EAC Staff Members
Jennifer Ayala joins the Chamber staff as our new Administrative Assistant. She will be greeting you as you come to our office and is the first voice you will hear on the telephone. With significant customer service experience, Jennifer is anxious to get to know EAC members and volunteers and assist you as she can. With her bilingual capabilities, she adds an additional dimension to our Chamber professional staff team. Jennifer can be reached by phone at 847-741-5660
Vice President, Finance/MIS
Terry is responsible for overseeing all of the organization’s financial transactions, including, accounts receivables, accounts payables, monthly financial statements, yearly audits, purchasing, etc. She provides overall coordination and management of office activities, supervises and directs the office support staff.
Terry also has responsibility over the Chamber’s information systems, including maintaining and upgraded the organization’s computer systems and software processes, coordinating and maintaining the development of the Chamber's e-newsletter and web site, making the latter one of the top benefits of membership. The Chamber's web site is visited by 1,800 users a day, with most visiting our member posting within the Find a Business section.
Carol K. Gieske was appointed President of the Elgin Area Chamber at the beginning of 2012. Gieske has extensive leadership experience, serving as President of the Provena Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation for seven years before joining the Chamber as Vice President of Communications and Special Events in 2007. Prior to joining the Hospital, she was President of the United Way of Elgin from 1986 to 2001. As the chief executive officer of the Chamber, she is responsible for working with the Board of Directors and staff in delivering the mission of the Chamber to its members and the community. Carol also provides leadership in the area of communications and special events for EDG, EAC and its members.
Ron has an extensive business development background and has worked with organizations and businesses of all types and sizes. He is a great listener and wants to know “your story” to ensure that your EAC membership benefits are aligned with your businesses needs for maximum ROI. Ron leads our Membership, Ambassador, and Retention committees. Be sure to contact Ron to learn more about becoming an EAC member or join online.
Director Economic Development
Elgin is a fast-paced and high growth area and Tony's goal is to ensure that your business thrives in this environment. Whether you're looking to expand, find a new business site or need to find a business solution call Tony – visit the Economic Development Group Website.
Robert “Bob” Malm
Director - Elgin Development Group (EDG)
Bob manages the overall development process for the Advancing Progress campaign, a private fundingraising effort. He also plays a key role in the Chamber's Economic Development Division, Elgin Development Group (EDG). Bob is active in the EDG's Workforce Development Committee and is the editor of the EDG blog.
Contact Bob to find out more on the benefits of becoming an investor in Advancing Progress.
Director Marketing & Special Events
Jason is responsible for developing and managing internal and external communications between the Elgin Area Chamber, our membership and the community and developing, planning, coordinating, promoting and executing Chamber events and programs.
A former volunteer on our Enhancing Elgin committee, Jason spent three years as Managing Director and Promotions Coordinator of the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin from 2010-2013, where he successfully coordinated the organization’s marketing, development and community engagement initiatives. He also organized and executed their year-long calendar of special events, including the City of Elgin’s annual 4th of July Parade.
He comes to our Chamber after a stint as Marketing Manager and Festival Liaison for the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau, where he organized the annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest - attended by more than 120,000 visitors annually - while also helping market the area as a destination for leisure and group tourism.