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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.
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    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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RTA, THE GREATER OAK BROOK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE VILLAGE OF OAK BROOK OFFER CHARIOT TO SERVE SUBURBAN BUSINESSES

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calendarWednesday, 18 July

Public-Private Collaboration Expands Commuter Options and Connects Employees, Public to Oak Brook via Elmhurst Metra Station

 

The Regional Transportation Authority of Northeastern Illinois (RTA), the Village of Oak Brook, the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce, and Chariot have teamed up to launch a new weekday microtransit shuttle route to connect commuters from the Metra station in Elmhurst to 10 commercial properties along and near Commerce Drive in Oak Brook. Acting in its role as community connector, the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce identified and engaged 10 multi-tenant properties in a densely populated area, allowing local companies and their employees to jointly benefit from the RTA and properties’ investment in the project.

The pilot is a first-of-its-kind public-private engagement with a microtransit company in the RTA region. The project uses Chariot’s service to address the first- and last-mile commuter challenge and leverages the support of local employers who wish to offer more transportation options for their employees. Rides are provided both to and from the 10 properties and the Metra station.

The 14-passenger Ford Transit vans are outfitted with free WiFi and driven by Chariot’s W-2 employee drivers. Users can reserve a seat up to 45 minutes in advance on the day of their ride via the iOS or Android app and meet their Chariot outside the Elmhurst Metra station or outside the properties for a ride to the Metra station.

“At Chariot, one of our major initiatives is to work with transit agencies, businesses and organizations to create commuting solutions that connect residents with nearby rail and bus stations,” said Chariot CEO Dan Grossman. “We’re looking forward to helping area employees and the local community easily get around the Oak Brook area, and becoming another sustainable transportation option people can rely on in the region.”

Tenants in the participating Oak Brook properties ride for free, and other passengers can ride for the price of $6.30 per ride. 10-ride passes are also available for $58 (a $5 discount), and new riders may use the promo code “oakbrookfreeweek” for a free week of Chariot rides.

“We are always looking for innovative new ways to eliminate barriers to transit ridership,” said Leanne Redden, RTA Executive Director. “This pilot is an opportunity to work with a microtransit provider to allow riders to get to jobs in a community near, but without a Metra station. The project uses tools that were not available even a few years ago, with a greater flexibility to respond to riders and businesses needs and lower public investment, than expanding the current ‘fixed route’ transit system.”

The pilot program is scheduled to run for up to two years. In the first year, 80 percent of the funds will come from RTA, and 20 percent from participating property owners. In the second year, each party will be responsible for 50 percent of the cost.

“Attracting and retaining top talent within our community is a primary focus of the Chamber’s programming,” said Susan Lindquist, Board Chair of the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Chief Talent Officer at BCS Financial. “Expanding that pipeline through access to mass transit and innovative commuting solutions will further fuel the economic growth of our members. Many of our member companies are closely connected to the City of Chicago, through their employees, clients or multiple corporate locations. The shuttle enhances the strength of those relationships.”

The first rider was Sandro Plamp, an energy efficiency engineer who heard about the service while he accepted a position in Oak Brook and was determining how he would commute to his new job.

“I don’t own a car and I am used to relying on public transit to get around,” said Sandro. “This service really expanded my possibilities for employment. The Metra – Chariot combination for my commute is reliable and extremely comfortable.  It is also very flexible if I need to stay late or come in early for meetings, and it is a great value.”

Millennial workers aged 18-34 make up about a third of the region’s workforce. They are multimodal and increasingly not as interested in getting their drivers’ licenses. 2016 data from Governing Magazine show that 28 percent of households in the city of Chicago have no car.

“Partnering with our businesses and other government entities promotes the economic development, stability and sustainability of our workforce,” said Oak Brook Village Manager Rick Ginex. “For Oak Brook to remain competitive and well serve its over 60,000 daily employees, we must provide a transportation system to bring a highly skilled workforce from the surrounding suburbs and the Chicago metro area. This pilot program provides a great additional commuting tool to the Village.”

 

About the RTA

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is the transit agency charged with regional financial oversight, funding, and transit planning for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace bus and ADA paratransit. The system provides more than two million trips each weekday on the RTA region’s transit system in six counties with 7,200 transit route miles throughout Northeastern Illinois.  The Agency also provides customer services including online and telephone travel planning assistance and travel training for seniors and people with disabilities.  For more information, visit www.RTAchicago.org

 

About Chariot

Chariot is reinventing transportation with a microtransit solution that is fast, reliable and affordable for people living in today’s cities. Riders can easily reserve a seat on a Chariot via the iOS or Android app, and hop on one of the company’s 14-passenger Ford Transit vehicles operated by friendly, professional employee drivers. After launching in San Francisco in 2014, the company participated in Y Combinator’s Winter 2015 class and was acquired in September 2016 by Ford Smart Mobility to serve as the cornerstone for its global shuttle services business. Chariot runs more than 100 daily routes serving San Francisco, New York, Austin, Seattle, Columbus and London. For more information, visit www.chariot.com.

 

About the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 business association governed by a board of directors comprised of executives from Greater Oak Brook companies representing a wide range of industries: small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, hospitality and retail businesses, technology companies, commercial real estate firms, and more. The related Greater Oak Brook Chamber Economic Development Partnership is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that brings Oak Brook and Oakbrook Terrace businesses and government together to understand and address the economic needs of the Oak Brook area. The EDP conducts research, gathers and analyzes data, publishes information, and coordinates activities on behalf of Oak Brook and Oakbrook Terrace to attract and retain businesses and employees, support commercial revitalization efforts and transportation and infrastructure improvements, and attract and retain a skilled workforce. For more information visit OBChamber.com and GreaterOakBrookPartnership.com.

 

Photo Credit: Laura Meyer Photography

 


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NAI Hiffman Aubrey Van Reken represents tenant in a new East-West Corridor lease

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NAI Hiffman is proud to announce it has represented Kriha Law Firm in a new lease for a 4,213 square-foot office space at Two TransAm Plaza Drive in Oak Brook.

Darcy Kriha, owner of Kriha Law Firm, practices educational law and provides preventative advice and proactive solutions for many Illinois school districts. In May 2018, Kriha decided to leave a Chicago law firm and advance her career by opening her own practice in Oak Brook. “It’s rewarding to know that Two TransAm Plaza provides such favorable lease terms and the quality office build-out Kriha needs to develop and grow her new practice,” said NAI Hiffman Vice President Aubrey Van Reken, who represented Kriha Law Firm in the transaction.

 

About NAI Hiffman

Comprised of more than 160 real estate professionals, NAI Hiffman provides leasing, management, investment sales and capital markets representation for owners and occupiers of commercial real estate in the Chicago metro market. It currently leases and manages an 80+ million SF portfolio of over 700 commercial properties throughout metropolitan Chicago, Northwest Indiana and Southeast Wisconsin. NAI Global offices are leaders in their local markets and work in unison to provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. NAI Global has more than 400 offices strategically located throughout the world, with 7,000+ local market professionals, handling over $20 billion in transaction value and managing 425+ million SF of property. For more information, please visit www.naihiffman.com


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Illinois Chamber of Commerce To Present Cybersecurity Conference on July 24

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Cybersecurity is an issue that impacts all of us, regardless of who we or what we do. Collaboration and communication between government entities and the private sector is essential to our success combating cyber threats. This event brings together public and private entities to discuss policy and best practice in cybersecurity to help businesses be prepared for whatever the future brings for both small and large businesses.

https://ilchamber.org/featured-events/cybersecurityconference/?platform=hootsuite

 


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DuPage Foundation Funds DuPagePads Family Outreach

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calendarFriday, 22 June

DuPage Foundation awards grant to DuPagePads. From left: Deborah du Vair, DuPage Foundation Grant Committee; Carol Simler and Janelle Barcelona, DuPagePads; Del Koch, DuPage Foundation Trustee.

DuPagePads was one of 36 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant at the DuPage Foundation’s Spring Grant Awards Breakfast held on Tuesday, June 12, at Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn. The DuPage Foundation awarded more than $500,000 in grants to organizations working in the area of Health and Human Services. The grant received will help underwrite DuPagePadsFamily Outreach program.

“Once children who were homeless obtain a place to call ‘home,’ their health improves and they can focus in school and excel in their studies. DuPagePads Family Outreach program keeps families engaged in comprehensive support services so that they can overcome their challenges to housing and ultimately work toward their full potential,” says Carol Simler, DuPagePads President & CEO.

DuPage Foundation’s grant funding for DuPagePads Family Outreach program ensures participants have access to stabilizing support services including obtaining mainstream benefits, healthcare and employment training. Additionally, DuPagePads case managers advocate for children within local school districts. The Family Outreach program aims to serve over 120 individuals in 40 families, with more than half of those served being 17 years old or younger. The program estimates that 60% will obtain stable housing; and 40% of the families served will obtain stable housing in six months or less.

With over 32 years of service, DuPagePads has become the largest provider of services to those who are homeless in DuPage County. DuPagePads’ mission is to end homelessness in DuPage County through the solution housing, coupled with support services and employment. Last year the agency served 1,233 people, with 72% listing their last address in DuPage County. Of those served, DuPagePads assisted 383 people in obtaining stable housing. The administration office is located at 601 West Liberty, Wheaton, IL 60187. Additional information can be obtained by contacting DuPagePads at 630.682.3846 or at www.dupagepads.org.

DuPage Foundation staff and grant committee members received 53 applications and are proud to say 68% of the projects submitted this spring were funded. DuPage Foundation Vice President for Programs Barb Szczepaniak explained, “It is because of donors who have given unrestricted gifts or established field of interest funds that our Community Needs Grant Program exists. And it is because of donors with individual donor-advised funds that we can supplement the original program and award even more organizations their grant requests. This wonderful teamwork results in support for so many worthy causes!”


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Communication is the Key to Great Client Relationships

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calendarThursday, 21 June

Chamber member Xeno Media is proud to be recognized for their commitment to their clients! They are now featured on Clutch.co with an overall 5-star rating from their clients and on Clutch’s sister website, The Manifest, as one of the top web developers in Chicago. They work to build strategic relationships, not just accounts. They listen to what their clients want to achieve and produce websites to meet those goals. A running theme to the client reviews has been their commitment and open communication.

Read the article here: https://www.xenomedia.com/blog/communication-key-great-client-relationships


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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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