Meet the Skokie Chamber Team

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!

Ellie Quintana, Administration, Marketing and Events

As an experienced event producer with over 10 years in the field, Ellie brings a wealth of experience to the Skokie Chamber of Commerce with a unique ability to promote local businesses and a track record of strengthening the communities in which she has worked. Her passion for creating engaging events, large and small, and building strong partnerships, has given her a success-oriented reputation of partnering with venue owners and corporate clientele.  Her skills include project management, team coordination, and community outreach which will benefit the Chamber by contributing to its mission of fostering economic growth and development in the region.

In addition to her work in the event field, she is committed to volunteerism and making a positive impact in the communities she serves. Ellie has organized successful musical fundraisers and programs in underserved communities, along with working alongside several homeless organizations in Chicago. 

Outside of work, Ellie is a proud North Shore resident and a devoted mother to a teenaged daughter. She enjoys reading, white water rafting, travel, collecting vinyl, and anything mid-century modern. She also has a soft spot for cats and a love of chatting about the latest viral cat videos.

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.

Let our team be your team!