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.

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

Michael is Senior Vice President of Strategy and 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).

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 public 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

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

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

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. 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.

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
Executive Assistant
Phone: (312) 494 6786

Margaret Rose Keating is the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO. Margaret enjoys spending time with her family and friends, she is an avid reader, and loves a bit of the theatrical.

Erin Leary
Manager, 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!

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.

Karyn Oates
Coordinator, Board Relations
Phone: (312) 494 6704

As the Board Relations Coordinator for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Karyn is responsible for projects including Chamber Connect and the Emerging Leaders. Prior to joining the team, she worked at Steppenwolf Theatre, where she managed the Steppenwolf Associates, wrote grants, and developed fundraising events. Karyn holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, where she studied Theatre and Sociology. A creative thinker and lifelong learner, Karyn’s favorite pastimes include listening to podcasts, traveling, and trying new recipes with her husband.

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 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.

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.

Danielle Stanley
Manager, Government Relations
Phone: (312) 494-6766

Danielle is Manager of Government Relations 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.

Michael Stark
Senior Director, Corporate Relations
Phone: (312) 494 6727

Michael is the Chamber’s Senior Director of Corporate Relations, and an expert in startups and technology. He’s been a partner, investor or advisor in nine startup ventures. He also co-founded and served as President of The Chicago Leadership Alliance, a non-profit that connects and empowers emerging leaders of the millennial generation to launch social-impact initiatives and meet civic, networking and philanthropic goals.

Michael was born in the Chicago area and his family hosted 40+ foster siblings during his childhood. He received his BA in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame, and earned his law degree and MBA from Loyola University Chicago, passing the Illinois bar in 2013.

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.