- Nov 16, 2017
The Chamber board will welcome four new individuals to begin three year terms in January 2018.
Thomas G. Fortman, Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.
Tom has spent his entire career in the food industry and the last 20 years at the headquarters of Bell Flavors & Fragrances located in Sky Harbor Industrial Park. Bell is a privately held international manufacturer of flavors, fragrances, aroma, chemicals, and botanical extracts. As the Vice President of Manufacturing, Tom is responsible for Corporate Quality Assurance, Regulatory Compliance, Corporate Analytical Laboratories, Engineering, Purchasing, and production from eight manufacturing sites located in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, and Singapore. Prior to this position with Bell, Tom was the Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering for North America at Quest International located in Hoffman Estates. Tom has an MS and BS in Food Science and Technology from the University of California, Davis and MBA from St. Mary’s College of California. Tom has been concerned with the loss of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and is looking forward to helping the Chamber attract, retain, and grow manufacturing operations in the area. Tom and his wife Rose reside in Wheeling.
Jacqueline (J.J.) Hart, Allstate Insurance Co.
J.J. recently joined Allstate’s Corporate Strategy group as Corporate Strategic Operations Director. In this position she is responsible for assessing trends, conducting market analysis and analyzing current operations to develop and implement key strategies and business models that enable the Allstate Corporation to reach its goals. Prior to her current position, J.J. worked across the company in a variety of leadership roles including technology, sales, call centers, business unit strategy, marketing and corporate relations. Prior to joining Allstate in 2008, J.J. spent over 10 years at Accenture in their financial services practice. J.J. is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in international relations with an emphasis on economics and the Japanese language. As part of her studies, she spent a year in Japan on a work-study program. Following graduation she returned to Japan and spent 2 years teaching English as a second language, then traveled extensively for 2 years visiting over 18 countries on 5 continents before moving to Chicago and starting her career. A new Northbrook resident, J.J. is anactive volunteer in her children’s schools. “I am honored to be a member of the Chamber Board as it provides me with the opportunity to lend my business experience to an organization whose goal is to help businesses and our community prosper — truly a win-win!” she comments. J.J. and her family live in Northbrook.
Steve Schmidt, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
Steve was recently named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for global engineering firm Wiss, Janney Elstner, headquartered in Northbrook. In his position he is responsible for the company’s accounting, risk management and finances. Steve began his career with the company in January 1997 as Manager of Accounting/Controller. He was promoted to Director of Finance in April 2016. Following graduation in 1987 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Accountancy, Steve was a CPA for the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche. Steve is the annual coordinator of a company event to benefit the Wheeling Food Pantry, and is an active member of the Chamber’s Golf League. Steve has lived in Palatine for the last 15 years with his family. “I look forward to serving on the Chamber board and finding ways to give back, and support the business community,” he comments.
Jason Young, Waterway Carwash
During his 16 years with Waterway, Jason has worked his way up through the ranks, starting as a Line Associate, and promoted along the way to his current position as Market Leader at the Northbrook location. In his position he oversees the day to day operations for Waterway’s current and future Chicago locations. During his tenure at Waterway, Jason has managed individual locations in the St. Louis market, as well as served as Facilities Maintenance Manager of multiple locations in the St. Louis, Cleveland and Chicago markets. His current role as Market Leader of Chicago began in July 2017. Jason has a B.A. in Management from Webster University in St. Louis. Through Waterway, he has supported numerous community organizations including the North Suburban YMCA, Glenbrook North High School, as well as Shermerfest and Northbrook Days. Previously he was a volunteer at Camp Sherwood Forest in Missouri. “Through my board service, I hope to build on the good working relationships Waterway has built with the Northbrook community since we opened 2 years ago,” he says. “I’d like to increase our involvement and get to know Chamber members better, and help Waterway continue to have a positive impact on the business community.”