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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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    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 Dennis Marx

    JMG Financial, 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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  • Kathy Hardy

    Leaders Bank, 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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Oak Brook Polo Club Unveils 2018 Polo Season Schedule

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In preparation for the upcoming summer polo season,  Oak Brook Polo Club (OBPC) has renewed its partnership with the Village of Oak Brook and unveils the 2018 schedule which kicks off on Sunday, June 10th at the Prince of Wales Field (2606 York Road), located just 17 miles from downtown Chicago. The match, themed ‘Chicago Polo Day’, and will celebrate another year of “hockey on horseback.”

Oak Brook Polo, which was privatized from the Village of Oak Brook 2016, is led by Chicago business leader, Jim Drury, whose passion and commitment to the sport of polo is what’s kept it alive for so many years.

“It is with great privilege that I welcome everyone to experience the magic, pageantry and thrill of polo this season,” explains Jim Drury.  “The tradition of Sunday polo at Oak Brook has been one of incomparable fun and excitement, the likes of which you may never have experienced – and will certainly never forget.”

Oak Brook Polo Club heads into its 96th season as one of the nation’s oldest polo clubs in operation today and the fourth oldest sports property in Chicago.  2018 marks the 40th anniversary since the last U.S. Open Polo ChampionshipÒ which was held at Oak Brook in 1978.

The 2018 schedule includes the return of such popular matches as Horses & Horsepower, Butler Challenge Cup, and Chicago Polo Cup.  Oak Brook Polo will additionally introduce the Heartland Cup -which will host the 2018 Midwest Jaguar Concours d’Elegance, and the Caribbean Cup to the schedule.   The schedule is as follows:

  • June 10th, Chicago Polo Day / Season Opener
  • June 24th, Drake Challenge Cup
  • July 15th, Butler Challenge Cup / Horses and Horsepower
  • July 22nd, Heartland Cup / Jaguar Concours d’Elegance
  • August 5th, Caribbean Cup
  • August 19th, Chicago Polo Cup
  • September 9th, Butler International Cup
  • September 22nd, USPA Board of Governors Tournament
  • September 23rd, USPA U.S. Open Polo Alumni Match

The success of the “International Polo Series” continues with three international fixtures spread across the season including Mexico, Jamaica and Great Britain.  The teams will compete for some of Oak Brook Polo’s most revered trophies, including the Drake Challenge Cup and coveted Butler International Cup.

Oak Brook Polo has the continued support of sponsors, some of which will have special events taking place throughout the season. The Drake Oak Brook Hotel will host a pre-match “Sunday Polo Brunch” while Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse will be the preferred destination for post-match entertainment. CutWater Spirits will feature a “best tailgate” contest and Room & Board will outfit the Saddle Club with luxury outdoor furniture. Other new and returning sponsors include; Michigan Avenue Magazine, Veuve Clicquot, Merrill Lynch, Make It Better, Hinsdale Magazine, David Yurman, Land Rover Hinsdale, Barrington Saddlery, Valley Air Services, FIJI Water, BNY Mellon, and many more.

“It is our mission to make polo accessible affordable and memorable for everyone who attends,” explains Danny O’Leary, Managing Director of Oak Brook Polo Club.  “Whether you are looking for a fun family activity or get-together with friends, Oak Brook Polo is a ‘must add’ to your summer bucket list.”

All ticket holders will have access to The Drake Oak Brook Hotel bars, which will be serving up Classic Pimm’s Chukkers and Veuve Clicquot Champagne, and Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse pop-up restaurant.  Prices are as follows: $10.00 per person for lawn seating; $45.00 per car for tailgating; $40.00 VIP (includes field-site seating in Saddle Club and champagne during divot stomp); $85.00 Brunch and VIP and Saddle Club access; $300 Saddle Club Reserved Tables (seating for up to 8); $300 Saddle Club Box (elevated seating overlooking field for up to 6); $650.00 Private Field Side Tent; $750.00 Saddle Club Skyboxes (for up to 12).

For ticket information, event schedule, parking directions and general information, please visit www.oakbrookpoloclub.com or call 630.368.5095.


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Chicago-area’s Leaders Bank wins Exceptional Service Business Award

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Oak Brook-based Leaders Bank has captured the 2018 Exceptional Service Business Award from the Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce. Leaders Bank officials received the award at the Chamber’s annual meeting and awards breakfast, which took place on Tuesday morning, March 20th at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook.

According to the chamber, the Exceptional Service Award is given yearly to an area organization whose customer service program provides an exceptional experience for its clients or customers and makes its business successful.

Several factors combined to convince the Chamber Leaders Bank merited the prestigious honor. These include prioritization of personal attention to customer needs, a culture empowering employees to take ownership of quality service and a committee approach to addressing customer issues that yields innovative service solutions. Positive customer satisfaction surveys bear out the success of these initiatives.

A commitment to providing unrivaled customer service has long served as the bank’s guiding principle. “That is not common in the banking industry,” said Rob Brucato, Leaders Bank senior vice president of treasury management. “With industry consolidation and ongoing pressure to produce positive financial results, many banks and financial service providers become too internally focused and therefore ignore the needs of their customers. This however is not the case at Leaders Bank.”

The bank embraces a collaborative management structure fostering employee empowerment at all levels, Brucato said. Employees understand that positive financial results for shareholders and employees can only be achieved if customers feel well served in every interaction. That spurs strong employee ownership of, and accountability for, continued client satisfaction. In an era of technology-driven change that often results in reduced face-to-face interaction with customers, Leaders Bank employees actively seek opportunities to personally meet with clients, helping build rapport and trust.

The bank’s committee approach to addressing challenges spurs communication and collaboration among all bank departments, generating optimal solutions.

Examples include adjusting ATM transaction dollar limits to minimize fraudulent transactions and instituting loan programs and products that respond to underserved but growing markets like micro businesses, Brucato said.

A recent survey conducted by an independent marketing organization confirmed these programs’ effectiveness. It found 95 percent of respondents believe the bank always delivers on promises, and 96 percent would recommend Leaders Bank to others.

With locations at 2001 York Road in Oak Brook and 2075 Calamos Court in Naperville, Ill., Leaders Bank is a premier commercial bank catering to private business owners, their families and other entrepreneurs. Leaders Bank offers a full spectrum of traditional and customized banking services, Internet-based banking, and online bill payment. To contact Leaders Bank, call (630) 572-5323 or visit www.leadersbank.com.

Source: Leaders Bank/Walt Denny, Inc.


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Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast – March 20, 2018

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The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast was held on March 20, 2018 at the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Over 250 participants enjoyed a breakfast and an energized special keynote address by College of DuPage President Dr. Ann Rondeau, who shared the extensive resources COD and Innovation DuPage have to offer the regional business community.

College of DuPage President Dr. Ann Rondeau

Dr. Rondeau was appointed to serve as College of DuPage’s sixth president starting July 1, 2016. She is a past president of the National Defense University, a consortium of five colleges and nine research centers in Washington, DC. Dr. Rondeau retired from the U.S. Navy as a three-star admiral in 2012. She is the second woman to have achieved this rank.

Following Dr. Rondeau’s keynote address, the Chamber presented Exceptional Service Awards to Leaders Bank and DuPagePads; Under 40 Leadership Recognition Awards to Keith Lampi from Inland Private Capital Corporation, Daniel O’Leary from Oak Brook Polo Club, Lauren Rullo from Weber Grill Restaurant and Kate Bousum from Child’s Voice; a Champion for Young Professionals Award to Millennium Trust Company; a Model Workplace Award for Smaller Business to Xeno Media; and a Model Workplace Award for Larger Business to Ace Hardware Corporation.

COD President Dr. Ann Rondeau Provided an Energetic and Inspring Presentation

At the conclusion of the event, Greater Oak Brook Chamber Chairwoman Susan Lindquist had the following to say, “Dr. Rondeau’s keynote address was terrific, and our award presentation was inspiring. The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce is fortunate to have strong public partners like College of DuPage, a wealth of inspired business leaders, and thriving organizations within our membership.”

The Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast was made possible by the generous support of event sponsors including Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, Five Star Audio Visual, Lillig & Thorsness Ltd., Millennium Trust Company, Peters & Associates, The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies and Tiffany & Company.

For additional information on the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce visit OBChamber.com.

Chamber President David Carlin Addresses the Crowd

Further description of the Chamber’s award criteria:

Exceptional Service Award: Organization whose customer service program provides an exceptional experience for its clients or customers and makes its business successful.

Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award: Young professionals who display leadership in innovation, project management, research, professional or employee development, or community impact.

Model Workplace Award for Smaller Businesses: Organization of 50 or fewer employees, which has created a dynamic and unique workplace culture that attracts and retains talent and develops future business leaders.

Model Workplace Award for Larger Businesses: Organization of 50 or more employees, which has created a dynamic and unique workplace culture that attracts and retains talent and develops future business leaders.

Champion for Young Professionals Award: Organization whose model leadership and achievements have promoted the attraction and retention of talented young professionals.

Members of the Chamber’s Young Business Leaders Group


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Brook Forest Student Council Raises Money to Support Universal Playground

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The Oak Brook Park District and the Oak Brook Park District Foundation are working to bring a fully accessible one of a kind playground to Oak Brook. The park is designed to remove physical, social, and emotional barriers so that all individuals, with or without disabilities or critical illnesses, can play side by side with their peers and families.

Brook Forest Student Council weren’t monkeying around when they raised $1000 in record time to support the Oak Brook Sandlot Universal Playground project.

“Our goal was to raise $1,000 over the course of the school year. However, our students came together and were able to collect the money in only two days!” explained Barb Mini of Brook Forest Elementary School.

Brook Forest students organized a Monkeying Around raffle and sold hundreds of tickets to support the project.

Aidan Lombard of 2J was the big winner for the raffle and took home the coveted giant stuffed monkey.

“Aidan was the big raffle winner, but we are truly all winners. We worked together to meet our goal and support a worthy cause,” stated Mini.

Aiden Lombard, Oak Brook, won the Brook Forest Student Council’s Monkeying Around Raffle. The student-run fundraiser raised $1000 to support Oak Brook’s Universal Playground Project in Central Park

The Oak Brook Park District and the Oak Brook Park District Foundation are working to bring a fully accessible one of a kind playground to Oak Brook. The park is designed to remove physical, social, and emotional barriers so that all individuals, with or without disabilities or critical illnesses, can play side by side with their peers and families.

“We cannot begin to express our appreciation for the students, their parents and the community’s support of this playground. It takes a team to build a dream, and we could not do it without entire community,” stated Laure Kosey, Executive Director at the Oak Brook Park District.

The Oak Brook Sandlot will feature innovative equipment including a dual track zip line, a poured in place surface baseball diamond, and two levels of play that will be fully accessible through ramping. Play is a critical part of the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of every child as well as essential to developing cross-generational bonds.

“Our goal is to ensure no one is left on the sidelines,” explained Kosey.

For more information on the project and to make a donation today, visit www.UniversalPlayground.org.


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Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club Wins Three Prestigious Wedding Awards

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

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

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

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

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

 

Photos courtesy of Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Register here


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