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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

    Daniel Wagner is senior vice president of government relations for The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies. He has been a licensed real estate broker since 2004 and holds Series 7 and Series 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

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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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  • 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

    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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  • 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

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  • Randal Johnson

    Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Westchester

    Mr. Johnson has over two decades of experience in healthcare management and administration. He has extensive experience in high level practice development, practice implementations, asset management, mergers and acquisitions.

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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 has recently been promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the Perimeter Access Solutions Line of Business, 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

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  • Caryn Torres

    Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

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Chamber President Speaks Oak Brook Revitalization on WGN Radio

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calendarWednesday, 19 September

WGN Radio’s Wintrust Business Lunch recently did a short segment on Oak Brook’s economic development opportunities. Listen to Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce President Dave Carlin and My-Nga Lam of Lucien Lagrange Studio discuss Oak Brook’s Commercial Areas Revitalization Plan and Lucien Lagrange’s exciting Oak Brook condominium project The Butler.

(The Oak Brook discussion begins at the 11:25 mark of the audio recording.)

Wintrust Business Lunch 9/7/18: Smashing Away Stress in River North, The Labor Day Slump,& August Jobs Report

 


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There’s still time to apply for Fall 2018 online degree programs at Indiana Tech

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calendarThursday, 13 September

Indiana Tech in partnership with  the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce will provide corporate scholarships to all current GOBCC member company employees and their spouse. Those who take advantage of these scholarships will receive a 20 percent reduction in tuition for undergraduate- and graduate-level degrees, excluding Ph.D. In addition, textbook rental is included in the tuition. Indiana Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Most undergraduate classes last five weeks; most graduate classes last six weeks. This creates a pace that helps students make quick, tangible progress and build momentum toward the completion of their degree. “Our online degree programs use the same curricula and learning outcomes as our face-to-face degree programs,” said Nicole Scott, Indiana Tech associate vice president of Student Success. “In addition, graduates of online degree programs develop and hone time-management, prioritization, communication and technology skills – all of which are cherished by employers.”

For additional information about this agreement, contact Ann Marie Rosen, Indiana Tech admissions representative, at 630.548.9445, ext. 5820, or ALRosen@indianatech.edu. You can also find information on our website here.

 


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Welcome Countryside Bank to Greater Oak Brook!

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calendarTuesday, 11 September

If you’re in the Oak Brook/Hinsdale area on Thursday, September 13, stop by 3824 York Road in Oak Brook for a scoop of FREE ice cream!!!!


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The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. Honored by the City of Chicago for 50th Anniversary

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calendarWednesday, 29 August

On August 16, 2018, the principals of The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Daniel Goodwin, Bob Baum, Joe Cosenza and Bob Parks, were presented with a resolution by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in honor of The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc.’s 50th Anniversary. The resolution was passed by the Mayor and the City Council of Chicago to express their gratitude and congratulations on Inland’s 50 years of successful business in the commercial real estate industry.

To view the entire signed resolution, click here

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Important Oak Brook Commercial Areas Revitalization Plan Meeting Tonight

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calendarTuesday, 14 August

Over the last two years, the Village of Oak Brook has been researching and preparing an important update to its 2007 Commercial Areas Revitalization Plan.

Tonight, the Village Board will meet as a Committee of the Whole to discuss the village’s draft 2018 Commercial Areas Revitalization Plan and allow for public input.

Work on the 2018 plan has been a collaborative and transparent process led by Oak Brook’s elected officials; professional staff; Houseal Lavigne, a highly regarded professional consulting firm specializing in all aspects of community planning, urban design, and economic development; and a fifteen (15) member volunteer Community Enhancement Committee comprised of Oakbrook Center’s General Manager, the Chairperson of the Plan Commission, the Chairperson of the Zoning Board of Appeals, the CEO of the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce, and the following “at-large” members: four (4) local business executives, one (1) homeowner association president, five (5) Village residents, and one (1) hotel general manager.

Chamber staff will attend tonight’s meeting to express support for the draft 2018 Commercial Areas Revitalization Plan and to thank the many individuals who contributed time, energy and expertise to the planning process.

Please consider sending a short email to Oak Brook Village President Gopal Lalmalani and the Village Board to express your support of the draft 2018 Commercial Areas Revitalization Plan and to thank the Board for their efforts to keep Oak Brook’s commercial areas vibrant. Emails can be sent to rginex@oak-brook.org.

To read the full draft 2018 Commercial Area Revitalization plan click here: http://www.oak-brook.org/…/Oak-Brook-Commercial-Areas-Revit…

Details on tonight’s Committee of the Whole meeting:
Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 7:00pm
Butler Government Center, 1200 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook

For more information on the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce’s support of the draft 2018 Commercial Areas Revitalization Plan please contact President David Carlin at dcarlin@obchamber.com.


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NAI Hiffman promotes three to Executive Vice President, Shareholder

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calendarMonday, 13 August

NAI Hiffman is pleased to announce the promotion of Adam Johnson, David Haigh, SIOR, and Jason Wurtz from Senior Vice President to Executive Vice President; the three have also been named as the newest shareholders of the firm.

Joining the firm in 2008, Adam Johnson has primarily focused his efforts in the I-88 and I-55 Corridor submarkets selling and leasing office space. He began his career in the industry with Real Estate Consultants, but quickly seized a major opportunity for growth at NAI Hiffman. Primarily representing property owners, Johnson has made a name for himself with over 350 transactions totaling nearly 3 million square feet, while representing trusted clients such as UBS, Wintrust, MedProperties, and Prologis.

“Adam’s success is rooted not only in his dedication and perseverance in growing his business, but he has also embraced resources and opportunities available at NAI Hiffman, creating many relationships which he has developed over the last 10 years” expressed Michael Flynn, COO at NAI Hiffman.

David Haigh started his career in commercial real estate 13 years ago when he joined NAI Hiffman’s Industrial Services group. His main focus is on warehousing and manufacturing properties in DuPage County and the western suburbs of Chicago. Haigh’s real estate career boasts significant redevelopment construction projects in Central DuPage, rivaled by few. His clients include HARIBO, Turano Bakery, The Pampered Chef, NNR Global Logistics, and many others.

Prior to beginning his real estate career in 2005, Haigh was an enlisted member of the Illinois Army National Guard, and, in 2003, as a member of the 933rd Military Police Co, he was deployed to Iraq where he was stationed for over a year. For this time in the armed services, Haigh received the honorable Army Commendation Medal and the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal. NAI Hiffman CEO David Petersen, a veteran himself, holds much respect for Haigh: “David has brought a very focused, technical approach to his work at NAI Hiffman, perhaps based upon his military background. His relentless pursuit of the details has served him well, insuring his clients secure the best terms, with no surprises.”

Jason Wurtz has been with NAI Hiffman since the debut of his real estate career in 2006. Working in Chicago’s north and northwest submarkets, Wurtz mainly represents office property owners such as RMR Group, KBS, CBRE Global Investors, Bentall Kennedy and Guardian Life Insurance. According to David Petersen, CEO of NAI Hiffman, “Jason reflects all the key components we value at the firm – integrity, a client-first mentality, diligent pursuit of superior solutions and teamwork. From his first day at firm, it was apparent that Jason would be a leader for the firm and our clients.”

With Wurtz’s talents in commercial real estate, he has made more than a few significant transactions with global organizations. These include firms such as Corelle Brands (formerly known as World Kitchen), AbbVie, AT&T, Abbott U.S., and many others, totaling over 3.5 million square feet, confirming that Wurtz is well deserving of this promotion.


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GREATER OAK BROOK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SPONSORS INTERN DAY LUNCHEON HIGHLIGHTING VALUE OF INTERNSHIPS TO EMPLOYERS AND COLLEGE STUDENTS

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calendarTuesday, 31 July

Opportunity to engage future workforce earlier in the talent pipeline

The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce presented its first Greater Oak Brook Intern Day Luncheon honoring 75 college interns working with member employers in Oak Brook and Oak Brook Terrace this summer. The event, coinciding with National Intern Day, was held on July 26 at The Clubhouse in Oak Brook from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Interns from member companies including Ace Hardware, ComEd, Elkay Manufacturing, HUB Group, Millennium Trust Company, Inland Real Estate, Hyatt Lodge and Child’s Voice attended the event. The luncheon’s program shared information with local interns regarding the benefits of choosing the Greater Oak Brook area when they consider the launch of their own careers.

Table Discussions among Chamber Young Business Leaders and Interns

Each table was be hosted by a member of the Chamber’s Young Business Leaders group, offering perspective on their own career development working within the Greater Oak Brook community. The interns had the opportunity to benefit from a panel discussion of experienced hiring managers, sharing insider recommendations on making the most of internship opportunities and standing out in the graduate hiring process. The interns were also be entered into a raffle to win generous prizes from area retailers, hospitality and wellness providers including Michael Jordan’s Restaurant, Kendra Scott, Vineyard Vines, Pandora Jewelry, Roka Akor, Alex and Ani, Waxing the City, West Suburban Wellness, Oakbrook Center, Hyatt Lodge, Marriott Oak Brook, Top Golf and others.

Chamber staff member Jenny Stanko presents a raffle prize.

Internships are seen as one of the most effective tools employers have in developing their pipeline of future talent. According to the National Association of College and Employers 2018 Internship and Coop Report, intern offers and acceptance rates indicate a robust hiring market. U.S. employers expect to hire 3.4% more interns in 2018 than last year. The 2017 offer rate for interns was 59%, the acceptance rate was 77.3%, and the conversion rate was 45.6%, demonstrating the great value for interns and employers in participating in this process.

“Our fellow Chamber member companies have dedicated themselves to providing quality experiences for their interns this summer, knowing how important this tool is in building our future workforce,” said Nora O’Connor, Chair of the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce’s Talented Workforce Committee and Executive Vice President of The Inland Real Estate Group. “We appreciate the Chamber enhancing this experience by introducing our interns to current young business leaders in the area and highlighting the hospitality and networking advantages of launching a career in the greater Oak Brook area.”


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