The Rockford Chamber of Commerce Nominating Committee, led by Immediate Past Chair Dan Ross, presented a slate of nominees for the inaugural Greater Rockford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at its August 22 meeting. As part of the merger plan, the initial Board of Directors will be comprised of five individuals from each of the respective organizations – Greater Rockford Growth Partnership, Rockford Chamber and Rockford Area Economic Development Council – as well as five voting, ex-officios to be named by the board when seated. To allow for continuity and a future rolling nomination process, Initial board members will serve 2 or 3 year terms, based on results of a lottery, with future board terms set at 2 years.
The nominating committee received an overwhelming response of qualified individuals interested in board service from the current Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce. With 11 extremely qualified individuals, the nominating committee had the difficult task of pairing the list down to 5.
The following individuals have been recommended for nomination for the Board of Directors for the Greater Rockford Chamber of Commerce with terms beginning October 1, 2023:
Rockford Chamber of Commerce Representatives:
Travis Anderson, UW Health
Lesly Couper, workplace
Jean Crosby, Berkshire Hathaway Crosby Starck Real Estate
Troy Haggestad, WilliamsMcCarthy, LLP
Carly LaMonica, LaMonica Beverages
Rockford Area Economic Development Representatives:
Eric Cunningham, Collins Aerospace
Tom Green, Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley, Van Evera, LLP
Conor Brown, NorthWest Illinois Alliance of REALTORS®
Wendy Alsteen, Hard Rock Casino
Mick Gronewold, Fehr Graham
Greater Rockford Growth Partnership Representatives:
Jeff Hultman, Illinois Bank & Trust
Dietmar Goellner, Advanced Machine & Engineering Co.
Paula Carynski, OSF Healthcare
Terry Voskuil, Woodward
Frank Wehrstein, Dickerson & Nieman Realtors