Succeed 2015 Business Volunteer of the Year Mike Driskell, Information Technology Manager of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., was honored with the title of Business Volunteer of the Year for his wide-ranging support of the chamber and its members. In fact, he is chairman-elect for the chamber board and as such, will lead the chamber next year.
educational courses and events. Driskell has served on the chamber board for the past four years and has been a member of its executive board for two years. He also chairs the marketing committee which was responsible for developing the chamber’s new logos and tagline and is now retooling the chamber’s marketing campaigns to correspond with that new branding.
“Library staff members are encouraged to become involved in the Arlington Heights community. So, I joined the chamber Images by David Kay, Ltd. about seven years ago in order to promote the library and Driskell is also a member of the Business Builders BLAST educate small business owners about the resources that we have to offer,” Driskell said. networking group and is co-chair of the Technology Advisory Group which advises members who are having difficulties with their technology; are looking for new techHis chamber time quickly became much more than an outreach for the library, although nology solutions; or are looking for new ways to use technology to streamline or enhance their businesses. he certainly continues to communicate with members about library services, resources,
2015 Emerging Business of the Year Ditka’s Arlington Heights opened in the building on the southeast corner of the Arlington Park racetrack property in late June 2014. The Northwest suburbs, including Arlington Heights, have embraced the restaurant, its top-notch food, excellent service, classy atmosphere and expansive options for private dining ever since.
So it was for good reason that Ditka’s, 2000 W. Euclid Ave., was named the Emerging Business of the Year by the Arlington Heights Chamber. “We offer all high-quality food at a number of price points and wonderful service. So the number of our private dining bookings is rising steadily,” Woodard added. “People are coming to us for corporate meetings, retreats, showers, weddings and much more. Being a part of the Arlington Heights Chamber has helped us in that regard.
“The community quickly realized that we are much more of a community-based restaurant than just one more location of a large chain,” said Paul Woodard, managing partner for Mike Images by David Kay, Ltd. Ditka’s Restaurants. “We don’t participate in the Taste of Chicago, for instance, but we do participate in the Taste of Arlington Heights. We have also adapted “We have been involved with the chamber since before we even opened. Every time they our menu, staff and management to appeal to our local audience and have worked hard to ask us to become involved in something, we do it. Our sales and marketing staff member reach out to the residents, non-profits and businesses around us. That has resulted in steady hosts a chamber networking group here every month and we invite the chamber to all of growth, especially during 2015.” the live ESPN broadcasts that we host,” he added.
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