A Word From John Schmitt A Word From John Schmitt President & CEO John Schmitt Thank you for taking time to review the Chamber’s CEO Profile Directory. I would like to thank each of the Members highlighted in this directory for their commitment to the Chamber. In addition to running their organizations, these Members demonstrate a willingness to model the way and participate in the Chamber’s highest level of membership. Through their top level support of the Chamber, we are able to work with enhanced resources towards our cause of expanding economic prosperity and opportunity. The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, our Members and our regional business community are formidable forces of economic growth and innovation, because we have great business leaders who step up time and time again. The Members featured in this directory are some of the first to raise their hands and offer their support, talents, and treasure to numerous causes and activities in the Chamber and our community. The executives highlighted in this special directory demonstrate a commitment and are excellent Chamber leaders. I hope you enjoy learning more about these great Members. As always, I encourage you to consider thanking these Members for their commitment, by considering, recommending or referring business to them. Thank you and we wish you the best of luck in your endeavors. Sincerely, John Schmitt President & CEO Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce
Valerie Bruggeman Director of External Affairs and Government Relations
Valerie is the Director of External Affairs and Government Relations for AT&T. In that capacity, she manages AT&T’s communications with external clients and stakeholders, including elected officials, community and civic leaders and Members of the media. Valerie joined AT&T in 1999 after serving as Assistant Administrator for DuPage County Human Services. An active member of the community, Valerie serves on a number of civic and philanthropic boards including the DuPage Workforce Investment Board, Illinois Republican Woman Lincoln Series, Greater DuPage MYM, and was appointed to the West Chicago Fire District board as Trustee in 2000.
Valerie is a graduate of North Central College with a BA in Organizational Communication and minor in Business Management. A life long native of DuPage County, Valerie resides in West Chicago with her husband, Ken, and two children, Megan and Jonathan.
William J. Carroll, Ph.D. President - Benedictine University
William J. “Bill” Carroll, Ph.D. became the 10th president of Benedictine University in July 1995. Under Carroll’s leadership many new initiatives have begun and he has been instrumental in the transformation of Benedictine University to a regional institution.
The Great Issues-Great Ideas Lecture Series is an issues-oriented program, providing thought-provoking lectures and discussions regarding the state of the Union, race, peace and adventures in space by bonafied American heroes, prominent world leaders and inspirational religious personalities.
Master’s degree programs and two doctoral programs were introduced and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast began during Carroll’s tenure. New campus facilities include the Kindlon Hall of Learning, Birck Hall of Science, Founders’ Woods apartments and the newly completed Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.
Carroll was instrumental in forming a partnership with the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District, participating in fire training, offering a campus building as a training facility and establishing a scholarship program where fire fighters can earn a college degree by taking classes at fire stations.
Benedictine University formed a partnership in 2003 with Springfield College in Illinois, providing junior-senior level classes and graduate programs in the state capital. Benedictine University also expanded into Naperville in 2006, with the opening of the Margaret and Harold Moser Center for Adult and Professional Studies.
Contact: Denise West (630) 829-6000 http:// www.ben.edu /
Kevin Harris General Manager Chicago - BP America Inc
Kevin is the general manager for BP’s 2 million sq ft property portfolio in the Chicago Area. He leads a team of 25 employees and over 100 contractors to deliver safe, reliable and cost efficient operations. His organization also provides design, construction, safety, medical and other business services to 3800 employees here in Chicago.
Kevin has nearly 15 years of domestic and international business leadership and operations experience. His previous positions include Vice President of strategy, planning and performance for a $15 billion BP fuels business, General Manager for a $100 million international BP chemical business in addition to other sales and operational roles.
In addition to the Naperville Chamber of Commerce, Kevin also serves a board member for the Choose Dupage development alliance. With respect to education, Kevin holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management as well as MS and BS degrees in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and Howard University respectively.
Kevin is married with four children and remains an active den leader and assistant cub master for the cub scouts and also serves as a Sunday school leader for his church.
Contact: Kevin Harris (630) 961-6989 http:// www.bp.com /
John P. Calamos, Sr. Chairman, CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer Calamos Investments
Since the 1970s, John P. Calamos, Sr. has pioneered investment strategies and techniques to help manage risk for institutional and individual investors. As founder of Calamos Asset Management, Inc., John developed groundbreaking research and investment processes and built a team-based approach focused on controlling risk, preserving capital and building wealth for clients over the long term. He has established a record of outperformance across an array of investment strategies.
John received his undergraduate degree in economics and an M.B.A. in finance from the Illinois Institute of Technology. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a combat pilot during the Vietnam War, ultimately earning the rank of major. During his time in the Air Force, John became intrigued by the risk management benefits of convertible bonds. Today, these securities remain a central component in many of the Calamos strategies.
John is a member of the Investment Analysts Society of Chicago and has taught graduate level courses on finance and investments. John has written two books, Investing in Convertible Securities: Your Complete Guide to the Risks and Rewards and Convertible Securities: the Latest Instruments, Portfolio Strategies, and Valuation Analysis, along with numerous articles in financial journals. He is often quoted in the press, including The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Barron’s, Fortune, BusinessWeek, and Pensions & Investments. He has appeared on CNBC, CNNfn, Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street, and Nightly Business Report.
Contact: Jennifer McGuffin (630) 245-1780 http:// www.calamos.com /
As the Area Vice President for Chicago West, one of the Comcast’s fastest growing areas, Hughes’s team has been consistently near the top of the company in the delivery of video, voice and data services, while dramatically improving the customer experience. Since Comcast entered the market in late 2002, Chicago West has gained over 28,000 customers. She is responsible for over 800 employees and the service delivery for over 500,000 customers.
Hughes moved to Chicago, the country’s third largest market, as part of Comcast’s acquisition of AT&T Broadband. Under her leadership, the Chicago West Area has been a stellar example of the success of this major acquisition, being recognized in 2004 as Mid-West Division’s “System of the Year”.
Hughes joined Comcast as a Business Manager in Tallahassee, Florida in 1994 after graduating from Florida State University with a Masters of Accounting degree. Within two years, Hughes was promoted to the Director of Business Operations where she continued Tallahassee’s tradition of strong margins and subscriber growth.
When Comcast acquired Media One in 2001, Hughes was transferred to Ann Arbor, MI where she was the Vice President/General Manager of the new system with over 200,000 customers and 150 employees.
In 2005, Hughes was recognized by the Business Ledger as one of Today’s Young Executives, recognizing leaders in Chicagoland under the age of forty, for excellence in business. Hughes is an Executive Member of Women In Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) and in 2005 she received the organization’s Breaking the Mold Award. In 2002 she was nominated for the Carla Laufer Achievement Award also from WICT. Hughes is a graduate of the inaugural Class of Leadership Comcast, now known as ELF, in 1999 and a graduate of Comcast’s 2002 Management Development Program.
Steve Riehs Vice-President & General Manager DeVry University
As vice president and general manager of the online business unit for DeVry Inc., Steven Riehs is responsible for the overall management of the DeVry’s online programs and initiatives.
Prior to joining DeVry, Riehs served as chief executive officer at BrainX, an education software company based in California. Before that, he served as vice president of e-learning and production for Medsn (formerly Medschool.com), a medical education and marketing company that designs and implements customized interactive educational programs for pharmaceutical, medical devices, biotechnology and healthcare organizations. His previous positions include vice president in the medical division of Kaplan and chief operating officer and vice president of Compass Medical Education Network which was an affiliate of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago.
Riehs holds a MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Northwestern University.
Contact: Steve Riehs (630) 645-1132 http:// www.devry.com
Annmarie Siwik Director of Marketing DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan & Johnson Ltd.
Annmarie is the Director of Marketing at DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd., a CPA/ business advisory firm with a staff of 60 employees and offices in Naperville and St. Charles. She is the ambassador for the firm and it is her responsibility to over see all aspects of internal and external marketing, business development. Her career has included both public and private industry and expands over 30 years.
Annmarie has held many leadership positions within the community and currently is a board of director of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. She believes and lives the firm’s core values which are: Faith, Family, Excellent Client Service; and Respect for One Another.
Brett Flickinger P rincipal and Director of Marketing & Business Developmen
Brett Flickinger is a principal and the director of marketing and business development for Dugan & Lopatka, our technology-consulting firm, our financial services firm, and our business intermediary firm. Brett also provides marketing services to clients through our marketing consulting firm, Next Level. He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Kansas and has a master in international management degree in international marketing from the American Graduate School of International Management, better known as Thunderbird. He started his career with the Illinois Department of Commerce & Community Affairs’ International Business Division where he worked as an international marketing representative. In this capacity he worked with hundreds of Illinois companies to penetrate new overseas markets. He has also worked as a consultant and director of marketing at the national accounting firm of Grant Thornton. Prior to coming to Dugan & Lopatka in 1996, Brett served as the director of marketing for a software developer and, with his wife, owned a small entrepreneurial e-commerce consulting firm.
Brett Flickinger is a resource for marketing consulting for Dugan & Lopatka clients and is an active writer on topics relating to business growth and development, including an article in the Business Ledger entitled Building Blocks of Growth – 12 Steps to Success . He has recently written a book on how to grow service companies and when he finds some spare time, is trying to get it published. Brett is the author and publisher of two quarterly newsletters, the Update and Solutions for Nonprofits . The Update has a subscription of over 8,000 privately held businesses. Solutions for Nonprofits serves over 1100 nonprofit organizations. In addition Brett is a contributing author to a monthly eNewsletter published by Dugan & Lopatka, which is broadcast to over 1,000 people and writes two weekly marketing blogs, one for Dugan & Lopatka and one for a national network of CPA firms.
Michael A. Kasper is the Chief Executive Officer of DuPage Medical Group. Prior to this position, Mr. Kasper was the President of Humana for the Illinois Market. Mr. Kasper has also held executive roles with Coventry Health Care, Aetna and Kaiser Permanente. He is active as a community leader, serving as the 2008 Corporate Chair for the Chicago Heart Ball and is a Chicago land area American Heart Association Board Member, a member of the Chicago land Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Associate Board Member of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council. He is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. He has a Masters of Health Administration from Indiana University.
Contact: Carrie Von Drasek (630) 545-4092 http:// www.dupagemedicalgroup.com /
Pam Davis CEO Edward Hospital & Health Services
Pamela Meyer Davis joined the staff of Edward Health Services Corporation in 1988 as President and CEO. Previously, she served for 11 years in senior administrative positions with Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, including Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that time, she served for two years as Assistant Administrator of Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. She holds a BA in Economics/Social Studies and an MA in Hospital and Health Services Administration from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
Pam is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, serves on the Harris Bank Board and is Chairperson the Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network Board. She has also served on the Editorial Board of Frontiers of Health Service Management. Pam received the Year 2000 Business Ledger’s award for “Influential Women in Business,” and the Maimonides Health Care Leadership award by the Anti-Defamation League in 2003 honoring individuals in the medical community whose leadership and character are demonstrated in both word and deed. She was named “2005 Person of the Year” for Naperville by the Daily Herald.
William Hayes Partner Esser Hayes Insurance Group
Bill Hayes has lived in Naperville since 1973. A graduate of Sts. Peter and Paul School and Benet Academy, he continues an active role in his community.
While attending Purdue University, Bill began his career with Mobil Oil Corporation as a cooperative education student. Following graduation, he continued his professional experience with Price Waterhouse in their management consulting practice. Bill later took a position with his family’s growing insurance agency, R.L. Hayes & Associates. As the agency flourished, Bill focused on selling benefits insurance and the operations of the company. At the age of 26, he was named president of the agency.
Continued growth at R.L. Hayes attracted a merger with a 60+ year old Naperville insurance agency, Howard A. Esser Insurance. Bill was responsible for all operational issues involving the integration of these two successful agencies and re-branding the new firm into what is known today as the Esser Hayes Insurance Group.
Contact: William Hayes (630) 355-2077 http:// www.esserhayes.com /
Mike Pacilio President and Chief Nuclear Officer Exelon Nuclear
As Exelon Nuclear President and CNO, Pacilio is responsible for ensuring that Exelon Nuclear maintains high levels of performance and safety across its nuclear fleet. Exelon Nuclear is the third largest nuclear fleet in the world with 10 stations and 17 reactors, and represents nearly 20 percent of the nation’s nuclear capacity.
Pacilio has more than 25 years of experience with the company. Most recently, he was Exelon Nuclear’s Chief Operating Officer, in which he was responsible for overseeing the daily operations for all of Exelon Nuclear’s facilities. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President of Midwest Operations. In this role, he was responsible for all of Exelon Nuclear’s six Midwest operating facilities and 11 reactors: Braidwood, Byron, Clinton, Dresden, LaSalle and Quad Cities Stations and safstor activities for Zion Station. In addition, he has had recent assignments as Site Vice President at the Clinton and Braidwood stations. He also served as Plant Manager at Clinton Station and in a variety of management roles at Dresden and Quad Cities stations.
Additionally, Pacilio worked on the Unicom/PECO Integration Team, which ensured a smooth transition following the merger that created Exelon.
Pacilio holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) Certification from Dresden Station. He also completed the Exelon Leadership Institute through the Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
Pacilio, his wife, Cheryl, and their four children live in Geneva, Ill.
Contact: Neal Miller (630) 657-4209 http:// www.exeloncorp.com /
John resides in Naperville with his wife Jeannette and three children. John was brought up in La Salle, Illinois and after receiving a BS degree in Business at Northern Illinois University started a career in residential building products for the leader in the industry Alside Inc. Starting as a local sales rep in the Chicago-land area, he then went into Regional and then National sales with them. The travel took its toll on a young family so with many years experience under his belt, John finally gave into his dream of running his own business.
In 1986 along with his partner Dale Meador they opened EDI, Exterior Design Inc. For the past 21 years, EDI has been serving the western suburbs with quality residential siding, roofing, windows and doors. With over 6000 customers EDI has established itself with providing their customers with high end products with an attention to “details” for the discriminating buyer.
In order to have a strong economic business climate, John knows the importance of giving back to the community that you reap your rewards. John has served on the board in his industry with NARI, National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Locally, he is an active member of the Naperville Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador, as well as serving on the Small Business council, Business Connect, and the Mentor program. The past four years he has been one of the leaders recruiting members for the Chamber in the annual membership campaigns. John is a Certified Remodeler with NARI and was awarded Rookie Ambassador of the year for the Naperville Chamber of Commerce in 2004. In addition, John serves as an active member with the Naperville Noon Rotary and is active with his local church along with serving with The Gideons International Ministry. John is also active with the Lisle Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador and chairs the Networking Group for them as well.
Contact: John Gallagher (630) 983-5105 http:// www.edinc.net /
E. Barry Greenberg Counselor & Attorney At Law The Greenberg Law Firm
Prior to receiving his Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University’s College of Law in 1978, Mr. Greenberg served our country with U.S. Army Intelligence during the Vietnam conflict. He was chosen to attend the Defense Language Institute where he became conversant in Vietnamese. Decorated for his military service, Mr. Greenberg received the Army Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Army Good Conduct Medal.
After serving his country, Mr. Greenberg became a law instructor for Multistate Legal Studies, Inc. for the next 11 years, leading courses in Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Federal Rules of Evidence, Personal Property Law, Real Property Law, and Tort Law. For the past twenty-eight years, Mr. Greenberg has been in private practice, concentrating primarily in business transactions, criminal defense, estate planning, family law as well as real estate.
Mr. Greenberg is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals, United States District Court, Illinois Supreme Court, and the Florida Supreme Court. He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, The Florida Bar, the West Suburban Bar Association (Past President), the DuPage County Bar Association (Arbitrator), and the Federal Trial Bar.
In addition to being a member of the Chamber Board of Directors and the Audit & Governance Committee, Mr. Greenberg serves on the Board of NCO Youth & Family Services (President), Naperville Township Republican Organization (Secretary), Naperville Exchange Club and Rotary International. Mr. Greenberg was also previously on the City of Naperville Historic Sites Commission.
Mr. Greenberg lives in Naperville with his wife and three children.
Contact: E. Barry Greenberg (630) 416-4747 http:// www.barrygreenberglaw.com /
Keith Beckmen is a regional president for Harris, responsible for developing and executing strategies to deliver the breadth of Harris’ Retail Banking, Business Banking and Wealth Management services in his market, while creating a culture of consistently exceptional service resulting in an excellent banking experience for Harris customers.
His DuPage and Will County markets consist of 10 bank locations in Lisle, Naperville and Plainfield, in addition to the surrounding communities. Beckmen joined Harris Naperville in 1996.
Beckmen graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor of science in business. He is a life-long resident of DuPage County and active with numerous community organizations.
Currently, Beckmen sits on the finance committees for the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary and the Alumni Golf Committee for St. Francis High School. He also serves on the Board for Naperville United Way. He has previously served on the Naperville Chamber of Commerce, the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage YMCA, St. Peter’s Church where he was chairman of the finance committee and Metropolitan Family Services, where he was a board member.
Contact: Keith Beckmen (630) 420-3500 https:// www.harrisbank.com /
Steve Frost Attorney at Law, Partner Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Stephen Frost is a business lawyer and Certified Public Accountant with more than 25 years experience representing owners and investors in the formation, operation, restructuring and dissolution of businesses, particularly with regard to tax issues.
In the area of business and transition planning, Mr. Frost advises business owners on the organization and operation of their businesses. He also designs and assists in implementing workable strategies to transition the ownership of businesses. To ensure that each business can continue in accordance with an owner's wishes, Mr. Frost works with clients to address control issues, tax planning strategies and buy/sell arrangements. He also assists them in adopting effective asset protection strategies.
Using complex tax savings techniques in addition to basic estate planning vehicles, Mr. Frost designs and implements sophisticated wealth transfer strategies for business owners and high net worth individuals. These include utilization of discounted gifts, family limited partnerships, split interest trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, installment sales to intentionally defective grantor trusts, charitable trusts, and private foundations. Mr. Frost directs the preparation of gift and estate tax filings necessary to properly report such wealth transfers.
As a member of the firm's tax planning practice, Mr. Frost advises taxpayers on federal and state income tax matters, real estate matters and tax-free exchanges. He advises founders, entrepreneurs and investors on various tax strategies and assists them in arriving at the most appropriate structure to meet their tax and non-tax objectives.
Mr. Frost directs the administration of estates and trusts to ensure planned outcomes are achieved and all available tax saving opportunities are maximized. He works closely with families during the difficult period following a family member's death and directs the transfer of assets in accordance with a decedent's plan. He also supervises the ongoing administration of trusts and assists clients in properly reporting such activities to the appropriate taxing authorities.
Contact: Stephen A. Frost (630) 505-0010 http:// www.hinshawlaw.com /
Scott Klein CPA, Owner Klein, Hall & Associates, LLC
Mr. Scott Klein is one of the founders and the managing partner of Klein, Hall & Associates, LLC; recipient of the 2006 Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award (Professional Category) and the 2007 Business Ledger Award for Excellence. Mr. Klein has over twenty-five years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) working with medical, commercial, not-for-profit, and governmental clients performing audit, tax, accounting and consulting services. Mr. Klein has been involved in the audits of more than 125 businesses, in addition to performing the audit of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce for six years.
Mr. Klein currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way. He is a past member of the Illinois State Board of Education’s Illinois Financial Accounting Committee and of the Illinois CPA Society’s Local Governmental Units Committee.
Mr. Klein is an annual speaker at the National University of Health Services and Illinois Association of School Business Officials. He currently participates in the Local Governmental Units Committee’s annual Quality Review Program of Illinois Governmental Reports. Mr. Klein is a member of AICPA, ILCPAS and IASBO.
Contact: Christina Klein (630) 898-5578 http:// www.kleinhallcpa.com /
Longtime Naperville resident, Ray Kinney, is owner of MinuteMan Press and Maclyn Group. He has been a Chamber Member since 1984; sitting on the Board of Directors from 1992-1997 and president in 1996. Small Business of the Year Award – service category (Chamber), Business Man of the Year Award (Illinois Crime Commission), Kids Best Friend Award (Education Center), and Lifetime Achievement Award (Naperville Jaycees) are a few of many awards Ray has received. He currently sits on the North Central College Board of Trustees, Carillon Foundation board, Naperville Development Partnership board and Naperville Heritage Society board of directors and is a trustee of the Heritage YMCA. Representing the Naperville Development Partnership, he has co-chaired the Chamber’s legislative committee since 2004.
Contact: Ray Kinney (630) 369-1360 http:// www.naperprinting.com /
Modern Office Interiors Inc was born in May of 2009. Modern Office Interiors is comprised of professionals in the office products and office furniture industry with over 100 years of experience. In April 2010 MOI joined Independent Stationers, a national buying group organization of over 400 members for true buying leverage to offer our clients extremely competitive pricing on all of your office products needs. MOI has rebranded to include Modern Office Products (MOP)as part of our company. Please visit our online shopping portal at www.modernop.com for details. MOI is proud to serve the greater Naperville area for all of your office supply, jan san, break room and office furniture needs. Our services include free design, space plan and project management for all of your office furniture needs. MOI proudly accepted the prestigious SBCA award for small business of the year in 2009 in the furniture category. The SBCA award recognizes the top 5% nationally in each category.
MOI is the only independently owned and operated family run office products company in Naperville.
Jim Peters currently resides in Plainfield Illinois with his wife and five children.
Contact: James Peters (630) 754-0030 http:// www.modernofficeinteriorsinc.com /
Dr. Anthony LaVacca Naperville Dental Specialists
Dr. LaVacca received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Temple University College of Dentistry, Pennsylvania. He continued his education and completed a General Practice Residency at the East Orange Veteran’s Hospital, New Jersey . Upon completion he received an Advanced Certificate in Prosthodontics at Montefiore Medical Center, New York. Dr. LaVacca was then appointed as Program Director of the General Practice Residency Program and Interim Director of Post-Graduate Prosthodontics Programs. He also maintained a hospital based private practice focused on implant dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. LaVacca has been extensively trained to provide Teeth in an Hour® for his patients by utilizing special techniques with dental implants. He lectures nationally and internationally, sharing his knowledge with his dental colleagues. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the American College of Prosthodontics, the Academy of Osseointegration , and the Illinois State Dental Society.
Dr. LaVacca’s passion is his work as he is constantly challenging himself to have a progressive approach which will allow him to deliver superior patient care.
Now practicing in Naperville and Chicago with his advanced training, Dr. LaVacca is able to offer his patients comprehensive care for Dental Implants, Cosmetics, Restorative and General Dentistry.
Contact: Anthony Lavacca (630) 848-2010 http:// www.ndscare.com /
Ray McGury Executive Director Naperville Park District
Ray McGury joined the Naperville Park District in September 2008 with more than 27 years of community leadership, education and law enforcement experience. In his role as Executive Director, Ray oversees a budget of more than $34 million and is responsible for the overall management of a regular staff of 100+, and more than 1,100 seasonal employees. As the head of the District, he is additionally responsible for directing the operations and maintenance of more than 130 parks and facilities across 2,500+ acres, and the offering of more that 900 recreational, arts, athletic and environmental programs for all ages.
Prior to his employment at the park district, Ray served as a leading law enforcement professional with the Naperville Police Department for more than 20 years, retiring at the rank of police captain, and later at the Bolingbrook Police Department where he served as the Chief of Police since 2005.
A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Ray has been honored by the Illinois State Crime Commission as Police Chief of the Year and received the Medal of Honor for Bravery from the International Narcotics Officers’ Association. He also received the Naperville Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, the Kreml Leadership Award from Northwestern University, and many others.
An involved community member, Ray has been active in the Illinois Special Olympics, the St. Baldrick’s Cure for Pediatric Cancer, Naperville Ribfest, and has been a volunteer coach for the Naperville and Bolingbrook park districts and YMCA. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct professor at the Center for Public Safety at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, an adjunct criminal justice professor at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, and an instructor for the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C.
Ray holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from St. Xavier University and a Masters of Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. He also is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the Rocky Mountain Executive Management Program.
Contact: Ray McGury (630) 848-5000 http:// www.napervilleparks.org /
Joseph Gregoire President & CEO, Illinois National City Bank
Joseph A. Gregoire is President and CEO of Illinois banking for National City Bank. During his 23 years with National City, Mr. Gregoire has previously served as regional president for the Chicagoland/ Northern Illinois region, manager of Middle Market Lending for Michigan and Illinois, Chief Credit Officer for National City in Illinois, as well as President and CEO of the National City affiliate in Kankakee, Illinois.
Mr. Gregoire earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois. He is also a graduate of Prochnow Graduate School of Banking, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.
Mr. Gregoire is also on the Secretary of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Board, and is on the Board of Directors for Gateway to Cancer Research, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago United, Chicago Urban League, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Planning Council, Ravinia Festival, and Voices for Illinois Children.
Margi Schiemann Community Relations Manager Nicor
Margi Schiemann is manager of community relations for Nicor Gas. She began her Nicor career in 1987 as a writer in the Corporate Communications Department. She also served in the company’s Media Relations Department as media spokesperson. In her current position, Schiemann manages a staff whose primary responsibility is to enhance relationships with municipal, community and media constituents in about 640 communities in the northern one-third of the state of Illinois.
Additionally, Schiemann is responsible for administering the company’s local contributions program and managing the company’s franchise agreements with municipalities. She also spent four years with Quaker Oats where she was benefits communications specialist. Schiemann holds bachelor’s of arts degrees in journalism and speech communications from Eastern Illinois University. She also holds a master’s of arts degree in organizational communications from Northern Illinois University.
Schiemann is on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Fire Chiefs’ Research and Education Foundation and the Community Career Center. She is also on the Board of Executive Advisors for Northern Illinois University’s College of Business. A 17-year resident of Naperville, she is married and has three children.
Contact: Thomas Kallay (630) 844-2040 http:// www.nicor.com /
Dr. Harold R. Wilde President North Central College
President of North Central College since 1991, Harold R. (Hal) Wilde describes his position as "the best job in the world ...to be the number one fan of an extraordinary community of students, faculty and staff... and live on a historic campus in the heart of one of America's finest cities.“
Deeply committed to the mission of the College, "a community of learners dedicated to preparing informed, involved, principled and productive citizens and leaders over a lifetime," Wilde's tenure has been marked by an eightfold increase in North Central's endowment; continuous balanced budgets; the largest individual, corporate and foundation gifts and bequests in the College's 149-year history (making possible ten endowed faculty chairs and six "Ruge Fellows," a 400 percent rise in scholarship support, major construction projects and significant campus expansion); 85 percent growth in full-time undergraduate enrollments (from 1,290 to 2,400); adoption of the College's first comprehensive new curriculum in 30 years; and a broadened commitment to international programming, service-learning and interdisciplinary studies. Under Wilde's leadership, significant changes in North Central's physical campus have included total renovation of the College's oldest building, Old Main; four new residence halls; two state-of-the-art stadiums, for football and track and for baseball; a new "cyber cafe" for students and the community; a complete renovation of the building that houses the College chapel; and the wiring of the entire campus for voice, video and data. The College successfully completed a $50 million capital campaign in 2003. Since then it has opened the $30 million Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center and the environmentally innovative Residence Hall/Recreation Center, and is preparing for its Sesquicentennial in 2011 and a major capital campaign to construct new science facilities. After graduating from Amherst College with high honors in 1967 and earning a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, Wilde, a native of Wisconsin, served several years in Wisconsin state government, including four as that state's insurance commissioner. In 1979 he became special assistant to the president of the University of Wisconsin System and two years later, vice president for external relations at Beloit College, where he served for ten years before being named ninth president of North Central College in 1991. Dr. Wilde is married to Benna Brecher Wilde, managing director of Prince Charitable Trusts in Chicago, and they are the parents of three adult children, Anna Wilde Mathews, Henry and Elizabeth Ty.
Contact: Mike Squire (630) 637-5559 http:// northcentralcollege.edu /
Sam Duncan began his career in 1969 at a Southern California Albertson’s store as a courtesy clerk and was promoted to various store management, district management and merchandising positions, eventually being named Albertson’s director of operations in 1991. He joined Fred Meyer, a major food and general merchandise retailer, in 1992 as vice president of the grocery department, and was promoted through the executive merchandising ranks. In 1999, Kroger acquired Fred Meyer (1998 sales: $15 billion). Mr. Duncan was appointed president of Fred Meyer in 2001.
Most recently, Mr. Duncan served as president and chief executive officer of Shopko Stores, Inc., a $3.2 billion (2004 sales) general merchandise retailer headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which he joined in 2002.
Mr. Duncan joined OfficeMax in 2005 as president and chief executive officer. Later that year he was unanimously elected chairman by the company's board of directors.
Contact: Sam Duncan (630) 864-5050 http:// www.officemax.com /
Don Emery’s career spans 25 years and includes extensive work in manufacturing and distribution. He is President of his own consulting company ProfitLink Inc. based in Naperville. Profitlink provides consulting services primarily in North America & Europe focused on cost improvement and driving the implementation of financial results. Don’s background in organization design led his company to develop a set of implementation tactics that ensure long term profitability and broaden employee involvement. These tools and tactics are focused on improving profitability of organizations in all areas including leadership, sales, manufacturing and supply chain. Profitlink has developed its own Strive and Focus products designed to evaluate and implement large scale profit improvement strategies that work in all types of public & private corporations.
Don’s extensive background also includes industry roles in business reengineering, human resource development and leadership; and the lead role in several major change process implementations including new business development and all facets of organization redesign projects. He has run business divisions, led human resource and training organizations and has held full time and adjunct university positions teaching organization design, marketing and sales and supply chain strategy. Don holds degrees from Concordia College and Purdue University. He lives in Naperville with his wife Rae where they have successfully raised three children and he is on the board of several philanthropic organizations.
Contact: Don Emery (630) 768-2990 http://www.profit-link.com /
Vicky has been a financial advisor for more than 25 years helping families and businesses plan for the future and invest wisely. While specializing in retirement and distribution planning, Vicky and her team advocate a comprehensive approach to financial planning that integrates cash flow, taxes, insurance, investments, and estate planning within the framework of a prudently designed financial plan. She has advised retirees and pre-retirees, including key executives of local Naperville companies such as Nalco, Lucent, BP, Tellabs, and others. Vicky also works with police and fire departments, teachers and other public service employees. She has been a Branch Manager since 1993. Along with her colleagues, she opened the Raymond James Naperville Branch in November 2008.
She is a graduate of Milliken University and received her Master’s in Financial Planning in 2005. She is a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) and has earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst® ( CIMA ®) designation. Vicky is on the board of the James Jordan Foundation and also on the Financial Advisory Board for the City of Naperville (2009-2012). She lives in Naperville with her husband Gary and their two children. She enjoys snowmobiling, reading, community service and running.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM and federally registered CFP (with flame logo), which it award to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements.
As federal and state tax rules are subject to frequent changes, you should consult with a qualified tax advisor prior to making any investment decision.
Charles E. Fattore President RR Donnelley Logistics
Charles E. Fattore is President of RR Donnelley Logistics Services based in Chicago IL. Donnelley Logistics Services (DLS) is the premier third party provider of logistics management solutions. Donnelley Logistics is has four main businesses; Print Logistics, Expedited Logistics, Mail Operations and its 1st Priority business. Print Logistics moves printed product for RRD as well as third parties; Expedited Services is focused on financial printing, pharmaceutical and bank distribution. The Mail Operations segment provides Co-Mail, Co-Palletization and List Management Services to the magazine, catalog and direct mail industries. The 1st Priority business provides LTL and Air Freight Services to a variety of shippers. Mr. Fattore is also responsible for Postal Affairs for Donnelley Logistics and manages its relationship with the United States Postal Service. Donnelley Logistics Services is a business unit of RR Donnelley & Sons Company, the $11 billion dollar, premier North American printing company.
Prior to joining DLS, Mr. Fattore spent ten years managing distribution and transportation operations for Bank One and its predecessor company, First Chicago NBD. Mr. Fattore is also Chairman of the National Postal Policy Council; a Washington DC based first-class mailer trade association and serves on the Board of Directors of Postcom. Additionally, he is past chairman of the American Bankers Association Postal Committee and served on the Executive Board of the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC). He was also on the Postmaster General’s Competitive Services Task Force and has been a frequent speaker at Mailcom, National Postal Forums and other industry events.
Earlier in his career Mr. Fattore spent five years as an assistant to Bob Knight and the Indiana University basketball program and was also an assistant coach at the University of Colorado in Boulder. During his time at Indiana, the Hoosiers won a NCAA Championship, three Big Ten titles and appeared in the NCAA tournament all five years. Mr. Fattore was also an assistant with the 1984 US Olympic Basketball team that won the gold medal in Los Angeles. He also worked with the 1983 and 1987 Pan American basketball teams. He currently serves as President of the Neuqua Valley High School Hockey Club.
Mr. Fattore is a graduate of Indiana University and he and his wife Nancy have two sons, Andrew and Christopher.
Teresa Ryan - Owner Jack Persin - President/CEO Ryan Hill Realty
Teresa Ryan - Owner
Teresa Ryan is the Owner /Broker of Ryan Hill Realty, a full service residential & commercial brokerage, with their corporate office located on Jefferson Street in downtown Naperville. The company philosophy of “the client comes first” has been the cornerstone of the company’s success.
Teresa’s background includes 25 years in public relations, advertising and marketing. This extensive marketing experience and business acumen has enabled Teresa to establish Ryan Hill Realty as a major realtor in the Naperville and surrounding area with sales that will surpass $125 Million in 2007.
Teresa Ryan is also the owner of Casa Bella Kitchen & Bath Design Center located on the main level of Ryan Hill’s office in downtown Naperville with the philosophy of “Buy a House with Ryan Hill . . . make it a Home with Casa Bella!”
Jack Persin- President/CEO
Jack Persin joined Ryan Hill Realty in 2004 as an agent, and was promoted to Broker/Manager in 2005. Jack brought over 20 years of real estate experience, management skills and a commitment to enhance the company’s “culture” and expand the firm’s business opportunities. Within a year Jack Persin was promoted to President of Ryan Hill Realty – managing the firm’s affairs with the conviction that success should be driven by a balance of spiritual, family, business, financial and personal development.
Jack Persin’s commitment to the maximizing agent’s potential and developing new areas of opportunity will continue Ryan Hill Realty’s success and growth for the future.
Dedicated to community and giving back, Persin was one of the initial groups that started the Naperville Responds project and serves on the Board of Directors. Jack also serves and holds many leadership positions in the real estate community and local charity and community groups.
Contact: Jack Persin (630) 718-0424 http:// www.ryanhillrealty.com /
Mr. Sebold has over 10 years of experience in the financial planning and investment management industries. His diverse background and experience, ranging from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to a Global Consultancy in Andersen Consulting, provide a unique vantage on wealth management
Mr. Sebold is among a small group of advisors in the country that have both earned the CFP certification and hold the CFA Charter. Both designations are the highest level of certification in their respective field. He holds a BA in English from Villanova University. He completed his CFP education at the College for Financial Planning and obtained an MBA with majors in Finance, International Business and Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School.
Mr. Sebold is past-president and chairman of the Financial Planning Association of Illinois, the largest FPA chapter in the country. After serving at the state level, Mr. Sebold was also the chairman of the Financial Planning Association’s National Pro Bono Advisory Committee.
Mr. Sebold has been quoted in Crain’s Chicago Business, AARP Magazine CFA Magazine and USAA Magazine. He has made presentations at the Kane County Bar Association, the CFA Institute of Chicago, and the Financial Planning Association, in addition to appearing on ABC’s Sunday Morning , WGN-Radio and Fox News.
When not working, Mr. Sebold spends his time with his wife and four small children. He enjoys marathon running/training, golfing, sailing and reading.
Contact: Sean Sebold (630) 548-9700 http:// www.seboldcapital.com /
Beth Ashley Wyndham Lisle - Chicago Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
Beth is the Director Of Sales & Marketing for the newly renovated and repositioned Wyndham Lisle-Chicago Hotel & Executive Meeting Center. The Hotel boasts an approval from and membership into IACC- International Association of Conference Centers. This IACC approval means it meets 30 distinct criteria making it one of the most regarded meeting facilities in the world. Beth works with 10 sales professionals who partner with major corporations and their meeting planners to host Corporate Training, Executive Board Meetings, Product Launches, New Hire Training, Continuing Education as well as Special Events.
At the Wyndham Lisle-Chicago Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, we've always made it a priority to offer personalized service to our guests. Now, we've taken that philosophy to unprecedented heights with our brand-new, non-smoking PURE rooms and Executive Meeting Center. These 99.9% allergy-free guest rooms and meeting space are treated with the latest technologies available. In-room filtration systems purify air particles, while surfaces are treated to minimize the growth of germs and bacteria. Beth and her team make sure planners are aware of the wellness initiatives we offer both in the PURE environment, the ergonomic meeting space including Herman Miller Chairs, non-glare tables, sound and lighting.
Prior to working for The Wyndham Lisle-Chicago Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Beth worked at the Wyndham Drake in Oak Brook and started her career at The Westin Northwest, formerly The Wyndham Northwest Chicago.