Gail Eisenberg – Chamber Volunteer of the Year

Gail Eisenberg – Chamber Volunteer of the Year

Sharing the Chamber’s Message with a Sweet Touch
Gail Eisenberg – and her famous brownies – are among the most recognizable and popular attendees at any Chamber event. As one of the Chamber’s most engaged Ambassadors, Gail is a reliable presence welcoming new members and guests at First Friday breakfasts, Women in Business lunches, and Business After Hours. She also carries that positive message to potential members throughout the community. The Volunteer of the Year Award acknowledges her enthusiasm and outreach on behalf of the organization.

Gail and her husband Jack first joined the Chamber in 2014 with their family business, Gail’s Brownies. This premium dessert baking company produces and distributes over 15 varieties of brownies, cookies, and dessert bars, all developed from Gail’s personal recipes, in its fully-certified production facility. Launched in 2004 as a supplier of desserts to restaurants and retail outlets, Gail’s Brownies was expanding into the corporate gift market at the time it joined the Chamber. Networking was a vital part of growing their business, and Gail saw the size and diversity of the Northbrook Chamber as a great asset.

“I love networking, and the Northbrook Chamber was the biggest on the North Shore,” notes Gail. “The Chamber gives you great resources, education, and events to grow your business.” For example, Gail made a Chamber connection with Giordano’s Restaurants – a relationship that established Gail’s Brownies as the top add-on item for the chain’s online business.

Gail quickly became one of the organization’s most involved participants, volunteering every year for the Golf Outing and Auction & Taste committees. Her brownies became a standout treat, donated as dessert at events or as highly valued raffle prizes.  Gail then became an Ambassador, helping new members make the most of their experience. She is a consistent presence at all Chamber networking events as well as ribbon cutting celebrations throughout Northbrook.

“I like helping other people acclimate to the Chamber,” explains Gail. “When I first started my business, so many people helped me and I really enjoy paying it back. I like helping the members of the Chamber connect with other members. It makes me feel really good when I have made a good connection for someone and it helps their business grow.”

In addition to her family business, Gail worked for several years as the local advertising representative for 22nd Century Media and later, the Daily Herald. In working with area advertisers and new businesses, Gail frequently made referrals that became new Chamber members. (She recently made the decision to leave her advertising role in order to devote her full energy to the booming brownie business.)

“Gail has been an outstanding referral source for the Chamber,” notes Membership Director Kathi Quinn. “She has shared the benefits of membership and helped connect us with so many new businesses. On top of that, she goes above and beyond as an Ambassador, always showing up to events with enthusiasm and generosity.”

“I really believe in the Chamber and the value it brings to businesses,” responds Gail. “It presents so many opportunities for members to grow businesses and form relationships. This Chamber has given me priceless lasting relationships, both professional and personal.”