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    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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    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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    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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the TEAM


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chairwoman Susan Lindquist

    BCS Financial, Oakbrook Terrace

  • Vice Chairman Dan Wagner

    Inland Real Estate Group, Oak Brook

  • Treasurer Dennis Marx

    JMG Financial, Oak Brook

  • Secretary Finny Rajchel

    State Farm Insurance, Oakbrook Terrace

  • Douglas Beck

    HUB Group, Oak Brook

  • Larry Brand

    Elkay Manufacturing, Oak Brook

  • Norm Canfield

    Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook

  • Susan Clarke

    Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook

  • Kristin Duncan

    Marriott Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook

  • Terry Dunne

    Millennium Trust Company, Oak Brook

  • Bill Fulle

    Tiffany & Co., Oak Brook

  • Ken Greene

    Comcast Business Class, Oak Brook

  • Kathy Hardy

    Leaders Bank, Oak Brook

  • Ed Harrington

    CenterPoint Properties, Oak Brook

  • Dennis Hiffman

    NAI Hiffman, Oakbrook Terrace

  • Gregg Horan

    Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Oak Brook

  • Randal Johnson

    Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Westchester

  • Jay Madary II

    JVM Realty, Oak Brook

  • Andrian Mendoza

    Lillig & Thorsness, Ltd., Oak Brook

  • Kevin Munday

    Xeno Media, Oakbrook Terrace

  • Todd Schaefer

    Jones Lang LaSalle Tenant Representation Group, Chicago

  • Nadeem Siddiqui

    Hiltons of Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace

  • 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.

Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club Wins Three Prestigious Wedding Awards

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calendarFriday, 23 February

Greater Oak Brook Chamber Member Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club is proud to be a recipient of three prestigious wedding awards: WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award 2018, The Knot Best of Weddings 2018, and Here Comes the Guide Best West Chicago Wedding Venue. Each of these prestigious awards honor the best and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families, wedding guests and wedding professionals.

Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award: Oak Brook Bath and Tennis was recognized as a recipient solely based on reviews from newlyweds and their experiences working with them. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

 The Knot Best of Weddings Award: Oak Brook Bath and Tennis Club was one of 8,526 local wedding professionals out of the approximately 300,000 on The Knot to receive this distinguished accolade. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed over three million reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more.

Here Comes the Guide Best West Chicago Wedding Venue: Oak Brook Bath and Tennis Club was hand-selected by wedding professionals as one of the top wedding venues in the West Chicago suburbs.

“We are honored and humbled,” said Marianne Long, marketing and event manager of Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club. “Thank you to all of the amazing couples and vendors we’ve had the pleasure of working with this past year. We look forward to making many more couples’ wedding vision a reality.”


Photos courtesy of Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club


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Unwine Wednesday Benefit Event Raised Thousands of Dollars to Support Universal Playground

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calendarFriday, 23 February

The Oak Brook Park District Foundation raised thousands of dollars to support Oak Brook’s universal playground project at its first Unwine Wednesday event. Attendees enjoyed food tastings and wine pairings provided by La Barra, live music and raffle as well as wine pull, gift card mall and interactive games.

“It was great seeing the community come together to support this incredible project,” stated Laure Kosey, Oak Brook Park District’s Executive Director. “It truly takes a team to build a dream, and this playground would not be possible without the support of each and every person at Unwine Wednesday.”

Karl Maurer, Oak Brook, Anna Kamilis, Oak Brook, and Rich Knitter, Oak Brook attended Unwine Wednesday. Karl Maurer was a sponsor of the event. Anna Kamilis from La Barra sponsored the event and is also the vice president board member for the Oak Brook Park District Foundation. Rich Knitter is a board member for the Oak Brook Park District Foundation.

The universal playground project will provide a one of a kind playground designed to remove both physical and social barriers so all individuals, with or without disabilities or critical illnesses, can play side by side with their peers and families. The facility will be located in Oak Brook Park District’s Central Park and will feature innovative equipment including a dual track zip line, a poured in place surface baseball diamond, and two levels of play that will be fully accessible through ramping.

The Oak Brook Park District and Oak Brook Park District Foundation realize that play is a critical part of the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of every child as well as essential to developing cross-generational bonds. The goal of this project is to ensure no one is left on the sidelines.

The park foundation plans to fundraise continuously for the project, which is scheduled to break ground in May.

Lisa Giangrande, Oak Brook, and Lara Suleiman, Oak Brook, attended Unwine Wednesday in support of the Universal Playground. Lisa and Lara are on the fundraising committee for the project.

“We can’t build this dream playground without everyone’s support. We hope you will consider making a difference in the life of a child, veteran, parent and grandparent by continuing to support this playground even after Unwine Wednesday,” stated Kosey.

Donations can be made online at www.UniversalPlayground.org.

The event was sponsored by Karl and Gayle Maurer and La Barra Ristorante and raffles were sponsored by RealtyOne & Associates – Megan Johnson and Alyssa Pisarski.

Megan Johnson and Alyssa Pisarski of RealtyOne & Associates were sponsors of the raffle at Unwine Wednesday.

For more information on the project, visit www.UniversalPlayground.org.


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Sandler Training invites you to join them for a new session- The Leadership Challenge: Why Sales Management Fails

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calendarTuesday, 20 February

This event is aimed at business owners, presidents, entrepreneurs and sales managers facing business obstacles when it comes to selling, managing a team and growing their business. At this session they will dissect common leadership roadblocks and what to do about them and learn the proper systems, behaviors and accountability to put sales teams in the position to win.

This event will be held on March 8 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Register here


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Inland National Development Company, LLC President Honored in Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame

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calendarMonday, 05 February

Inland National Development Company, LLC, a developer of residential, multifamily, hospitality, retail and senior housing properties, announced today that Anthony A. Casaccio, president, has been recognized in the 2017 Midwest Real Estate News Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. This honor is given to experienced commercial real estate professionals throughout the Midwest, and is based on each individual’s accomplishments, longevity in the industry and service with association boards, among other criteria.

As president of INDC, Casaccio is responsible for managing the Company’s current portfolio of assets as well as cultivating the development of new residential, multifamily, hospitality and retail projects nationwide. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in purchasing, sponsoring, owning, developing or redeveloping more than four million square feet of retail and industrial properties, more than 6,000 single-family residential lots and more than 500 affordable housing residences.

“I’m truly honored to be recognized for my commitment to the economic growth and cultural enhancement of the various communities we work with when developing projects,” said Casaccio. “Our Company’s success would not be possible without our dedicated and knowledgeable staff, and I’m grateful to have such a talented team in place.”

Casaccio is a licensed real estate managing broker in the State of Illinois and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Urban Land Institute and the Conservation Foundation Advisory Board. Casaccio is also a board member for Pan American Bank, an Illinois community bank, and serves on the Bank’s Loan and Audit Committee.


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Public Invited to Provide Input on Future of Transportation in DuPage County

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calendarThursday, 01 February

The public is invited to join the County of DuPage at one of four upcoming public meetings to share ideas for improving transportation throughout the County. Public meetings are being held to receive public input on how the County can improve traffic flow, safety, system reliability, transit services, and more.

With anticipated growth and ongoing transportation needs, the County is seeking community input to create its first Long Range Transportation Plan. This plan, known as DuPage Connects, will govern transportation policies and practices at the County for the next 25 years. The goal of the plan is to create a vision and mission for the DuPage County Division of Transportation and to help ensure a sustainable and vibrant quality of life for residents and businesses.

All four meetings are identical in content and will be conducted in an open house format. The public is welcome to attend anytime between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Exhibits will be on display and County representatives will be available to answer questions. The meetings will provide information on the existing conditions and ways to stay informed about the plan process. Comment cards will be distributed and attendees will be encouraged to participate in an online survey.


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Zonta Club of Oak Brook International Women’s Day Breakfast – March 8

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Mental Health First Aid Seminar Coming Soon!

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calendarMonday, 29 January

Please share this email with your coworkers, friends and others who may be interested in attending!

The National Alliance for Mental Health together with the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce will present an important Mental Health First Aid seminar on February 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Olivet Nazarene University at 2809 Butterfield Road in Oak Brook. Lunch will be served to all participants and free Continuing Education Units are available.

In the words of one past participant, “I would recommend mental health first aid to everyone. Mental Health is part of the human experience. Mental health first aid training reduces the stigma of caring for each other as humans.”

This important event is open to the public! Seats are limited, register today. For more information about this and other Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce events, please contact Bridget Karnick at bkarnick@obchamber.com or 630-853-9247.


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