Howard Meyer, President and CEO
Howard joined the Chamber staff as Executive Director at the end of 2005. He is a seasoned professional in the non-profit and business community, having served various organizations in a management and leadership capacity during his career. His experience with Children’s Camps and Conference Centers, and as Business Director for large religious congregations has given him the skills necessary to set the Skokie Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a leading Business Association on the North Shore. Howard brings to our Chamber a commitment to sound fiscal and organizational management, business development and programming. Most importantly, he has a dedication towards customer service, membership development, growing your business and community outreach.
Since coming to the Chamber, Howard has directed a renaissance which has included increasing the level and quality of Chamber programming and a true dedication to the success of member businesses. The Illinois Association of Chamber Executives awarded Howard his ACE, Accredited Chamber Executive, designation in 2017. Howard also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Village of Skokie Economic Development Commission and he is a 15 year member of the Village of Skokie Consumer Affairs Commission. In honor to his 15 years of service to the Chamber, the Board unanimously elevated his title to President and CEO in 2020. Howard has a deep passion for Skokie and his door is always open to assist you with your membership needs. Give him a call!
Johanna Jackson-Whitman, Administration and Event Coordinator
Johanna is excited to join the Skokie Chamber of Commerce and Industry as the Administration and Event Coordinator. She has served with AmeriCorps, tutored Elementary students, and has been a Theatre Educator and Arts Administrator. Johanna has lived on the north side of Chicago with her husband for 8 years and has enjoyed learning about and experiencing the Chicago-land community, including Skokie. She is thrilled to be more involved with the Skokie community through her new role at the Chamber, connect with business leaders throughout the Village, and be a smiling face at upcoming Chamber events.
David Cohen, Membership Services Manager
David joined the Chamber staff as Membership Services Manager at the end of 2021. He graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s in Business Management and has been volunteering and working in various nonprofits ever since. He comes to us from the world of restaurants having spent years at the Illinois Restaurant Association where Skokie was his top membership community. He most recently conducted prospect research and consulting for nonprofit organizations in the New York metro area. David serves on the Lutheran General Hospital Junior Development Board. He is also a member of the Chicago Herpetological Society and the United States Association of Reptile Keepers. In his spare time, David enjoys biking the Skokie lagoons, attending live music events, and tinkering on his next entrepreneurial small business venture.