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

Jack is the sixth President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce since the organization’s founding in 1904. He has more than thirty years of financial and management experience in both the public and private sectors. Throughout his career, Jack has focused on economic and business development in order to create jobs and improve the quality of life for people in Chicago and Illinois.

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Jan Kostner
Senior Vice President, Membership and Corporate Relations
Phone: (312) 494 6701

Jan is the Senior Vice President, Membership and Corporate Relations. She has a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors. She began her career at Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications, where she served many corporate clients. In government, Jan was the longest-serving Director of Tourism for the State of Illinois. She later was part of the team that created the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. Most recently, Jan served as Director of Marketing at the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Jan is a graduate of New England College with a BA in Communications and holds a certificate in Social Media Marketing from DePaul University.

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

Brad Tietz
Vice President, Government Relations
Phone: (312) 494 6700

Brad Tietz is the Vice President, Government Relations at the Chamber. Previously, Brad served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Illinois Department Commerce and Economic Opportunity. In this role, Brad was successful in shepherding through the legislative process a number of bills that created new programs and modernized existing programs always with a focus on transparency and ensuring greater access for small and minority-owned businesses. Before that, he served as a Senior Legislative Analyst for revenue and labor issues for the Illinois House Republican Caucus.

Brad graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BA in Political Science. He currently resides on the northwest side of Chicago with his wife and son.

Sara E. Barnett
Vice President, Operations
Phone: (312) 494 6796

Sara is the Chamber’s Vice President of Operations, and Interim Executive Director of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Prior to joining the Chamber staff, she served as President and CEO of the destination marketing organization, Visit Oak Park. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Council of Convention and Visitors Bureau. Earlier, Sara worked in high-level positions with the Illinois Lottery and the office of the Illinois Governor.

A Chicago resident, Sara graduated from Marquette University with a BA in Political Science, and earned her MA in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.

Joey Mak
Vice President, Programs
Phone: (312) 494 6723

Joey is Vice President, Programs at the Chamber. Prior to joining our team, he launched several business assistance programs and public-private partnerships at the University of Illinois, where he served as Director of Economic Development and Innovation. Earlier, he led the Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, where he focused on accelerating high-growth industries and assisting small businesses.

Joey graduated from Loyola University Chicago with degrees in Political Science and Anthropology, and received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a proud resident of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

Chamber Staff

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

Othello Calbert
Business Advisor - SBDC
Phone: (312) 494 6700

Othello helped run his family owned businesses from a very young age until his late twenties. Since then, he has helped run other small businesses, earned his Bachelor’s degree at DeVry Institute of Technology, and worked as an Engineer for Argonne National Lab and as a data scientist for Mitsubishi Electric Automation. As a SBDC Small Business Advisor, founder and CEO in the data analytics space, Othello is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and businesses, big or small, within the various communities to strategically plan and improve their approach to the market.

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.

Brandi Hovizi
Associate, Member Resources
Phone: (312) 494 6774

Erin Leary
Director, Member Engagement
Phone: (312) 494 6714

As Manager, Member Engagement, Erin loves connecting with Members. She has a strong background in hospitality sales and is passionate about entrepreneurship and small business. When not working, she can be found in the yoga studio or making jewelry!

Eva Paredes
Senior 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).

Sofia Rivera
Executive Assistant
Phone: (312) 494 6700

Kristin Roadman
Director, Talent Programs
Phone: (312) 494 6718

Kristin Roadman is the Director of Talent Programs at the Chamber. She joins the team from the University of Illinois System, where she focused on building a state-wide network of university and community-based hubs to drive economic growth and workforce development in Illinois. Previously, she managed projects and developed partnerships for the Federal government, most recently working for the U.S. Forest Service in Bend, OR.

Kristin holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Drexel University in Philadelphia. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading.

Amelia Salter
Director, Programs
Phone: (312) 494 6784

Amelia Salter is the Director of Programs at the Chamber. Over her career, Amelia has worked on collaborative projects with startups, nonprofits, government and corporate partners in the U.S., India, and Australia. Prior to joining our team, she was the Assistant Director for Economic Development & Innovation for the University of Illinois System, where she developed initiatives to drive economic development and connect Illinois-based corporate, community and university stakeholders.

Amelia holds a BA in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA with a concentration in International Business from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, cooking, and running.

Lily Scannell
Senior Events Specialist
Phone: 312-494-6772

Jill Synoga
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.

Sarah Tuohy
Manager, Member Engagement
Phone: (312) 494 6703

John Yoo
Senior Manager, CRM Administrator and Information Technology
Phone: (312) 494 6700