BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President

Jeff Curry,

Agent
State Farm

I started with State Farm at the Corporate office in 1995 in the Investment Accounting Department before pursuing self-employment as an Agency owner.  In December 2000, my State Farm Agency opened in Niles, IL.    My family has a long history with State Farm over a span of 3 generations dating back to the 1933.

My business joined the Chamber in December 2000 immediately after opening the doors.  Over the years, I have served on various committees as well as the Board of Directors.  The Chamber offers a great networking opportunity for local businesses in Niles and surrounding areas.

I’m proud to serve as the President of the Chamber for 2018.

Second Vice President 

Vince Gendusa,

Owner
Platinum Touch Industries, LLC

Vince began his entrepreneurship in 1999. In late October 1999, Vince incorporated Skyline Contractors Inc., a Concrete/Excavation/Snowplow company. He built up Skyline using a pick-up truck and wheel barrel doing residential patios by hand, working second job nights and weekends.
With hard work and determination, Vince eventually grew Skyline into a multi-million dollar commercial Concrete company completing some of the most complicated projects with superseding FF and FL values.
Vince was handpicked to be part of the construction of a world renown sculpture that is located at O’hare International airport. ” The Runners”.
In 2001, Vince wanted to be more involved in the overall construction process and identified a new opportunity in an emerging industry of High- End & Luxury Properties which is when Platinum Touch Industries LLC was formed.
Platinum Touch Industries is now one of the leading North Shore High-End and luxury Contractors! Over the years, Vince has built a strong loyal customs and established their reputation for quality throughout Chicago land.

Treasurer 

Christine Pusateri,

Owner
Christine Pusateri Solutions

Christine Pusateri Solutions is a niche business. We deal with something that affects about half of the population as they age, hair loss. I have been working in the field since I was 18 years old and found it fascinating. There are so many aspects to the business. We deal with everything from total alopecia, cancer hair loss, men and women’s pattern baldness, trichotillomania, and hair loss caused by stress.

I have worked for a few companies honing my craft over the years, and you learn what you think works, and what you would change. At 62, after a promise to buy a business that never came to fruition, I went on my own. I am so glad I did!

Navigating a new business is very scary, but I found great advice from people that were acquaintances and entrepreneurs. I also joined the Chamber of Commerce within a few months. They were great! It was nice to go to the different networking events and get your name out there. It gives you an opportunity to meet the village trustees and learn more about the village you have invested and work in. It will serve as a valuable business tool.

Immediate Past President

Chuck Hartogh

Owner
C&M Auto Service Inc.

I was raised in Morton Grove and have lived in Niles since 1981, with my wife Peggy and three children,.  I am president of C&M Auto Service inc. which was established in 1984 and is located in Glenview. I started in the industry in 1976; I have been involved in the auto service industry throughout my entire career. I am a graduate of Niles West High School and Triton College.

C&M Auto Service has been a member of the Niles Chamber of Commerce since 2005. Being involved with the Niles Chamber has been a great experience for me. I enjoy being on the board and working with everybody involved. The Niles Chamber is very a dynamic group and has really great members that understand how important the chamber is to a community.

Director

Paul Alaya,

Store Manager
Walmart Stores – Touhy

Paul is the Store Manager of the Niles Walmart on Touhy Avenue.  He began his career with Walmart as a part time cashier at the age of 16. Paul held several supervisor positions then went into management where he worked at different locations in the Northwest suburbs. Then was promoted to Store Manager of the Niles-Touhy location. Paul’s store recently received it’s 15-year recognition for being a member of the Niles Chamber. Being a member of the chamber helps the store to connect with the community and get involved with local events. Paul joined the Chamber’s Board of Directors in hopes to learn more about how he and his team can better serve the community. Paul’s store serves several thousand Niles costumers on a daily basis. He and his team always strive to provide a wide selection of products at everyday low prices with friendly happy to help associates. In Paul’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Maria, and their soon to be 1-year-old daughter, Juliet.

Director

Brian Kelly

Store Manager
The Home Depot – Niles West

The Home Depot located at Dempster and Greenwood, has been a part of the community for the last 15 years. Brian Kelly, the store manager, came to this location in the spring of 2013. Brian has worked at several different Home Depot locations throughout the Chicago market before bringing his successful approach to management and team building to Niles. During his tenure, the store has seen a 25% increase in sales. Brian started his career 23 years ago as a sales associate in the hardware department. In addition to working every day to provide great customer service, Brian strives to extend that customer service to the community as well. Much of what Brian works to do echoes the Core Values of Home Depot. Brian has, over his career, been a firm believer in promoting and watching others grow their career. Brian works to ensure that the staff is diverse and trained to help provide the best service possible both in and out of the store. The Niles West Home Depot, under Brian’s guidance, supports many civic organizations, first responder groups, schools and local community events. Brian Kelly believes in having a presence on the sales floor, working side by side with associates and displaying a positive, fun attitude. By doing so he encourages a family atmosphere and a culture of helping others. As Brian always says “small gestures go a long way.”

Director

Patricia M. Knoll

Associate Vice President, Global Facilities
Shure Incorporated

Early on in my career I started out as a computer programmer because that’s what my father told me I should be doing.  Needless to say it wasn’t for me.  I then found my way to Human Resources in an assistant manager position at Jewel Companies corporate office.  Finally I found my calling in commercial real estate representing various commercial real estate investment trusts as a property manager and licensed real estate broker.   As the commercial real estate market started to falter, I took a leap over to the other side of the table, the corporate world, where I served as Director of Global Facilities and Real Estate for Comdisco Inc.  In 2005  I landed at Shure, my true home.  I now lead an exceptional international team responsible for all real estate and facilities functions within Shure’s offices, manufacturing plants and warehouses worldwide.   I’m honored to serve as a Director for the Niles Chamber of  Commerce.

Director

Suzanne Wulf

Head of Digital Services
Niles-Maine District Library

After graduating from DePaul University with a degree in English, I soon realized that I my passion was in libraries. I attended the University of Pittsburgh for my Masters in Library and Information Science. Then I returned to Chicago to start my career as a librarian at the Elmwood Park Public Library. I found my niche in technology training and integrating digital platforms into the library environment. I joined the Niles-Maine District Library as the Head of Digital Services in 2015, where I helped launch a digital media lab, circulating technology collection and maker space. I am dedicated to serving the community of Niles and seek out opportunities to help the businesses of Niles.

 

 

 

Directors

Steve Costa, Ambassador Real Estate

Village Liaison

Ross Klicker, Economic Development Director

 

Directors Emeritus

Irv Coats

Joanne Cwynar

Dean Strzelecki

Dick Leider (1930 – 2016)

Randy Greco (1948 – 2016)

Chuck Barbaglia (1939-2013)

Gordon Faller (1928-2011)

Larry J. Ptasinski (1949-2006)

Bob C. Wordel (1921-2008)