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116th Annual Meeting of Membership

Once every year, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce assembles the business and civic leaders of Chicago at our Annual Meeting of Membership to celebrate the contributions commerce and industry make to our great city. The Annual Meeting, presented by AT&T, has become the premier business event for Chicagoland and a highly anticipated yearly update.

In response to COVID-19 and due to large group gathering restrictions, this year, Chicago’s business community will “gather” virtually to watch the Chamber’s first-ever virtual Annual Meeting. The meeting will offer a robust program focused on Chicago’s economic recovery and include remarks from Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Co-Chairs of the Chicagoland Chamber’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force.

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2020 Keynote Panel | Chicago’s Economic Recovery: Sports

Moderator: Jim Rose

Sports Anchor and Reporter, ABC 7 Eyewitness News

Since joining ABC 7 in 1982, Jim Rose has become a significant force in Chicago sports broadcasting. He currently serves as sports anchor/reporter for the station’s top-rated 4 PM and 6 PM newscasts. He is a contributor to ABC 7’s Emmy Award-winning HEART & SOUL, a series of specials that celebrates the rich culture of the African-American community in Chicago. Jim hosts ABC 7’s annual broadcast of one of the largest parades in the country, the Bud Billiken Parade.

Jim began his career in sports broadcasting while serving in the U.S. Army, acting as sports director for AFN-TV in Berlin, West Germany (1973-75). Jim is the vice president of the Swan Group, a non-profit group created to give away the “Swan House” to a Chicago area single mother who achieved academic excellence in college. After more than four years of sweat equity, along with an outpouring of community donations, in October 2006, he handed the keys of a 2,000 sq. ft. house over to a single mother with two children and a 3.8-grade average. Despite the many honors he has received during his career, Jim considers this “one of his life’s crowning achievements.”

Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Rhode Island College. He and his wife, Lakesha, live in Chicago.

Ted Phillips

President, Chicago Bears

Ted Phillips was named President and Chief Executive Officer on February 10, 1999. Since taking on the top leadership role, Phillips has insisted on attention to detail and smooth execution at every level of the Bears operation. He has solidified the long-term stability of the Club while staying keenly focused on bringing the 10th championship to the NFL’s premier franchise.

Drawing from more than 35 years of experience with the Chicago Bears, Phillips has shown effective leadership skills by empowering his executive staff to create an environment of collective responsibility in running the day-to-day operations of the Club.

Phillips’ other highlights include creating and continuing a strong customer service mentality throughout the organization, returning the Bears training camp to Illinois, and presiding over five division championships. Phillips currently serves on the NFL’s CEC Executive Working Group, the NFL’s CBA PlayerBenefits Plans Committee, and is Chairman for the NFL’s Employee Benefits Committee. Phillips also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Bears Care, the philanthropic arm of the Chicago Bears.

Phillips graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1979 with a degree in business and accounting and earned a Master of Marketing and Management from the Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University in 1989. Phillips currently resides with his wife, Ann, in Libertyville, IL.

Michael Reinsdorf

President & COO, Chicago Bulls

Michael Reinsdorf was named President and Chief Operating Officer of the Chicago Bulls in September 2010 … Michael has been involved in NBA league matters on behalf of the Bulls since 2001 … he is an NBA Governor and serves on the NBA Media Committee and the NBA Planning Committee … Michael is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization Gold Chicago Chapter (YPO Gold) and the Commercial Club of Chicago and serves on the boards of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, NorthShore University Healthsystem, After-School All-Stars, After School Matters, and World Business Chicago, and on the Board of Trustees for Northwestern University and the Museum of Science and Industry … Michael is the former Chairman of the Harrisburg Senators, a Double A affiliate of the Washington Nationals … he is also the former Chairman of the Stockton Thunder, an ECHL hockey team in Stockton, California … he is a graduate of the University of Arizona … Michael, and his wife, Nancy, who serves as President of the Chicago Bulls Charities, reside in the northern suburbs and have three children.

Tom Ricketts

Chairman, Chicago Cubs

Tom Ricketts is the Executive Chairman of the Chicago Cubs. In 2009, he led his family’s acquisition of the team from the Tribune Co. When Tom and his family were introduced as the new owners of the Chicago Cubs, he outlined three goals for the organization: win the World Series; preserve and improve Wrigley Field for future generations; and to be good neighbors, giving back to the city and neighborhood.

Tom is also the Chairman of Incapital LLC, which he co-founded in 1999. Incapital is an investment bank with underwriting and distribution expertise in a wide range of securities. Beginning with Incapital’s corporate notes platform, Tom led Incapital’s diversification initiatives in U.S. Agencies, certificates of deposit, mortgage-backed securities, and preferred securities. Incapital is the market leader and the largest third-party distributor of Market Linked CDs and Market Linked Notes.

Tom is a board member of the Executive Council of Major League Baseball, Meijer Inc., Choose Chicago, the Field Museum, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executive Club of Chicago, Northshore University Health System, and the Wood Family Foundation.

Tom has a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.

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