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 Difference 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.

greg bedalov

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 county-wide economic development initiatives
  • Address policy issues critical to the needs of the regional economy

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Allison Wyler, MS
President
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John Miller
Chief Financial Officer, Sr. Vice President, Finance
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Sarah Higgins
Deputy Director, Government Relations
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John Quinn
Area Manager, External Affairs
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Tom Cross
Executive Director, Institute for Collaboration

Meg Howes
Vice President for Development

Lisa Vivoda
Sr. Director of Development
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Anna Ball
CEO

Todd Billings
Business Development Director
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H. Dennis Hill
Senior Vice President
 

Anthony Izzi
Vice President, Construction
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Kemi Solade
Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking – Middle Market
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Matt Brotschul
Co-Owner and Partner

Ryan Potts 
Co-Owner and Partner
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John Calamos
Founder, Chairman and Global CIO
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Ken Witkowski
Senior Vice President
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Starr McCaffery
Director, Communication Strategy
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John Cook
President – CBIZ Employee Benefits Division
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Tyke Spencer
Benefits Consultant

Seth Lillenberg
Benefits Consultant
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John Hamilton
First Vice President

Dan Persa 
First Vice President
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Andrea Rodgers
Senior Vice President, Guest Experience and Operations

Leah Rippe
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
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Christopher B. Burke
President

John Doria
Director of Government Affairs
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Dr. Brian Caputo
President


Joe Cassidy
Assistant VP Economic Development, Dean Continuing Education and Public Services


Wendy McCambridge
Director, Legislative Affairs/Special Assistant to the President


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Anthony M. Signorella
Director, Government Affairs

Sean McCarthy
Vice President, Business Development & Special Initiatives


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Edward M. Sitar, III
Manager, Economic & Business Development
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Dan Allen
Executive Director
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Ryan Zerante
Vice President of Sales & Operations

Julie Hokin Watts
Director of Client Development
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Mike Kelch
Chairman and Founder

Ted Lindholm
President
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Chris Pohlman
Partner/Managing Director
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Bert Nuehring
Partner
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Michael Connelly
External Affairs Manager, Central Area
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Hugh Elliott
Principal

Nick Pollastrini
Manager
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Beth Marchetti
Executive Director
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Joan Olson
Chief Communications Officer
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The Honorable Deborah Conroy
Chair
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The Honorable Lynn LaPlante
DuPage County Board Liaison
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Amber Quirk
Regional Superintendent of Schools

Lisa Schvach
Executive Director
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Michael R. Sitrick, CFRE, JD
President & CEO
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The Honorable Richard Veenstra
Mayor, Village of Addison
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Joseph C. Dant
President, South Region and Institutes
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Leo Wright
Senior Vice President
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Ron Lunt
Partner

Paul O’Connor
Partner
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Sandra Arredondo
Senior Vice President

Noreen Ligino-Kubinski
Project Coordinator
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Jason Gedraitis
SVP, Middle Market Relationship Manager
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Michael Roth
Partner
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Dan Wagner
Senior Vice President, Government Relations

Anna Maria Kowalik
Senior Vice President, Director of Business Development, Inland Green Capital LLC
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Kevin Kalus
Market Executive, Middle Market Banking

Jordan Hennessey
Vice President, Commercial Banking
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Ray Kinney
Partner

Courtney Healy
Vice President, Strategy & Accounts
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Keith Nippes
Chief Business Development Officer
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Richard Price
Chairman & CEO

Laura Sullivan
Chief Operating Officer of Corporate Services
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Anna Duan
Senior Director, Supply Chain Stewardship & Risk Management

Barry McGoldrick
Chief Procurement Officer
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James Adler
Executive Vice President

Mark Moran
Executive Vice President, Industrial Services
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Rick Trujillo
Manager, Community Affairs
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Ann Hall
Vice President, Administration, Community Affairs


Katharine Bertani
Director, Strategy
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Glenn Mazade
Senior Vice President
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Christine Rose
Community Relations Representative
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Frank Cerrone
President, CEO
 

Susan DiMeo Sargent
Senior Vice President
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Karyn M. Charvat
Executive Director
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Emily Shupe
Litigation and Employment Attorney

Heather Kramer
Litigation Attorney
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Ramsey Elshafei
President

Jeremy Szybowicz
Leasing Manager
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Kim Godden
Vice President of Legal, Government Relations

Valerie A. Bruggeman
Director, External Affairs
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Jill Koski
President & CEO

Alicia LaVire
Vice President, Marketing and Guest Experience
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Marsha Cruzan
Regional Market President
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Suzanne Pittacora
Chief Strategy Officer

Nina Fennema
Senior Client Executive
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Robert Hutchinson
President
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Bradley A. Paulsen
Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer, PK-12 Education Practice Leader

Jim Mark
Managing Director, Private Markets & Chief Strategy Officer
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Jose Flores
COO

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MEMBER EMERITUS

Founding Member

greg bedalov

Greg Bedalov
President & CEO
(331) 401-5819 | gbedalov@choosedupage.com

As President and CEO of Choose DuPage and Chair of the Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership, Greg Bedalov leads economic development efforts within DuPage County and across Northeastern Illinois.

A longtime advocate for regionwide collaboration, Bedalov previously served as President & CEO of Choose DuPage from 2010-2015. He later served as Executive Director of the Illinois Tollway and President of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority (ISFA). In 2019, he returned to his leadership role at Choose DuPage.

Under his leadership, Choose DuPage has implemented numerous programs that support local municipal development, including initiatives focused on improving sustainability, equity, quality of life, supply chain management, and opportunities for small businesses.

As Chair of the Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership, Bedalov partners with private- and public-sector leaders from across Northeastern Illinois to drive economic growth, advance equity and support regionwide prosperity.


rita haake

Rita Haake
Senior Vice President, Economic Development
(331) 401-5817 | rhaake@choosedupage.com

As Senior Vice President of Economic Development, Rita leads efforts to support the organization’s economic development strategy with a specific focus on business attraction, retention, and expansion. Prior to her role at Choose DuPage, Rita spent 25 years serving the business community as the leader of the College of DuPage Business Development Center. Her primary expertise has been assisting businesses in expanding their government contracting efforts. Rita graduated from Northwood University with a degree in Business Administration.


lisa miceli

Lisa Miceli
Vice President, Economic Development
(630) 379-9250 | lmiceli@choosedupage.com

Before joining Choose DuPage, Lisa 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. Lisa 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.


Arica Finney

Arica Finney
Director, Investor Relations
(630) 664-9535 | afinney@choosedupage.com

As Director of Investor Relations, Arica is responsible for assessing the changing needs of the DuPage County business community, helping to create and communicate the Choose DuPage vision and developing a strategy to foster and grow board membership.

Arica joined Choose DuPage in 2022 and has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to working at Choose DuPage, she worked in architecture, engineering and construction.


courtney healy

Teresa O’Brien
Manager
(331) 401-5820 | tobrien@choosedupage.com

Teresa joined Choose DuPage in 2019 and has led several of the organization’s strategic programs and initiatives including the Reinvest DuPage Small Business Relief Grant Program. Teresa’s other responsibilities include meeting and event planning, as well as providing overall support towards the mission and goals of Choose DuPage. Prior to joining Choose DuPage, Teresa worked as an HR generalist in the commercial real estate development and manufacturing industries.


courtney healy

Courtney Healy
Marketing & Advertising
(331) 444-1601 | 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.