Chamber Ambassadors

The Northbrook Chamber Ambassador committee is comprised of highly visible, active volunteers who serve as an important liaisons to new and prospective members. They provide valuable introductions and guidance for new and prospective members attending events for the first time. Based of their personal experience and history with the Chamber, Ambassadors work with new members to become familiar with the full range of benefits offered by the organization and advice on how to take full advantage of being involved.  The Ambassadors welcome your phone calls.


Gregg Gerstin, Owner

Align Wellness Center
Phone: (847) 564-9500
Member Since: 7/1/2005
Business Description: The benefits of care at Align Wellness Center go well beyond pain in the neck and lower back. We integrate high-tech with high touch to enhance wellness and eliminate pain. Within the office we provide Chiropractic Care, Massage Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Personal Training, Rehabilitation and Physiotherapies.  The Center, has a vast community outreach that serves individuals, families, religious groups, schools and businesses. As part of this involvement, wellness programs have been implemented that assist in preventing injuries while offering significant savings to individuals and employers.

Harvey Blender, President

Family-safe Biking
Phone: (847) 748-8228
Member Since: 12/1/2001
Business Description: Family -safe biking — we start where the trail ends!  We road test and share routes to get you SAFELY from here to anywhere.  Our initial focus is Northbrook, the North Shore and Northwest suburbs.  Beginning in January 2015 we will feature weekly maps designed to get you thinking differently about biking.  In spring 2015 we will map a route through the western and the southwest suburbs to Starved Rock.  In the fall, a route from the Shore to the Door (Door County, WI)  Our aim is to make biking exploration more exciting, more compelling and safer.

Mark Brodson, Vice-President

Resource Commercial Real Estate
Phone: (773)251-3666
Member Since: 8/1/2004
Business Description: Commercial Real Estate

Bob Caldwell, President

NorthShore Family Care
(847) 446-5050
Member Since:
Business Description:
NorthShore FamilyCare is the premier non-medical home care agency providing a wide range of in-home care services.  NorthShore FamilyCare is a locally-owned and operated company.  Our focus and passion is to keep you or your loved ones at home, where their hearts are, and avoid loss of friends and possessions, loss of independence and freedom, and loss of spirit.  Our caring service makes it possible for the elderly to maintain as much independence as possible, by providing the appropriate in-home assistance and companionship. We serve the northern suburbs.

EliscoAmbassadorSteven Elisco, Principal

Elisco Design Architects LLC
Phone: (847) 562-1443
Member Since: 3/1/1991
Business Description:
In the Commercial Sector we focus on Office, Industrial and Healthcare design and Tenant Development Services for Landlords of Office and Retail Centers. In the Residential Sector, we design custom single family residences, home additions and remodeling and offer Construction Management Services. Steven Elisco is a LEED AP and consults in the area of Green Technology and Sustainable Design.

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22nd Century Media
Phone: (847) 272-4565
Member Since: 10/1/2011
Business Description: 22nd Century Media is a growing company with the most effective solutions for hyper-local advertising through community-based editorial content.

Dan Gelfond, President

Personal History Interviews Inc.
Phone: (847) 940-9999
Member Since: 10/1/2000
Business Description: Full service videography company specializing in great customer service combined with creativity and reasonable pricing. Filming Weddings, Mitzvahs and corporate events. Business videos for websites, Youtube, Facebook and all social media. Dan ”The Video Man” is a former ”Steven Spielberg project” interviewer who now offers the Living Legacy DVD. Dan personally interviews parents and grandparents anywhere in the US to preserve legacy on DVD.

KarlinsWayne Karlins

Reed Social Media
Phone: (847)272-0707
Member Since: 11/1/2008
Business Description: Reed Social Media manages your social media sites including Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google Plus pages.  The challenge with social media is that if you’re in business, it’s difficult to find the time to set-up, run and manage a full-blown campaign. By hiring me, you have at your disposal a whole team of individuals, not just one perspective or point of view. I manage your social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Yelp and more). I provide social media management, consultation, write social media policy and give you or your company a personal social media makeover.

Alan Karzen, Owner

Alan Karzen Restoration
Phone: (773) 716-6324
Member Since: 12/1/2005
Business Description: Fine furniture is a work of art.

Todd Lazar, Director of Sales

Keyth Security
Phone: (847)597-8008
Member Since: 7/1/2012
Business Description: Professional sales, installation and service of visual security, access systems, phone systems, locks, safes, burglary and fire alarms for commercial or residential use.

salmansoSal Manso

Reebie Storage & Moving
Phone: (847)994-8033
Member since: 2/1/2006
Chicago’s oldest and most trusted movers.

John Martin, Senior Vice-President

Sandler Training
Phone: (847) 513-6260
Member Since: 10/1/1996
Business Description: Sandler Training specializes in sales training, business development training the professional specialist, sales management training and business strategies for customer facing frontline employees.  Our client base is composed of corporations, small businesses and traditional sales professionals, as well as non-selling professionals who desire to build their practice and enhance their skills. Our services include reinforcement based training for sales management, on-going training for sales and business development professionals, and business tactics for front-line employees.


NellisKathy Nellis, Executive Vice President

American Chartered Bank
Phone: (847) 418-3236
Member Since: 09/1/2006
American Chartered Bank has been locally owned and operated since 1987.  We are a full-service commercial and retail bank, serving privately owned small and medium sized businesses and individual customers throughout the Chicagoland area.  American Chartered Bank is distinguished by its focus on business owners, providing innovative products and services with exceptional customer service.  Our success is founded on principles of accessibility, flexibility and responsiveness at every level of the organization.  Our standard of excellence is second to none.

CatherineCatherine Schager, Principal

Catherine Schager Designs LLC
Phone: (847) 361-4358
Member Since: 10/1/2010
Business Description: Residential and small commercial interior design services. Specializing in kitchen and bath design, but accept projects of all sizes, from color consultations to whole-house remodels. Catherine’s 20+ years in interior design allow her to fully comprehend and fulfill your needs. You get a beautiful, functional home without having to worry about the details. Catherine is a graduate of Harrington College of Design and is certified as an Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer through the National Kitchen and Bath Association. She is also an Allied Member of ASID.

liseLise Schleicher, Owner

Phone: (847) 559-9379
Member Since: 3/1/1998
Business Description: Locally owned, award-winning company providing customized gifts, gift baskets & themed centerpieces for both personal and business occasions. Life events – new baby, get well, birthday, sympathy. Holiday, thank you and apology gifts. Balloon bouquets. Kosher, gluten free & special diets are no problem. Chicago area delivery and nationwide shipping.

image001Marsha Schwartz, Broker/Associate

Coldwell Banker
Phone: (847) 753-6246
Member Since: 2/1/2002
Business Description: Whether you are thinking about a move across town, downtown, or to another state, Marsha Schwartz has the experience & expertise to help you make your move as easy as possible. With her personal touch, your move or your employee’s move will be well cared for. Marsha is a certified relocation trained agent. For a hassle free move, give Marsha Schwartz a call.

Andy PhotoAndy Vass

Planning Works Chicago
Phone: (847) 909-7500
Member Since: 7/1/2008
Business Description: Andy meets with couples and families on their goals, dreams and concerns. He helps them craft effective planning, with Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance and Guaranteed Lifetime Income. People looking for safety and tax-advantaged programs should call Andy.

PJWeilandP. J. Weiland

Phone: (847)739-3079
Member Since: 12/2011
Business Description: As a Business Coach, I work with business owners in five key areas. The emphasis on each area depends on the owner’s needs, the type of business they have, and their goals. The key areas are: Sales, Marketing and Advertising, Team Building and Recruitment, Systems and Business Development, and Customer Service.