Chamber Welcomes Four New Board Members

Chamber Welcomes Four New Board Members

The Chamber board recently approved the appointment of three new individuals to fill the terms of Board members whose terms have expired. The new board members will begin their three year term of service in January 2019. Northbrook Court General Manager Brian Lee was also appointed to fill the term of former General Manager Niesha Vitello.

Ron Goldblatt, North Shore Loyalty
Ron founded NorthShore Loyalty in 2014, a company specializing in text and loyalty marketing, web design, social media, search engine optimization and social purpose communication. His clients include more than 100 area retailers and restauranteurs, helping them build a loyal customer base. An avid golfer, Ron has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and brand management for golf and other sports products prior to starting his company. He has a B.A. in Business from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Ron and his family have lived in Northbrook since 2000. His sons all played for the Northbrook Bluehawks and on the GBN hockey team. A regular at Chamber networking events and a member of the Golf League, Ron has also been active in planning the Chamber’s Annual Golf Outing & Dinner. “I am excited to participate on the Board of the Chamber because of the important role that the organization plays in driving and supporting businesses in Northbrook, who contribute so much to the community.”

Robyn Kole, Karlin, Kerschner,Sharpe & Co., LLP
Robyn is a partner at Karlin, Kerschner, Sharpe & Co, a CPA firm that succeeds as a valued asset to businesses and individuals both locally and around the country. In her position at the firm, which concentrates on tax preparation and planning and general accounting for businesses and individuals, Robyn’s niche is tax review and preparation. Robyn worked in public accounting for five years, then went on to help start a stock trading firm on the Chicago Stock Exchange, first as CFO then eventually became President. In 2004, she returned to her first love of public accounting. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Accounting and received her CPA certificate shortly thereafter. A member since 2013, Robyn currently serves as an Ambassador at Chamber networking functions and has assisted with planning of Golf Outing and Annual Auction & Taste fundraisers. Over the years she has volunteered at the local Northbrook schools that her son attended. She has been a resident of Northbrook for 26 years. “I look forward to serving on the Board in order to enrich my evolving involvement in the Chamber and my community.”

Arnie Krause, The Claim Company
Arnie has over 33 years experience running restaurants on Chicago’s North Shore. He re-opened the Claim Company, which was originally located in the space currently occupied by De Pescara from 1979 – 1998, at Northbrook Court in 2009, where as General Manager he is responsible for all day-to-day operations. He also assists with the operations of a second location in Vernon Hills, which opened in 2016. Previously, he and his partners Ted and Michael Holleb operated 41 North restaurant and banquet hall on Skokie Boulevard from 1999 until its closing in 2007. Arnie received a degree in hotel/restaurant and hospitality management from Michigan State University. Following graduation, he settled back in Northbrook where he originally grew up. “As a Chamber Board member, I hope to share my perspective and experience in the restaurant industry and make sure concerns of small business owners like myself are heard.”

Brian Lee, Northbrook Court
Brian was welcomed back for a second stint at Northbrook Court in October 2018 to serve as General Manager, where he is now responsible for operations, marketing, security and specialty leasing as well as tenant relations and customer satisfaction for the one million square-foot shopping center. His first role was as Senior Operations Manager, where for five years he led a variety of special projects with portfolio-wide impact. He left that position to be Senior Operations Manager at Oakbrook Center where he saw the property through dynamic and strategic changes including the opening of a new food hall and re-development of a former Sears anchor building. Prior to Northbrook Court, Brian was at Water Tower Place, first as Assistant General Manager, then as Senior Operations Manager, earning GGP’s Best Shopping Center Operations Award in 2007 and leading a $70M redevelopment project.
Brian is a graduate of Northeast Missouri State, majoring in Business Administration with a Management concentration. He has achieved his CSM designation and also served on the Village of Northbrook’s Industrial and Commercial Development Commission (ICDC). He is a graduate of the Chamber’s Leadership Northbrook program and has often served as a liaison between the Chamber and individual stores at Northbrook Court. “I am thrilled to return to Northbrook and make a deeper connection with the community through the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce.”

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