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!

Erin Lyons

Marketing & Events Manager

Hello! My name is Erin Lyons and I am thrilled to join the Chamber as Marketing Manager.  Originally from Canada, I have lived in the Northern suburbs of Chicago for almost 20 years.

I bring a unique background to Niles, with experience running my own small residential design business augmented by over two decades at large blue-chip advertising agencies like J. Walter Thompson, DDB Worldwide and Publicis. I gained a meaningful understanding of brand building, combined with driving traffic working on clients like Oscar Mayer, McDonald’s and Disney, among many others.

Community means the world to me. As a dedicated volunteer, I have leveraged my strong marketing and communications skills to help propel success for local organizations and small businesses alike, planning large scale fundraising events, managing public relations and maintaining social media platforms for school districts, local government constituents and retail partners.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and was enrolled in many education courses.  Business and helping people succeed in their industry or trade of choice is my true passion.  I am excited to partner with Niles Chamber members to help them thrive in the local community they call home.

My husband John and have three teen aged children and two dogs.  We live in Wilmette and truly enjoy all that our village has to offer its residents; most importantly the people of our neighborhoods.

 

Chase Conner

Communications Manager

Chase serves as the Communications Manager for the Niles Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Prior to working with the Niles Chamber, Chase served as the Marketing Associate for a data-driven marketing company based in Downtown Chicago working with CPG companies. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2018 with a Bachelors in Multi-Media Journalism and an Associates in Marketing Management.

Chase has experience in marketing, journalism and digital advertisements in both consumer and non-profit organizations. He has worked with organizations such as the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce in his previous work.

Chase remains active in his community and has enjoyed being able to be apart of the local business community. He enjoys building connections and creating a community to ensure resourceful opportunities for our members. In his spare time, he enjoys reading a book, seeing a show, finding new travel destinations or writing for his newly developed magazine.

 

Contact Information:

 

Niles Chamber of Commerce Offices

 

8060 W. Oakton Street, Niles IL 60714

 

(Located inside the NorthSide Community Bank Building)

 

Hours:

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

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

 

Tel: (847) 268-8180

 

Fax: (847) 268-8186

Office@nileschamber.com