Our Mission

Is Prosperity for DuPage

Choose DuPage is the collective voice of our County's business community. Together, we open a dialogue between private- and public- sector leaders, so our economy continues to thrive. 

We support and promote the DuPage Advantage the high quality-of-life, business-friendly environment, premier location and skilled workforce that call our County 'home'. It's the Difference that makes DuPage County the proven and premier global business location. 

For the future of our economy, the prosperity of our people and the legacy of our County, we are Choose DuPage.

 

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A Legacy of Making

The Right Choices.

It was 2005, and the local economy was shifting rapidly. 

The public and private-sector leaders of DuPage knew that needed a long-term action plan, a commitment among the area's decision-makers. For the good of their neighbors and the prosperity of local commerce, the County's first economic development alliance was formed. 

Under the banner of Choose DuPage, we've fostered a collaborative public/private partnership, encouraged commercial enterprise and made the right choices for the future of DuPage.

THE GOALS OF CHOOSE DUPAGE

  • Grow, retain and attract businesses
  • Support local municipal economic development initiatives
  • Address policy issues critical to the needs of the regional economy
  • Board of Directors


    David Fox
    President 
    www.advocatehealth.com


    Norm Peterson

    Director of Government Relations
    www.anl.gov

     


    John Quinn
    Area Manager, External Affairs
    www.att.com


    Anna Caroline Ball
    President & CEO
    www.ballhort.com


    Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A.
    President
    www.ben.edu


    Kemi Solade
    Senior Vice President, Corporate Middle-Market Banking
    www.bmoharris.com


    John Calamos
    Chairman & Global CIO
    www.calamos.com


    John Cook
    Chief Growth Officer
    www.cbiz.com


    Diana Riekse
    Senior Vice President
    www.cbre.com


    Ed Harrington
    Senior Vice President
    www.centerpoint.com

     

     

    Stuart D. Strahl, Ph.D.
    President and CEO
    www.czs.org


    Christopher B. Burke, PhD, PE
    President
    www.cbbel.com

     

    Dr. Ann Rondeau
    President
    www.cod.edu


    Anthony Signorella
    Government Affairs Manager
    www.business.comcast.com

     


    Ed Sitar
    External Affairs Manager
    www.comed.com


    Dan Allen
    Executive Director
    www.cisco.org


    Bert Nuehring
    Partner
    www.crowehorwath.com


    Hugh Elliott
    Principal
    www.duganlopatka.com


    Beth Marchetti
    Executive Director
    www.discoverdupage.com


    Dan Cronin
    Chairman
    www.dupageco.org


    Tonia Khouri
    DuPage County Board Liaison
    www.dupageco.org


    Richard Veenstra
    Mayor of Addison
    DuPage Mayor’s & Managers Liaison
    www.dmmc-cog.org


    Dr. Darlene Ruscitti
    Regional Superintendent of Schools
    www.dupage.k12.il.us


    Jamie Brown
    Workforce Board Coordinator
    www.dupageworkforceboard.com


    Mary Lou Mastro
    President and CEO


    Ahmed Elganzouri
    Deputy General Counsel

     

    Bill Kottmann

    System VP, Physician & Ambulatory 

    Network Development

    President, Edward Health Ventures

     

    Vince Pryor
    System Executive VP 
    Chief Financial Officer


    www.eehealth.org

     


    Mark Sullivan
    CFE, CFI, CPP
    www.grantthornton.com


    Ron Lunt
    Partner
    www.hamiltonpartners.com

     

    Donald N. Kleyweg, P.E.
    Sr. Vice President/Director of Engineering
    www.hbkengineering.com


    Mike Kelch
    CEO
    www.hbs.net


    Michael Roth
    Partner
     

    Robert J. Schillerstrom
    Partner
    www.icemiller.com

     

     

    Ann Marie L. Rosen
    Office of Admissions-College of Professional Studies
    www.indianatech.edu 

     

    Jamel Alikhan
    Executive Director & Market Executive, Commercial Banking, Illinois Middle Market

    www.jpmorganchase.com


    Ray Kinney
    Partner
    www.maclyngroup.com


    Richard S. Price
    Chairman & CEO


    Vincent A. Allegra
    Senior Managing Director Retirement Planning 
    and Advisory

     

    Chris Pohlman
    Senior Managing Director, Retirement Planning and Advisory
    www.mesirowfinancial.com

     


    Frank Steurer
    Senior Director, Procurement Compliance & Services
    www.molex.com


    Tom Kallay
    Director, Regional
    Community Relations &
    Economic Development
    www.nicorgas.com

     


    Dr. Rena Cotsones
    Associate Vice President for
    Engagement and Innovation Partnerships
    www.niu.edu


    Robert Christie
    Senior VP, External Affairs
    www.nm.org


    Christine Rose
    Community Relations Representative,
    Government Affairs
    www.pacebus.com

     

    Greg Sjullie
    Senior Vice President
    www.pnc.com

     


    Karyn M. Charvat
    Executive Director
    www.powerforwarddupage.com


    Mark McAndrew
    Partner
    www.rathjewoodward.com


    Craig Funkhouser
    CEO
    www.shorr.com


    Marsha Cruzan
    Chicago Market President
    www.usbank.com


    Stephen Collins
    Vice President, 
    Government Programs
    www.wightco.com


    Robert Hutchinson
    President, Glen Ellyn Bank & Trust
    www.glenellynbank.com

  • Member Emeritus


    Founding Member

  • Partners

  • Supporters

  • John Carpenter

    John Carpenter

    President & CEO

    (331) 401-5819 jcarpenter@choosedupage.com

    John Carpenter became President & CEO of Choose DuPage in September 2015. Carpenter comes to Choose DuPage with extensive experience in government relations and corporate affairs. Most recently, Carpenter served as Senior Vice President of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that role he was Vice President of Corporate Affairs for American Airlines. Carpenter is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago. He has served as an employer representative on the Illinois’ Workers Compensation Commission Advisory Board. He is a senior counselor on the Public Affairs Committee of the Union League Club of Chicago, and is a trustee of the Chicago Zoological Society.

  • Megan Buncio

    Megan Buncio

    Office Manager

    (331) 401-5815 mbuncio@choosedupage.com

    As office manager of Choose DuPage, Megan Buncio assists in economic development efforts, board relations and finance. Buncio has been with Choose DuPage since 2006, and plays an important role providing administrative support and managing office operations.

  • Lisa Miceli

    Lisa Miceli

    Vice President, Economic Development

    (331) 401-5817 lmiceli@choosedupage.com

    Before joining Choose DuPage, Miceli served as a policy analyst for the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago where her focus was on regional economic development for Northeastern Illinois. Prior to that, she worked for the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission as an urban planner and for Cushman and Wakefield as a research analyst. Miceli graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Public Administration and the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master’s of Urban Planning and Policy.

  • Nicholas Zito

    Nicholas Zito

    Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, Rev3

    (331) 401-5816 nic@rev3dupage.com

    Nicholas Zito joined Choose DuPage in 2013 as the Business Services Director. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, he played an integral role in the creation of Rev3 Innovation Center, a strategic initiative of Choose DuPage. Today, Nic unites the strongest minds in business with the entrepreneurs and innovators at Rev3 that are driving the opportunities of tomorrow. Nic graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, having studied consumer economics specialized in public policy and law.

  • Courtney Healy

    Courtney Healy

    Marketing & Advertising

    630.353.4434 courtney@maclyngroup.com

    Choose DuPage partners with MACLYN, a boutique advertising agency located in Naperville, for marketing services including creative branding, advertising, strategic planning, and communications. Courtney has been working with MACLYN and Choose DuPage since 2011, and has a bachelor of science in marketing from DePaul University.

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