Staff

Meet Our Chamber Team

Alicia Bermes 

Executive Director

Welcome! My name is Alicia and I am the Executive Director here at the Niles Chamber of Commerce & Industry. I was born and raised in the Northern suburbs and after some time away I am excited to be back home! Prior to chamber life I worked for Girl Scouts in membership and before that I homeschooled my children.

I have a MA in Psychology from Loyola University and after working in Market research for 5 years I chose to stay home, raise a family and homeschool two fabulous children!  I returned to the workforce in the membership department of Girl Scouts and spent the last 3 year as the ED of the Frankfort Chamber.

Volunteering has been part of my fabric since I was young, so working with chamber volunteers is not new for me. I have volunteered with Girl Scouts, Community Theater, dog clubs, schools, church and everything in between.

What I love most about the Chamber world is the opportunity I have to help local business people make connections and build relationships with one another. In today’s world of online, social media, tweeting, and blogging, the strongest connections are still formed face to face with a handshake. I am here to remind people how important that handshake is and to facilitate the time and opportunity for those connections to happen.

What is possible after that handshake is limitless!

Kim Biederman

Associate Director

Kim Biederman joins the Niles Chamber of Commerce as Associate Director. With over 15 years of nonprofit management experience, Kim will be a welcome addition to the team!

Kim formally served as Executive Director for the Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC), one of the nation’s largest independent public relations membership associations.  Prior to joining PCC, Kim was the Executive Director for the Chicago Area Public Affairs Group (CAPAG) and the administrator for Chicago Women in Government Relations (CWGR). Kim provided key association support services to the organizations including membership and recruitment, corporate sponsorship, board/committee management, budget and meeting/event planning.

From 1995 to 2006, Kim was the Operation Manager for American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) where she managed a 45,000 square foot multi-tenant office facility and budget of $2 million.  She served prior to that as the chief event planner of their annual conferences ranging in size from 1000 to 6000 attendees.

Kim started her career working for Congressman Sidney Yates and the U.S. Department Health and Human Services in Washington D.C.

Kim served the Village of Niles as a Trustee where she started the Niles Teen Center and chaired the Milwaukee Avenue Redevelopment Committee. She was on the Planning and Zoning Board prior to becoming Trustee.

Kim holds a Masters of Public Administration from University of Illinois – Chicago, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Sociology from Illinois State University.

 

Contact Information:

 

Niles Chamber of Commerce Offices

 

8060 W. Oakton Street, Niles IL 60714

 

(Located inside the NorthSide Community Bank Building)

 

Monday thru Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

(Office sometimes closed for outside events, meetings and programs.)

 

Tel: (847) 268-8180

 

Fax: (847) 268-8186

Office@nileschamber.com