Looking Ahead: A Letter from Executive Director Kathi Quinn

Looking Ahead: A Letter from Executive Director Kathi Quinn

Holiday greetings from the Chamber! During this hectic time of year, I’d like to pause for a minute to thank our members for making our organization vibrant, engaging, and welcoming. The past year has been filled with transitions and challenges, but our Chamber’s amazing sense of community and mutual support has remained consistent. The important things don’t change. 

This year marked a return to many of our traditional in-person events that had to be adapted or deferred during the pandemic.  It’s been wonderful to have our networking events back at full force, with our First Friday Breakfasts and a variety of businesses hosting After Hours events. Over 150 golfers enjoyed the annual outing back at Heritage Oaks Golf Club, the Business Expo attracted a great crowd of exhibitors and attendees, and we were thrilled at the response to our first Auction & Taste since 2019.

All these events showed the resilience of our members and their passion for this organization as we moved forward together.  Thank you to all who participated, and to the many volunteers and sponsors who helped make them a success!  A special thank you to Julie Lerman, Board Chair, and Robyn Kole, Treasurer for helping us through these transitions.

I’m excited about the many innovations we have launched in the past few months, including our refreshed branding for the Chamber and our “Find It in Northbrook” campaigns we manage for the Village. We have increased our public outreach, strengthened our bonds with community institutions, and increased our social media presence to help publicize both the Chamber and its members.  Looking ahead, we plan to introduce new programs, partnerships, and sponsorship opportunities to make your Chamber membership more valuable than ever. Our goal is to provide the support our members need – marketing, networking, advocacy, education, and more – to help build stronger businesses and professional relationships.

In a year of transitions, we also will miss Stephen Barr, Bob Caldwell, Hania Fuschetto, Alli Gilley, and Jennifer Spencer as they retire from the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Thank you to all of you for your dedication and support that helped guide the organization through this challenging period, and we look forward to their continued support.  Fortunately, we have some wonderful new directors stepping up to fill their shoes – read about them here.

We will also be saying goodbye to Katie Walther, Programs & Events Manager, this month. Katie has been an integral part of our team for the last five years, and she will be greatly missed by our staff and the many members who have enjoyed working with her.

As we enter 2023, we hope you will reach out to share your vision for the Chamber and how our team can best serve our members and the community. We encourage you to bring us your ideas, suggestions, and feedback. We are embracing change and looking forward to a great new year.

Have a great holiday season!