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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
    • 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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MEET THE STAFF AND CONSULTANTS
MEET THE BOARD
  • 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. Jenny is responsible for managing content for all three Chamber websites and all social media pages, 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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  • 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 Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Leaders Bank, a locally owned bank headquartered in Oak Brook. The Bank offers a full range of services, specializing in working with business owners on their financial needs, including commercial lending and treasury management services. Ms. Hardy has over 40 years of commercial lending and credit administration experience, focusing on middle market entrepreneurial companies. She has been a member of the Chamber board since 2010.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Norm Canfield

    Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook

    Norman Canfield who has served on the GOBCC Board for the past several years is the General Manager of the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus.

    In addition to the Chamber, Norm is also a board member of the DuPage Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Chairman of the Oakbrook Hotel Committee and active in other industry affairs.

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  • Elena Daniel

    CenterPoint Properties, Oak Brook

    Elena joined CenterPoint in 2018. She is responsible for overseeing all corporate affairs and environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. In her role, Elena administers the Responsible Contractor Program (RCP) and advises on union and labor participation in development projects.

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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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  • Adrian Mendoza

    Lillig & Thorsness, Ltd., Oak Brook

    Adrian Mendoza is an equity partner with Lillig & Thorsness, Ltd., where he leads the law firm’s trial and dispute resolution practice. He has over 20 years of experience representing closely-held and public companies in business litigation, internal investigations, employment law, and insurance coverage matters.

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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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  • Joshua Nabors

    Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, Oak Brook

    Joshua is General Manager at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille Oak Brook. Joshua has been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, working various positions throughout the years. Joshua has been with Perry’s for 5 years, first as a server, then manager, then Assistant General Manager and now leads the team. Living and working near/in Oak Brook Joshua has strong ties the local community.

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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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  • Gladys Virella-Martinez

    Advocate Aurora Health, Oak Brook

    Gladys Virella-Martinez has over 30 years working in healthcare revenue cycle. She has been with Advocate Aurora Health for 16 years. Prior to her role with Advocate she was with Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 17 years. Gladys has been the Director of Vendor Management and Self Pay for Advocate for 6 years. Prior to this role she worked in the Oak Brook Support Center, implementing system-wide operational improvements and systems across the Advocate hospital sites.

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CHAMBERS AGAINST THE PROGRESSIVE TAX

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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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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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Congratulations NAI Hiffman on being one of THE SMARTEST, SLEEKEST & HEALTHIEST WORKPLACES IN DUPAGE: 2020!

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Attend the Illinois Chamber Technology Conference!

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Plan to attend the IL Chamber’s Technology Conference on Thursday, October 15, 2020 with Illinois State Representative Keith Wheeler as he discusses the Legislative Updates!

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Lou Holland wins DuPage Pads’ Spirit Award

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DuPagePads is grateful to announce local philanthropist Lou Holland has been recognized as the 2020 DuPagePads’ Spirit Award recipient!

Traditionally presented in person during Wake Up Your Spirit Day, this award recognizes someone who sets an example for the DuPage community in terms of service to others and the DuPagePads mission. Lou is a dedicated community servant and businessman who previously served on the DuPagePads board from 2011-2016 and continues to be involved with volunteerism and events.

When word reached Lou he shared “I can’t thank you enough for this honor. I am truly humbled by it. I never got involved with PADs for recognition or awards but I truly appreciate your kindness.”Thank you, Lou, for demonstrating to our community what it truly means to wake up your spirit!

See Lou’s accept his award on screen November 4th during the 18th annual Wake Up Your Spirit Day. Register now at https://e.givesmart.com/events/inf/


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Apply for COVID-19 Relief Funds

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The Chamber and the Greater Oak Brook Economic Development Partnership have been raising funds to assist hospitality and retail workers impacted by COVID-19. Thanks to the generosity of Chamber members and area residents, the Chamber is prepared to share grocery gift cards with current and former employees of Oak Brook Area companies who have been furloughed, laid off or have faced a reduction in hours or wages.

Please complete a simple online application to potentially receive assistance. Regretfully, resources are limited and a strong demand for assistance is anticipated. Not all applicants will receive grocery gift cards and the value of cards distributed will depend on the total number of individuals receiving assistance. Assistance provided is not intended as income replacement, but rather, a small gift to support colleagues and community members in need.

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To donate to the Oak Brook Area Coronavirus Relief Fund visit https://www.gofundme.com/…/oak-brook-area-coronavirus…. Donations are 100% tax deductible. After GoFundMe transaction fees, 100% of funds donated will be distributed to Oak Brook area workers in need.

Thank you in advance for sharing this information, for supporting Oak Brook area business community members in need, and best wishes to you and your colleagues as we collectively navigate these unprecedented and challenging times.

David Carlin, President and CEO


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Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center’s General Manager Steven Ellingsen receives Chamber’s Impact Leadership Award

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The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce proudly announces Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center’s General Manager Steven Ellingsen is the recipient of the Chamber’s Impact Leadership Award, given to individuals who display innovation in promoting growth, employee development and community impact. Steven’s oversight of the property’s recent $20 million renovation and repositioning of the resort’s profile led to its recent designation as one of the “Best Resorts and Conference Centers in Illinois”.

Events such as New Year’s Eve televised broadcast and Fourth of July fireworks have brought the resort great notoriety. Core to Steven’s success is his inspiring focus on staff, who infuse life into this “Resort with Soul”. Promoting from within, offering community service days, and promotion of open employee communication have driven success. His passion for giving has translated to partnerships with organizations such as the People’s Resource Center, L.A.D.S.E, Poised for Success and veterans’ groups.

One of the Resort’s team members stated, “Steven can call on employees for anything because he has their utmost respect. When he sets expectations and accountability, all employees believe in him and are motivated to do what he’s asking them to do.” Congrats Steven!


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