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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.
    Welcome and Mission, Please Join

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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
    • Talented Workforce Committee
    • Young Business Leaders
    • Inclusion & Diversity Committee
    • Not For Profit Committee
    • Transportation & Infrastructure 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 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 Chamber websites and social media pages. She creates marketing pieces and blog posts for events as well as provides support for Chamber members, 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 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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  • Vice 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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  • Secretary 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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  • 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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  • Kristina Bedell

    Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Oak Brook

    Kristina has been with Gibsons Restaurant Group for more than 16 years. Kristina began working for Gibsons in 2006 as a Server and now leads Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse in Oak Brook as General Manager.

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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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  • 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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  • Anna Kamilis

    The Outpost Mexican Eaters, Downers Grove

    Anna worked in restaurants during school and developed a passion for the industry. Upon completing her education, she joined Marriott International where she went through The Manager in Training Program and went on to work for Starwood and Fairmont Hotels. Anna was Director of Guest Services, implemented Presidents Club Programs, oversaw the Concierge Level and Lounges, was responsible for travel and itineraries for VIP’s and negotiated vendor contracts for the hotels.

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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. Working with clients building long-term relationships while increasing company growth has always been Jeff’s goal. He, like his father, understands the value of developing client trust through exceptional performance. Jeff enjoys spending time with his family and is often caught on the golf course or playing hockey.

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  • 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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  • Adrian Mendoza

    Lilly & Thorsness, Ltd., Oak Brook

    Adrian Mendoza has tried numerous jury and bench trials in state and federal courts and appeared before administrative law agencies throughout the country in cases involving catastrophic injury, fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, employment practices and real property disputes. He represents clients in the real estate, manufacturing, hospitality, financial, legal, and insurance industries.

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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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  • Suzanna Strangmeier

    ComEd, Oak Brook

    Suzanna started working full-time in the External Affairs group on September 18, 2018. As an External Affairs Manager, she engages in community outreach that powers, invests in, uplifts, and transforms communities. Suzanna represents the Subject Matter Experts at ComEd and works to build strategic partnerships and provide trusted advisement to municipalities. She also leads and co-leads initiatives that strengthen ComEd and Community partnerships to advance reliable, clean energy.

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Welcome to Oakbrook Terrace Nelmar Health Centers (https://www.nelmarcenters.com)! The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and City of Oakbrook Terrace, IL celebrated Nelmar’s opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 28.

More about Nelmar:
Seeking help for behavioral, emotional or mental health concerns can be a frightening ordeal. At Nelmar Health Centers, they understand that these concerns can affect every aspect of your life. They can help you navigate towards a better and happier you. They are able to properly evaluate and diagnose many conditions, and their multi-disciplinary team can develop a treatment plan that works for your unique situation.

The Chamber and the City wish you all the best as you start your business here in Greater Oak Brook!

 


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