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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 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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    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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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 [email protected].

  • 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.

  • 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 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 Chamber websites and social media pages. She creates marketing pieces and blog posts for events as well as provides support for Chamber members, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Treasurer Kathy Hardy

    Leaders Bank, Oak Brook

    Kathy Hardy is an Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Leaders Bank. She has a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry and has been with Leaders Bank for over 15 years. Prior to her work at Leaders Ms. Hardy had several senior vice president roles at several Chicagoland area banks.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Robert Brand

    Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook

    Robert Brand is the General Manager of the Hyatt Lodge, Spa and Conference Center in Oak Brook. Prior to his work in Oak Brook he was the General Manager of the Downtown Chicago Magnificent Mile Courtyard Marriott.

  • Norm Canfield

    At-Large Director

    Norm is a 44-year veteran of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. During his tenure with Hyatt, Norm held various posts including Corporate Vice-President of Rooms and as General Manager at nine Hyatt hotels across the country including at Oak Brook’s Hyatt Lodge.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jeffrey J. Krusinski

    Krusinski Construction Company, Oak Brook

    As a kid, Jeff watched his father build Krusinski Construction Company often visiting project sites with his dad on the weekends. Jeff joined the Company in 1994 as a laborer and worked within many departments such as estimating, project management and field operations. After decades of hard work, dedication and success in each role, his passion and vast knowledge of the industry earned him the current role of president.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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Chamber Hosts West Suburban Chamber of Commerce Executives at Driftwood Grille

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calendarTuesday, 07 December

Last week the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce hosted the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce Executives (WSCCE) Holiday Luncheon.

Representatives from the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of CommerceHinsdale Chamber Of CommerceNaperville Area Chamber of CommerceChamber 630Berwyn Development CorporationBolingbrook Area Chamber of CommerceChicago Southland Chamber of CommerceDARIEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INCElmhurst Chamber of Commerce & IndustryOak Park – River Forest Chamber of CommerceOrland Park Area Chamber of CommerceRomeoville Area Chamber of CommerceWest Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry came together to celebrate 2021 and look enthusiastically forward to 2022.

For 20+ years, the WSCCE peer group has provided chamber leaders across DuPage County and in neighboring counties with a proven platform for partnering on mutually-beneficial networking events and educational programming, for enhancing professional development staff-wide, and for sharing best practices for the enrichment of all.

A special THANK YOU to our special guests Illinois Chamber of Commerce‘s Lisa Weitzel, IOM, CAE and Todd Maisch for your attendance as well as U.S. Chamber of Commerce‘s Ryan Gleason.

Finally, a THANK YOU to our restaurant host Brad Banaszak and Driftwood Grille. Driftwood Grille is newer to Oakbrook Terrace – a restaurant bringing the Northwoods to DuPage County. They have a wonderful menu, generous general dining room and semi-private dining room space, please check them out!


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Thank you Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille!

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calendarTuesday, 23 November
Last week, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille Oak Brook-Chicago kindly hosted the Chamber’s Holiday Event. It could not have been more wonderful, the food delicious, the wine a perfect compliment.
The Chamber thanks the members in attendance both new and veteran! The Chamber thanks the members who could not make it and hope to see them in 2022!
Thank you again, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille Oak Brook-Chicago – if anyone in the Greater Oak Brook area is looking for a fabulous party spot or romantic dinner out look no further than Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille Oak Brook-Chicago.


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Chamber’s Inclusion & Diversity Council Meeting – November 4

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calendarTuesday, 02 November

Please join Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce‘s Inclusion and Diversity Council meeting Thursday morning via Zoom.

We are proud to have Evelyn Sanguinetti and Sylvia Puente present: A Discussion Regarding Illinois’ Latino Community – Opportunities, Challenges & the Impact of COVID-19

Register here: https://lnkd.in/gt5Ux5jv

HOPE Fair Housing Center Latino Policy Forum


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Greater Oak Brook Chamber Sponsors Illinois Chamber’s Women in Business Conference

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calendarTuesday, 02 November

Join the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce at Friday’s Women in Business Conference!

Strong Women. Stronger Illinois. Illinois women are Second to No One. We have amazing talent, determination, intelligence, and resolve.

For more information: https://lnkd.in/g74DAzZ


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Venture X Opens 24K SF Space in Oakbrook Terrace

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calendarWednesday, 20 October

The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce helped welcome new member and City of Oakbrook Terrace business Venture X last week at their ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration.

Located within the 1 Mid America Plaza building in Oakbrook Terrace, this state-of-the-art 24,000 SF space is perfect for anyone needing a little outside office space once in a while. Is working from home is getting a little old? Trying working NEAR home! If a change in office is what you need to get your creative, collaborative, or whatever industry juices you have, going… check out the incredible virtual tour linked below for shared or private desk space opportunities!


Special thanks to City of Oakbrook Terrace Mayor Paul Esposito, Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce President Dave Carlin and Board Vice-Chairman Finny Rajchel for their attendance.

WELCOME Venture X!

Preston Reiff Craig Reiff Peggy Kottos




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Oak Point University Celebrates GRAND OPENING in Oak Brook

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calendarThursday, 14 October

(left to right: Beth Marchetti, Executive Director, DuPage County Convention & Visitors Bureau; John Murphy, Murphy Development; Mauricio Pineda, Class of 2015 and President of the Alumni Association; Therese Scanlan, EdD, President, Oak Point University; Latham Williams, JD, MA, Board Chair, Oak Point University; David Carlin, President and CEO, Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce)

Welcome new member Oak Point University!

Oak Point University (formerly Resurrection University) is a University that specializes in the Health Sciences only featuring two schools: The College of Nursing & The College of Health Sciences.

Oak Point University is an “upper division” or “transfer” university – best viewed as the final two years (junior and senior years) of a four year university. Thus, they only have upper-division classes specific to your program of interest. In other words, if you are interested in the Nursing program, you will only take Nursing classes at Oak Point. For admission into their undergraduate programs, you will need to take general education and other program pre-requisites, or what is equivalent to your freshman and sophomore years, at another regionally-accredited institution like a community or junior college and transfer in those classes and credits.

A couple of weeks ago the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Oak Brook, Illinois along with DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau and Murphy Development Inc celebrated Oak Point University with a ribbon cutting and grand opening.

Dave Carlin Gopal Lalmalani Beth Marchetti Therese Scanlan, Ed.D. Latham Williams Mauricio Pineda BSN, RN


(Oak Point University’s ribbon-cutting on Sept. 23 featured student tours of the state-of-the-art Simulation Lab at its new Oak Brook Campus.)


(left to right: David Carlin, President and CEO, Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce; Beth Marchetti, Executive Director, DuPage County Convention & Visitors Bureau; John Murphy, Murphy Development; Mauricio Pineda, Class of 2015 and President of the Alumni Association; Therese Scanlan, EdD, President, Oak Point University; Latham Williams, JD, MA, Board Chair, Oak Point University; Gopal Lalmalani, MD, President, Oak Brook Village)


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Shear Point Tower Salon Ribbon Cutting Celebration

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calendarTuesday, 12 October
The right place at the right time.
Gabrielle Bacigalupo, new owner of the Shear Point Tower Salon inside of the Oakbrook Terrace Tower, said a chance meeting with a retiring salon owner in a parking lot early this year led her to become a business owner and run the salon of her dreams.
The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce, City of Oakbrook Terrace, One Tower Lane staff, fellow chamber members Alan Stern McGrath Lexus of Westmont, Lindsay Boyd & Susan Boyd from Tamandare Travel LLC, and Chamber Board Vice Chairman Finny Rajchel – State Farm Agent all welcomed this business into the vibrant business community of Greater Oak Brook.
Special thanks to City of Oakbrook Terrace Mayor Paul Esposito for helping cut the celebratory ribbon!


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