The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce recently chose eight-year chamber member Adam Russo to be the chairman of its board of directors.
Russo, chairman and CEO Edgewood Clinical Services, will serve as the chamber's board chairman for two years.
“The chamber has connected me with the right people to help me grow, and I know we can do the same for many other businesses,” Russo said. “I also know that the chamber is perceived simply as a networking organization; it's more than that. Through our educational initiatives, workforce development,and other plans we have, we are going to show how great the organization truly is.”
He aims to enhance the relevancy of Chamber of Commerce this year throughout the Naperville community.
“We have over 1,200 members and being in the Naperville Area, have the ability to do something special. Primarily, we are going to focus on partnering with our local educational institutions in order to better integrate business with education to further our local workforce development," Russo said. "We will also have a proactive legislative agenda to help foster growth among local business.”
The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce will also inaugurate eight new board members at the 2016 Inaugural Gala, to be held Friday at Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago-Naperville. The new members include Jim Spangler of Navistar International, Inc., Carl Beckstrom of BMO Harris Bank N.A., Lori Contreras of Illinois Hospital Association, Karen Gustafson of Nicor Gas, Dr. Anthony LaVacca of Naperville Dental Specialists & General Oral Health Care, Renee Miklosik of Little Friends, Jim Adams of Calamos Family Partners Inc. and Jason Nagel of Naperville Bank & Trust.
(**note to editor: feel free to cut the last graph if this is too long**)The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce provides networking and marketing opportunities, and continuing education, to its member businesses and individuals. The organization also advocates for business interests in all levels of government. The Naperville chamber is the largest suburban chamber in Illinois and has received five-star accreditation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.