Sal Manso Named Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year

Sal Manso Named Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year

Working quietly behind the scenes, Sal Manso is a dedicated and generous Chamber supporter. Whether it’s helping new members feel welcome at a networking breakfast, volunteering at the Meal Packing event, or being a generous sponsor of the Auction and Taste, Sal makes it a point to support the Chamber and put others before himself whenever possible.

The President of Reebie Storage and Moving Company, Sal has been an active member since he joined the Chamber ten years ago. He was quickly tapped to be a Chamber Ambassador, where he helps new and prospective members get engaged in the organization. Never flashy or looking for recognition, Sal can be seen talking quietly to new members at a Chamber event or surreptitiously raising his paddle at the Chamber’s Auction and Taste, helping to raise thousands of dollars at one of the Chamber’s most important fundraisers. He sends teams of workers to assist at events such as Meal Packing, and always finds time to help members understand all that the Chamber has to offer.
In addition to all that he does for the Chamber, Sal also supports fellow Chamber members and their causes. Every year he sends a crew to work at the Hunger Resource Community Outreach Days to work the forklifts used to unload the frozen chicken. “Sal is an unselfish and unassuming volunteer for Hunger Resource Network,” notes HRN Director Henry Fetta. “We are very grateful for his assistance and are humbled by his generosity and humility.”

Dick Hochschild, American Weathermakers praises the selection of Sal as the award winner, noting he is respected and admired by all as a leader. “His many community activities – particularly his service to the North Suburban YMCA speaks volumes about his dedication to community.”

Y Executive Director Howard Schultz echos the sentiment. “Sal Manso is one of the most dedicated, generous and community minded volunteers I have ever worked with here at the Y, or at any other agency for that matter.” Dedicated to making sure the Y is run as a strong business he notes that Sal is equally serious about the Y’s mission to serve the community. “If I had to pick someone to be in my corner in a pinch, I couldn’t think of a better choice than Sal.”

Past contributions also include serving on the Northbrook Plan Commission and on committees at GBN High School. He also coached children for the Special Olympics. He is a partner with Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) providing storage and trucking for their annual campaign. His company collects non perishables from customers as part of a “Move For Hunger” campaign and once a week delivers food to the Salvation Army. Reebie also supplies cartons and trucks for Toys for Tots with the Marines, and supplies cartons and trucking for Christmas gifts for needy children with his church.

“The Northbrook Chamber means a lot to me,” he notes. “It’s all about the community we live in and the Chamber makes it even better. All of us should not think twice about being active and giving back. It’s about ‘time, talent and treasure’ and I firmly believe that giving back is the least we can all do.&’ type=’text/javascript’>