Elmhurst Chamber Celebrating 98th Annual Awards Gala

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January 12, 2017
     ELMHURST, Ill., January 3, 2017 – More than 100 businesspeople will come to celebrate the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s 98th Annual Awards Gala in the Three Oaks Ballroom and Flower Room at The Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road, Oak Brook, on Friday, January 27, from 5 to 9 p.m.

     “This is a real showcase event for the Chamber,” said John R. Quigley, President and CEO of the Chamber since 1999, “and presents a very special occasion for us to celebrate all that our business organization has accomplished in the past year.”

     During the Annual Meeting, the Chamber will salute the A.J. “Toche” Terrones Business of the Year for 2016, welcome the new Chairman of its Board of Directors, Officers and Directors, recognize the outgoing Chairman, Officers and Directors, honor the Chairman’s Award winner and Ambassador of the Year, and install the 2016 ECCI Civic Hall of Fame honoree.

     The event is open to all members of the Chamber and their guests, as well as any Elmhurst businesspeople interested in learning more about the Chamber.  Ticket costs are $55 per person, $100.00 per couple and $400.00 for a table of eight.

     Registration can be done on-line via the Upcoming Events calendar listing on the home page of the Chamber website at www.elmhurstchamber.org or by calling the Chamber office at 630-834-6060 by Friday, January 20.

     Elmhurst resident Darrell Whistler, Vice President at Community Bank of Elmhurst and long-time Chair of the City of Elmhurst’s Zoning and Planning (Z&P) Commission, will be honored as the 25th inductee into the Civic Hall of Fame.

     Business of the Year honors will be bestowed upon the Moreci family-owned Roberto’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, a Chamber member since 1991 and part of the Spring Road Business Association since 1962.

     Named in memory of A.J. “Toche” Terrones, who served as Chamber President for nearly a decade until his death in July of 1999, the annual award is given based on a member’s contributions to the Chamber’s success, to the betterment of both the business community and Elmhurst community, and impact in their field of business, each in the given year and historically, along with years in business and years as a Chamber member.

     Previous Business of the Year honorees are Café Amano (2015), West Suburban Office Products (2014), Community Bank of Elmhurst (2013 and 1991), York Furrier (2012), Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare (2011), OEC Business Interiors (2010), Harris Elmhurst (2009), Diplomat West (2008), Suburban Bank & Trust Co. (2007), Larry Roesch Chrysler Jeep Dodge (2006), York Theatre (2005), Synergistic Networks, Inc. (2004), Silverado Grill (2003), Great American Exteriors (2002), Cardinal Cartridge, Inc. (2001) and Unique Travel Service, Ltd. (2000).

     James Sanchez, Real Estate Agent at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in downtown Elmhurst and a Chamber member since 2015, will be recognized as the Ambassador of the Year.

     Ambassador of the Year is presented annually to a green-coated Ambassador for his/her outstanding service.

     Charity Ahlgrim, recently-retired community banker, long-time Spring Road Business Association member and former ECCI Board and Executive Committee member, will receive the Chairman’s Award.

     The Chairman’s Award is given annually to a Director for his/her outstanding service to the Board, Chairman and President/CEO, or to a non-Director for praiseworthy contributions or performance.

     Joining Second Vice Chair Ahlgrim and Quigley on the Chamber’s 2016 Executive Committee were Chair Tim Gurrie of Pampered Chef TLG, Second Vice Joe Muchow of E.L. Foust Co., Treasurer Ralph Pechanio of the Elmhurst Veterans Memorial Commission and Past Chair Dee Longfellow of the Elmhurst Independent.

     Outgoing Directors are Jackie Hayden (2010-16) of Delta RMS, 2013 Board Chair Paul Koch (2010-16) of Larry Roesch Chrysler Jeep Dodge, former Board Chair Chuck Thomas (2015-16) of Inland Bank, Longfellow (2009-16) and Ahlgrim (2014-16).

     Joining Gurrie and Quigley on the 2017 Executive Committee are Chair Joe Muchow, First Vice Chair Ken Bartels of Community Bank of Elmhurst, Second Vice Chair Kevin Kost of Edwards Jones Investment and Treasurer Ralph Pechanio.

     Recently elected to three-year Director terms (2017-19) were Rick Mojek of South Water Signs, Eva Sanchez of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and Bartels and Kost, along with incumbent Mike Carson of Carson Closets and Cabinetry Inc.

     Besty D’Onofrio, the Chamber’s former Member Advocate (2008-10), was appointed at the Board’s November meeting to fill the open Director seat on the Nominating Committee’s 2016 election slate.

     Established in 1918, the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a voluntary organization of business and professional men and women who have joined together to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community.

     The Chamber also serves the needs of its members through services, programs and events that provide opportunities for networking and referral, business education, development and promotion, governmental representation and community involvement.