • Jeffrey J. Krusinski

    Krusinski Construction Company, Oak Brook

    As a kid, Jeff watched his father build Krusinski Construction Company often visiting project sites with his dad on the weekends. Jeff joined the Company in 1994 as a laborer and worked within many departments such as estimating, project management and field operations. After decades of hard work, dedication and success in each role, his passion and vast knowledge of the industry earned him the current role of president.

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  • Kevin Munday

    Xeno Media, Oakbrook Terrace

    Kevin Munday joined Xeno Media as a Principal in June of 1998. He was educated at the University of Illinois at Chicago—receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree. Kevin’s time is dedicated to managing projects through the planning, design and development cycles. Kevin is a frequent speaker on the subject of Web strategy. In recent years, he has presented at conferences and meetings in Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Canada and the United States.

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  • Nathan Post

    BCS Financial, Oakbrook Terrace

    Nathan Post is the Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Communications at BCS Financial Corporation, a wholly owned Blue Cross Blue Shield company that delivers insurance solutions for Blue Plans nationwide.

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  • Vasilios “Sil” Prassas

    Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Oak Brook

    Sil has been in the restaurant business his entire life, starting in his family's restaurant at a young age then joining Gibsons Restaurant Group 14 years ago. Mr. Prassas began at the Rosemont location as a server then moving onto management.

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  • Todd Schaefer

    Jones Lang LaSalle Tenant Representation Group, Chicago

    Todd is a 17-year industry veteran and recognized expert in exclusively representing tenants while providing strategic real estate planning, acquisition and disposition of corporate facilities, with a focus on corporate portfolios and headquarter transactions in the Chicagoland Metropolitan area as well as Nationally.

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Economic Development Partnership Council Provides Village and City Updates

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calendarTuesday, 21 September
The Chamber’s Economic Development Partnership (EDP) Council Greater Oak Brook Economic Development Partnership is composed of our community’s larger employers and elected and staff representatives of the Village Of Oak Brook and City of Oakbrook Terrace.
Last Thursday’s EDP Council meeting included remarks from:
Village Of Oak Brook updates from Village President Gopal Lalmalani and Director of Development Tony Budzikowski
City of Oakbrook Terrace updates from Alderman Bob Rada and City Administrator/Finance Director Amy Marrero
The Council guides the following Economic Development Partnership strategic goals which include:
• To retain and attract businesses to Oak Brook and Oakbrook Terrace by marketing our properties and community and maintaining low business costs, efficient permitting, signage and zoning processes, and a positive local response to business requests, overall
• To drive significant attractions and events to our community
• To identify and develop solutions to address the transportation and infrastructure needs of local businesses
• To retain and attract talented employees here, with an emphasis on attracting more young professionals and technology professionals
For information about the Economic Development Partnership, please contact David at [email protected] or 630-747-3989.


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Chamber Presents 3Q Business Roundtable Committee Meeting

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calendarThursday, 16 September

The Chamber presented it’s 3Q Business Roundtable Committee meeting this morning at the Marriott Hotel in Oak Brook.

In person, socially distanced attendees were able to hear a valuable presentation from Mr. Doyle Bartlett, managing shareholder and member of GrayRobinson‘s government affairs and lobbying group.

Mr. Bartlett spoke at the Business Roundtable meeting via Zoom from Washington D.C. and provided Chamber Members a D.C. update and also shared his perspective on how businesses might be impacted by the ongoing public policy deliberations, legislation and federal action/oversight under the Biden administration.

Thank you, Mr. Bartlett for sharing your time and knowledge about this important subject.

The Chamber’s Business Roundtable committee will meet again in December. The Roundtable is only open to Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce members. For membership information please contact Jenny Stanko.

 


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LaSalle Network Presents 2021: Office Re-Entry Index

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calendarMonday, 19 April

NEW REPORT: From structuring and leading hybrid workforces, to vaccination decisions and more, we’re sharing office re-entry trends, concerns and considerations in LaSalle Network’s Office Re-Entry Index. Download today: bit.ly/3sIKnPY0

#reentry #returntotheoffice #COVID #returntowork #hybridworkforce #remotework


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DuPagePads Receives Highest Rating from Charity Navigator for 3rd Consecutive Year!

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calendarWednesday, 02 December

Serving as the largest and most comprehensive provider of shelter and
support services in DuPage County, DuPagePads has earned a 4-star rating—its highest rating—from Charity Navigator, having been recognized and evaluated for its sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator is America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the 3rd consecutive year that
DuPagePads has earned this top distinction, and the 6th time since its first evaluation in 2011.

Charity Navigator awards only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These “Accountability & Transparency” metrics account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, revealing which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and stakeholders.

“Trust—and a true partnership with our donors—are essential to our work to end homelessness. Using funding wisely and transparently is paramount right now, during the largest public health crisis of our lifetimes. It is our privilege to help donors provide shelter and food to families and individuals in a housing crisis,” said April Redzic, President & CEO of DuPagePads. “We value our 4-star Charity Navigator rating and what it demonstrates to our supporters about taking our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”

“Attaining a 4-star rating verifies how DuPagePads exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in their area of work,” said Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only 25% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that DuPagePads outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets DuPagePads apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

Information about volunteering in person and virtually to help end homelessness are available at www.volunteer.dupagePads.org .


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Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club Named Winner of The Knot Best of Weddings & Hall of Fame 2021

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calendarWednesday, 02 December

15th Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America. 9th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America

Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club is proud to be selected as a 2021 winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot.  Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club has also been inducted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame since this is the fourth consecutive year Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club has been named a winner of The Knot Best of Weddings prestigious award.

Despite COVID-19 interrupting many 2020 weddings and social events, wedding professionals around the nation continued to support to-be-weds throughout their wedding planning journeys. From adjusting future schedules to make way for postponed weddings to helping couples host socially distanced weddings following state and local guidelines and restrictions with an increased focus on health and safety, wedding pros—and the industry as a whole—rallied together in 2020, ultimately helping couples continue to celebrate life and love. The Knot 2021 Best of Weddings recognition honors the vendors who went above and beyond to help to-be-weds navigate the global pandemic.

“We were really excited to learn we won The Knot’s Best of Weddings award, in addition to receiving the Best of Weddings Hall of Fame award,” said Marianne Long, marketing and event manager of Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club. “It’s always thrilling to win The Knot award, but this year is extra meaningful because we know it has been a tough year for so many of our clients who have had to reschedule or adjust their plans for their special day due to COVID-19 and all the restrictions placed while trying to plan a wedding. And our wonderful clients took the time to share their experience working with our staff. We are also very appreciative of our catering partner, Tasty Catering and staff, who continue to make our clients’ days extra special.”

To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners, like Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club, represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique weddings.

View the award-winning space or book a tour at https://oakbrookbathandtennis.com/.

About Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club: The award-winning Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club, located in the western suburbs of Chicago, was purchased in 1977 from Oak Brook founder Paul Butler. The venue sits on 20 acres of magnificent woodlands and is a larger part of the surrounding 270 acres of green space that houses a swimming pool, tennis courts, soccer fields and a golf course. The recently updated Clubhouse boasts 35-foot vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, a fireplace and crystal chandeliers that amplify the aura of sophistication and nature. For more information, visit https://oakbrookbathandtennis.com/.

About The Knot: The Knot is one of the nation’s leading multiplatform wedding resources, offering a seamless, all-in-one planning experience—from finding inspiration and local vendors to creating and managing all guest experiences, wedding registries and more. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 iOS and Android mobile app The Knot Wedding Planner, the #1 wedding planning website TheKnot.com, The Knot national and local wedding magazines and The Knot book series. Since its inception, The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely them.


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CHAMBERS AGAINST THE PROGRESSIVE TAX

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calendarWednesday, 21 October

A progressive income tax would be devastating for businesses, workers and growth in Illinois. The @OakBrookChamber & @ILChamber are dedicated to educating Illinois voters on why the constitutional amendment should be defeated. https://chambersagainsttax.com/oakbrook/


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Free Excel & Word Classes!

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calendarTuesday, 13 October

Peoples Resource Center is starting Excel and Word computer classes again!

They will be virtual, at no cost of course and space is limited so sign up asap.

Questions?Contact Amy Zurita for more information: 630.384.1368 or [email protected]


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