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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 tracy@seldenfox.com.

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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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  • Chairwoman Susan Lindquist

    BCS Financial, Oakbrook Terrace

    Susan Lindquist serves as Chief Human Resources Officer at BCS Financial Corporation. Susan joined BCS in 2011 and is responsible for the Human Resources and Corporate Services departments. She has years of experience working as a human resources professional. In past roles for SEI, LLC, The Spiegel Group, and Sears, Roebuck and Co. Susan was responsible for directing human resources teams to attract and retain superior resources and to provide customers with industry- leading service.

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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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  • 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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  • Secretary 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Terry Dunne

    Millennium Trust Company, Oak Brook

    Terry is responsible for executing key strategies, managing and developing the Retirement Services team. He brings over 35 years of sales and marketing experience in the financial services industry.

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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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  • Liz Gonzalez

    Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Oak Brook

    Liz Gonzalez is currently the Director of Business Development at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. She began her position in late August of 2018. Liz earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, as well as minors in Business and Latina/Latino Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she graduated from in 2011. During her spare time, Liz volunteers as a mentor at Jefferson Middle School in Villa Park. For fun, Liz plays basketball, does crossfit and yoga and attends lots of music and comedy shows in Chicago.

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  • Ken Greene

    Comcast Business Class, Oak Brook

    Ken Greene is Sr. Director of Market Development for Comcast Business Services in the Greater Chicago Region. Mr. Greene leads regional teams involved in market development activities to extend Comcast service reach with property owners and managers. His team is also responsible for strategic capital infrastructure expansion and analytics team members who continually review productivity and efficiency analysis.

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  • Ed Harrington

    CenterPoint Properties, Oak Brook

    Mr. Harrington joined CenterPoint Properties Trust in 1999 and currently oversees the development of logistically located facilities and industrial parks for CenterPoint Properties. He oversees CenterPoint’s development service group, which is responsible for the development of industrial business parks, manufacturing and distribution facilities.

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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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  • Gregg Horan

    Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Oak Brook

    Gregg Horan is the Director of Operations and is a Managing Partner at Gibsons Restaurant Group. Mr. Horan has been with Gibsons since 1996.

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  • Anna Kamilis

    Labriola, LaBarra, Stan's, Oak Brook

    Anna Kamilis brings twenty-five years of Hospitality, Customer Service and Sales experience to The Doughboy Restaurant Group. 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.

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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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  • Jay Madary II

    JVM Realty, Oak Brook

    Jay is president and CEO of JVM Realty Corporation, a multi-family investment and property management company established in 1975. JVM’s portfolio is located throughout the midwestern United States, with its corporate office based in Oak Brook.

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  • Andrian 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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  • 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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  • Nadeem Siddiqui

    Hiltons of Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace

    Nadeem Siddiqui is the General Manager with Park Hotels & Resorts. He is an experienced Hotel Manager with 15 years of Hotel Management experience in full service and luxury properties. Mr. Siddiqui has opened 3 Luxury Properties in the Chicago area and has supported up to 300 diverse associates with focus on enhancing Guest Experience, Product and Productivity.

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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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Chamber Member BCS Financial Wins Award for Business Excellence

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Award recognizes successful suburban businesses and the people who make them successful

BCS Financial announces today that it is the recipient of the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Annual Award for Business Excellence (AABE). The AABEs are given to suburban Chicago businesses who achieve outstanding results in the areas of business achievement, growth and community involvement.

“Our company strives for excellence every day in our growth strategies, business execution, and community involvement,” said BCS Financial President and CEO, Scott Beacham. “This prestigious award honors our commitment to business excellence, and recognizes the hard work and dedication of our 130 employees.”

 

BCS Financial, owned by all Blue Cross and Blue Shield primary licensees, provides strategic insurance solutions for insurance companies, brokers, agents, administrators, employers, employees, and individuals worldwide. BCS is recognized in the medium size company (51-150 employees) category. The company was judged on criteria including its storied history, philanthropic involvement, recent EssentialCare® Hospital Indemnity, Accident, and Critical Illness product launches, and its efforts to increase the economic vitality of the Oak Brook community.

“BCS is proud of its long legacy in the Chicagoland area, and is honored to receive the 29th Annual Award for Business Excellence on behalf of our employees, our customers, and key business partners,” adds Beacham.

About BCS Financial Corporation

BCS Financial Corporation has more than 70 years of experience delivering a wide range of insurance and financial solutions for Blue Cross and Blue Shield organizations nationwide. Through its subsidiaries, BCS Insurance Company and 4 Ever Life Insurance Company, BCS is licensed in all 50 states and is rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best. BCS Financial is headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. Learn more at bcsf.com.

For more information, please contact Nathan Post at 630.472.7860.

Source: BCS Financial


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Celebrate service by making a difference in your own community during National Volunteer Week! April 7-13

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Celebrate National Volunteer Week from April 7-13…an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle challenges and build stronger communities. 
 
Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce Members are encouraged to support the people and causes that inspire you – below are a few Chamber Member Nonprofit Organizations that would love your help.


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Oak Brook Park District Volunteer Opportunities

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Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry Volunteer Opportunities

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DuPage Pads Volunteer Opportunities

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Child’s Voice Volunteer Opportunities

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Chamber Member NAI Hiffman represents two established Nonprofit organizations in office transactions

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NAI Hiffman is pleased to announce that Vice President Aubrey Van Reken-Englund and Associate Tabitha Dozier recently represented two 501(c)3 non-profit organizations in the Chicagoland region. The two leases completed in the East-West Corridor totaled 18,700 square feet.

Northeastern Illinois Agency on Aging (AOA) will be consolidating its two Illinois office locations, in West Chicago and Kankakee, to a new, centralized corporate office at 1910 South Highland Avenue in Lombard.  Van Reken-Englund and Dozier assisted AOA in negotiations for a long-term lease for 8,800 square feet. Ryan Moen of Bradford Allen represented ownership, IHP Highland LLC.

In the second transaction, DuPage Senior Citizens Council (DSCC), a volunteer-based 501c3 organization which provides ‘Meals on Wheels’ among other programs to seniors in need, has expanded its service area throughout Kane and DuPage counties. The NAI Hiffman team supported DSCC in doubling its footprint at the Oak Creek Office Complex; the non-profit will now occupy 9,900 square feet at 1990 Springer Drive in Lombard. Tara Torbik, Bill Elwood and Pete Adamo represented ownership, Group RMC.


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