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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.
    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
    • 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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  • 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 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 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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  • 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 Kathy Hardy

    Leaders Bank, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Randal Johnson

    Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Westchester

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  • Jay Madary II

    JVM Realty, Oak Brook

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  • Andrian 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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  • Nadeem Siddiqui

    Hiltons of Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace

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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.

SWC Technology Partners named Chicago’s 2018 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for – the 10th Consecutive Year!

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Technology Consulting Firm Honored for Continued Commitment to their Employees and Exceptional Human Resource Practices.

SWC Technology Partners has been named a 2018 Chicago 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®, marking the 10th consecutive year the IT solution provider has been recognized. The award identifies and honors organizations that display the most innovative and thoughtful human resource practices and employee enrichment programs.

The Chicago Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® award reflects SWC’s commitment and dedication to creating a workplace that is collaborative, fun, and focused on professional development. SWC’s benefits, extensive and award-winning career advocacy and mentorship program, educational trainings, and performance incentives have all contributed to continued recognition by the Best and Brightest. SWC also keeps employees motivated via unique employee development programs like workshops, hack-a-thons, and internal communities for continual learning. Additionally, an active social calendar contributes to building a fun and rewarding environment with corporate events throughout the year including community service projects, team outings, health fairs, group activities, and the company’s legendary summer and holiday celebrations.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized as a Best Place to Work for the 10th consecutive year. We’re a technology company, but our workplace awards really get to the core of our belief that it’s people that make the difference. As we grow, we’ll continue to put people first – be it our team or our clients – and build relationships that drive our growth and success.” -Bob Knott, President of SWC Technology Partners

Companies are selected for The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® through an evaluation by an independent research firm using a variety of key metrics. The evaluation categories include Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives and Strategic Company Performance.

“We are proud to honor this year’s winners. Profitability and stability is essential for businesses in today’s economic climate. Companies that recognize that their employees are the key to their success achieve staying power. Our 2018 winners create their human resource standards to ensure employee satisfaction and they set standards for every business to aspire toward.” – Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO of B&B Programs.


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Oak Brook Polo Club Hosts 50th Anniversary Fundraiser for Special Olympics

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In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics, Oak Brook Polo Club has teamed up with BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center and Special Olympics Illinois to host a celebration fundraiser on Sunday, June 24th at the Prince of Wales Field.  The event will feature an equine demonstration while highlighting a number of Special Olympic athletes and take place prior to the finals of the Drake Challenge Cup between Oak Brook (USA) and Escuela de Polo Mexico (Mexico).

“We are honored to partner with the Special Olympics and BraveHearts, and be among Chicago’s professional sports teams to celebrate this momentous occasion and support the Special Olympics movement,” says Jim Drury, President of the Oak Brook Polo Club. “Equestrian sports and therapy has proven to be a successful method in the treatment of mental and physical challenges, and we are thrilled to showcase this to the public under the backdrop of polo. Join us and celebrate this historical achievement.”

In July 1968, nearly one-thousand athletes with intellectual disabilities from twenty-six states and Canada came together at Soldier Field for the first ever International Special Olympics Games. The event became a significant moment in a worldwide civil-rights movement for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Now, fifty years later, Chicago will once again host athletes in a variety of competitions and events from July 17-21st at Toyota Park, Soldier Field and Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island.

“We’re grateful to the Oak Brook Polo Club and BraveHearts for the opportunity to bring recognition to the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics,” says Dave Breen, President and CEO, Special Olympics Illinois. “We look forward to celebrating the past, present and future of the movement in our home state – one that served as the birthplace of Special Olympics.”

BraveHearts, a nonprofit organization that provides equine-assisted services to children, adults and military veterans, will organize the equestrian demonstration.  They are the largest PATH (Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship) International horse program in the country serving veterans at no cost.   The vison of BraveHearts is to bring hope, joy and unlimited possibilities through the healing power of a horse.

“For the last 6 years BraveHearts has hosted the Special Olympics Illinois Equestrian Games giving athletes from various programs and locations across the state a safe and top-quality venue at which they can compete.  Our athletes train hard all year and experience so much joy at Special Olympics.  We look forward to the Oak Brook Polo giving athletes a rewarding experience as they prepare for the Special Olympics in October, 2018,” states Meggan Hill-McQueeney, BraveHearts President and Chief Operating Officer.

Gates are scheduled to open at 12:30 p.m. with shuttles running to and from the free parking lot at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel (2301 York Road).  The Special Olympics equine demonstration will take place at 1:15 p.m., followed by on-field polo festivities at 2:15 p.m. and polo match at 3:00 p.m.  Equine athletes and horses will be involved in many of the polo festivities including the team parade, national anthems, divot stomp and post-match trophy ceremonies.  Special Olympics volunteers will be onsite during the match collecting donations and helping to run a 50/50 Raffle, which will be preceded with fun raffle giveaways throughout the afternoon before the big draw at the end of the match.

Ticket and event information can be found by visiting www.oakbrookpoloclub.com. Donations to the Special Olympics can be added when purchasing online or onsite in amounts of $5, $10, and $15.

 


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West Suburban Wellness Announces Their Next Health & Wellness Dinner!

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Network for a cause with Oak Brook Chamber members Top Golf and American Cancer Society

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Greater Oak Brook Chamber members Top Golf and the American Cancer Society have teamed up with Chamber630 for a networking event to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Register here: http://business.chamber630.com/events/Young-Professionals-Network-Meeting-YPN-Network-For-A-Cause-5478/details


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Krusinski Construction’s Patton named HCI Chicago Chapter President

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Krusinski Construction Company (KCC) is proud to announce that Vice President, Jennifer Patton, has been named the new Board of Directors President for the Health Care Institute (HCI) Chicago Chapter.

HCI serves a constituency that interacts directly with the business office and/or C-suite, and supervises multiple aspects of health care facilities management, including healthcare facility design, construction and operations.

Patton, who previously served as secretary on its board, brings more than 15 years of experience in the architectural design and construction industry to her new role as president. Since joining the local chapter last year, she has been extremely active in helping to lead and grow HCI’s membership, while also broadening its events, programs and sponsorships.

“I’m extremely proud to be representing HCI Chicago and its continued success and growth,” said Patton, who also mentioned that the Chicago chapter was founded roughly two years ago and already has more new members than any of HCI’s other regional chapters.

As Vice President at Krusinski Construction, Patton pursues opportunities for future projects and assists in building long-term client relationships. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors at HCI’s Chicago Chapter, she is also an active member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineering, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and serves as a judge for the Chicago Building Congress Merit Awards.


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Beyond Shades Celebrates Its First Store

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The window-treatment company Beyond Shades has opened its first store in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. The new store exclusively sells shades, shutters, and blinds made by Hunter Douglas, the premier global manufacturer of window coverings. Mayor Ragucci from the City of Oakbrook Terrace as well as City Alderman and Chamber staff were also on hand for the event.

“We are a custom window treatment company offering beautiful window treatments and
impeccable service at an exceptional value.” said Beyond Shades president Rachel Gregersen.
“We are happy to do any size project. We will do one bathroom window or an entire home. We
work with our clients in their space at their pace.”

The new store has extensive displays of all the window coverings offered by Hunter Douglas
arranged with the clients buying needs in mind. The Beyond Shades team can even
demonstrate how these window coverings can be raised and lowered through the use of a
digital assistant like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home.

In addition to window coverings, the Oakbrook Terrace store offers Nourison rugs and custom
draperies in hundreds of fabrics. Beyond Shades also partners with Reclaimed Table, which
offers beautiful tables made out of classic reclaimed wood.

Beyond Shades is located at 17W508 22nd Street in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, 60181. It is open on
Monday through Friday from 10 to 6 and on Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5.

photos courtesy of Laura Meyer Photography


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McDonald’s Shareholder Meeting – May 24

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This is a reminder to Oak Brook road travelers that McDonald’s Shareholder Meeting is being held today at the Hyatt Lodge. The Village of Oak Brook Police Department do not anticipate a large group of protesters nor do they anticipate any lengthy road closures but wanted to ensure that they will have plenty of personnel on the scene to manage any traffic concerns related to the meeting. They anticipate any traffic to last from 7-10am.


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