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

Theresa E. Mintle
President & Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (312) 494 6700
E-mail: tmintle@chicagolandchamber.org

Theresa is the fifth President and Chief Executive Officer of the 112 year-old Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Theresa’s passion to grow the Chicago region’s economy and strengthen Chicago’s status as a world-class city stems from her experience in public service. She spent 27 years working at the national, state and local levels of government where she gained first-hand experience working with business and government on programs to grow jobs and the economy. She draws from lessons learned to drive the Chamber’s strategic focus on small business growth, middle market expansion, international opportunities, and more.

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Michael Reever
Vice President, Government Relations
Phone: (312) 494 6736
E-mail: mreever@chicagolandchamber.org

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).


Marianne Floriano
Vice President, Corporate Development
Phone: (312) 494 6782
E-mail: mfloriano@chicagolandchamber.org

Karen Hickey
Vice President, Membership
Phone: (312) 494 6701
E-mail: khickey@chicagolandchamber.org

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.


Jim Gavin
Vice President, Finance and Administration
Phone: (312) 494 6796
E-mail: jgavin@chicagolandchamber.org

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.


David Schwartz
Vice President, Communications and Marketing
Phone: (312) 494 6739
E-mail: dschwartz@chicagolandchamber.org

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.


Chamber Staff

Blanca Berthier
Director, International Programs
Phone: (312) 494 6784
E-mail: bberthier@chicagolandchamber.org

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
E-mail: abirenyte@chicagolandchamber.org

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
E-mail: kblizzard@chicagolandchamber.org

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
E-mail: cbonfield@chicagolandchamber.org

Stacey Pitts Caldwell
Small Business Consultant - SBDC
Phone: (312) 494 6790
E-mail: SCaldwell@chicagolandchamber.org

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
E-mail: aclemons@chicagolandchamber.org

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
E-mail: rhecim@chicagolandchamber.org

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
E-mail: shenry@chicagolandchamber.org

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.


Elise Houren
Director, Government Relations
Phone: (312) 494 6727
E-mail: ehouren@chicagolandchamber.org

As the Director of Government Relations, Elise advocates on behalf of Chamber members and the business community to ensure legislation, administrative rules, and policies at all levels of government support business interests and a healthy economy. She specializes in advocacy at the City and County level. Elise earned her Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago and her Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University. She loves all facets of government and public policy.


Margaret Rose Keating
Executive Assistant, President's Office
Phone: (312) 494 6786
E-mail: mkeating@chicagolandchamber.org

Margaret Rose Keating serves as the Executive Assistant to Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Theresa E. Mintle. Margaret works to enhance effectiveness and facilitate communications between the President and staff. In her free time, Margaret enjoys spending time with her family and friends who adore her. She is an avid reader, and loves a bit of the theatrical.


Manny Lopez
Manager, Member Engagement
Phone: (312) 494 6703
E-mail: mlopez@chicagolandchamber.org

Prior to the Chamber, Manny spent eight years in the health and 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 Vice President of the University of Oklahoma Alumni Club in Chicago, on the Board of Directors for the Rugby Business Network – Chicago Chapter, and volunteers for the Imerman Angels One-On-One Cancer Support Community. He loves golf, football, futbol, and played semi-pro rugby for eight years. Manny is bilingual in English and Spanish and is always open to connecting people throughout Chicago’s Hispanic community.


Eva Paredes
Director, Member Engagement
Phone: (312) 494 6761
E-mail: eparedes@chicagolandchamber.org

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
E-mail: mlepeska@chicagolandchamber.org

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.


Jill Synoga
Senior Director, Accounting
Phone: (312) 494 6769
E-mail: jsynoga@chicagolandchamber.org

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 Relations
Phone: (312) 494 6712
E-mail: kvictorson@chicagolandchamber.org

As the Chamber’s Board Relationship 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.


Vincent Williams
Manager, Member Engagement
Phone: (312) 494 6714
E-mail: vwilliams@chicagolandchamber.org

Vince comes to the Chamber with more than 20 years of B2B sales experience in technology, commercial real estate and management. As one of the Chamber’s Investment Managers, Vince is responsible for existing membership engagement and growth. He is a native Chicagoan and his consultative approach with members creates long-lasting relationships. He is a self-proclaimed jazz music aficionado and a foodie who enjoys international travel, scuba diving and volunteering for various local non-profit organizations.