- Jun 19, 2019
The Northbrook Plan Commission convened in June with two new members. Ihab Riad and Allen Morgen were appointed to fill seats vacated by Johannah Hebl, now a Village Trustee, and Norm Jacobs, whose term expired this spring. Incumbent Jeremy Melnick was re-appointed to a new term as well.
Allen Morgen and his family have been residents of Northbrook for over seven years. He owns a Morton Grove-based Farmers Insurance agency, specializing in business, auto, home and life insurance. A graduate of the 2018-19 Leadership Northbrook program, he is also a member of the Skokie Valley Rotary and Democrats of Northfield Township.
In a statement Morgen shared, “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the Village as a member of the Plan Commission. I look forward to working with residents, my fellow members and the Village Board to continue to move Northbrook forward in a positive and vibrant direction.”
A resident of Northbrook since 2012, Ihab Riad transitioned from a career in IT development to real estate, as the owner of a real estate firm, construction company, and real estate investment companies. His record of community involvement includes the Northbrook District 30 School Board, the Economic Development Committee, Go Green Northbrook, and the Northbrook Caucus.
Riad notes, “I have a unique, multicultural background that will bring new perspectives and flexibility to the Plan Commission. I enjoy collaboration, identifying others’ points of view and building better concepts together.” He identifies improving downtown as one of his top priorities, looking for opportunities to make the area a lively, attractive destination for Northbrook residents and visitors.
Morgen and Melnick will serve through April 2023. Riad will complete Johannah Hebl’s term, ending April 2021.