CHAMBER PRESIDENT’S WELCOME
On behalf of the Wheeling/Prospect Heights Chamber of Commerce, welcome to the 2016 Community Guide & Business Directory. Our business organization continues to strengthen with new membership and improved programming with a focus on adding value for our members the Chamber’s membership base has seen a net gain of 25 new members for a total 205 engaged participants. Our Community Guide continues attract interest, highlights our municipalities and provides Chamber members a strategic opportunity to feature their businesses. We have embarked on an exercise to complete a 5 year strategic plan. Part of the plan will focus on enhancing our manufacturing membership since it is one of the largest employment bases in Wheeling/Prospect Heights area. The future is bright for the chamber, the Village of Wheeling and the City of Prospect Heights. I’d like to take a moment to thank our Chamber staff and Board of Directors. Our Executive Director, Jim Krappel, and our Membership Manager, Pam Dorband, have worked tirelessly to improve our services, programming and communication to our members. And I’d like to quickly introduce our Board of Directors, most of whom are here today and all of whom have generously devoted their time, expertise and energy. Wendy R Morgan, City of Prospect Heights, John Melaniphy III, Village of Wheeling, George Schwabe, Vantagepoint Benefits Advisors, Aaron Bastable, Westin Chicago North Shore, Jason Peng, LNP Consultants, Al Scaletta, TDS, Michael Looby, PostNet, Frank D’Angelo, Tuscany Restaurant, Pauline DeGrazia, National Louis University, Mike Putz, Spot On Envelopes, Anthony Madonia, Anthony Madonia & Associates and
Tracy Bertog, Bertog Landscaping Thank you for your support and dedication. There are two people whose efforts and we would like to recognize today with a small token of our appreciation. The first person is receiving The Chamber’s Excellence in Service Award. This person goes above and beyond the call of duty working extra hours (sometimes pulling all nighters -honestly) to make sure every event is perfect. Your an asset to our organization and to the Village you serve, Dru Garcia. Our next award is for our Chamber’s Excellence in Leadership Award. This person has put in countless hours, side by side with Dru, adding professionalism and membership value to the Chamber, Miriam Campbell. Thank you both for your vision, your leadership and support. Congratulations! All of this could not be accomplished without the strategic alliance we enjoy with the Village of Wheeling and the City of Prospect Heights. We are very grateful and thank you for your leadership, your partnership and friendship over the years. Ok on with the show. Time to add a little levity to today’s program to hear about what is going on in the City of Prospect Heights. A warm welcome to Mayor Nick Helmer.
Matt Eggemeyer Matt Eggemeyer Keats Manufacturing Co. Chamber Board President
MEMBERSHIP MANAGER – PAM DORBAND
I am a 22-year Wheeling resident and have served on the Village’s Plan Commission for the past 15 years. I retired from Lincolnwood School District in 2011 and currently serve on the board of the Partnership Finance Credit Union. When I was asked to join the Chamber of Commerce team, I recognized an opportunity to put my knowledge of economic development, my experience
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with nonprofit groups, and my familiarity with the community’s relationship networks to work on behalf of local businesses. I support the Chamber in its mission to help its members grow and prosper by developing relevant educational and informative programs and by encouraging meaningful connections between community partners.
WPH – Chamber of Commerce & Industry
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