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Chamber Staff

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Jeanette Anderson | Administration
Position: Office Manager
Staff Member Since: 1983
Location: Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-983-7104
Fax: 312-983-7101
Bio:

Jeanette has been with the Illinois Chamber since November, 1983. She began her career with the Illinois Chamber as receptionist. In this role she became known to members throughout the state as that friendly voice who answered phones in the Chicago headquarters. She later worked in Membership Marketing as the Secretary and provided assistance to the Vice President and the membership sales staff. In 1999, Jeanette was promoted to the Finance Department serving as Supervisor of Financial Transactions. In 2001, Jeanette assumed the duties of Office Manager, and continues to assist the Finance Department and the Membership Department in its efforts.

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Jim Bajt | Membership
Position: Director of Member Relations
Staff Member Since: 2000
Location: Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-983-7108
Fax: 312-983-7101
Bio:

Jim Bajt has served with the Illinois Chamber for over 11 years as a Member Services Manager with the responsibility for membership growth and retention. Jim works with the entire membership to educate them on current legislative initiatives that impact their businesses. He has also worked in the same capacity with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for 4 years and he held similar positions with the Florida State Chamber of Commerce and the Chicagoland Chamber for two years with each organization.

Elizabeth Dailey
Elizabeth Dailey l Business Services
Position: Director of Sponsorship Marketing
Staff Member Since: 2011
Phone: 312-507-1691
Bio:

Elizabeth works with the Center of Business Services to create and solicit sponsorship and marketing opportunities with Illinois Chamber Events. She understands the importance of new exposure and maintaining relationships in the ever changing business economy.

Elizabeth is a graduate of Central Michigan University, with a bachelor in Applied Arts.

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Jack Donahue | Membership
Position: Director, Member Development
Staff Member Since: 2013
Location: Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-386-7794
Fax: 312-386-7808
Bio:

Jack most recently spent 4 years with the Naperville Chamber of Commerce developing membership relationships with in the surrounding area. He has been in the business development arena the majority of his business career.

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Jennifer Hammer
Position: Associate Vice President and Legal Counsel, Government Affairs
Staff Member Since: 2014
Location: Springfield, IL
Phone: 217-522-5512 x234
Fax: 217-522-5518
Bio:

Jennifer will practice healthcare and procurement law and directly lobby the legislature. Jennifer will also be responsible for leading the Health Care Council’s charge to develop and take actions to achieve affordable, accessible, efficient, high quality healthcare for the employers and residents of our state. Having served as Governor on the Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors, Member of the Scope and Correlation Committee and the Standing Committee for Review of Collaborative Law Proposals as well as serving on the Standing Committee on Budget and Audit, the Illinois Chamber recognizes the significant value Hammer will add to its efforts.

Jennifer graduated with her B.S. from Arizona State University and received her J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law

Peggy Hardy
Peggy Hardy | Membership
Position: Membership Accounts Manager
Staff Member Since: 1983
Location: Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-983-7124
Fax: 312-983-7101
Bio:

Peggy joined the Illinois Chamber staff in February of 1983. During her tenure she was the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Membership Sales and Services, assisting with the day-to-day operations of the department along with working with the Executive Staff and Board of Directors. Peggy was promoted to Membership Retention Executive in June of 1996. As membership executive she was responsible for $2.5 million in renewal revenues. Her duties included contacting member companies for membership renewal and obtaining feed-back from members on issues that impact their operations in Illinois.

Peggy is now Membership Accounts Manager. In this position, Peggy works closely with the Executive Staff, Vice President of Membership and Marketing and with the Directors of Corporate Partnerships. She is responsible for the Chamber members annual billing and other member related invoicing along with maintaining the Chambers’ membership database.

Other responsibilities include: assisting members with export documentation information on Certificates of Origin, Affidavits, Chamber of Commerce Declarations and supplying general information to members and non-members.

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Charlie Hirsch | Membership
Position: Director of Member Development
Staff Member Since: 2014
Location: Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-386-7793
Fax: 312-983-7101
Bio:

Charlie’s energetic and expressive personality works to engage the Business Community and learn their story. He is interested in “what big issue keeps you up at night?” Charlie wants to help with a solution by forming a partnership for the now and into the future.

Born, raised and educated in Chicago, Charlie has been employed throughout Chicago, Evanston, Highland Park and Oak Park. He has an extensive business development background in sales and promotion in the broadcasting industry; he has taught at local and national trade schools; as well as served as a healthcare financial services professional. He has intimate knowledge of small business, having worked with a self-guided Chicago sightseeing-tour company creating tours and working with local neighborhoods, local chambers, local associations in order to develop a great way to showcase their areas and bring revenue to local businesses’ front doors.

Charlie graduated from Columbia College and several vocational schools. He is proud to hold an Honoree High School Diploma from the University of Chicago Labs School. Together, he and his wife are avid theater and movie goers. Along with his two children, he loves to entertain with family and friends.

Pam Holleman
Pam Holleman l Business Services
Position: HR Specialist/ Event & Publication Sales
Staff Member Since: 2011
Phone: 855-239-6150
Fax: 217-522-5518
Bio:

Pam Holleman joined the Illinois Chamber of Commerce as a Human Resources Specialist and Publication Sales Representative. Pam handles publication sales and registrations for seminars, webinars, and conferences. Pam previously worked for the Illinois Chamber for 3 years as the Human Resources Information Manager. In this role she ran the HR Helpline, edited the HR blog and contributed to the HR Exec.

Before working for the Illinois Chamber, Pam had a strong background in Human Resources including 10 years working as a Human Resources Manager for various manufacturing companies. Her experience includes handling a whole host of H/R issues including: interviewing, hiring, disciplinary action, benefits administration, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, safety, and discrimination claims. She has also done some consulting work on employment law issues. With this background in Human Resources, Pam understands the products and events of the Illinois Chamber and can better assist members and clients to make informed decisions about what they need to run their business successfully.

Pam holds a Bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in Human Resources from Trinity Christian College, in Palos Heights, IL.

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Kelli Jessup l Business Services
Position: Business Services Coordinator
Staff Member Since: 2014
Location: Springfield, IL
Phone: 217-522-5512 ext 227
Fax: 217-522-5518
Bio:

Kelli Jessup joined the Illinois Chamber staff in June of 2014. Kelli works directly with the director of business services to coordinate and produce webinars, seminars, conferences, and publications, all of which help keep Illinois businesses in compliance by educating them about the many federal and state regulations and laws.
Kelli is a graduate of University of Illinois at Springfield with a bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis on interpersonal communication and public relations.

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Jennifer Popa | Membership
Position: Director of Marketing
Staff Member Since: 2013
Location: Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-983-7105
Fax: 312-983-7101
Education:

Jennifer Popa is a Communication Designer who graduated from Harrington College of Design with a specialization in corporate branding. Prior to joining the Illinois Chamber she worked with a variety of businesses to develop their brand image and worked on projects ranging from mobile application design to product packaging design.

Andrew Proctor
Andrew Proctor | Government Affairs
Position: Director of Advocacy
Staff Member Since: 2011
Location: Springfield, IL
Phone: 217-522-5512 x296
Bio:

Andrew joined the Illinois Chamber as Director of Advocacy in April 11, 2011, coming from the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce where he served two years as Public Policy Manager. Prior to that, he worked as a Legislative Research Analyst for the House Republican Staff from 2004 to 2008, Illinois Field Director for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Campaign, Ohio Regional Director for the McCain-Palin Presidential Campaign in 2008, and East Central Illinois Regional Director on the Mark Kirk for Senate campaign in 2010.

Andrew’s primary duties as Director of Advocacy include developing and implementing Chamber programs related to grassroots activism, candidate support, advocacy fundraising, assisting in direct lobbying activities and member outreach initiatives. He also serves as the liaison to caucus political committees and individual candidates for public office.

Andrew received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004.

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Cate Schelter | Membership
Position: Director of Corporate Partnerships
Staff Member Since: 2012
Location: Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-983-7115
Bio:

Cate joins the Illinois Chamber as a Director of Corporate Partnerships working to create a broader member base and increasing the level of involvement of the business community.

As a business owner and successful Managing Broker in Chicago’s dynamic residential real estate market for ten years, Cate understands fluctuations in markets and managing the bottom line.

And she’s no stranger to manufacturing environs either. Cate has effectively contributed to company growth as a Sales and Marketing Manager with 10 years of experience in a variety of manufacturing businesses. Interestingly, Cate carries a working knowledge of plastic injection molding, epoxy & urethane coatings, vinyl wall protection, manufacturing of capital equipment, wire-processing machinery, and of course, building construction.

This broad scope and comprehensive understanding of business functionality coupled with expertise in the service, manufacturing and distribution industries, gives Cate first-hand knowledge of what today’s businesses are facing in their quest to remain competitive in their evolving marketplaces.

Laurie Silvey
Laurie Silvey | Business Services
Position: Director of Business Services Division/Executive Director of Center for Business Management
Staff Member Since: 2010
Location: Springfield, IL
Phone: 217-522-5512 x223
Bio:

Laurie Silvey joined the Chamber in 2010. She has a background as co-owner of a motorsports magazine for 20 years, with experience in publishing and page layout, extensive event planning, promotions and marketing of an annual consumer trade show and several annual motorsports events. Current responsibilities include planning, scheduling and conducting all seminars, conferences and webinars under the responsibility of the Business Services Division. She also assists in promotion and marketing of publications and events.
Laurie currently serves as Awards Director on the Executive Board of the Illinois Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, Washington D.C.

She most recently served as Executive Director of Menard County Tourism Council, where she designed and maintained their website, planned monthly and annual meetings, promotions and marketing of county tourism fundraisers. She was also Regional Administrative Coordinator of the Great Lakes Region of Horace Mann Insurance Corporation, planning numerous conferences, rallies, and district meetings.

Mary Taylor
Mary Taylor | Administration
Position: Receptionist
Staff Member Since: 2002
Location: Springfield, IL
Phone: 217-522-5512
Bio:

Mary came to the Chamber with 28 years experience working in administrative capacities with a Fortune 500 manufacturing company. She joined the Chamber in December 2002 as Receptionist at the Springfield headquarters. Her current duties include a variety of administrative assignments including working with the Business Services Division and Government Affairs Division. Mary also assists in the day-to-day operational functions of all aspects of the Springfield Office as well as assisting with the preparation of materials for regular meetings of the Chamber’s Board and Executive Committee.