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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.
    Welcome and Mission, Please Join

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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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    ANNOUNCEMENT!

    Members Invited to Apply for 2017 Recognition Awards

    The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the application period for its 2017 Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce Member Recognition Awards. In addition to the Model Workplace Award and Champion for Young Professionals Award, the Chamber will also present two new awards: the Exceptional Service Award and the Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award.

    Companies may apply for any or all of the following awards:
    Exceptional Service Award: Tell us how your company or organization’s customer service program provides an exceptional experience for your clients and customers and makes your business successful
    Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award: Nominate the young professionals in your company or organization who display leadership in innovation, project management, research, professional or employee development, or community impact
    Model Workplace Award: Tell us how your company or organization has created a dynamic and unique workplace culture that attracts and retains talent and develops future business leaders
    Champion for Young Professionals Award: This award recognizes your company or organization’s model leadership and achievements in attracting and retaining talented young professionals

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MEET THE STAFF AND CONSULTANTS
MEET THE BOARD
  • Tracy Mulqueen, CAE

    President & CEO

    Tracy Mulqueen, CAE, has served as the Chamber’s President and CEO since July 2004 and is responsible for leading and managing the association, its strategic and operational plans, and member programs and services. She is also charged with building and promoting unified local, state, and congressional policy agendas and initiatives that represent the common interests of Oak Brook and Oakbrook Terrace companies, and positioning the organization as an influential and effective advocate for business.

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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 Manager

    Jenny Stanko is the Chamber’s Communications Manager. Jenny is responsible for managing content for all three Chamber websites, handling email blasts and social media postings, and providing communications support for 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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  • Chairman Dan Wagner

    Inland Real Estate Group, Oak Brook

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  • Vice Chairman Norm Canfield

    Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook

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  • Treasurer Dennis Marx

    JMG Financial, Oak Brook

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  • Secretary Maxine Vazquez

    Devon Seafood + Steak, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Suzanne Beres

    Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

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  • Larry Brand

    Elkay Manufacturing, Oak Brook

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  • Susan Clarke

    Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook

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  • Terry Dunne

    Millennium Trust, Oak Brook

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  • Simon Fricker

    Le Meridien, 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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  • Stefan Gruvberger

    Hiltons of Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace

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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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  • Maureen Hoersten

    The LaSalle Network, Oak Brook

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  • Chris Johnson

    DoubleTree Hotel, Oak Brook

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  • Anna Kamilis

    Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Oak Brook

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  • Bob Legan

    Whitnell & Company, Oak Brook

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  • Susan Lindquist

    BCS Financial, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Jay Madary II

    JVM Realty Corporation, Oak Brook

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  • Adrian Mendoza

    Lillig & Thorsness, Ltd., Oak Brook

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  • Tom Midura

    Graycor, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Raul Moreno

    Mon Ami Gabi, Oak Brook

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  • Chris Pautsch

    Key Lime Tie, Oak Brook

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  • Finny Rajchel

    State Farm Insurance, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • John Ropski

    Printing Arts, Oak Brook

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  • Todd Schaefer

    Jones Lang LaSalle Tenant Representation Group, Chicago

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  • Don Williams

    McDonald's Corporation, Oak Brook

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  • Tracy Mulqueen, CAE

    Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO

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New American Funding expands Midwestern territory with grand opening of first Chicagoland branch

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calendarThursday, 10 November

New American Funding, a national mortgage banker headquartered in Southern California, announced today that it is continuing its Midwestern expansion by opening its first Chicagoland location.  The branch will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 2:00 P.M.

This full-service branch will be located at 1301 West 22nd Street, Suite 209 in Oak Brook, and will meet the residential mortgage needs of local consumers and Real Estate Agents who are facilitating home loans in the Greater Chicago market.  The location will offer a variety of products including purchase and refinance loan options.

To spearhead this expansion, New American Funding has enlisted the expertise of mortgage industry veteran, Luis Hernandez, who will serve as Branch Manager. “This is a thrilling new chapter for New American Funding and I couldn’t be more ecstatic to be part of history in the making,” said Hernandez. “It’s exciting to partner with a company of high integrity who is committed to working hard for its customers because it genuinely cares about the communities it serves. I look forward to the role I’ll play in this new venture and the impact we’ll have on the Chicago area.”

The thriving residential communities in and around Oak Brook presented a prime opportunity for New American Funding to continue its nationwide expansion.  The mortgage lender plans to provide the community with the same industry-leading closing times, award-winning services, and high-level customer support that has become a hallmark at its other national locations.

This launch marks the fourth Illinois branch for New American Funding, which also has other locations in Edwardsville, Godfrey, and Swansea.  For more information about the kickoff celebration, please contact Luis Hernandez at (708) 655-5847 or at luis.hernandez@nafinc.com.


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Corporate Strategies & Solutions, a Sandler Training Center partners with the Chamber

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calendarThursday, 10 November

Corporate Strategies & Solutions, a Sandler Training Center, is honored to announce it has partnered with the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce to provide leadership and sales training and consulting to both the Chamber and its members.

CS&S is committed to providing superior sales and leadership training as well as behavioral application to both businesses and individuals; helping them meet and exceed their goals through comprehensive, reinforcement training and executive coaching.  CS&S offers a no-nonsense approach to the assessment, training and consulting process it delivers to its clients: small/medium local businesses, ranging from solo entrepreneurs to divisions of global corporations.

“We are excited to be working with the GOBCC leadership to help an already thriving organization reach higher, yet”, said Rich Austin, senior partner at CS&S.  “Everyone, whether they acknowledge it or not, is in sales.  Our goal is to help our clients not look, sound, act or behave like a salesperson.  Helping them authentically find their voice within a sales and leadership conversation dramatically impacts and grows their bottom line.”

CS&S is offering a 20% incentive to GOBCC members for its Strategic Customer Care program.  Strategic Customer Care is a customer service-centric professional development program that places emphasis on helping non-salespeople get comfortable identifying and executing sales conversations while being equipped with the skills to de-escalate difficult people and tense situations.

For additional information about this incentive for GOBCC members, please contact Rich Austin or Ashley Pearson from CS&S at 630-778-1500 or rich.austin@sandler.com  Strategic Customer Care info: http://www.corporatestrategies.sandler.com/care

CS&S website: http://www.corporatestrategies.sandler.com/

 


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A fresh new Mexican flavor is launching in Oakbrook Terrace!

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calendarWednesday, 09 November

En Fuego Mexican Grille is a revolutionary new Mexican Restaurant featuring a fresh twist on classic Mexican dishes, handcrafted margaritas and specialty drinks! En Fuego also features the all new Los Caballos Cantina, a true to life Modern Mexican Cantina. A warm, comfortable and fun atmosphere with over 50 tequilas to choose from, imported Mexican beers, specialty wines from Mexico, Spain and South America. “We’re excited to be bringing something all new to Oakbrook Terrace that is nothing like anything around here,” said Joe Fernandez Jr., owner of En Fuego Mexican Grille. “From our fresh ceviche appetizer, our original tacos and carne asada, YOU WILL find your new favorite here. Everything is made fresh daily and you will taste the difference.”

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En Fuego kicked off the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday November 10th at 11am with Mayor Tony Ragucci, City of Oakbrook Terrace Council members, and the Greater Oakbrook Chamber of Commerce. The event took place at 17W648 22nd street right next to the all new Pony Up Off Track Betting Pub & Eatery. The festivities will run Thursday thru Saturday with live mariachis and more fun.

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For more information call the restaurant at 630-613-8899 or visit www.enfuegomexgrill.com. You can also follow En Fuego on Facebook.


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Join the American Lung Association in the Fight For Air Climb

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calendarTuesday, 08 November

Fight For Air Climbs are the American Lung Association’s most unique fundraisers. Climbs take place in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve walking, running or racing up hundreds of steps. Sometimes called a “vertical road race”, teams and individual participants can use the event as a fitness target, as a race, or as a great way to be active and meet new friends.

Step up for lung health at the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb at the Oakbrook Terrace Tower on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Climb 31 floors, 680 steps, to the top of the suburbs’ tallest building! Climb more than once in the ultimate and extreme challenges. Participate as an individual or as part of corporate or family team.

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Take the first of 5 steps to become a cohesive team

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calendarTuesday, 08 November

Anna Weselak, Weselak & Associates

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Indiana Tech has teamed up with us to present a special program titled:  The Five Steps to Creating a Cohesive Team.

This FREE event will help you to begin a journey that will allow your team(s) to achieve better results quicker.

Just click here to sign up for a morning of networking and information.  We will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Indiana Tech Enrollment Center, 1552 North Aurora Road in Naperville.  A continental breakfast will be served.

Click here to  sign up now before the November 11 registration deadline.

I look forward to seeing you on November 16!

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Jeffrey J. Krusinski named president of Krusinski Construction Company

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calendarWednesday, 02 November

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Jeffrey J. Krusinski, 42, has been named president of Krusinski Construction Company, a 43-year old general contracting and construction management firm headquartered in Oak Brook.

His predecessors Joseph R. Krusinski, founder and Jerry R. Krusinski have transitioned their leadership roles to Chairman and CEO, respectively.

Formerly executive vice president, Jeffrey Krusinski has been with the company for 22 years. He is accomplished in all aspects of the firm’s business development, operations and leadership. Jeff is a
member of NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers (AIRE) and serves on the Economic
Development Partnership Council for the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce. He is also an active member of the Chicago Family Business Council at DePaul University.

“Our business family is proud and excited to execute this shift in leadership. Our commitment to our clients will continue to be upheld. We believe in integrity, accountability, making an impact and treating
others like family. As Jeff continues the legacy of our reputable firm, our entire team remains focused on solving complex problems, providing creative solutions and understanding our clients’ needs,” says
Joseph R. Krusinski, speaking of the transition.


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Top tips for job seekers

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calendarFriday, 28 October

Fred Kapel, Asst. VP – Recruiting Manager for The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc.

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Conducting a job search can be a stressful and challenging experience. Here are a few quick and easy takeaways job applicants should keep in mind when seeking employment.

Remember to utilize your professional and personal social networks as a source for opportunities.  Open positions are not always posted on national career boards or company websites.  Searching online is always recommended and necessary, but sending your interest and résumé to five trusted people is an igniter for networking.  Ask those five people to consider you for opportunities while also asking them to forward it to five additional people.  This tactic has the potential to get your information in front of 25 people.  If those 25 people forward your information to five more people in their network, your résumé and interest is now in the hands of 125 people – all from simply reaching out to a few contacts.  Lean on your trusted network and cast a wide net.

Ask a few friends to read your résumé before you circulate it to your network.  There are two main reasons to do this: spelling and grammar errors and presentation.  First, a poorly authored résumé riddled with grammar, spelling and formatting errors, run-on sentences and font and tense inconsistencies will close the door of opportunity on you every single time.  Second, it’s important to confirm that are you presenting yourself in your resume in a way that states a clear professional objective and history of your experience. After your friends proofread your résumé, ask them to answer a few simple questions.  What level or type of position am I looking for?  What skills or attributes do I bring to the table on day one?   What positions have I held and where have I been working the last few years?  What are my most significant accomplishments in recent positions?  If your friends can’t answer these questions after reading your resume, it’s time to develop a new résumé.

Follow the company’s protocol for submitting your resume.  Are they directing you to their Applicant Tracking System?  Do they want you to email your résumé to one person?  Do they want a phone call?  Following application protocol is essential.  In addition, remember to follow-up if you don’t hear anything.  Submitting your résumé can feel like dropping your information into a black hole.  Give it a week and then research the company, find a phone number and ask for the Human Resource or Recruiting Department.  Don’t be overly aggressive on the follow-up call or email, simply make sure they received your résumé, ask if the position is still open and if there is a timeline, reiterate your interest and remind them you are available for further discussion at their convenience.  However, do be prepared for the company representative to provide very little detail, some details or express interest in continuing a discussion at that exact time.  This level of follow up shows your continued interest, forces someone to look at your resume and might just be the extra step that others are not willing to take.

Clean up your social media accounts, record a professional voicemail message and have an appropriate email address.  These can be immediate door closers.  If you get a phone interview, find a quiet place to conduct the call with limited background noise – don’t be on a bus, a train or in a crowd.  If possible, try to use a landline phone instead of a cell phone for a phone interview to eliminate the possibility of a dropped call mid-interview.  If you get a face-to-face interview, arrive early or on time, be the best dressed person in the room, be engaging and most importantly be prepared by researching the company and the people you’re interviewing with and knowing the job responsibilities and requirements inside and out.  Prepare questions ahead of time and don’t be afraid to interview the interviewer.  Interviewing is a two-way street; a company should be willing to answer your questions and make an attempt to impress you to ensure it will be a good fit.  Most importantly, ask for a business card or email and follow-up within 48 hours with a thank you.  Sending a follow-up thank you is a lost art, and it will separate you from other applicants in a good way.

Good luck!


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