Stephen Ferrara, partner and chief operating officer of accouting firm BDO USA LLP, has been elected chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
Ferrara will serve a two-year term beginning July 1. He takes over for Paul La Schiazza, president of AT&T Illinois.
“Steve has emerged as one of Chicago’s top business and civic leaders and shares the chamber’s passion for strengthening our business climate and driving growth and innovation in the region,” Theresa Mintle, president and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, said. “As the chief operating officer of BDO USA, he has played an integral role in the firm’s industry-leading 70 percent cumulative revenue growth over the past three years while nurturing a culture that is increasingly recognized for its flexibility and inclusion and as a favorable workplace for millennials. Given his strong history of civic involvement and giving back to the community, we are confident that Steve’s deep expertise and enthusiasm will be instrumental in helping the chamber achieve its mission to make Chicagoland the best place to live, work and visit in the nation.”
Prior to being elected to this position, Ferrara served on the chamber’s executive committee for six years, most recently as treasurer and as the chairman of the finance committee. He also served as the co-chair of the chamber’s strategic planning committee last year.
“I am honored and excited to serve as the new chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, an organization with a legacy of leadership that spans more than 110 years,” Ferrara said. “Representing a diverse membership base including small and emerging businesses, mid-market companies, large corporations and global multinationals, the chamber has a special opportunity to build on that legacy and make a lasting impact as it begins its next chapter of growth and innovation. I look forward to working with the executive committee, the board and the chamber’s staff to increase membership and grow revenues in order to add more programs and resources that will add value for our members and strengthen the Chicagoland business community”