Chamber Ambassadors

The Northbrook Chamber Ambassador committee is comprised of highly visible, involved volunteers who serve as important liaisons to new and prospective members. They provide valuable introductions and guidance for new and prospective members attending events for the first time. Based on their personal experience and history with the Chamber, Ambassadors actively reach out to local prospective members and work with new members to become familiar with the full range of benefits offered by the organization.  The Ambassadors welcome your phone calls and questions.

What’s it like to be a Chamber Ambassador? Check out this article from David Telisman, David Telisman Communications: Five Things I Learned from Five Years as a Chamber Ambassador.

Steve Amberg, Owner

It’s Impressive LLC
(847) 509-7430
Member Since:
October 2011

Business Description: It’s Impressive creates the best promotional items for staying top of mind and building your brand! For over 30 years, Steve Amberg has built his reputation as a manufacturer’s representative by providing exceptional service and follow up, working to provide clients products that meet their needs to grow their business. Expanding his business creating Its Impressive Promotions, Steve adds over 3200 suppliers of custom imprinted products to help build the client’s brand.

Bill Balatsos, Owner

Club Z! In-Home & Online Tutoring of the North Shore
Phone: (847) 440-3440
Member Since: September 2020

Business Description: Club Z’s highly qualified tutors provide one-on-one in-home support working with the child’s school curriculum: homework help, studying for quizzes & tests, executive functioning support and more. We boost grades and confidence!

Harvey Blender, President

Family-Safe Biking
Phone: (847) 748-8228
Member Since: December  2001

Business Description: Family -safe biking — we start where the trail ends!  We road test and share routes to get you SAFELY from here to anywhere.  Our initial focus is Northbrook, the North Shore and Northwest suburbs.  We have featured weekly maps designed to get you thinking differently about biking.  Some tours we have done: map a route through the western and the southwest suburbs to Starved Rock and  a route from the Shore to the Door (Door County, WI).  Our aim is to make biking exploration more exciting, more compelling and safer.

Ambassador Statement: “I’ve been a member of the chamber for 25 years and know how important a chamber can be to growing your business having produced a million dollars for my clients.”

Mark Brodson, Vice-President

Resource Commercial Real Estate
Phone: (773)251-3666
Member Since: August 2004

Business Description: Resource Commercial is a boutique commercial real estate brokerage firm in Northbrook, IL.  The firm does both tenant representation work in the industrial and office arenas and investment sales.  Mark Brodson specializes in assisting dental, medical and conventional office tenants in finding the right space for their needs.  He also works with real estate investors who are looking to purchase and sell commercial properties off-market.

Beth Chemers, Owner

Beth Chemers Consulting
(847) 980-2267
Member Since:
March 2020

EliscoAmbassadorSteven Elisco, Principal

Elisco Design Architects LLC
(847) 562-1443
Member Since:
March 1991

Business Description:
In the Commercial Sector we focus on Office, Industrial and Healthcare design and Tenant Development Services for Landlords of Office and Retail Centers. In the Residential Sector, we design custom single family residences, home additions and remodeling and offer Construction Management Services. Steven Elisco is a LEED AP and consults in the area of Green Technology and Sustainable Design.

Henry FettaHenry Fetta, Director

Hunger Resource Network
Phone: (847) 814-0581
Member Since: December 2013

Business Description: Hunger Resource Network is a volunteer, Northbrook-based, non-profit organization dedicated to alleviate hunger.  Founded in 2009, we rescue food from Farmers Markets and purchase protein to meet the needs of recipient agencies, and focus on eliminating hunger.

Mike Finkelman, National Accounts Executive

Vernon Graphic Solutions
Phone: (847) 527-9686
Member Since: May 2022

Business Description: VGS – Vernon Graphic Solutions is a company serving customers nationally. VGS prints, installs, and removes vehicle graphics, interior and exterior wall graphics, window and floor graphics, and point of purchase/display graphics. I am a National Accounts Executive working in the Midwest area but can service customers around the US.

Brad Floden, Owner

Cobalt Photography
Phone: (847) 356-0480
Member Since: May 2017

Business Description: At Cobalt, we are a small group of full time photographers who are dedicated to our love of photography.   Our work covers many different types of photographic requirements.  We offer individual and group portraits, images for product or service launches, company parties and banquets, conferences, and annual reports to name a few.  From the Chicago area to locations nationwide, our staff works directly with project managers and art directors and have the expertise to deliver your needs. For social events, our photographic artists mix of traditional and photojournalistic styles to capture your family groupings along with the natural moments as they unfold.

Gregg Gerstin, Owner

Align Wellness Center
Phone: (847) 564-9500
Member Since: July 2005

Business Description: The benefits of care at Align Wellness Center go well beyond pain in the neck and lower back. We integrate high-tech with high touch to enhance wellness and eliminate pain. Within the office we provide Chiropractic Care, Massage Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Personal Training, Rehabilitation and Physiotherapies.  The Center, has a vast community outreach that serves individuals, families, religious groups, schools and businesses. As part of this involvement, wellness programs have been implemented that assist in preventing injuries while offering significant savings to individuals and employers.

KarlinsWayne Karlins, Owner

Reed Social Media
Phone: (847)272-0707
Member Since: 11/1/2008

Business Description: Reed Social Media manages your social media sites including Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google Plus pages.  The challenge with social media is that if you’re in business, it’s difficult to find the time to set-up, run and manage a full-blown campaign. By hiring me, you have at your disposal a whole team of individuals, not just one perspective or point of view. I manage your social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Yelp and more). I provide social media management, consultation, write social media policy and give you or your company a personal social media makeover.

Robyn Kole, CPA

The Dolins Group
Phone: (847) 498-1040 x208
Member Since: 4/1/2013

Business Description: The Dolins Group is a full service CPA firm servicing individuals and businesses for their accounting, tax and financial planning needs.

Todd Lazar, Director of Sales

Keyth Security
Phone: (847)597-8008
Member Since: 7/1/2012

Business Description: Professional sales, installation and service of visual security, access systems, phone systems, locks, safes, burglary and fire alarms for commercial or residential use.

Diane Pagoulatos, Marketing Director

Dickler, Kahn, Slowikowski & Zavell Ltd.
: (847) 593-5595
Member Since: March 2020

Business Description: Our firm has over 95 years combined legal experience in condominium & homeowners association representation and development, commercial or residential real estate purchases, sales, leasing, tax reduction and litigation; business formation, operation purchase, sale and litigation; health care provider and product supplier representation, commercial litigation, professional negligence, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, nursing home neglect, estate planning and litigation.

Larry Rosenthal, Owner

Unique Upholstery, Carpet & Rug Cleaning
Phone: (847) 459-1600
Member Since: April 2006

Business Description: We provide the ultimate in cleaning of carpet, upholstery, oriental rugs, tile & grout, marble & stone using EPA approved disinfectant will safely leave surfaces ultra-clean and sanitary. Our specialists are friendly, caring and courteous. Since 1991, ”UNIQUE” Larry’s mission is to provide outstanding service.

liseLise Schleicher, Owner

Phone: (847) 559-9379
Member Since: 3/1/1998

Business Description: Locally owned, award-winning company providing customized gifts, gift baskets & themed centerpieces for both personal and business occasions. Life events – new baby, get well, birthday, sympathy. Holiday, thank you and apology gifts. Balloon bouquets. Kosher, gluten free & special diets are no problem. Chicago area delivery and nationwide shipping.

image001Marsha Schwartz, Broker/Associate

Marsha Schwartz – Coldwell Banker
Phone: (847) 753-6246
Member Since: 2/1/2002

Business Description: Whether you are thinking about a move across town, downtown, or to another state, Marsha Schwartz has the experience & expertise to help you make your move as easy as possible. With her personal touch, your move or your employee’s move will be well cared for. Marsha is a certified relocation trained agent. For a hassle free move, give Marsha Schwartz a call.

matt settlerMatt Settler, Agent

Dasco Insurance Agency, Inc.
Phone: (847) 440-6840
Member Since: 2/1/2014

Business Description: As a Trusted Choice, Independent Insurance Agent, I represent many different financially strong insurance companies, all with excellent reputations. We specialize in Commercial Lines – Property, General Liability, Workers Compensation, Professional Liability, Commercial Vehicles, Director’s & Officers Liability, Cyber Liability and Employment Practices Liability. We also specialize in Personal Lines – Homeowners, Auto, Jewelry/Collections, Umbrella/Excess Liability, Boats and Recreational vehicles, rental homes/condo units.

Marilena Tanasescu, VP/Branch Manager

Northbrook Bank & Trust Company
Phone: (847) 418-2800
Member Since: July 2012

Business Description: Experience real community banking the way it used to be.  Enjoy a complete range of personal, commercial, mortgage, wealth management, and digital and drive-in banking services at Northbrook Bank & Trust Company – Northbrook’s oldest and largest local community bank.

David Telisman, Owner

David Telisman Communications, LLC
Phone: (224) 645-2748
Member Since: June 2017

Business Description: With over 23 years of experience, David Telisman Communications offers best-in-class writing and email marketing services. We work with businesses to inspire their customers to buy from them. We believe that our clients deserve to feel proud of how their content marketing looks and what it says, and we deliver by providing expert writing and marketing solutions.

P. J. Weiland, Owner

Phone: (847)739-3079
Member Since: 12/2011

Business Description: As a Business Coach, I work with business owners in five key areas. The emphasis on each area depends on the owner’s needs, the type of business they have, and their goals. The key areas are: Sales, Marketing and Advertising, Team Building and Recruitment, Systems and Business Development, and Customer Service.

Julie Yusim, Marketing Manager & Licensed Producer

Todd Markman State Farm Agency
Phone: (847) 400-1111
Member Since: March 2022

Business Description: The Todd Markman State Farm team has over 150 years combined experience in the insurance industry. We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Our priority is to help our customers manage the risks of everyday life and find the protection that is right for them. Stop by, call or click for a personalized auto insurance quote, homeowners insurance quote, renters insurance quote, life insurance quote and/or health insurance quote. We also enjoy assisting in small business and other financial service options.