Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Staff

This is a directory of Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce staff members.

The general phone number for the Chamber is (312) 494 6700.
The general fax line to the Chamber is (312) 861 0660.

Chamber Senior Executives

Jack Lavin
President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (312) 494 6700

David Schwartz
Vice President, Communications and Marketing
Phone: (312) 494 6739

David is Vice President, Communications and Marketing at the Chamber, and has spent 20+ years developing and managing initiatives in media, business and policy. His experience includes campaigns in pubic relations, marketing and policy advocacy at the state, national and local levels. David also worked as the Political Producer of Fox 32 News in Chicago, where he led coverage of business and public affairs, and helped the newsroom transition to digital engagement.

David studied entrepreneurial management at the Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania). He lives in Chicago with his wife and 2 sons. He enjoys photography, reading fiction, and baseball, and makes no apology for rooting for both the Cubs and White Sox.

Marianne Floriano
Vice President, Corporate Development
Phone: (312) 494 6782

Jim Gavin
Vice President, Finance and Administration
Phone: (312) 494 6796

Jim is the head of operations at the Chamber as he oversees Accounting and Finance, Administration, Human Resources and Information Technology. He is a registered Illinois CPA who after his public accounting career has focused on the not-for-profit association management industry where he has performed as the Director of Finance, CFO and COO at several Chicago-based professional membership organizations. Jim and his wife Denise have three adult children who all live in the River North area of Chicago, and are “empty-nesters” when not counting their three-year-old Irish Doodle. Besides being an ardent Chicago sports fan, Jim is passionate about his golf game and can found most weekends teeing it up on various north suburban courses.

Michael Reever
Vice President, Government Relations
Phone: (312) 494 6736

Michael is vice president of government relations for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. He previously worked as Assistant Legal Counsel for Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton, and Chief of Staff to state Representative Ann M. Williams. He has volunteered on numerous campaigns at the City and State level, including serving as a volunteer election law attorney during two election cycles for the Democratic Party of Illinois. He is a veteran, and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserves after 8 years of service as a Sergeant (E-5).

Karen Hickey
Vice President, Membership
Phone: (312) 494 6701

Karen has been involved in membership management with B2B organizations in Chicagoland for nearly 20 years. During this time, she has cultivated a passion for connecting local entrepreneurs and established business leaders, creating synergies and mutually beneficial relationships that help drive Chicago’s business community forward. Karen likes to say she’s in a lifelong love affair with Chicago, where you can find her spending time with family and friends or enjoying the city’s culture and fashion. You will hear her laugh before you see her.

Chamber Staff

Blanca Berthier
Director, International Programs
Phone: (312) 494 6784

Blanca was born in Mexico City and has been in the Chicago area for the past 20 years. She brings her experience as a business executive having worked for the Mexican Government’s agency for trade and investment promotion (both in Mexico and in Chicago), as a marketing executive for a consumer goods company, and most recently as the Executive Director of the Midwest Chapter of the U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

Blanca enjoys reading and has been an athlete for over 25 years, having completed several ironman triathlons and races. Today, you will find her mostly enjoying life with her ultra-marathoner husband, kids and her beloved Spanish water dog in Chicagoland’s most unknown suburb called Golf.

Alina Birenyte
Staff Accountant
Phone: (312) 494-6700

Alina is City Colleges of Chicago and Roosevelt University graduate who is responsible for accounts payable and accounts receivable, as well as assisting with audit and tax work paper analysis and the annual budget process. She spends her free time traveling, social dancing, and enjoying stand-up comedy and theatre.

Kelly Blizzard
Senior Director, Business Analytics
Phone: (312) 494 6730

As Senior Director, Business Analytics, Kelly is responsible for managing the Chamber’s IT solutions and using the extracted data to assist and collaborate with other departments in driving business decisions and strategy recommendations. She enjoys traveling, music, movies, sports, and spending time with family and friends.

Cathy Bonfield
Manager, Membership Retention
Phone: (312) 494 6749

Stacey Pitts Caldwell
Center Director - SBDC
Phone: (312) 494 6790

Energized by her experience in business, marketing and development, Stacey comes to the Chamber with a passion for helping entrepreneurs and small business owners thrive. Through individual advising, programs and community outreach, Stacey works to elevate and bring awareness to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Stacey earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Management and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from Benedictine University. She is a small business owner and always takes a creative approach to her endeavors, both personally and professionally.

Amanda Clemons
Director, Marketing
Phone: (312) 494 6742

Amanda develops, tracks and reports on the marketing efforts of the Chamber to ensure information is accessible and a true resource to our members. She is a proud University of Michigan alum (Go Blue!) and has work experience with corporate, retail, and Chamber marketing. Recently new to Chicago, Amanda enjoys trying new restaurants with her husband and walking her border collie around the city. She loves spending her free time baking in the kitchen, playing piano, boating and traveling to new places.

Rosalind Hecim
Administrative Assistant, Membership
Phone: (312) 494 6704

Roz decided to come out of retirement in 2014 when she saw all of the great new plans the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce was making. Being a part of the positive changes has left her feeling revitalized, just like the Chamber.

Sarah Henry
Associate, Membership Resources
Phone: (312) 494 6774

As the Chamber’s Associate, Membership Resources, Sarah supports and assists the membership team in list management and data reporting. She works with all departments to help increase the success of membership recruitment and enhance the overall member experience. She enjoys traveling and movies and on the weekends you can find Sarah exploring the city with family and friends.

Margaret Rose Keating
Manager, Programs
Phone: (312) 494 6786

Margaret Rose Keating leads the Chamber’s Small Business, Middle Market, Emerging Leaders and Industry Programs which help to promote business initiatives designed to create jobs and economic investment across Chicagoland. Margaret enjoys spending time with her family and friends, she is an avid reader, and loves a bit of the theatrical.

Emmanuel Lopez
Manager, Member Engagement
Phone: (312) 494 6703

Prior to the Chamber, Manny spent 8 years in the health & wellness sector, where he developed a passion for networking and connecting people in Chicago’s business community. Manny loves to give back, evidenced by his involvement in Chicago’s philanthropic and civic community. He serves as VP of the University of Oklahoma Alumni Club in Chicago, as well as Executive Committee Membership and Engagement Co-Chair for the Gateway for Cancer Research Associates Board. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Rugby Business Network–Chicago Chapter. He loves golf, football, futbol, & played semi-pro rugby for 8 years. Manny is bilingual-English and Spanish-and always open to connecting people throughout Chicagoland’s diverse business community.

King Maury
IT Support Specialist / Receptionist
Phone: (312) 494 6700

Alex Muscolino
Coordinator, Events
Phone: (312) 494 6700

As the Chamber’s coordinator of events, Alex assists in the planning of the yearly Chamber event calendar for all Programs, Forums, and Signature Events. She studied Political Science at Loyola University Chicago, and began her career first in Chicago’s 41st ward as an aldermanic intern, following as an associate with the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce. Although a north sider, Alex will forever be a devout White Sox fan. She is also a massive concert enthusiast and can be found most weekends at one of Chicago’s countless music venues.

Eva Paredes
Director, Member Engagement
Phone: (312) 494 6761

An experienced networker with a background in entrepreneurship, Eva is responsible for developing membership and providing our Chamber members with strategies to successfully leverage their involvement and grow their business. Eva is a compulsive reader, has a passion for cycling and will try anything new (within reason).

Michelle Le Peska
Director, Events
Phone: (312) 494 6716

Michelle manages the planning of the yearly Chamber Event Calendar for all events. She studied Finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago and moved on to work in a non-profit managing special events and fundraising campaigns. In her free time she enjoys cooking with her husband, baking sweet treats and finding new ways to stay active whether it’s yoga, kickboxing or taking a jog through her neighborhood.

Billy Rehfeld
Small Business Chicago Coordinator - SBDC
Phone: (312) 494 6792

Billy is a recent graduate from Loras College where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies. As a former Intern in a similar position, Billy now works as the SBDC Small Business Chicago Coordinator where he promotes SBDC services on multiple social media outlets along with working closely with the SBDC Center Director & Business Advisor along with their clients to arrange meetings to help the clients small businesses continue to grow. Billy enjoys playing and watching multiple sports and makes sure to show his south side pride as he is an avid White Sox fan.

Britt Savage
Business Advisor - SBDC
Phone: (312) 494 6700

Danielle Stanley
Manager, Policy and Programs
Phone: (312) 494-6766

Danielle is Manager of Policy and Programs at the Chamber. She is responsible for engaging members through Public Policy Committees, Councils, and Forums, and identifying new engagement opportunities that will ensure a greater ROI to members, including visibility for the member company and its leadership, and an exciting opportunity to impact their industry in Chicagoland and beyond.

Danielle earned both her BA in Political Science & Legal Studies and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Danielle spends her spare time working out, traveling, and volunteering.

Jill Synoga
Senior Director, Accounting
Phone: (312) 494 6769

Jill received her Bachelors and MBA from St. Xavier University. She is responsible for preparing the monthly financial statements, audit and tax preparation, and payroll and employee benefits. She enjoys shopping, baking and spending time with her family.

Kate Victorson
Coordinator, Board Development
Phone: (312) 494 6712

As the Chamber’s Board Development Coordinator, Kate acts as the liaison between the Chamber and its governing body. She is responsible for strengthening relationships with Board members and their companies, as well as documenting their progress and growth. In her free time, Kate loves spending as much time as she can outdoors, whether it is hiking in the Smokies, biking to work, or volunteering with the Chicago Park District.