Staffing Changes at the Chamber

Staffing Changes at the Chamber

The Chamber is pleased to announce that there will be several staff changes in 2019, beginning this month. Carolyn Gessner, who has served as the organization’s Administrative Assistant since September 2017 has been promoted to Communications Manager. She will take over from current Office and Communications Manager Jean Streeter, who announced her retirement from the Chamber in late 2018. The Chamber is also in the process of hiring a new part-time Office Manager.

Carolyn Gessner Steps into Communications Manager Position
In her new position, Carolyn will be responsible for all communications to both the membership a

Jean Streeter, Carolyn Gessner (r)

nd the general public. Her responsibilities include writing and editing the Chamber’s monthly newsletter as well as external publications including the annual Community Guide, the Shopping and Dining Guide, writing press releases and working with the media, and overseeing event publicity. She also will manage the website content and the Chamber’s social media presence, including the two Facebook pages. Members should feel free to contact her regarding Hot Deals, Business Briefs, e-Announcements, and other news to be shared. Prior to working at the Chamber, Carolyn spent eight years as a public relations account manager for Creative Marketing Associates.

“I’m excited to be taking on this new responsibility with the Chamber, building on the great foundation that Jean has established,” comments Carolyn. “Communications keep us connected, and the Chamber offers so many different opportunities for members to learn and share their news.”

Carolyn can be reached at or (847)513-6005.

Jean Streeter Set to Retire
Since 2003, Jean has been the Chamber’s Office and Communications Manager. She has grown the communications program over the years, expanding the scope of newsletter to cover the Chamber’s advocacy efforts and economic development topics. She has also been resposible for getting editorial and photographic coverage of Chamber events and news in the local media.

Jean initiated the monthly e-Announcements e-blast, developed content for the Community Guide and the Shopping and Dining Guides, helped the Chamber promote the Hot Deals program on the Chamber website, and helped inaugurate the Chamber’s Facebook page. She also helped create the Northbrook Communicators group to encourage collaboration between fellow area communications professionals.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work for the Chamber, an organization that is renowned for its integrity and dedication to the important mission of advocating for its members and the business community. It has been particularly rewarding to work under such strong leadership and direction– both from Chamber President Tensley Garris and the Chamber Board of Directors,” comments Jean. “I am so grateful for the opportunities I have been given, the support I’ve received and for the connections I have made over the years.”

Jean will help the Chamber in a part-time role during the transition period until the new part-time Office Manager is hired.&’ type=’text/javascript’>